WALKING THE STEPS

OF THE MOST ANCIENT EUROPEAN CIVILIZATIONS

13-25 April 2019

21 August-02 September 2019

Description

The tour offers a special route and program, revealing the secrets of Europe’s most ancient civilizations, which inhabited the Balkan Peninsula thousands of years ago. During this rich cultural tour, travelers will visit some of the most remarkable monuments of the Thracian culture and will walk the steps of Orpheus and Spartacus. The itinerary focuses on archeology and history of the ancient people and includes visits to some of the UNESCO’s world cultural heritage sites, located in Bulgaria. Travelers will have a taste of the Thracian tradition of wine making and visit the temple of Dionysus, most presumably located in Perperikon- one of Europe’s largest megalithic structures and highlight of this trip.

Itinerary

Day 1– arrival in Ruse, Bulgaria (transfers from Bucharest Airport, Romania); transfer to hotel; overnight in Ruse (city hotel***); welcome drinks and dinner included.

Day 2– half-day bus tour to Ivanovo Rock Church- one of UNESCO’s cultural sites in Bulgaria, and the Medieval Fortress of Cherven; walking tour of Ruse; wine- tasting and folklore show in the evening; overnight in Ruse; breakfast, wine tasting and dinner included.

Day 3– half-day bus tour to Sveshtari Thracian Tomb- part of UNESCO’s world cultural heritage; free afternoon; overnight in Ruse; breakfast and dinner included.

Day 4– bus transfer to Kazanlak- on the way, stop in Etara- Bulgaria’s most popular ethnographic complex, and on the historical Mount Shipka (drive through Shipka Pass); overnight in Kazanlak (city hotel***); breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5– half-day bus tour to the Valley of the Thracian Kings- visit four of the most remarkable and well-preserved monuments of Thracian culture; in the afternoon visit the Museum of Bulgarian Rose; overnight in Kazanlak; breakfast and dinner included.

Day 6– whole-day bus tour to Koprivshtitsa- architectural reserve from the National Revival Period of Bulgaria; visit Starosel- the largest underground temple of the Thracians on the Balkan Peninsula; visit the famous Starosel winery and try the local wines; overnight in Kazanlak; breakfast, wine tasting and dinner included.

Day 7– bus transfer to Kardjali, South Bulgaria; free afternoon on the Kardjali Lake; overnight in Kardjali (resort hotel***); breakfast and dinner included.

Day 8– whole-day bus tour to Perperikon- the largest megalithic structure on the Balkans- the archeological complex is home of the most ancient European civilizations, and presumably of the famous temple of the Thracian God Dionysus; visit Tatul- the Thracian sanctuary, connected with the stone grave of the mythic Thracian singer Orpheus; overnight in Kardjali; breakfast and dinner included.

Day 9– free time on the Kardjali Lake; overnight in Kardjali; breakfast and dinner included.

Optional bus and walking tour³⁾ to the Orlovi Skali (Eagle Rocks) – the rocks boast over 100 cult niches, carved in the stone at an altitude of 30m (lunch boxes included).

Day 10– bus transfer to Varna- Bulgaria’s biggest sea-side city; on the way visit the Ancient Nessebar- a museum city, part of UNESCO,  with over 40 well-preserved churches from the Byzantine and Early Christianity Period; overnight in Varna(city hotel***); breakfast and dinner included.

Day 11– half-day bus tour to the fortress of Kaliakra Cape and the Botanical Garden of Balchik; walking tour to the Archeological Museum of Varna, storing the oldest golden treasure in the world (5000-4000 BC); free time; overnight in Varna; breakfast and dinner included.

Day 12– bus transfer to Ruse- on the way visit the Madara Horseman- the unique rock relief from the 7th century is listed in UNESCO’s world cultural heritage and is  only one of its kind with no parallel in Europe; overnight in Ruse (city hotel***); breakfast and dinner included.

Day 13– departure; transfers to the airport (Bucharest, Romania); breakfast included (for early transfers too).

PRICES 2019

GROUP SIZE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY SINGLE OCCUPANCY
group of 18 and more 1.010 Euro (1.975 BGN) 1.190 Euro (2.327 BGN)
group of 7-17 people 1.290 Euro (2.523 BGN) 1.470 Euro (2.875 BGN)
group of 3-6 people 1.710 Euro (3.344 BGN) 1.890 Euro (3.697 BGN)
2 people 2.190 Euro (4.283 BGN) 2.380 Euro (4.655 BGN)

PRICES ARE PER PERSON IN EURO AND BGN, BASED ON DOUBLE OR SINGLE OCCUPANCY

Price includes:

  • Transfers from and to Bucharest International airport (Romania);
  • Accommodation with private bathroom- 12 overnights (3* hotels);
  • Hotel services- internet access, swimming pool, sauna, fitness;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle, providing all transfers and tours from the itinerary;
  • English-speaking tour leader, accompanying the group during the whole tour;
  • English-speaking local guides;
  • Entrances to all museums and tourist sites, part of the itinerary;
  • All meals stated on the itinerary, including table water, coffee/tea;
  • Wine tastings and folklore show, as stated on the itinerary;
  • A bottle of water (0,5l) per person, available on the bus every day of the tour;
  • Printed materials, maps, tourist information brochures.

Price does not include:

  • Airline tickets;
  • Meals, not stated on the itinerary and any additional beverages;
  • Optional tours;
  • Personal hotel services- room service, phone calls, laundry;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Gratuities for local guides, tour leader and driver.