Silversea Luxury Cruises To Nesebar

Nesebar

Nessebur (sometimes spelled "Nesebâr" or "Nessebar"), a rocky peninsula jutting from the Bulgarian coast, is one of Bulgaria's most popular tourist destinations. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to an amazing mix of historic architecture-including Greek and Roman remains-and some beautiful stone churches dating to the early Middle Ages. The town was originally known as Messambria and was colonized by the Greeks in the 6th century BC. Later, the Romans came and stayed through the early years of the first millennium. View more

In the Middle Ages, the town for a time became a stronghold of the Byzantine Empire, ruled from Constantinople. The 19th century saw another building boom, this one of evocative stone and wooden houses in the style known as Bulgarian National Revival. Cruise ships dock at the passenger terminal in the older part of Nessebur. The main sights of the historic core, as well as the most interesting shops and galleries, are a 5-minute walk from the terminal. The port area has taxis and buses that can take you across the causeway to the modern section on the mainland (a 15-minute walk) or to the nearby beach resorts.

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Excursions in Nesebar

Pomorie Highlights

Join this pleasant half-day tour that offers you the opportunity to visit the most popular attractions of Pomorie resort highlighted by a wine and brandy tasting along with a folkloric show.


Pomorie

Departing from the pier in an air-conditioned coach, make the panoramic drive to the Pomorie resort, located on a small peninsula in the centre of the biggest salt pans in Bulgaria. The town was founded in the 4th century BC near the salty lake, which the ancient Thracians called "sacred" for its curative mud. The salt-pans surrounding Pomorie Lake, one of Bulgaria's main sources of salt, are nowadays renowned for its therapeutic mud baths. Sited upon a peninsula, Pomorie is a quiet, relaxed seaside town with a colourful fishing port.


Thracian Tomb

Make your first stop at the Thracian tomb, one of the most famous monuments of Thracian culture dating back to the late IV - early III century B.C. The entry to the domed tomb is gained through a vaulted 22-metre long corridor. The tomb itself is a round premise with a diameter of 11.5 metres. In the middle you can see a cylindrical hollow column with five niches hollowed out in the wall. Presumably the tomb was decorated with frescoes, as evidenced by plaster fragments preserved in the vaults of the main room of the tomb.



Museum of Salt

Next, proceed to the Museum of Salt, the only of its kind in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe, presenting original technology of salt production by means of natural solar evaporation of salty sea water. Located near the old town, it's a narrow strip of land with an area of 20 acres displaying an exhibition, which allows you to trace the history of salt production in region from ancient times. View a unique collection of photos from 20-th century, old topographical maps, models, authentic salt equipment and instruments.


Pomorie Winery

The final stop on your tour will be at the wine cellars of Pomorie built in 1932, where famous Bulgarian wines mature. Tour the cellars and have a wine and brandy tasting session accompanied by a folkloric show presenting authentic Bulgarian folk music and dance. Conclude the tour with an approximate 30-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note: Tour involves moderate walking over both paved and uneven gravel surfaces along with stairs to negotiate. We suggest guests wear seasonal clothing, flat, walking, shoes and sun protection. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

Cooking Bulgarian Style

Indulge your senses with the history and flavours of Nessebur during this walking tour through the Old Town and a Bulgarian cooking class, with lunch at a local restaurant.


Depart the pier for a guided walking tour through Nessebur. Along the way, discover the city's most scenic areas, including its ancient section situated on a peninsula.


Old Town Walking Tour

Nessebur's first settlements date from the 15th century B.C., and reflect their Thracian, Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine, and Medieval Bulgarian roots. The Old Town of Messambria offers a maze of narrow and winding streets, and graceful, two-storey timbered houses that are brightly-adorned with flowers. Colourful cafés, restaurants, and charming art and crafts shops dot the downtown and waterfront areas. As you proceed along the narrow old streets, a visit is made to St. Stefan Church, followed by viewing the rest of the old Nessebur churches dating back between the 5th and 18th centuries. Upon reaching the bustling ancient harbour town, pause for a look at the remains of the early Byzantine fortress on the west side of the city, then visit the Archaeological Museum.


