Enjoy astonishing views, get to know the small towns, authentic villages and picturesque monasteries. What can possibly be sweeter than a warm mineral pool overlooking the mountains, and SPA procedures restoring your body after a fulfilling winter walk through the country’s sights? The healing power of mineral springs has been recognized since the time of the Thracians, who were renowned as healers. “The Holy Springs of Thrace” were famous throughout the Roman Empire. Few countries in Europe can rival Bulgaria’s spa, balneological and wellness tourism, with its abundance and diversity of thermal waters. Bulgaria is a paradise with over 600 springs of mineral water, many situated close to architectural and historical landmarks. Sandanski, apart from being a popular balneological and spa centre, is the warmest city in Bulgaria. It is located at 240m altitude, and the climate is strongly influenced by the Mediterranean. Nearby is the picturesque town of Melnik, nestled in the southern slopes of Pirin, among sandstone pyramids. The striking tall houses with huge wine cellars testify to the commercial success of the town and especially of its wine during the 19th century. One of the oldest houses on the Balkan Peninsula is the Boyar’s House, which was a residence of Despot Alexius Slav. Two other houses, which are architectural monuments, are the Kordopulova House and the Pashova House. Hisarya is located on the territory of the ancient fortress, the monuments of culture - fortified walls, an amphitheatre, public buildings, Christian basilicas, barracks, villas, thermal springs and a Roman tomb, comprise the Diocletianopolis National Archaeological Reserve. Moreover the Hisarya Region abounds in archaeological monuments from the Thracian period. The biggest Thracian religious complex in Bulgaria dating from the 6th – 5th centuries BC is located near Starosel Village. It includes six temples covered by mounds, four of which are unique, as well as some royal burials. Sapareva Banya is primarily popular for its mineral waters – the geyser with the hottest mineral water in the whole of Europe, with a temperature of 103°C, springs in the town, and it is the most temperamental in the world – it erupts at intervals of 5-6 seconds. It is about one hour’s drive from Sofia to get to the epic Rila Monastery. According to UNESCO it is “a masterpiece of the creative genius of the Bulgarian people”. Throughout the centuries Rila Monastery has always been the spiritual, educational and cultural centre of Bulgaria. The monastery complex got its present appearance in the 19th century, however Hrelyo’s Tower, the oldest building in the holy cloister, was built in 1335. It was the monastery’s fortress and also the place where monks lived in times of trouble. At present Hrelyo’s Tower is open for visitors in summer and some of the 14th century wall-paintings can be seen through the window niches of the chapel. In 1983 Rila Monastery was included in the List of World Heritage Sites of UNESCO. The museum exhibition comprises valuable examples of Bulgarian and foreign art from the 14th – 19th centuries. The most valuable exhibit is the wooden cross, decorated with exquisite miniature wood-carvings that depict 36 biblical scenes and over 600 miniature figures.
A package for two including: round-trip flights UK-Bulgaria, transfers to and from the airport, 6 nights at a 4-star hotel, Full Board, international travel insurance, five 30/60-minute face & body SPA treatments (one per day), a programme of visits with a guide to cultural and historical sites nearby.
|Destination / Resort||Bulgaria|
|Period||7 days, 6 nights|
|Package includes||five 30/60-minute face & body SPA treatments & programme of visits with a guide to cultural and historical sites|
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