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The Valley of the Thracian Kings

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 3 - 15 people
Destination(s): Bulgaria  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2110 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2410 US Dollar (USD)

Be welcome please, to take a first hand look at one of the most ancient culture in the World. The ancient Thracian nation use to live in nowadays Bulgarian territories more than 7000 years B.C. Almost every month Bulgarian archaeologists find new finds and treasures, related with the ancient Thracians. The tour includes visits to the best Bulgarian museums, Thracian tombs, Sacred Thracian temples, ancient fortress ruins, and interesting spots of more recent Bulgarian history.

Your Itinerary

Day 1:

Our tour begins with a visit to Bulgarian capital SOFIA. Today we will visit an ancient church, where we can see the wall paintings of Bulgarian rulers of XII century , i.e. the start of Bulgarian revival. After that we hope to have enough time, during the day to visit two museums with unique archaeological finds. THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF HISTORY: This is the biggest treasure-house of historical records and artefacts, some of which are more than 50 000 years old, of the Bulgarian land. There are hundreds of objects of scientific and artistic value dated from the prehistoric, the antique and the medieval periods as well as from the time of the Bulgarian revival. Works of the everyday life and material culture of one of the most ancient civilisations including the most ancient hand-made golden articles more than 6 thousand years old are exhibited there. In the show-cases we can look at the unique Thracian treasures from Rogosen - 165 pieces silver utensils, from Borovo - similar silver utensils, and the famous golden treasure from Panagiurichte. National Museum OF Arachaelogy: housed in the oldest, still preserved building in Sofia from the heyday of the Ottoman Empire (built in the second half of the 15th century). The biggest prehistoric treasure in Europe - the one discovered near the village of Valchitran dated 3200 years ago and consisting of 13 pieces of pure gold of a total weight of 12.5 kg; the treasure from Lukovit consisting of many pieces and horse-trapping decorations dated at about 2400 years ago; the treasures from Galitche, Bohot and Nikolaevo. The Museum numismatic collection is the richest one in Bulgaria and consists of thousands of coins, some of them being unique, for example 9 of the 10 famous silver coins of the Thracian tribe Derini coined 2500 years ago. In antiquity the Thracian tribe Serdi lived in the area around Sofia and gave the town they built their own name - Serdika. Parts of the fortress walls are still to be seen in the centre of contemporary Sofia. Night at Sofia town hot
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Day 2:
Today we travel / 200 km / to an ancient Roman town . Where we still can see the ruins of ancient roman fortress. It's known that the Roman rulers very often founded their towns close to mineral springs. The town we visit is such a place, with more than 40 mineral springs in his region. But before the Romans the Thracians have done the same, and we can visit / very close to the town / a Thracian sacred temple, dated more than 2200 years ago. This is one of the newest archaeological finds in our country. There is another interesting archaeological site, namely the Zaba mogila in the little neighboring town . This is a big ritual mound more than 20 m high with a Thracian tomb-mausoleum inside, over 2500 years old. Nowadays the town we visit is a archeological reserve . The best preserved fortress on the Balkan peninsula, built on the place of an ancient Thracian settlement with a Thracian heathen shrine and spa. The fortress was erected some 2000 years ago. The archeological excavations revealed family houses and public buildings, amphitheatre, barracks, 2 public baths, 9 basilicas, many tombs with wall-paintings and tessellate flooring .Visit the archaeological museum in the town too. Dinner and night at local hotel.
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Day 3:
Today we'll visit / 60 km / another old town, one of the most ancient towns in Europe. There was a settlement where contemporary town stands more than 6000 years ago. The world-famous sights a tourist should see are: the Thracian tomb, perfectly preserved, built of cut stone blocks. The Antique theatre, antique stadium, the fortified walls with turrets, the Roman thermal baths, and the multicoloured tessellate pavements preserved in their proper place. The ancient town district preserved in its original appearance with buildings from the National Revival in traditional Bulgarian architectural style, with the almost fully preserved Roman amphitheater, ruins of fortified walls and other remains some dated 3500-2500 years ago. The Museum of Archaeology: one of the richest in the country. There the visitor can see collections of prehistorically utensils, golden and silver decorative items, pectorals and arms from the time of ancient Thracians, the famous treasure from Panagiurichte (also Thracian in origin), a big numismatic collection. Dinner and night at local hotel.
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Day 4:
After breakfast we leave the town Plovdiv and we head to the next ancient town /100 km/ of our trip, where we'll see the newest archaeological finds in Bulgaria, related with the most ancient culture in Europe - The Thracian one. We'll visit a sacred Thracian place , dated at least 7000-10000 years ago. The same day, up to the time , we'll visit other interesting spots in the region, including the archaeological museum. Dinner and night at local hotel.
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Day 5:
