Situated in Eastern Europe by the Black Sea, Bulgaria is a country of rich history and spellbinding nature. With origins beginning long before the arrival of other tribes in Europe, the country has a deep-rooted history, culture and traditions that are very unique to the rest of the continent. One of the earliest civilizations (6th - 5th millennia BC) that flourished in the Bulgarian lands created the world's oldest gold treasure discovered to date - the Varna Golden Treasure. Influenced by many civilizations, the Bulgarian traditions have dramatically changed over the centuries, and it’s a worthwhile trip to experience this unique European way of life.
What makes this country in South-Eastern Europe really special?
Bulgaria has a truly unique natural environment - striking topographic variety within a relatively small compass, scenic landscape with an abundance of rivers, lakes and mineral springs, and rich plant and animal life. Combined with the remarkable cultural, historical, ethnographic and architectural diversity, this will arguably make Bulgaria one of the most popular tourist destinations.
Perperikon, the biggest Thracian megaliths in the Balkans, entirely carved into the rocks, saw its first heyday in the 2nd millennium BC, which coincided with the peak of the Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations. This is the only place in Europe and maybe in the world, where the separate civilizations did not destroy one another, but fitted into and developed on the basis of the preceding ones.
According to the legends, two crucial prophecies were made from the altar of this temple. The first one predicted great conquest and glory for Alexander the Great, and the second, several centuries later, predetermined the power and strength for the first Roman Emperor – Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus.
The most valuable artefact, found in Svetitsa mound, is the golden mask of the Thracian king Teres I – the first Thracian mask of solid gold ever found in the world, made of 23.5-carat gold and weighs 672 g.
The Thracian cult center in Starossel is the biggest in Southern and Eastern Europe with the largest temple mausoleum. It has been compared to the burial town in Mycenae. The numerous Thracian fortresses throughout Bulgaria were eventually incorporated into the Roman defense system. The Roman fortresses, in their turn became the basis of many of the thousands of fortifications of the mediaeval Bulgarian Empire.
Currently, UNESCO's World Heritage lists 9 Bulgarian landmarks - 7 cultural monuments and 2 natural reserves, all of them recognized for their exceptional value. More than 160 Bulgarian monasteries preserved the Bulgarian spirit throughout the centuries.
Whole quarters with houses have been declared heritage parks. Self-taught masters have built remarkable houses, clock towers, bridges, public drinking fountains and wells.
Specific and diverse, they are united by Bulgaria's long history and have preserved the Bulgarian identity over the centuries. Elements of pagan rituals have survived in folk costumes of mummers and fire-dancers. Today, Bulgarian folk rites and customs are re-enacted at festivals and song competitions.
Brief demonstrations of traditional production activities in our lands - wine, attar of roses and crafts (pottery, woodcarving, embroidery, etc.) are held in Etura open-air ethnographic museum near Gabrovo, as well as in Kulata ethnographic museum in Kazanluk, in Old Plovdiv, Samovodene marketplace in the old part of Veliko Turnovo, Zlatograd, Bansko, and in many others...
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Get to Know Bulgaria TOURSOur guided cultural tours will acquaint you with some of the most impressive and must-see Bulgaria places, some of them internationally known and unique:
Alexander Nevski Cathedral- keeping the world's richest icon collection in its Crypt;
Rila Monastery- the most visited Bulgarian landmark, listed in UNESCO's World Heritage;
Thracian Golden Treasuresthat conquered the modern world;
World's Oldest Crafted Goldand traces of mankind's oldest civilization (6th - 5th millennia BC);
Old Bulgarian Capitals- testimony of the greatness and glory of the Bulgarian spirit;
Famous Museum Towns- architectural masterpieces from the Bulgarian Renaissance;
The ideas listed below are just a few samples of the different types of Get to Know Bulgaria Tours we can arrange. We can create a tour based on your specific interests enriched by inspiring visits and amazing travel experience.
Grand Tour (10 days / 9 nights)
Our Grand Tour starts from Sofia and includes variety of cultural sights in Bulgaria reaching the Black Sea to the East.
Standard Tour (8 days / 7 nights)
Our Standard Tour starts from Sofia and includes the main cultural sights in the Central and Western part of Bulgaria.
Brief Tour (4 days / 3 nights)
Our Brief Tour starts from Sofia and includes the main cultural sights in Bulgaria suitably located close to the capital.
Guaranteed Departure Tours
Our guaranteed departure tours Get to Know Bulgaria are private guided tours upon request, organized for min 2 persons. The best period is April – October but mostly March and November are also very good for touring in Bulgaria.
Special discounts apply for small groups of 6 and more persons.
The price includes land services only. It may vary depending on the type of hotel accommodation, transportation and guide service.
Superior accommodation, knowledgeable and friendly tour guides, many extras…
Your Unique Tour
Our customized Get to Know Bulgaria Tours could be unlimited.
Put your ideas in the hands of our travel consultants and they will make your customized tour exclusive and memorable. We will design your tour by focusing on your specific interests: culture, history, archaeology, UNESCO sites, art, architecture, nature, music, traditions, wine and culinary. We would be glad to assist you and be at your disposal by the end of your tour taking care for all details.
Feel free to contact us and find out what we can do for you.