UX Sofia Tour

November 10–11 2018
Sredna Gora Mountains & Plovdiv
Wine and Thracian herritage
Saturday, November 10
Sredna gora mountian: Starosel & Plovdiv
We begin the tour in Sofia. Transfer to Starosel, where we will be able to see the Thracian tomb – one of the best well kept ancient Thracian heritage sites, from 4th century BC. The tomb and the area are a part of important religious meaning for the Thracians. Impressive with it's fence (kerpida) made of stone blocks, the parade stairs with a corridor & the cult square. We'll have lunch in Starosel. After this we'll head to the town of Plovdiv where our place of accommodation is.

Sunday, November 11
Ustina village & Plovdiv
After breakfast we will visit Plovdiv – one of the oldest European towns & a variety of archeological memorials from Thracian, Romanian and Medieval times. There is plenty to see in its vibrant and attractive center:

Architectural complex “Old Plovdiv”
— The Etnographical museum – exhibiting fine example traditional artifacts and spiritual culture of the people of Plovdiv region. The house itself is probably the most beautiful house in Plovdiv – Bulgarian Baroque architecture from the 1847.
— The Roman theatre – one of the best preserved in Europe, from the 2nd AD.
— Mosque “Djumaia Djamia" – one of the three examples of the oldest type of Ottoman worship buildings still preserved on the Balkan Peninsula.
— Roman stadium - some archeologists think that here were leaded games from the Septimus Severus time (193–211). The flashiest competitions were the Alexandrian games, which were just like the Greek Olympic games.

If there's enough time we can do a visit to the Bachkovo monastery – second largest monastery in Bulgaria. Transfer back to Sofia.