• Location: Varna, Bulgaria
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of Shumen during this 8-hour sightseeing tour from Varna. Explore the Madara archaeological reserve and view the impressive Madara Horseman, a stone relief carving dating from the 8th century. Visit the Tombul Mosque (Sherif Halil Pasha Mosque) and Memorial Complex as well as the Pliska National Historical and Architectural Reserve. Learn about the cultural heritage of the region with a tour of Shumen, including a visit to its fortress. Round-trip transportation from your accommodation in Varna is included.


  • 8-hour tour of Shumen, the Madara Archeological Reserve, and Pliska National Historical and Architectural Reserve
  • All entrance fees included
  • Learn about the cultural heritage of the region from your guide
  • Round-trip transportation from Varna

What You Can Expect

Start your day of cultural exploration with 9am pickup at your Varna accommodations.

Climb into a comfortable tour vehicle and make the 1-hour journey to the Madara Archaeological Reserve, home to the impressive Madara Horseman, a life-size carving on a sheer rock face, depicting an equestrian warrior from the 8th century. Spend an hour exploring the area before departing for your next stop. 

At the Pliska National Historical and Architectural Reserve, learn that Pliska is the former capital of the Bulgarian Empire. Stroll past ornamental buildings and through the stone Imperial Palace. 

Continue to the town of Shumen, where you will pause for lunch before exploring the town. Visit the fortress, which dates from the Trojan War, sitting on a high plateau overlooking the city. Stop by the Sherif Halil Pasha Mosque, also known as the Tombul Mosque, and get scenic views from a lookout point, then visit the Founders of the Bulgarian State Memorial Complex. Stroll through the old town of Shumen before departing for Varna. 

Your 8-hour tour ends with drop-off back at your hotel in Varna.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

Customer Reviews


4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Some of the sites we visited esp that in the picture were truly remarkable and we felt rewarded for having visited this not-on-the-beaten track area of the world. Our guide was really very good and informative

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