Today we travel / 150 km / to the next small town of the trip. This is the real hearth of the Valley of Thracian Kings. The local tomb is a beehive-shaped vault built 2400 years ago, with a corridor and two premises. In these chambers are perfectly preserved multicoloured wall-paintings - the best persevered record of the antique Thracian painting found so far on the Balkan Peninsula. The tomb is declared a World Heritage Site under the UNESCO's Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The Museum of History has a rich collection of golden and silver decorative items, metal and earthenware, objects of cult. A Thracian Tomb from 1600 years old. Built of stone blocks linked by lead-coated cramp-irons. The "Sarafova " Mound with a tomb from before 1700 years. The biggest shrine complex of cult on the Balkan Peninsula from before 1600 years with portraits, plant and geometric ornaments, scenes with people and animals. There is also another Tomb-mausoleum from before 1600 years with an impressive frontage and two chambers - the first one with a spandrels, the other with a dome-shaped one, with stone flooring and funeral bed. The tomb in the mound called Sashova mogila, was built of stone blocks and consists of a corridor and two chambers from before 1700 years. The tomb in the Mound of the Grifons - the most beautiful Tharcian beehive tomb-mausoleum. Built of precisely worked stone blocks linked by lead-coated cramp-irons. Consisting of long double corridor, the first premise with spandrels and the second one - dome-shaped. Dated 1600 years ago. The tomb in the Mound of Helvetzia, a tomb-mausoleum from before 1600 years with a narthex (an antechamber) and a room. The tomb in the Mound of Shoushmanetz . Unique Thracian temple-tomb from before 1500 years built of stone blocks. Here we can see the only illustration of the ancient Thracian notion of world structure. We can't see all these unique finds for less than 3 days. Night at local hotel.
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Day 6:
We continue our tour in the Valley of the Thracian kings. On the afternoon we head / 220 km / to the Black sea coast where we'll spend one night at an ancient museum town. Dinner and night at local hotel.
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Day 7:
After morning sightseeing around the ancient town we head /180 km / to North - East , along the Black sea coast. Late afternoon we arrive at a small sea town , where we'll spend 2 nights at local hotel.
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Day 8:
A visit to the local Cape with the fortress. The fortress existed 2500 years ago and was in use until as recently as the 18th century AD. It has three stone walls with gateways. The antique vaulted tombs, Roman thermal bath, medieval church, two Thracian dome-shaped tombs and other archeological finds are well preserved and open for visitors to see. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to see the remains of the ancient town of Visonium on the high and beautiful cape of Tchatalbashim (just in front of the hotel) with the fortified walls, churches, dome-shaped tombs and other buildings. At the foot of the cape are ruins of ancient buildings and the cave-dwellings from prehistoric times. Dinner and night at the local hotel.
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Day 9:
Today we leave the town and drive / 150 km / to the next main stop of our trip. - another ancient town. where we'll spend 3 nights the local hotel. During the transfer will visit another tomb. A stone-built Thracian tomb, consisting of two premises of well worked stone blocks and stone flooring. Under the floor tiles 42 gold applications for horse-trappings picturing animals, plants and geometric figures have been discovered. A visit to the local fortress . Built where a Thracian settlement was over 4000 years ago. It was in use in early Middle Ages until the middle of 15th century. Very well preserved fortified walls with pentagonal turrets, residential and public buildings, a church and workshops. If the time permits we'll visit the local Museum of History. There we could see archaeological remains: prehistoric village mounds, Thracian burial mounds; Roman villas. The Thracian treasure discovered near the village in 1999 is exhibited there. Night at local hotel. Shumen ho
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Day 10:
Another great day follows. Today we visit two of the ancient Bulgarian capitals. Both towns were built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. Impressive stone fortified walls in two belts with gateways and turrets, the memorable Golden Church and palaces of Bulgarian rulers. The second capital, some 200 years before the first . It was also the biggest early medieval fortress on the Balkan Peninsula (apart from one in Constantinopol) built on an area of 28 sq. km! Walls with gateways and turrets are preserved as well as two of the palaces of the ruling princes, public and residential buildings, churches with the biggest one in the medieval world - the Big Basilica. In the afternoon a visit to the next Thracian complex follows. There we can see many Thracian mounds as well as the biggest and most impressive Thracian tomb-temple in North Bulgaria, the only one having internal plastic decoration. In the central chamber there are 10 sculptural figures of caryatids who support the arch with their raised arms. The area has been an important centre for the rulers of the Thracian tribe Gheti 2500 years ago. Night at the local hotel.
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Day 11:
Transfer /230 km/ to an open-air museum with a stop at historical town(another old capital of Bulgaria). After leaving the town, in the afternoon, we head south for the open-air museum . We will spend 1 night at the Etara hotel built in the traditional Bulgarian architectural style. The restaurant offers Bulgarian national dishes and drinks. At the open-air museum those interested can have a look at our old Bulgarian crafts and buy typical Bulgarian souvenirs Night at the Etara hotel.
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Day 12:
After the breakfast we visit the open air museum. About lunch time we drive / 200 km / back to Sofia, for 2 nights accommodation.
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Day 13:
Today we visit / 130 km one way / the world famous Rila monastery. Rila monastery is declared a World Heritage Site under the UNESCO's Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Late afternoon we drive back to Sofia .
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Day 14:
After Breakfast a departure follows.
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Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

All the prices are in US dollars. Every tourist can pay in any currency he declares to do so. The tour price includes:

all ground transport

all food - full board with packed lunches

accommodation in heated in winter hotels, every room with bathroom and running hot water

special guide

all nature reserves entrance fees

coffee or a soft drink for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The price doesn't cover travel health insurance of the tourists, alcohol, beer, wine, hard drinks and all items of personal nature.

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