graffiti art, wine and spa time
Have you heard of Staro Zhelezare village in Bulgaria? In the center of Bulgaria students from Poznan University of Arts have turned a small village into an open air art gallery. Here you will meet famous worldwide political, spiritual, art and science leaders. Staro Zhelezare will color our day with graffiti and you wouldn't know who will show up round the corner. The students paint here each summer and bring back to life the walls of Staro Zhelezare.
Today we will visit one more highlight of Bulgaria, Diocletianopol (today Hissar), a Bulgarian town with a thousand year old history. The suitable climate and mineral water have brought people to these sites earlier than V-IV millennia BC. There are 22 mineral springs and the construction of massive fortress walls began in 3c. during the Roman time of Emperor Diocletian. With its perseverance and uniqueness the fortification system and architecture of the Roman town Diocletianopol ranks in the first places in Europe. The most famous gate is called the Camels.
9 am: Pick up from your accommodation in Sofia. Departure in direction Staro Zhelezare. It will take us approx. 2 hours with one stop on the way.
11 am: Photo walk in Staro Zhelezare village.
1 pm: Sightseeing of Hissar. We will have time for a walk, taking photos of the gate and the Roman ruins. Next we will visit the church of St Panteleimon (he is a healing saint and people pray to him for good health). Chance for optional visit to a mineral spa center with a swimming pool. In 1882 in Hissar the spa and wellness tourism is launched in Bulgaria. The 22 mineral springs have different temperature and healing qualities.
3 pm: Optional lunch in Hissar or in a local winery in Starosel. You will learn about the production of the Bulgarian wine and taste 5 local wines. If you are interested in history we could visit a local Thracian Temple Complex too. It dates back to the end of 5th and the beginning of 4th century BC.
6 pm: Departure to Sofia. (approx. 2 hour drive).
8 pm: Arrival in Sofia.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 10 hours
We could start the tour earlier if you want to have more time for sightseeing. One tour, which will heal our body and soul with the help of the natural wonder of the mineral water, pure air and a lot of fun and smiles. Bulgaria off the beaten track. Staro Zhelezare can be in combination with Plovdiv too.
If you are more than 3 people, please contact me and I will send you an offer for transportation by minibus.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
200 BGN - lunch, wine tasting, etc.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks