The oldest city in Europe, Rodopha mountain and the Vanga Prophet

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€359 per person
Duration
4 days / 3 night
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More than 1
Travellers
2-16

The oldest city in Europe, Rodopha mountain. the Vanga Prophet

Tour Highlights:
♦ Vanga - the famous Prophet with over 80% accuracy.
♦ Trigrad the famous city of Orpheus and the heart of the Rodopha Mountains.
♦ The smallest town famous with one of the best wines in the world.
♦ The oldest city In Europe Plovdiv with a lot of Thracian, Roman, Ottoman and Slavic culture.
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Experience the beautiful mountains combined with the mesmerizing legend of Baba Vanga. The prophet's predictions have 80% accuracy.

What's included

Destination
Plovdiv , Rhodope mountain , Rila mountain Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Your accommodation in Sofia
Return Location
Your accommodation in Sofia
Tour Start Date & Time
July 4, 2022 9:00 am View other Times
Price includes
  • A guides tour of amazing places
  • Breakfast and dinner included
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • First class accommodation or best available
  • Private transfers
Price does not include
  • Gratitutes
  • Meals and beverages not included in the tour description
  • Services not specifically noted in the itinerary

Plovdiv

Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe – the beginning of its history dates back to 4,000 years BC. In the beginning, the ancient settlement was situated on the natural elevation between Nebet, Taksim and Dzhambaz hills (the Three Hills). In ancient times Thracians inhabited the Three Hills and built a fortified settlement – the largest city in Thrace. In the 4th century BC, Plovdiv was conquered by Phillip of Macedonia. He gave the city one of its many names – Phillipopolis and had it surrounded by thick fortified walls. Later the Thracians regained their power over the city, but after a series of battles in the 1st century AD, it became a part of the Roman Empire.
Plovdiv remained the second largest and economically important city after Sofia to the present day. The city is a large industrial and commercial center. The famous Plovdiv International Fair, which annually hosts the presentation of goods and exchange of contacts and experience between sellers from all around the world, is conducted here. The town hosts theater, dancing and movie festivals, and the numerous archaeological finds of Thracian, Roman and Byzantine times not only recall the glorious past but are successfully combined with the modern architecture of the city. An example of this is the Roman aqueduct, which has become an indispensable part of Komatevsko Shose road; the Amphitheatre was successfully restored and is presently used for performances. The city has several museums – historical, archaeological, ethnographic, and natural science museum, as well as an Art Gallery and a Drama Theatre. One of the most famous landmarks is the architectural complex of the Ancient Plovdiv, where many beautiful houses from the times of the Bulgarian Revival had been preserved and restored. Many of them are inhabited to the present day.
The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and a cultural and economic center of southern Bulgaria. There are many accommodation options here – from luxurious hotels to hostels. The main street of the city offers excellent opportunities for entertainment and shopping; the restaurants options are numerous.Source.

Baba Vanga

Vanga was born on 3 October 1911 to Pando Surchev (7 May 1873 – 8 November 1940) and Paraskeva Surcheva in Strumica. She was a premature baby who suffered from health complications. In accordance with local tradition, the baby was not given a name until it was deemed likely to survive. When the baby first cried out, a midwife went into the street and asked a stranger for a name. The stranger proposed Andromaha (Andromache), but this was rejected for being “too Greek” during a period of anti-Hellenic sentiment within Macedonian Bulgarian society. Another stranger’s proposal was a Greek name, but since she was Bulgarian: Vangelia (from Evangelos).

Vanga was semi-literate in Bulgarian; she could read some Braille in Serbian, as she learned in Zemun. She did not write any books herself. What she said or allegedly said had been captured by staff members. Later, numerous esoteric books on Vanga’s life and predictions were written.

Sources such as The Weiser Field Guide to the Paranormal claim that she foretold the break-up of the Soviet Union, the Chernobyl disaster, the date of Stalin’s death, the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk, the September 11 attacks, Topalov‘s victory in the world chess tournament, the tensions with North Korea. On the other hand, Bulgarian sources say that the people who were close to her claim that she never prophesied about Kursk, World War III, circulating on the Internet, and that many of the myths about Vanga are simply not true. Some evidence has also been presented that Baba Vanga did not make many of the predictions now attributed to her, but rather people frequently attribute new fake “prophecies” to her since her death, and the lack of a written record of her prophecies, makes any prediction attributed to her difficult to disprove. Source.

