Sozopol - Ropotamo "The Virgin" River
Sozopol is the oldest Greek colony on the Black Sea coast. It was founded in 7th century and was called Apolloniya. Perhaps the most 'rounded' of the Black Sea resorts, Sozopol has a little bit of everything. This is the perfect place to have lunch or a cooling drink surrounded by National Revival architecture in the old town. Ropotamo is one of the most beautiful Bulgarian rivers with its drowned estuary and white water-lylies.This park protects vast natural marshes that form an important environment for rare flora and fauna, including desert orchids. The sand dunes here are the most extensive in Bulgaria. Enjoy a boat trip or a walk around the public area of the park
8.00 AM Departure from Sunny beach. Drive along the Southern Black Sea Coast. 10.00 AM Arrival at the Ropotamo river. Boat cruise along the estuary of the Ropotamo river Nature Reserve. Departure to the town of Sozopol – the ancient Apollonia. Walking sightseeing tour along the winding streets of the old Quarter and a visit to the “Holy Mother of God” Church (18th-19th century) featuring an exquisitely carved iconostasis. Free time. Lunch 16:30 PM Departure to Bourgas – the fourth biggest town in Bulgaria. Free time time in Bourgas – visit to a shopping Mall. Late afternoon return.
Includes: A/C transportation, Ropotamo boat cruise, Old Town in Sozopol, lunch, entrance fees, medical insurance, tour guiding
History of Sozopol: Sozopol is one of the oldest cities on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. The first settlement founded on the Sozopol Bay during the Neolithic Era. City callled Apolloniya in 610 BCE. Massive fortress walls were constructed to protect its monumental public buildings.The city was first incorporated into Bulgaria when the army of Han Krum occupied it in 812. Sozopol became an important diocese, with more than 20 Orthodox churches and 5 monasteries. Remains of the Saint Ivan monastery complex dating from the X-XII century are still preserved, as are the Medieval basilica in the city center and part of the Holy Apostles Monastery on Skamniy Point in the northeastern part of the Old Town.
Sozopol’s Old Town was declared a museum-reserve in 1974. The reserve includes more than 180 residences, constructed from the middle of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century. Houses in the Old Town are built of stone and wood and conform to the so-called Black Sea school of architecture. The romantic atmosphere of the Old Town attracts tourists from all over the world.
The Ropotamo Nature Reserve is a short distance south of Sozopol, on the river of the same name. There visitors may take riverboat trips to view the region’s rich assortment of birds and plant life.