90 € – 1 person; 50 €p/p – 2 persons; 35 € p/p – 3 persons; 30 € p/p – 4 persons;
IT IS A PRIVATE TOUR! You wouldn’t be combined with other people.
Time: 8:30 h.
INCLUDED: English speaking guide and transport; pick up and drop off
NOT INCLUDED: Personal expenses and museum entrance fees
Transportation by car
Best time of the year: March – November
Although it is not a typical hiking tour the comfortable shoes are must
- 8:00 – 10:00 pick up at your hotel at transfer to Poganovo Monastery (crossing non EU border, the distance is about 100 km)
- 10:00 – 10:30 visiting Poganovo Monastery
- 10:30 – 11.15 short transfer to village Zvonce, and hiking to a beautiful gorge
- 11:15 – 12:00 transfer to Pirot (about 45 km)
- 12:00 – 13:30 Visiting Pirot fortress and Ethnographic Museum
- 13:30 – 14:30 lunch (optional)
- 14:30 -16:30 transfer to Sofia and drop off (crossing border, the distance is about 90 km)
Poganovo Monastery is famous for its frescoes. They are from 15-th century, and follow the late Byzantium style. Nowadays scientists argue if it is a Serbian or Bulgarian monastery. A two face icon, kept in Sofia and copied on the place, is a unique piece of art, which also reflect in a strange way the troubled time of the Ottoman invasion. The Monastery is located in a small valley, closed from both sides by a vivid gorges of Erma river. It is a very peaceful, beautiful and quiet place.
After several more kilometers by car we reach the village of Zvonce. From here across the old bridge and through an abundant railroad tunnel we pass the picturesque cannon.
Town of Pirot
The name of the town comes from the Tower. The tower called Momchil kale is from 14-th century. During the ottoman time the town was famous carpentering center, now, being the biggest place along the border, it is supposed to be a bridge between Bulgaria and Serbia. The rich ethnographic museum represents the life of the people two hundred years ago.