Melnik

The smallest town in Bulgaria (208 residents), Melnik, is nested in the south slopes of Pirin, among sand pyramids with queer forms. It is situated in the Sandanski Municipality, Blagoevgrad county, 175 km north from Sofia, and it is only 30 km from the borderline with Greece. The finds from the antiquity discovered upon the archaeological diggings testify for its centuries-old history.
The first written pieces of evidence for the Melnik Fortress refer to the beginning of the 11th century. The first settlers on the territory of contemporary Melnik were the Thracians, and more particularly the Thracian tribe Maedi, of which the legendary rebel Spartacus originated. A few centuries later, the Romans lived on this ground. This proves the ancient Roman bridge, which is still preserved in the town of Melnik. The Slavs, who were consequently residing on this territory, had called their settlement Melnik, because of the surrounding sand pyramids. The name comes from the Slavonic word “mel”, which means white clay, crayon.
In 1215 Melnik turned into a capital of an independent feudal principality, ruled by Despot Alexius Slav. The ruins of his fortress are preserved to the present days, near the town.

 

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
Day 1

9.00 We are heading the biggest monastery in Bulgaria one of the UNESCO's heritage   Photo break at the famous "Stob" pyramids one of the wonders of the world.

11.00 Visiting the Rilla monastery the oldest monastery in Bulgaria. Free time for exploration and lunch.

13.00 Departure for Rupite. Visit the church built by Vanga (story about the famous profit). Visit the house of Vanga.

15.00 We are going to drink a wine in Melnik. 
15.30 Accommodation in the hotel and short break.

16.00 Walking tour in Melnik the smallest town, and visit the biggest revival House in the Balkans. Wine tasting in a special winery located in the basement of the house.

18.00 Free time and overnight.

 

 

Day 2

8:00 - Breakfast. We metaphorically set sail for Trigrad across the Rodopha mountain. Photo break!

12:00 - We will leave our luggage in the hotel. Time for Lunch.

13.00 - Our first stop will be the "Devil's throat" accompanied by a mesmerizing story of Orpheus.

13:30 - Following by the "Yagodina" cave and than we will get on several jeeps and visit the Trigrad gorge with amazing view!

 18.00 We will head out to the hotel. Several dining options will be offered.

Day 3

9:00 Breakfast. Transfer to Plovdiv across the Rodopha mountain. Photo break!

11.00 Arriving in Plovdiv and time for Lunch. Accommodation. 

We start our exploration of the oldest city in Europe. We will cover the Roman culture as well. In Plovdiv we will see the beautiful old town, Ethnographic museum, the famous amphitheater, Nebet tebe, Aliosha, and we will finish with wine tasting and option for a pleasant dinner.

18.00 Free time. Overnight.

Day 4

9.00 Breakfast. Departure for Sofia.

11.00 Visiting the Boyana church.

12.30 Arriving at your hotel. Say goodbye to the guide. 

More about this tour

Other information:

  • You can use your own insurance or we can arrange it for you through our partners.
  • Listed price is for two people / per person.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Please ask us about our group discounts.

Covid19 Update: Restaurants in the area have limited capacity until further notice, due to the state of emergency in Bulgaria.

It’s recommended that you check with us prior to your trip or go to this link for up to date information. You can also prepare sandwiches or small snacks sold everywhere in Sofia.

Attire: The weather conditions can change very rapidly. We advise you to pack some warm clothing even during the summer months. Comfortable shoes are recommended as some of the streets are cobbled.

Photos

Photos are allowed everywhere with the exception of churches and monasteries.

Cash is important

Please have cash with you as not all places accept debit / credit cards and ATMs.

Cancellation policy - we offer free cancellation and a full refund*

  • Daily tours
    • If you are unable to attend a daily tour and let us know 24 hours in advance we will provide you with a full refund. We will try to accommodate any changes at the last moment, but we cannot guarantee it.
    • If you are unable to attend a multi-day tour please let us know as early as possible. The refunds are listed below
      • Up to 30 days before the start date -> 100%
      • Up to 21 days before the start date -> 70%
      • Up to 14 days before the start date -> 50%
      • Less than 14 days before the start date - unfortunately we will not be able to refund you
      • No shows are fully charged
  • The experience requires a minimum of travelers. If it’s canceled we will offer you another experience or fully refund your money.
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      The oldest city in Europe, Rodopha mountain and the Vanga Prophet

      Price
      €359 per person
      Duration
      4 days / 3 night
      Destination
      More than 1
      Travellers
      2-16

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