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Get to know Bulgaria


The world is full of interesting and beautiful places, but some of them are rather off the beaten track. To many people Bulgaria is still a land to be discovered, and when they do discover it, they may well reproach themselves for not having done so before.

What makes this country in South-Eastern Europe really special?

Bulgaria has a truly unique natural environment - striking topographic variety within a relatively small compass, scenic landscape with an abundance of rivers, lakes and mineral springs, and rich plant and animal life. Combined with the remarkable cultural, historical, ethnographic and architectural diversity, this will arguably make Bulgaria one of the most popular tourist destinations.

The favorable climate and diverse environment have created conditions for human settlement on this territory for thousands of years. One of the earliest civilizations (6th - 5th millennia BC) that flourished in the Bulgarian lands created the world's oldest gold treasure discovered to date - the Varna Golden Treasure.

The recent sensational discovery of the Holy City of Perperikon - an ancient town, cult centre and a mediaeval fortress, near today's town of Kurdjali - proves that the region has been inhabited ever since the Thracians (6th - 5th millennia BC).

Perperikon, View of the Thracian Palace

Perperikon, the biggest Thracian megaliths in the Balkans, saw its first heyday in the 2nd millennium BC, which coincided with the peak of the Mycenaean and Minoan civilizations.

The quest for the Temple of Dionysus which lasted for more than a century was finally resolved in 2002 on the territory of Perperikon.

This is the only place in Europe and maybe in the world, where the separate civilizations did not destroy one another, but fitted into and developped on the basis of the preceding ones.

There are many different places of worship in the Bulgarian lands. Most of the Thracian sanctuaries are on sites with special power of their own. Among the most famous are the Thracian tombs in Kazanluk and Sveshtari (both UNESCO sites) as well as the Valley of the Thracian rulers near Kazanluk.

The recently discovered Thracian cult centre in Starossel (near Plovdiv) is the biggest in Southern and Eastern Europe with the largest temple mausoleum. It has been compared to the burial town in Mycenae.

The Thracian tomb in Starossel, 6th - 5th centuries BC

The numerous Thracian fortresses throughout Bulgaria were eventually incorporated into the Roman defense system. The Roman fortresses, in their turn became the basis of many of the thousands of fortifications of the mediaeval Bulgarian Empire.

Few countries in the world have such a rich and varied cultural and historical heritage.

Bulgaria's more than 230 museums display many invaluable artefacts that testify to the advanced culture of their creators.

Pre-Renaissance ceramic icon of St Theodor Stratilat, found in Great Preslav, 10th century

Currently, UNESCO's World Heritage lists 9 Bulgarian landmarks - 7 cultural monuments and 2 natural reserves, all of them recognised for their exceptional value.

More than 160 Bulgarian monasteries preserved the Bulgarian spirit throughout the centuries. Unique and most visited are Rila Monastery (UNESCO site) and Ivanovo Rock Monasteries (UNESCO site).

The Bulgarian Renaissance towns - Veliko Turnovo, Old Plovdiv, Koprivshtitza, Tryavna, Bansko, Melnik, Bozhenzi and many others give the possibility to feel the Bulgarian spirit and offer excellent conditions for cultural tourism. Whole quarters with houses have been declared heritage parks. Self-taught masters have built remarkable houses, clock towers, bridges, public drinking fountains and wells.

The Bulgarian folk art and lifestyle still amaze experts.

The traditions of Thracians, Slavs and Proto-Bulgarians have been kept alive in many families and passed from one generation to another.

Customs, rituals, costumes and songs alternate from region to region.

Typical Bulgarian folk dance

Specific and diverse, they are united by Bulgaria's long history and have preserved the Bulgarian identity over the centuries. Elements of pagan rituals have survived in folk costumes of mummers and fire-dancers. Today, Bulgarian folk rites and customs are re-enacted at festivals and song competitions.

Brief demonstrations of traditional production activities in our lands - wine, attar of roses and crafts (pottery, woodcarving, embroidery, etc.) are offered in Etura open-air ethnographic museum near Gabrovo, in Kulata ethnographic museum in Kazanluk, in Old Plovdiv, Bansko, and many others...

The best way to explore and know Bulgaria is get here to see, feel, touch and taste yourself all Bulgaria has to offer.

Satisfaction guaranteed, the team of AltoursBG is at your disposal.

Get to know Bulgaria Tours

Our escorted cultural tours will acquaint you with some of the most impressive and must-see Bulgaria places, some of them internationally known and unique:

Alexander Nevski cathedral

Alexander Nevski cathedral - keeping the world's richest icon collection in its Crypt;

Rila Monastery

Rila Monastery - the most visited Bulgarian landmark, listed in UNESCO's World Heritage;

Thracian golden treasures

Thracian golden treasures that conquered the modern world;

World's oldest crafted gold (6th - 5th millennia BC)

World's oldest crafted gold and traces of mankind's oldest civilization;

Veliko Turnovo

Old Bulgarian capitals - testimony of the greatness and glory of the Bulgarian spirit;

Bansko house

Famous museum towns - architectural masterpieces from the Bulgarian Renaissance.

You will be charmed by the Bulgarian culture, folklore, breath-taking scenery, wine and special atmosphere.

Get to know Bulgaria Grand Tour

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10 days / 9 nights

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Get to know Bulgaria Standard Tour

8 days / 7 nights

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Get to know Bulgaria Brief Tour

BRIEF tour
4 days / 3 nights

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Fixed departure tours

Fixed departure tours

Join a Small Group. An easy and convenient way of traveling at a reasonable price by joining a small tour group.

For those of you who would not prefer to go on your own and just need a group of people, we would advise to check out with us to link you up with a group for one of the following tours:

Superior accommodation, knowledgeable tour guides, many extras...

Price per person for a group of 5 tourists:
EUR 715.

The tour price includes land services only.

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Guaranteed departure tours

Guaranteed departure tours
For 2 and more travelers

The guaranteed departure tours are GET to KNOW BULGARIA private guided tours upon request, organized for min 2 persons (March - November).

The tour price includes land services only. It may vary depending on the type of hotel accommodation, transportation and guide service.

Special discounts apply for tour groups of 6 and more persons.

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