Enjoy a scenic drive along the verdant coastline to the small town of Balchik. See the magnificent former summer residence of the granddaughter of Great Britain’s Queen Victoria, Romania’s Queen Marie. Here you can admire the aroma of the botanical garden, whilst observing the various plant species including – cacti. There are more than 3000 different plants within the garden so it’s clear that this is a place of interest both for history lovers and nature devotees.
On the way back to Varna visit the Aladja rock monastery, deeply cut on 40 meters high in limestone rock and includes all the rooms and chapels, that one would expect to find in a traditional monastery.
Definitely, the must see of Varna is the Archaeological museum. See the oldest processed gold in the world – Varna Necropolis, dated to 5th millennium BC.
Your last visit is the Cathedral – a perfect example of the Eastern Orthodox architecture with its superb frescoes, wood-carved iconostasis and stained glass windows.
Before returning back to the pier stop to see the ruins of the Roman Baths, built upon more than 7000 square meters of land and used to be the largest antique public building in Bulgaria