Unique visit to Saint Anastasia Island in the Bulgarian Black Sea
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Excursions & day trips

Unique visit to Saint Anastasia Island in the Bulgarian Black Sea

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German , Russian , Japanese , Swedish , Chinese
Availability: Everyday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: from 7 hours to 24 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Visit to the unique and only Bulgarian Black Sea Island
  • Relax on a 40-minute boat ride to Saint Anastasia
  • Tour the monastery, now museum, with an electronic guide
What to expect

Be secluded in an island in the Black Sea with a 40 minute ride from Bourgas port to Saint Anastasia Island.

St. Anastasia Island is turning into destination of the region and major attraction on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast after being completely restored and renovated under a European project.

The island was inhabited by monks in the 14th century; pirates burned repeatedly the monastery buildings; and in 1923 the government turned it into a prison for opponents of the regime. In 1945 prisoners were sent again to the island, this time by the new "power of the people". The entire turbulent history of the island will be preserved and exhibited in the building of the former monastery.

Today, after the restoration and reconstruction, there are no traces left of this dramatic past. Everything looks like an ethnographic complex, but as one carried on an island in the sea. Even rainwater from the roofs is drained by tile gutters into a well. The monastery has been turned into a museum and a hotel complex with rooms to accommodate the tourists, which have been designed in the spirit of the place and are made of authentic materials - wood and stone.

The church of the island is the oldest building. It is dated back to the period between the 12th and the14th century. It is famous for its unique wooden carvings. Some of the frescoes - also from the 14th century - have been restored too.

Another interesting touch of the new tourist destination is the "Lekarna" (“Healing Place”) a small garden on the roof and, if you wish, you can select and pick the herbs yourself, from which your tea to be prepared afterwards. The Monastery Lekarna offers special liqueurs typical only for this region; mixtures of wild fruits and honey by a Monastery’s recipe. These spices are also used in one of the recipes of the restaurant on the island. And, as the largest natural mussel plantation is around the St. Anastasia Island.

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What's included
  • Round trip boat tickets
  • Electronic guide
  • Museum ticket
What's not included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Personal expenses
Where

ul. "Knyaz Alexander Batenberg" 1, 8000 Harbour complex, Burgas, Bulgaria

Meeting point:

Board the ferry at the Burgas Port.

What to remember
  • Live tour guide in English or Bulgarian
  • Audio guide in the museum is available in English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese or Japanese
  • Reading material for the self-guided tour of the island is available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Japanese or Bulgarian
    • Please contact the tour operator to request your preferred language
    • You will find their information on the voucher after booking
    • This will be sent directly to your email
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When
  • Boats depart to the island at 9.00am
  • Boats return from the island to the pier at 9.00am and 2.00pm
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to boats departure
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Provider
VIP-Sliven Ltd.
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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