Thracian Kings

Valley of the Thracian Kings

Some of the most exciting landmarks on Bulgarian lands are connected with the rich cultural wealth of the Thracians, who have created incredible masterpieces of art and architecture. That people of traditional warriors, farmers and stock-breeders showed skills in vine and fruit-growing, mining and smelting, pottery-making and vitally important goldsmith’s craft. The Thracians believed in life after death, worshipping the Great Mother Goddess and her son, the Sun. A characteristic figure in their culture is the horseman-warrior, known as the Thracian horseman, seen on many stone and marble tomb-stones. The Thracian people gave birth to the legendary gladiator Spartacus, the leader of the greatest slave uprising in the Roman Empire in 74-71 BC, as well as to the mythical singer Orpheus. Born amongst the divine nature of the Rhodope Mountains, Orpheus was the spiritual tutor and mediator between people and gods, carrying the prayers of mortals and bringing back the immortals’ messages…

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  1. After breakfast – we continue exploring the Valley of the roses with visit of Skobelevo village. Here is located the Ethnographical Complex “Damascene”, which works also as a family run rose oil distillery from more than 20 years. The hosts will show you how the famous Bulgarian rose oil (used in the perfumery) is produced. Departure to Plovdiv – the city of the seven hills. Visit to the old part of the town, built in IV century B.C. from King Philip of Macedonia, with the some of the museum houses, the Antique Theatre and the Roman Stadium. Optional: wine tasting in the boutique wine-cellar “Todoroff”, near to the village of Brestovica, where a red wine of high quality is produced. Accommodation and overnight in Plovdiv .

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