Tour
June 17–18 2017
Sredna Gora Mountains & Plovdiv
Wine and Thracian herritage

Saturday, June 17
Sredna gora mountian: Starosel & Panagyurishte
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 Koprivshtitsa where our place of accommodation is.

After you leave your luggage we can go on tour of Koprivshtitsa – one of the characteristic Bulgarian towns, still preserving the atmosphere of the Bulgarian National Revival period of the 19th century. Highlights of the town are the museum-houses:
— “Oslekova Kashta" – it is the most famous architectural and ethnographic site in the town – dating from the 19th century. It was once ownership of a rich merchant from Koprivshtitsa.
— The home of Georgi Benkovski – the leader of the April uprising in 1876
— The house of Luben Karavelov, which acquaints you with the revolutionary and journalistic activities of one of the most important Bulgarian politicians;
— Dimcho Debelianov's house – one of the greatest Bulgarian poets
— Todor Kableshkov's house is one of the most imposing monuments of the Revival architecture in the town. It is considered as a supreme architectural achievement.
Sunday, June 18
Ustina village & Plovdiv
After breakfast, we'll head to the village of Ustina, where we'll be able to see one impressive and a great example of a winery. We'll take a look at the winery and it's vineyards, after which we'll have lunch and have a degustation of some of the winery's finest selections. After lunch – a transfer to 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.
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