The largest Thracian temple-tomb from 4-5 centuries B.C. and the peaceful spa resort Hisarya rich in many hot mineral springs
Large temple/grave is situated near the village of Starosel. It is believed to belong to a Thracian ruler, possibly Sitalkes I, the first king of a combined Thracian empire. The Starosel temple is the largest discovered so far dating back from the 4-5 centuries B. C. This impressive site is also known as the Starosel Thracian cult complex because around the central temple several tombs were found. Hisarya boasts of a very mild climate and over two dozen mineral springs, which make it a favorite spa for many Bulgarian and foreign tourists. The town is one of the 3 international spa resorts in Bulgaria, notorious for its Roman remains as well. These ruins are visible everywhere - public buildings, a small amphitheater, the barracks of the Roman garrison, the foundations of a couple of the oldest churches in Bulgaria, as well as the best-preserved Roman fortress in Bulgaria. In Hisarya we go on a lovely walk in the town's green parks among mineral hot springs, fountains and Roman ruins.
Plovdiv - Starosel Thracian temple (50 min)
Starosel Thracian temple - Hisarya (25 min)
Hissar - Plovdiv (45 min)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Any hotel or address within Plovdiv city.
End location: Any hotel or address within Plovdiv city.
Duration: 5 hours 30 min.
Air-conditioned station wagon DACIA Logan, year 2008, passenger capacity: 4 regular seats + 2 additional ones on third row of seats (fold-down rear seats). For groups of 5-8 persons a van is hired at an extra cost.
Transportation with an English speaking guide-driver from/to your hotel in Plovdiv, parking fee
Estimated Local Cash Needed
18 BGN - Starosel temple ticket (3 BGN), lunch in a restaurant in Hisarya (15 BGN)
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Kamen ensured that we had a fantastic trip - it was very relaxed, at our pace and he was happy to stop a couple of times when asked so that we could see things along the way. He was very knowledgeable and friendly.