Khans, Tzars, Orpheus, Spartacus, Thracians, Levski, Botev … All of them start with capital ‘B’ for Bulgaria. These are also the places that you can see on your Bulgaria vacations.
Bulgaria is the Thracians – great warriors and horsemen that were feared and outsiders respected them. It is also the country of accomplished artists and farmers who grew wealthy from trading jewelry, copper and gold. Their fierce weaponry is in archaeological museums around the country. Anyone who likes to see it, can do it there. Many tombs, discovered mainly in central Bulgaria – the region of Kazanlak and Shipka, reveal the Thracians’ rituals, their beliefs. A gold mask and a bronze head of a Thracian King have been found there.
Places to see and things to do on Bulgaria vacations are waiting you to discover them. These are Rila Mountain that gave home to the Rila Monastery, the magnificent holy cloister, unity of spirituality, culture and nature. Then Rupite – a source of energy. Also the medieval archaeological complex Perperikon – the ancient monumental megalithic structures. Certainly the ‘Kukeri’ Festival – costumed men who perform rituals intending to scare the evil away and to announce the coming of spring. Another one is Nestinarstvo – a fire ritual that barefoot men and women (nestinari) perform on zharava (smouldering embers)… Visit Bulgaria and experience these places and take more mystical Bulgaria tours!
Bulgaria vacations in the sea of events, Golden times
Yes, good foundations had been laid. Time for the invaders and conquerors. First the Greeks, followed by the Scythians. Then the Romans, Byzantines and the Turks. (Istanbul guided tours) Nobody had ever spared Bulgaria. All of them left their indelible marks on the lands of that country. For us, the successors, to see, learn and know our Bulgaria travel experience.
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Since antiquity different tribes and peoples have inhabited the territory of Bulgaria. The country’s many ancient settlements and burial mounds are a proof of that. Present-day Bulgaria was also a cradle of some of the earliest civilizations in Europe. Evidence of that is the oldest gold ornament people have ever discovered. It was unearthed in the Chalcolithic necropolis near Varna. Certainly these are all also available to be visit in your Bulgaria trips.
From the age of Ancient Thrace we have inherited valuable cultural monuments, including tombs such as the Kazanlak tomb, the Aleksandrovska tomb, and the Sveshtarska tomb. We have also inherited treasures (the Panagyursko, Rogozensko, and Valchitransko treasures, among others). Last but not least are the sanctuaries and temples that remind us of times long gone. The holy places at Perperikon, Starosel, Kozi Gramadi, Begliktash, and elsewhere.
Although Bulgaria is a small country it offers many places to see and many things to do while on Bulgaria vacations. These range from the “Kukeri” Festivals to monasteries, from coastal resorts to golf resorts. Let’s not forget the rose fields and Rose Festival, as well as the ‘UFO’ building and so on. Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, with its Sofia sightseeing tour that reveals the secrets of this ancient place. Then Plovdiv, the second biggest town. Or Varna – the sea capital of Bulgaria. Or the smallest Bulgarian town, Melnik. Almost every place in Bulgaria has its own festival or celebration. Some of them are very popular, others people celebrate in the villages or towns only. Plan your Bulgaria trips and check with us for any festival to come.
Bulgaria is one of the best places you can visit and really enjoy. It’s a small country but profoundly rich in history and amazing nature. This is due to the many miracles it hides – some of them known, others unknown. Not only your eyes will be wide open for the beauties of that small, ex-communist country but you will also have your hearts set on mystical Bulgaria tours again. In short, tour Bulgaria to explore it.
Mystical Bulgaria Tours – come for your holidays to Bulgaria and see for yourselves!
One of those miracles is Krustova Gora (Cross Forest) – the legend says people get cured on that holy place while sleeping. What monks there say is you only need to remember what you saw in your dream after you woke up the next morning. Then you let energy work for your cure. For years this place has been known for its healing power and the thousands of miracles that happen there.
Its official holiday is on 14 Sept. The night before (13 Sept), many people gather to attend a night-time liturgy. Many stay for the night and spend it praying. It is said that on that night the prayers of the women who cannot have a child are heard. Krustova Gora is a place full of energy and mysticism… Many are the legends for the creation of the monastery there, complex ‘Holy Trinity – Krustova Gora’… It can be on your mystical- Bulgaria-tours list for your holiday and as one of Bulgarian destinations.
An unusual place, a source of energy, a true Bulgaria holiday
Or maybe you like to see and feel the place where a blind woman could prophecy… Vanga – the One, the Chosen, a woman of many virtues. Rupite is another place, just like Beglik Tash and many others actually, that can be part of mystical Bulgaria tours. Rupite is the place Vanga chose to build a temple there (the Church of St Petka) and spent almost 20 years of her life, before she died, to help all the people who needed it. She considered the place a source of energy and she collected her powers from it.
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Working is part of man’s nature. Relaxing is as well. Some love the silence, peacefulness of the mountain while others are absolute lovers of the water, and noisy places with many people. They love the scent of the sea, the sound of the waves. They also love the endlessness of the water, the always hungry seagulls… To them we recommend coastal Bulgaria holidays.
Not until the 1960’s was the Black Sea coastline of Bulgaria developed for mass tourism. At first, mainly the officials of the Communist party benefitted from the few resorts. Soon after that new and sophisticated resorts began to appear quickly attracting tourists from all over the world. Also, the Bulgarian seaside is generally thought of as one of the most reasonable and affordable summer destinations in Europe. In addition to it, the beautiful nature and moderate and pleasant climate make it preferable for any taste. In comparison, Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria where you can enjoy Sofia daily city tours, is offering things to see and do at any season.
Whether you are a peacefulness-seeker, a person who needs a quiet place with good family facilities or somebody who loves a relaxing recreational experience… While for the energetic, young clubbers Bulgarian coast has its many clubs, discos, cafes. Especially Sunny beach, the largest Bulgarian resort, is famous with its popular clubs and parties. Every summer world-famous celebrities and DJs visit the place to give performances. That, as well as the many small hotels, apartment-hotels and big luxurious complexes, make the resort a favourite place for Bulgaria Black Sea holidays.
Coastal Bulgaria Holidays – the two ‘faces’ of your coastal Bulgaria holidays
Divided into two parts – Northern and Southern part, due to the Balkan Mountains that cross the country, the Black Sea coastline has two ‘faces’. One of the ‘faces’ is rough – this is the northern coast. Parts of it feature rocky highlands. While the other ‘face’ is softer with its wide sandy beaches. Whichever face you choose for your holidays in Bulgaria, you won’t regret. What is more, you can combine coastal holiday with adventure Balkan tours. Not far from the seaside, in the countryside, are the alluring mountains.
If you haven’t been to Bulgaria yet, it is time to think about it and pack your luggage. Then, as soon as possible, go for Bulgaria holidays! One of the best ways to do it is to join adventure Balkan tours.
Bulgaria is a small country but with a big arsenal of interesting and adventurous offers for a holiday-long-to-remember. (daily tours Sofia)The geographical position and the nature of the country give many opportunities for different adventure Balkan tours. The country is part of the Balkan Peninsula or the Balkans (as it is known). The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch from the east of Serbia. Then go to the Black Sea at the east of Bulgaria. The Balkans have always been a centre of attraction for historians, history-lovers, adventurers.
Nature, culture and traditions on your Bulgaria mountain holidays
Most often people consider Bulgaria a cultural destination – yes, that’s true! It’s rich in history, in monuments. However, many still waiting to be explored and studied, though. But it is also true that it has surprises waiting for you. There are mountains that wait for you to climb, green forests that tempt you to smell them, feel them. Forests that make you walk through them and get charged. There are also mysterious caves, horse-riding, trekking, jeep safaris etc.
Stara Planina, the place for adventure Balkan tours
Mountains in Bulgaria are a significant part of the country. They are dominant in the southwest and central part of Bulgaria. The large mountain chain of Stara Planina (Old Mountain) runs west-east across the country, dividing it and giving the name of the entire Balkan Peninsula. An interesting thing about the mountain is that when one decides to walk across its main ridge, they will sooner or later reach the sea. It’s not going to be easy because Stara Planina might not be the highest mountain of Bulgaria but it is the one with the fiercest weather among the other mountains in the country. The reason for that is the Balkan plays the role of a natural barrier between the cold climate of the north of Bulgaria and its milder climate on the south.
On good weather, though the view is amazing. It’s worth climbing the mountain and experiencing adventure Balkan tours because of the prize – beautiful nature, clean air.
