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Bulgaria

With similar histories going back 7,000 years, Bulgaria and neighboring Romania incorporate a wealth of many civilizations -- Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Turks to name a few. Relics of these ancient cultures are plentiful in both countries and are easily accessible, as is the western coast of the Black Sea, where several famous spa resorts and golden, sandy beaches are located.

Bulgaria – a country of wine and roses - is a land of enchanting mountainous vistas pierced by fertile Danube plains upon which their 4,000 year-old wine growing tradition is rooted. Located on the Black Sea in the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, it boasts an amazing kaleidoscope of landscapes and cultures. The beautiful Valley of Roses supplies some 75 percent of the world’s rose oil for perfumes and cosmetics. Kazanlak, capital of the Valley of the Roses, showcases a UNESCO World Heritage site, a Thracian tomb with vaulted brickwork and amazing murals daring back to the 4th Century BC.  The capital city of Sofia, at the foot of Mt. Vitosha, is at once ancient and modern with 5,000 years of history amidst a modern metropolis.

High altitude architecture is a defining feature of Bulgaria, whose mountains have always provided shelter to ancient monasteries, fortresses, and cave churches. Among its unique treasures is the Rusenski Lom National Park, an amazing conglomerate of 40 rock churches built in or around 300 caves. Its remarkable 13th-century Cave Church of the Holy Virgin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for its brilliant frescoes. Also on the must-see list is the quaint old town of Veliko Turnovo. Perched on the winding banks of the Yantra River, this former capital of medieval Bulgaria is dominated by ruins of a huge citadel on Tsarevets Hill (Tsars Hill), one of the most impressive sites in the entire country.

Please contact our Elegant Journeys team to discuss your own customized trip to Bulgaria, recommended in conjunction with a visit to Romania.