Archaeological Museum

The museum houses a fascinating collection of some 5,000 relics and artefacts, including Greek terracotta statuettes, black-lacquered ornamental pottery, Roman vases and sculptures, Byzantine coins, Thracian bracelets and necklaces, and 16th-18th-century Bulgarian icons.


Cooking Class and Lunch

Next, proceed to a local restaurant for a memorable culinary experience. Upon arrival, you are welcomed in a traditional way, with bread and salt, then invited to observe a cooking demonstration by a Bulgarian chef. Bulgarian food is famous for its variety, and is greatly influenced by the surrounding regions. Following the cooking class, a lunch consisting of the most famous traditional Bulgarian dishes accompanied by locally-produced wine is served. After lunch, you may opt to walk directly back to the pier, or remain in town for further exploration and return to the ship on your own.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with many steps to negotiate, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The order of sites visited may vary. This tour offers a cooking demonstrations and is not a hands-on learning experience.

Walk of Old Town & Bulgarian Folk Art

Explore the Medieval history, traditions and flavours of Nessebur during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Old Town.


Nessebur Churches

Depart the pier for the brief guided stroll to the Medieval town of Nessebur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. En route, walk uphill and past the ruins of the 14th-century St. Alliturgetos Church, which is adorned with decorative bricks and plaster architectural elements. Continue on for a visit to the 11th-century Church of St. Stephen, a prime example of Medieval Bulgarian architecture with a beautiful façade. Inside, view well-preserved, late-Medieval murals and 258 paintings, including more than 1,000 figures and an ornately carved bishop's throne.


Old Town Walking Tour

Next, proceed for a guided walking tour along the cobblestone streets to the central part of the Old Town. Visit the ruins of the Church of St. Sophia, a remarkable monument of Byzantine architecture built in the late-5th century and rebuilt 400 years later. Afterwards, exterior photo stops are made at the St. John the Baptist and Christ Pantocrator churches. Nessebur's main landmark, the Church of Christ Pantocrator boasts spectacular architecture, houses an art gallery and ranks among the best-preserved churches in the Old Town.


Ethnographic Complex and Wine Tasting

Next, re-board your coach for the 45-minute drive to the Ethnographic Complex of Bata village. This homestead museum is dedicated to Bulgarian crafts and folk traditions. Inside the house you may see old women weaving on looms and spinning wool, outside-various workshops representing artisans at work: pottering, woodcarving, pelt treatment, children souvenirs making, dressmaking and tailoring atelier. In the courtyard of the house you will see the place for coal fire burning at night and reviving the ancient pagan art of 'kouker' dancing or fire walking on hot coals. Your tour concludes with a wine tasting and folkloric performance at the homestead restaurant Golden Barrel before commencing the 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 766 yards (about 700 metres), at times over cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 5 steps to homestead museum and 55 steps from the pier to the Old Town. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the Church of St. Stephen; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests must be over 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary.

Varna-Bulgarian Sea Capital

Experience Bulgaria old and new during this full-day excursion to the Old Town of Nessebur, and a visit to the picturesque resort-city of Varna.


Nessebur Churches

Depart the pier for the brief guided stroll to the Medieval town of Nessebur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. En route, walk uphill and past the ruins of the 14th-century St. Alliturgetos Church, which is adorned with decorative bricks and plaster architectural elements. Continue on for a visit to the 11th-century Church of St. Stephen, a prime example of Medieval Bulgarian architecture with a beautiful façade. Inside, view well-preserved, late-Medieval murals and 258 paintings, including more than 1,000 figures and an ornately carved bishop's throne.


Old Town Walking Tour

Next, proceed for a guided walking tour along the cobblestone streets to the central part of the Old Town. Visit the ruins of the Church of St. Sophia, a remarkable monument of Byzantine architecture built in the late-5th century and rebuilt 400 years later. Afterward, exterior photo stops are made at the St. John the Baptist and Christ Pantocrator churches. Nessebur's main landmark, the Church of Christ Pantocrator boasts spectacular architecture, houses an art gallery and ranks among the best-preserved churches in the Old Town.


Varna

Following your visit to the Old Town, re-board your coach for the scenic, 1.5-hour drive along the verdant coastline to Varna, Bulgaria's sea-capital. En route, refreshment and comfort stops are made before reaching the Asparukhov Bridge. The bridge connects Varna Lake and the Black Sea, and offers panoramic vistas overlooking the city and sea.


