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Starosel Thracian Temple and Hissaria Spa Resort Day Tour

1. Starosel Thracian Temple and Hissaria Spa Resort Day Tour

In recent years archeologists made a sensational discovery near the village of Starosel in central Bulgaria. They uncovered the enormous temple-grave of what is believed to be a Thracian ruler, possibly Sitalkes I, the first king of a combined Thracian empire. On this 5-hour trip you’ll stop first to visit the temple and then continue on to Hissaria, a small resort town noted for its hot mineral springs. Located near the Sredna Gora mountain range, it boasts a very mild climate and over 2 dozen mineral springs. The Starosel temple dates to the 4th or 5th century B.C. This impressive site is also known as the Starosel Thracian Cult Complex, as several tombs were discovered around the central temple. Hissar is one of the 3 international spa resorts in Bulgaria, and is also known for its Roman ruins. The ruins are visible everywhere, and include public buildings, a small amphitheater, the barracks of the Roman garrison and the best-preserved Roman fortress in the country. Take a walk in the town’s green parks and pass mineral hot springs, fountains and ruins.

Starosel and Hisarya: A Tour From Sofia

2. Starosel and Hisarya: A Tour From Sofia

After you have been picked up from Sofia, you will travel to the charming Bulgarian town of Starosel. Here, you will explore the temple tombs that have existed for over 2500 years. You will see the recently uncovered enormous grave of what is believed to be an ancient king of the Thracians. After this, move on to the famous town of Hisarya, where you will visit the popular hot mineral springs. Explore the ruins left by the great Roman civilization here. Before you head back, take a walk through the beautiful green parks in Hisarya. At the end of the tour you will be taken back to Sofia.

From Sofia: Koprivshtitsa & Historic Homes Tour w/ Transfer

3. From Sofia: Koprivshtitsa & Historic Homes Tour w/ Transfer

Embark on a scenic adventure through the foothills of the Balkan Mountains and reach the small town of Koprivshtitsa, just southeast of Sofia. Join an immersive tour and visit Koprivshitsa’s historic 19th-century homes, with colorful courtyards and high stone walls. Depart from Sofia and drive toward Koprivshtitsa to better understand the roots of the Bulgarian Renaissance Period. Start your guided walk at the monumental mausoleum dedicated to the April Uprising, located in the central square. Venture to the home of local merchant Nencho Oslekov, marvel at its ornate facade, and see how a well-off Bulgarian family lived in the late 19th century. Admire the homes of symbolist poet Dimcho Debelyanov, the Karavelov family, and revolutionary leaders Todor Kableshkov and Georgi Benkovski. Wander around the curved and narrow cobblestone streets with numerous stone fountains and stop at the iconic Assumption of Virgin Mary Church. After the tour, have plenty of free time for lunch and shopping before being transferred back to Sofia.

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4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Guide was knowledgeable & friendly the tour was excellent all 3 stops during the excursion were interesting & well worth seeing true out the tour the guide was informative & also allowed plenty of time for photographs i really enjoyed this day trip & would highly recommend it comfortable vehicle great guide plenty of historical things to see & learn about

Thracian temple-tombs and hot mineral spring resort day tour.

Family friendly day tour. Interesting combination of activities. Great young guide who was very attentive to our needs.