Tour Varna & Madara Horseman

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Marvel  the famous Madara Horseman carved into a hillside and visit city's highlights. Immerse yourself in local traditions and lifestyle. Explore Varna's highlights and visit a family in their home during this tour from port.

Explore Varna on a narrated drive that visits the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary. View its superb murals, icons and altars. Travel to Madara and view the famous Madara Horseman. Carved into a hillside, this giant stone relief depicts a mounted hunter slaying a lion. Learn how to make a traditional "banistsa" - a savory pie.

Immerse yourself in local traditions and lifestyle, exploring Varna's highlights, and visiting a family in their home.

Board your coach for a sightseeing drive along the streets of Varna to view City Hall, the railway station and the Sea Garden. You will make a short stop at the Cathedral of the Assumption and visit Varna's golden-domed, most-cherished church.

A scenic drive inland brings you to Madara, a village of ancient history and warm and hospitable people. Near the village is one of Bulgaria's most fascinating UNESCO sites, and you will take a leisurely walk along the wooded alleys, winding up to the majestic Madara rocks where you will discover the 8th-century relief the Madara Horseman, revealing historical data about the military and political development of early Bulgaria.

Re-board your coach for the drive to the village, where a local couple are expecting you at their private home. The people of Madara enjoy visitors and they will earnestly insist that you sample their local delicacies and brandies. View a demonstration of how the famous Bulgarian banitsa (cheese and egg pie) is prepared. Should you choose to participate in the preparation of the meal, you will be most welcome to do so! After a warm farewell from your hosts, you will return to Varna.


-         transportation by air-conditioned vehicle, late-model

(bus, minibus or taxi, according to your group’s size)

-         professional driver

-         insurance cover during transfers by vehicle

-         licensed English-speaking guide * (concerns “with guide” rate only)

-         all taxes

-         identification sign with your name on it

-         mobile contact number for any emergency, available 24/7

* guides in other languages available, upon request


-         entrance fees (paid by you on the spot)

Step 1

Your tour starts from Varna port

Step 2

Exploration of Varna while on coach; stop at the cathedral of Virgin Mary

Step 3

Walking tour in Madara village; visit of the Madara horseman site

Step 4

Meeting with the village people, demonstration of traditional banitsa pie preparation

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