Archaeological Museum and Cathedral

Upon arrival in downtown Varna, a visit is made to the Archaeological Museum, the city's main attraction. View a collection of Chalcolithic Necropolis treasures dating from 4,000 B.C., and a rich assortment of Bulgarian icons. A stop is also made at the Assumption Cathedral of Virgin Mary. This imposing landmark is decorated with exquisite iconostasis, icons, superb murals and stained-glass windows.


Lunch

After some free time to browse for souvenirs, proceed for a traditional Bulgarian lunch accompanied by Bulgarian vodka, or 'Rakia', and wine. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximate two-hour drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 0.9 miles (about 1.5 kilometres) over cobblestone surfaces and inclines in the Old Town, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, six steps at the entrance of the Assumption Cathedral, 16 steps at the entrance of the restaurant, 50 steps at the Archaeological Museum, and 55 steps from the pier to the Old Town. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the churches; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests must be over 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary.

Medieval Nessebur & Mountain Safari

Explore the Old Town and mountains of Nessebur in a unique new way during this full-day excursion.


Nessebur Churches

Depart the pier for the brief guided stroll to the Medieval town of Nessebur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. En route, walk uphill and past the ruins of the 14th-century St. Alliturgetos Church, which is adorned with decorative bricks and plaster architectural elements. Continue on for a visit to the 11th-century Church of St. Stephen, a prime example of Medieval Bulgarian architecture with a beautiful façade. Inside, view well-preserved, late-Medieval murals and 258 paintings, including more than 1,000 figures and an ornately carved bishop's throne.


Old Town Walking Tour

Next, proceed for a guided walking tour along the cobblestone streets to the central part of the Old Town. Visit the ruins of the Church of St. Sophia, a remarkable monument of Byzantine architecture built in the late-5th century and rebuilt 400 years later. Afterward, exterior photo stops are made at the St. John the Baptist and Christ Pantocrator churches. Nessebur's main landmark, the Church of Christ Pantocrator boasts spectacular architecture, houses an art gallery and ranks among the best-preserved churches in the Old Town.


Erketch

Following your visit to the Old Town, board a 4WD vehicle and drive inland through picturesque mountain and forest roads leading to the village of Erketch. En route, a stop is made at a shooting-ground for an air-gun shooting exercise. Upon arrival in Erketch, a visit is made to a local home for a taste of Bulgarian hospitality. After a guided tour of their home, your hosts serve you a home-made cheese-and-egg pie known as 'bannitsa'.


Cloister Visit

Leaving Erketch, drive across the river and through picturesque surroundings before reaching the Cloister of St. Constantine and Elena. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the cloister grounds and sample pure water from the curative Holy Spring. During your visit, you may opt to ascend the TV Tower for splendid views of the Black Sea Coast and Sunny Beach, Bulgaria's largest resort.


Lunch and Vodka-Making Demonstration

Your tour concludes with a traditional Bulgarian lunch at a local restaurant in the village of Kosharitsa. After lunch, observe the process by which the local vodka, 'Rakia', is made before commencing the approximate one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre) and driving over bumpy, partially-unpaved roads, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the off-road vehicle, 55 steps from the pier to the Old Town and approximately 150 steps to ascend the TV Tower. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must be in good physical condition with no back/neck problems to participate. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests must be over 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary.

Silver Shore Privato - Nessebur by Private Car with Guide - Half Day

Explore Nessebur at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Nessebur by Private Car with Guide - Full Day

Explore Nessebur and the area up to 30 km surrounding Nessebur at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. This service is available for touring the port city up to a range of 30 km outside the city. Additional charges will be incurred for guests wishing to tour further afield.

Silver Shore Privato - Nessebur by Private Van with Guide - Half Day

Explore Nessebur at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type and capacities varies depending on availability. Participation is generally limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Nessebur by Private Van with Guide - Full Day

Explore Nessebur and the area up to 30 km surrounding Nessebur at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. This service is available for touring the port city up to a range of 30 km outside the city. Additional charges will be incurred for guests wishing to tour further afield.