Day 1: Sofia. Arrival at Sofia airport. Meet from representative of BCT and professional guide. Transfer to hotel – Sofia city center. If the time allow – city tour in Sofia. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Sofia – Ognianovo – Devin – Trigrad.
We are leave to the thracian valley. The first stop is “Shatto” for wine produce – “Bessa Valley” – one of the new and biggest wine factory in Bulgaria with close circle of wine produce. We will know the process of wine produce and taste 3 different kinds of wines. After the testing we continue to the great Rhodopite mountains and visit a small village of Trigrad. After a delicious lunch in a small typical restaurant we will pass through the gorge of Trigrad and go in the Devil Throat cave. Lodging in hotel-residence Ismena**** in town of Devin. Dinner in restaurant of the hotel and overnight. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 3: Devin – Shiroka laka – Gella – Smolian – Kardjali.
Today we will visit at first secondary school for national music in village of Shiroka Laka. We will listen 30 min. how children play of national music instruments. In this area we will visit village of Gella. There we know with a local people and listen a few Rhodopien songs and voices. The singers is old woman, which is famous in Great Britain with the fascinate voices. You will feel the magic of Rhodopien mountain. We continue for the bigger rhodopien town of Smolian. Visit the planetarium (the visual story of the stars and planets). There we will visit the ethnographic complex with the street of crafts from XVII-XIX ages. After that we will go to another rhodopien town of Kardjali. Lodging in hotel Ustra***. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: Perperikon – Tatul.
Today is the day of Perpericon – ancient Thracian complex, which has discovered 2 years ago. When Octavian, father of Augustus, at the head of his army, came upon the Holy Mount of Dionysus, he consulted the oracle about his son, and the prophets said to him that his son was to rule the world, for as the wine was split onto the altar, the smoke rose up above the top of the shrine and even unto heavens, as had happened when Alexander the Great himself had sacrificed upon that same altar". Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus. It was happened in Perpericon. After a lunch near by lake of Studen Kladanets (cold well) we will visit the village of Tatul. There is ancient tracian temple where suppose that there are the place of execution of legendary Orpheus. Dinner and overnight in hotel Ustra***. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 5: Kardjali – Bachkovski Monastery – Plovdiv.
Today we vist Bachkovski Monastery – the second large and important Monstery in Bulgaria. The murals, old icons, the manuscripts and incunabula turned Bachkovo Monastery into one of the richest galleries of old Bulgarian art. After a delicious lunch in a small restaurant near Bachkovo we leave for Plovdid - the second biggest city in Bulgaria. We have a walk city tour in old part of Plovdiv.
It is declared an architectural museum reserve with over 150 monuments of culture - houses from the National Revival period. Its magnificent houses are turned into museums, galleries, workshops, restaurants, and pubs. The most distinguished examples of the Baroque of Plovdiv are the house of Koiumjioglu, the house of Georgiadi (now the Rennaissance museum of the national struggle), the house of Nedkovich (the municipality), the house of Chomaka (the gallery of the renowned Bulgarian painter Zlatyo Boyajiev), the house of Balabanov (now a gallery of modern painting, as well as a concert hall), the house of Lamartin (the house of writers) where the French poet Alfonse de Lamartin stayed during his diplomatic mission in Turkey. There is a kind of magic, some fine, fairly innocence in the spirit of Plovdiv. No wonder why UNESCO awarded Plovdiv a gold medal for architecture in 1979. Lodging in hotel Imperial *** in the near center. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: Plovdiv – Starosel – Kazanlak.
We are leaving for Starosel and visit the Thrakian tomb near the village. The monument was discovered in 2000 by Dr. Georgi Kitov. The temple-tomb of Starosel is the biggest one in the Balkans dated according to the excavator from the later 5th century BC. It is a magnificent monument of powerful ruler of Thrace, possibly Sitalk, 445/440-424 BC, comparable with his politics towards establishment of Thracian hegemony in the Balkans. After a lunch in Bulgarian SPA resort Hisaria we continue for Kazanlak – the town of roses. We will visit the museum of roses and ethnographic complex “Kulata”, where you can known more about the rose oil produce and rose jam tasting. Lodging in a smart hotel in the city center. In the evening we will visit the “ancient Thracian ritual” – show performance. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 7: Kazanlak. Today we will go to visit “The valley of the Thracian Kings” – tumulus of Ostrusha IV century BC, the tumulus with the coulombs – IV century BC, tumulus of Helvetsia – IV century BC, the tumulus of King Sevt III – III, IV century BC, the tumulus Kran – 2, century IV BC, the tomb with gryphon – IV century BC. And the end of course we will visit the uncial tomb of Kazanlak (UNESCO). Includes: (B), (D).
Day 8: Shipka – Etara – Veliko Tarnovo.
Our excursion continue for Veliko Tarnovo – the second Bulgarian capital during the ages. In the morning we will visit the Russian church near village of Shipkovo. It was erected after the Liberation as a monument to both Russian and Bulgarian dead. The golden domes and the green and pink colored facade loom against the mountains and attract the attention of the travelers in the Shipka pass. Visit the monument of Shipka peak, build in memoriam of Bulgarian and Russian soldiers against the Turkish enslave. Next stop is Etara – the open air museum for ethnographic handicrafts. You can see master craftsmen fashion beautiful gold, silver, copper, leather and wooden articles right before your eyes. The waft of freshly baked bread drifts across from an old bakery and a tiny coffee shop serves streaming sweet Turkish coffee cooked in a copper pot. Pastry cooks offer delicious home-made cookies and cakes. And around this - lovely old houses, flowers on the window sills, small shops with wooden shutters and gas lanterns on the street corners. Continue to Veliko Tarnovo. City tour. Sight-seeing Tsarevets castle and small interesting streets in the old part of Tarnovo. Lodging in hotel Concord *** or Yantra****. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 9: Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanasi – Ivanovo – Rousse.
Arbanassi village near Tarnovo is very attractive place where we will visit very old Ortodox church and typical house with revival architecture. Leaving for Rousse. It is the center of an administrative region. It is situated on the right bank of the Danube at the mouth of the Roussenski Lom river. Before the stop of Rousse we will visit one more interesting place which in UNESCO heritage list for historical world monuments. This is the Rock Monasteries of Ivanovo dug out of limestone cliffs and inhabited unite the 17th century. Lodging in hotel Danube plaza**** in the center of the city. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 10: Sveshtari. Today we will visit one more Thracian tomb. Discovered in 1982 near the village of Sveshtari, this 3rd-century B.C. Thracian tomb reflects the fundamental structural principles of Thracian cult buildings. The tomb has a unique architectural decor, with polychrome half-human, half-plant caryatids and painted murals. The 10 female figures carved in high relief on the walls of the central chamber and the decoration of the lunette in its vault are the only examples of this type found so far in the Thracian lands. It is a remarkable reminder of the culture of the Getes, a Thracian people who were in contact with the Hellenistic and Hyperborean worlds, according to ancient geographers. Return in Rousse. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 11: Rousse – Pleven – Sofia.
Return in Sofia. We will pass through town of Pleven, where visit the "Pleven Epopee - 1877" Panorama. Nowadays there are 33 panoramas all over the world. One of them with the biggest dimensions is constructed in Pleven. Pleven became internationally famous with the five-months battles during the Russian-Turkish war 1877-78 as a result of which Bulgaria was liberated from the 500 years of Ottoman yoke. The Pleven Epopee 1877 Panorama depicts these events combining painting, plastics and architecture in a whole art work. In the evening we arrival in Sofia. Accommodation in 4 stars hotel. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 12: Sofia. Departure from Sofia airport.
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