Day tour to Melnik and Rozhen Monastery is a great opportunity to dive into the past of Bulgaria and as a bonus try a tasty wine. The smallest city in Bulgaria Melnik is a real paradise for connoisseurs of history and good wine. Stroll through the old cobbled streets, try the local wine and traditional cuisine in restaurants, visit the house-museums where in the cellars are interesting expositions telling about wine production in the region. Whatever you choose, you will get an unforgettable experience from your stay in Melnik. Not far from Melnik is located Rozhen Monastery, which can be easily reached by car or on foot (if you are ready for a longer walk).
Pick up: tour can start from any address in Sofia.
Tour Duration: 6 to 8 hours. Depends on the number of stops and time spent at attractions.
Price: from €160 for a group for up to 4 people. Will vary depending on your chosen vehicle type, number of passengers. Price you can check in the table below.
Accepted payment methods: cash.
All our tours are individual. It means you are travelling in your company without other people. Thus, you can independently choose the route, how much time to spend in one place or another, where and when to make a stop to refresh and have lunch.
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Prices for day trip to Melnik and Rozhen Monastery
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Price for day tour to Melnik and Rozhen Monastery
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- Baby seats if required
- VAT, fuel, paid parking
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- Entry tickets
- Food, drinks
- Personal expenses
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About Melnik and Rozhen Monastery:
Melnik is located in southwestern Bulgaria at the foot of the Mountain Pirin, at a distance of 175 km from Sofia. Once known throughout Europe trading city with a population of 7-8 thousand people, is now known as the smallest city in Bulgaria with a population of 208 people.
First written evidence of the city dates back to the beginning of the 9th century. It is believed that the Thracian tribes of Medi settled first in this area, then the Romans settled the area, as evidenced by the ancient Roman bridge, which has survived to the our days. Subsequently, the territory was inhabited by Slavs. From them came the modern name of the city Melnik. The name comes from the Slavonic words “mel” – chalk, which in turn came from the white rocks that surround the city. The biggest flourishing of the city was in the era of the Bulgarian Renaissance in the 18th century. The city develop, thriving, local population grow. The city conducts trade with all Europe, especially Melnik wine is famous. Since that time, the most significant historical monuments of the city have been preserved – Pashov House (now the city’s historical museum), Kordopulov House.
Another interesting place is the Church “St. Nikolai ”, are preserved only the eastern part of the wall and several elements of the interior of the church. Also nearby are the Melnik Pyramids – a unique natural formation, obtained by the erosion of clay soils.
Rozhen Monastery is located at the foot of the Pirin Mountain, just 7 km from the town of Melnik. It is the largest monastery in the Pirin region. Monastery is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin. There is no exact information about the date of the foundation of the monastery, the first written evidence points to the 16th century, then in the first half of the 18th century it was renovated. The monastery has an irregular hexagon shape, were living houses surround a beautiful courtyard, in the middle of which is a church. Also on the territory of the monastery are located crypt and a farm. Part of the monastery courtyard occupied vineyards.