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Alexander Nevski
Cathedral, Sofia




Thracian Tomb,
John Osborne
tours: bulgaria

Discover Bulgaria

John has led around twenty specialist tours to Bulgaria for a variety of tour operators, NADFAS groups and private parties.

He is leading a tour for Ciceroni Travel from 6 to 13 June 2017 and a Royal Academy of Arts tour for Cox and Kings from 23 September to 1 October 2017.

Details and bookings for Ciceroni Travel on 01869 811167: and for Cox and Kings on 020 7873 5013: e-mail:;

Typical itineraries include:

  • Sofia's city centre, with buildings from the late Roman period to the modern era
  • the National Historical Museum and mediaeval church at Boyana
  • the orthodox monasteries at Rila, Bachkovo and Troyan
  • Plovdiv's city centre, with cobbled streets, merchants' houses and Roman theatre
  • the Thracian tomb at Kazanluk
  • the mediaeval capital, Veliko Turnovo
  • the conservation villages of Koprivshtitsa and Arbanassi
  • a wine tasting and an evening of folk music and dancing


  • 'Thank you for an outstanding trip to Bulgaria. The holiday far exceeded expectations.'
  • 'We thoroughly understand how you have developed such an affection for the country and the people.'
  • 'The history and the culture stood out, thanks to the focus you provided. I admire your presentation of past times and present effects, and your sympathetic understanding of Bulgarian society.'
  • 'Memories crowd in - the people, the Thracian treasures, the mountains, the salads, those gorgeous domestic interiors, the monasteries, the wine tasting - and the underlying, turbulent history.'
  • 'My head is full of images of mountains and monasteries, bullet-spattered church doors, heroes, icons, gold drinking horns, exquisite merchants' homes, wild raspberries, stunning mountain passes and sunlight glittering through beech trees.'

Tours for The Travellers' Club

Information and Booking:

  • Tours are run under the aegis of Richard Hunt, The Travellers' Club, Halnaker Park Cottage, Chichester, W Sussex PO18 0QH Tel 01243 773597.
  • Full details, including the price, are available on or via e-mail: travellersclub
  • Detailed arrangements and bookings are handled by David Nash at Prestige Holidays, 1 Fridays Court, High Street, Ringwood, Hants BH 24 1JA. Tel 01425 480600

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