COMMUNISM AND LIBERATION WAR TOUR
Private Day Trip to Buzludzha and Shipka
Visit Central Bulgaria’s most famous landmarks on this private day trip to Buzludzha and Shipka.
You’ll visit the internationally-famous Valley of Roses, witness the ancient history of the newly unearthed Tomb of the Thracian King – as well as taking in the unique Buzludzha monument on its isolated peak.
Riding comfortably in one of our air-conditioned minivans, we’ll also visit the Shipka Memorial, National Museum-Park and the other wonderful sights to be seen nearby.
On the tour you will visit:
Buzludzha – abandoned communists headquarters
Shipka Memorial, located at the on Shipka peak.
Shipka Memorial Church
The Rose Valley
The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
Have lunch in a local traditional restaurant (optional)
Why use Explore Bulgaria?
- Stay relaxed and travel comfortably in spacious minivans where you control the A/C
- Learn more about the fascinating history of Bulgaria from a licensed English-fluent guide
- Customise your tour and get a fixed price first – then you don’t pay until afterwards
- Pick your own collection and drop-off locations
- Add extra breaks for photos, to rest and more – it’s your tour, so you’re in charge!
If you’d prefer a Spanish, French or Russian-speaking guide or driver, do let us know and we’ll provide a licensed expert.
If you’d like just a driver, just a guide or to create a custom multi-day tour, we will also be able to help you.
What you’ll see on your Shipka and Buzludzha tour
Buzludzha – the peak of the Balkan Mountains
Buzludzha Peak is the tallest of the nearby Balkan Mountains. Rising to 1441 metres, its height is extended by the so-called Monument House of the Bulgarian Communist Party – usually shortened to “the Buzludzha Monument.”
This massive structure is unique – an incredible example of futurist architecture.
Shipka National Park-Museum
The Shipka National Park commemorates the Russian-Turkish Liberation War of the 1870s which ended Turkish rule in the Balkans.
This huge open-air museum memorialises the heroism of the soldiers who fought for Bulgarian independence and includes Shipka Pass, Shipka Memorial Church of the Nativity and the Freedom Monument.
You’ll see trenches, cannons, bunkers and other preserved items and memorials as you visit all of the most important parts of the site.
The Russian Church of the Nativity
The Church of the Nativity of Christ was built as a symbol of friendship between the Russian and Bulgarian peoples and a monument to the fallen soldiers of the liberation of Bulgaria several centuries ago.
The Tombs of the Thracian Kings
In 2004, archaeologists in Shipka discovered a tomb of one of the Thracian kings. The tomb contained a large amount of gold and ancient masks. This discovery gave the village worldwide fame in some circles.
Today, you can go and visit this one-of-a-kind archaeological site, which dates to the 4th century BC.
The Valley of Roses
The Valley of Roses remained an important part of the agricultural landscape of the Balkans even during the years of Ottoman rule.
Even today, the roses grown here are used to produce sweets and rose oils. The fragrant extracts are the main ingredient in some of the most famous perfumes and cosmetics in the world.
The region’s climate allows for the continuous growing of roses all year round – the winters are soft and the sun shines during the entirety of the day. It’s no surprise then that the Valley of Roses produces some of the most beautiful, oil-giving flowers.
One gram of oil requires more than 1300 buds to be picked. So the rose industry remains a traditional yet vital part of the local region.
Your Buzludzha and Shipka tour information
Pick up: Your tour can start from any location in Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas, Sunny Beach, Sozopol, Nessebar and other nearby resorts.
Tour Duration: 8 to 10 hours. When you make changes to your itinerary and pick your start and drop-off points this might change, of course.
Included: the driver or guide you choose, fuel, parking fees and all taxes.
Excluded: entrance fees, food, drinks and personal expenses.
Price: from €190 for a group for up to 4 people. Will vary depending on your chosen vehicle type, number of passengers, tour guide and itinerary.
Accepted payment methods: cash, VISA / Master Card, PayPal and bank transfer.
How to book a day tour with us
Enter your details into the booking form and we’ll get back to you in 20 minutes.
While you’re there, we’ll confirm your chosen starting and drop-off points for your Buzludzha and Shipka day tour and check any other changes you might want to make to your itinerary.
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Once you’ve told us everything you want, we’ll confirm your quote and start date.