Surely, Pamporovo. Pamporovo is a modern and one of the widely famous ski resorts Bulgaria, which makes it popular for ski holidays Bulgaria. It is not far from the city of Plovdiv, the second biggest in Bulgaria, after Sofia, – only 85 km away. (walking guided tours Sofia)It is considered the sunniest resort with more than 100 sunny days in winter and mild climate. This is due to the fact that the resort is located close to the Greek border. Pamporovo offers exceptional natural beauty and excellent conditions for recreation. It is one of the gorgeous places to visit in Bulgaria in winter. Pamporovo is in the foothills of the Rhodope Mountains. Then that will let you enjoy the beautiful scenery, tranquility as well as breathe the fresh air that the mountain offers. Ski resorts Bulgaria, Pamporovo is a good choice for Balkan holidays.
The ski season in Bulgaria is from mid-December till late April. The resort rises to 1650 m. above sea level and above it hangs a majestic Mount Snezhanka (Snow white) – 1926 m. There the main and more difficult trails start.
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Bansko is a charming historic town with a stunning alpine background. It is a very popular Bulgaria destination among Bulgarian and foreign tourists. Being part of the National Park Pirin, Bansko offers a great location for both summer vacations and ski holidays Bulgaria. Since 1983 the park had fallen under the protection of UNESCO.
The town of Bansko is in the foothills of the most beautiful and towering part of the Pirin Mountain. It has a population of 12 000 people and sits at an altitude of 935 m. Bansko is only 160 km away from the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia and is definitely one of the best-preferred skiing resorts in Bulgaria. (Sofia tour guides)
Bansko is among the best places for ski holidays Bulgaria and it attracts many foreign and Bulgaria tourists in the winter season. The total length of the ski tracks is 75 km, the longest one of which is 16 km long. About 90% of all 16 tracks have canons for artificial snow for high-quality as well as long-lasting snow cover.
There is also a track equipped with lights for night skiing in the region. An open-air ice skating ring works in the town during the winter season. The highest point of the ski centre is 2560. A cabin lift is available for the tourists. There is a connection between the town and the ski zone, and with a 7 km long ski road. It offers some of the best sporting and recreation facilities such as numerous ski runs, several chairlifts and rope-lines, heli-skiing facilities serviced by helicopters, specially constructed snowboarding park. Ski runs are safe and excellently kept. Around the clock emergency aid service is in place too. Bansko is welcoming you for your Balkan holidays!
A summer something for those who like to visit Bulgaria
During the summer season the roads and the ski tracks can also be used as routes for mountain cycling. The resort is also a popular destination Bulgaria among tourists during the summer season. This is due to the various types of activities and sports that can be practiced there. These are mountain climbing, horse riding, mountain passages, rafting as well as Bansko Safari, etc. Bansko Safari – highly recommended to those who like to experience a different (from ski holidays Bulgaria) side of Bansko. It is also for those who like to get the excitement and a good overview of the Bansko region. All you need is to visit Bulgaria and enjoy the town.
A quiet place, a mountain, rich history, coziness, stunning scenery, rich wine… This is what the thousands-year-old Melnik offers, and may be more. Well, a romantic and full of charm in destination Bulgaria.
The smallest town in Bulgaria, Melnik is 130 km away from the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia, in the south-western slopes of the southern part of Pirin. (Sofia tours guide) It attracts with its ancient history, monasteries, natural landscapes… And its wine, of course, for which the locals claim that even Sir Winston Churchill had tried it and estimated its merits appropriately;-)
If you wonder what the things to do in Bulgaria are, remember this small town and its wine. Get your family or friends, travel to Bulgaria, Melnik and then indulge in a glass or two of wine.
Once a very lively place and an important trading centre, today this romantic place comprises of around 230 people and that makes it the smallest town in Bulgaria. That doesn’t make it less interesting, though. It even adds to the charm and magic of the place.
The Sand Pyramids – another reason to enjoy a Destination Bulgaria
Supposedly, the name of Melnik comes from the Slavonic word ‘Mel’, which means white clay. The first inhabitants of the place were the Thracians. Then the Romans – a few centuries later (a Roman bridge can still be seen today). And after them came the Slavs and they gave the name ‘Melnik’ to the place because of the peculiar, natural Sand Pyramids.
Today Melnik and the Pyramids are among the favourite places to visit in Bulgaria and preferred destination Bulgaria.
The Sand Pyramids – they are rock formations scattered over an area of 50 square kilometres. More than 4-5 million years ago, at the place where the today Pyramids are, there was a big flat lake. On the bottom of the lake, time had deposited clay and sandy materials.
