Pilgrimage Tour “In Search of the Holy Places of Christianity”

Craiova – Maglavit – Calafat – Vidin – Belogradchik – Montana – Vratsa – Vidin – Craiova

Length of the pilgrimage route: 600 km
Duration: 5 days
Appropriate season: Year-round

This pilgrimage tour lasts for 5 days and includes visits to monasteries and churches located in and around the settlements Craiova – Maglavit – Calafat – Vidin – Belogradchik – Montana – Vratsa – Vidin – Craiova. Some of the suggested monasteries offer accommodation and where this is not possible the pilgrims may prefer to chose a hotel or other type of accommodation.

Day 1
Day 1 – Craiova - Calafat – Vidin - Belogradchik - Chiprovtsi

Visit to Madona Dudu Church, St. Demetrius Cathedral, Mântuleasa Church and the Church of the Holy Trinity, Craiova (optional)

Departure from Craiova

Visit to the Monastery of Maglavit or visit to the St. Nicholas Church, Calafat (optional)

Visit to the Museum of Art and Ethnography, Calafat (optional)

Departure to Belogradchik

Lunch in Vidin area

Departure to Belogradchik and visit to the Magura cave or Kaleto fortress in Belogradchik and The Belogradchik Rocks (optional)

Departure to Chiprovtsi, dinner and overnight accommodation

Day 2
Day 2 – Chiprovtsi – Monastery of Saint Ivan Pusti

Visit to the Chiprovtsi Monastery of St. John of Rila, town of Chiprovtsi

Free time in Chiprovtsi and visit to the Museum in the town

Lunch in the town of Chiprovtsi

Departure to the Monastery of St. Ivan Pusti

Dinner and overnight accommodation in the Monastery

Day 3
Day 3 – Vratsa - Cherepish

Departure to Vratsa

Visit to the Cathedral of the Holy 12 Apostles, Vratsa

Visit to the Church of Saints Constantine and Helen, Vratsa

City tour and visit to the Ledenika cave

Lunch in Vratsa

Visit to the Cherepish Monastery of the Dormition of the Theotokos

Visit to the Ritlite rock formation, Skoklya waterfall, the Cherepish rocks (optional)

Dinner and overnight accommodation in the area

Day 4
Day 4 – Vidin

Departure to Vidin

Visit to the churches of St. Pantaleon and of the St. Paraskevi, the Cathedral of St. Demetrius and the Church of St. Nicholas

Lunch in Vidin

Free time: visit to the Baba Vida Fortress, Krastata Kazarma museum and Historical Museum, Vidin (optional)

Dinner and overnight accommodation in Vidin

Day 5
Day 5 – Departure

How to get here?

  • Sofia International Airport, Bulgaria
  • Craiova International Airport, Romania
  • Otopeni International Airport, Bucharest, Romania
  • Car rental, bus, train, own transport, travel agencies in Bulgaria and Romania

Visa requirements

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria, address: 1113 Sofia, 2 Alexander Gendov Street; telephone: +359 2 948 2999; web site: https://www.mfa.bg/en/uslugi-patuvania/konsulski-uslugi/patuvane-bulgaria/viza-bulgaria
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania; tel. +40 21 232 55 07; Website: http://www.mae.ro/taxonomy/term/450/2

Tourist information centres in Bulgaria

Tourist information centres in Romania

County of Mehedinţi

County of Dolj

County of Olt