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Nestling on a small rocky peninsula, the more than 3,000-year-old Bulgarian town of Nessebar was originally a Thracian settlement Messambria. North and south of the peninsula beach strips stretch covered with the finest sand along the Black Sea coast linked with the beaches of Slynchev Bryag (Sunny Coast). At the beginning of the 6th century B.C., the city became a Greek colony. The city's remains, mostly from the Hellenistic period, include the acropolis, a temple of Apollo, an agora and a wall from the Thracian fortifications. Among other monuments, the Old Metropolitan Basilica and the fortress date back to the Middle Ages, when this was one of the most important Byzantine towns on the west coast of the Black Sea. Wooden houses built in the 19th century are typical of the Black Sea architecture of the time. Nessebar's rich and exotic past has earned this museum town a place on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Nessebar on Foot (HD)

Walk through one of the oldest towns in Europe that still exudes the spirit of different ages and peoples. Here innumerable churches and handsome houses combine in a unique and unforgettable setting. Nessebar's greatest wealth are its many churches: St. Sophia, the Old Metropolitan Church, Basilica of St. John Alyturgetos (Unsanctified), Church of St. Stephen, also called the New Metropolitan Church, Church of Christ Pantocrator (Ruler of the Universe). The construction and the plastic decorative peculiarities of the Nessebar churches, dating back to the 10th-14th centuries, set them apart in a separate group, characteristic with the picturesque design of facades. The mural ornamentation of each church constitutes a unique harmony of stone, red brick, variegated ceramic rosettes and circular plates. A beautiful panorama of the ancient busy harbor town of Nessebar will soon unfold before you as you pause to have a look at the remains of the early Byzantine Fortress on the western side of the city. During your visit of the site a stop will be made at the Archaeological Museum. There will be an opportunity to purchase some mementos followed by refreshments and a Bulgarian folk show arranged in a local restaurant.

Folk Performance & Lunch (HD)

Walk through Nessebar to marvel at the remnants of an antique fortified wall with a gate dating back to the 3rd-4th c., as well as the medieval churches which are fine works of Bulgarian and Byzantine architecture, and the houses of the revival period that give the town unique appearance and atmosphere. Board a coach for a drive to the warm calm sea and sandy beaches to bask in the sun and bathe, weather permitting. A typical Bulgarian-style lunch served at a local restaurant will be a relaxing ending to this tour. Enjoy a folkloric display presented by dancers, musicians and singers, all performing in colorful national costumes.

Countryside Tour (HD)

Begin your tour with a guided walk to capture the essence of this lovely town. The medieval churches are remarkable sites of Nessebar: the Old Metropolitan Church in an early Byzantine style, the New Metropolitan Church, containing valuable 12-th century murals, the Christ Pantocrator and Alyturgetos churches (13th-14th c.). The Bulgarian National Revival architectural ensemble encompasses about 60 houses, picturesquely overhanging narrow cobbled streets leading right into the sea. The design is characteristic of the Black Sea coast -- stone basement, wood-paneled upper floor, numerous bay windows, supported by corbels. The houses of Mouskoyani, of captain Pavel, the Bogatov house, the Rousiev house, and others are of great interest. Next take a coach and venture to a typical Bulgarian village for a delicious lunch featuring local specialities. Talented performers will present a splendid folk show for your enjoyment. Fall under the spell of nature, old times and the irresistible charm of the Bulgarian countryside residents.