For thousands of years different processes took place, the result of which are the Melnik Pyramids – one of the most interesting natural attractions in Bulgaria. These fantastically sculpted rocks have assumed the most varied shapes and details, resembling stone mushrooms, haystacks, minarets, alpine ridges and peaks, swords, obelisks, Egyptian pyramids, and so forth. The Melnik Pyramids became a natural landmark in 1960. Not only that but these same Pyramids that surround Melnik from all its sides, hold the wine cellars where the wine – this famous elixir stayed to ripen and mature. Choose your Bulgaria vacation among different destinations Bulgaria. Choose Melnik and you can enjoy the wine there together with many other things.
In many aspects Bulgaria is a miraculous country. It hides many known and unknown wonders. It’s not only an unusual place but a source of energy as well. It is a place that lets you become one with nature. The country offers a big arsenal of interesting and adventurous places to visit in Destinations Bulgaria.
Visit Bulgaria and discover its mineral springs. Learn about its history. Enjoy its picturesque nature and get amazed by its mysterious places.
Learn about Baba Vanga on your destinations Bulgaria
Even without having yet being on a holiday in Bulgaria, I am sure you have heard about Baba Vanga (Grandmother Vanga). Many Bulgarian and foreign tourists visit the house of Vanga and the Saint Petka Bulgarska Temple as ones of destinations Bulgaria. They are sacred places.
Vanga is a symbol of compassion, of nobility. She is a woman of many virtues as well. Vangeliya Pandeva Gushterova was the One, the Chosen.
Born in 1911 in Strumica, in today’s Macedonia, Vanga had really difficult childhood. Losing her mother at the age of 2, Vanga depended for some time on the neighbours until her father remarried and thus Baba Vanga had a stepmother, who didin’t treat her very well. She had to stay in an orphanage. Once being home for a holiday, Vanga went for a walk with her cousin. Although the weather was good, a sudden whirlwind rose and strange enough, took only Vanga. A few days later people found her in bushes with her eyes bleeding. She was badly damaged and suffering enormous pain. After this incident she went blind.
Vanga’s destiny had always been unusual and she suffered many hardships.
In 1940 she began to prophecy. At first, she heard a voice in her dream that told her about the forthcoming war (World War II). Soon after, ‘the Voice’ started talking to the blind woman while she was awake. For it Vanga said was the voice of St. John Chrysostom. He came to Baba Vanga on 6 April 1941 and since then the Saint was with her, until her death in August, 1996.
Krastova Gora (the Cross Forest), one of many mystical Bulgaria destinations
Bulgaria Destinations Day 1
First day of your customized tours Bulgaria . Firstly, we will travel to one of Bulgaria destinations, Panagyurishte, where we will go sightseeing.
Sofia – 95 km, 1,30 hours (Sofia tour guide) Plovdiv – 80 km, 1 hours Burgas – 315 km, 4 hours Varna – 437 km, 5 hours
Bulgaria Destinations Day 2
After breakfast we will make a city tour around Panagyurishte. It is a small, picturesque town in the Sredna Gora Mountain. Panagyurishte is an important place for Bulgaria as it was part of the April Uprising in 1876. It is also the birthplace of the teacher known as Rayna Knyaginya. The brave Bulgarian who sewed the flag for the Uprising. Nowadays her house is a museum.
Let your customized tours Bulgaria start. On that first day of tours Bulgaria we travel to the Rila Monastery. It is not far from the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, which is 120 km away. (private guided Sofia tours)
As soon as we reach the monastery, we check in into a hotel in the region, dinner and overnight.
Customized Tours Bulgaria Day 2
After breakfast we will visit the Rila Monastery. It’s a unity of spirituality, culture and nature. It is a National Museum and a National Historical reserve. The Rila Monastery is also in the List of World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
It’s one of the symbols of Bulgaria and also a very popular Bulgaria tourist destination for customized tours Bulgaria. There we will see the church of the Nativity of the Virgin, the grave of Tzar Boris III as well as the Tower of Hrelyo and the Rila Monastery History Museum.
Follows lunch after which the smallest town in Bulgaria, Melnik and its Pyramids are awaiting you. Surely, let’s not forget the wine produced there. When we are there, we will relax from the journey with wine trying in Villa Melnik Winery. Check in the hotel in Melnik, dinner and overnight.
Customized Tours Bulgaria Day 3
Breakfast and a short city tour around Melnik. It includes a visit to the Kordopulov’s House which is supposed to be the biggest residential building on the Balkan Peninsula from the Revival Period. Also a visit to the Museum in the town. Another monastery is awaiting us – this is the Rozhen Monastery, built in 1890, with fine frescoes and amazing wood carvings.