History and Spa in one
Kyustendil - a town in direction to the Republic of Northern Macedonia - has been a focal point of Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian, Serbian and Ottoman interests over the centuries! Our tour will be exploring the rich legacy left by these civilizations - the Roman Ulpia Pautalia, Bulgarian Velbazhd, Ottoman Alaca, Bath, and Kyustendil. Being in the foot of Osogovo mountain, the town has plenty to offer: a number of unearthed Roman remains, a medieval church and a castle, Muslim mosques, bath and a tower. In recent history, the movement for salvation of Bulgarian Jews during the WWII started spontaneously from there.
The town was founded due to its hot mineral springs in pre-Roman times and has served its citizens and guests ever since as a place where they may heal their bone and skin illnesses. On our travel to Kyustendil we shall visit medieval Zemen monastery - famous for its fescues and architecture. The tour can be customized and extended and itinerary changed upon visitors' request with a spa.
We shall depart from your hotel in Sofia. Following about one hour of drive, we will reach Zemen monastery and spent an hour there. Then, we will continue out travel one more hour to Kyustendil. There we shall visit the city's museums and while having a city walk we will see the mosques, the city centre, the Roman and Ottoman structures. Then, we will go outside the city center with visits to the medieval church of St. George and the medieval fortress of Hissarlaka. There or in the city centre we may have a lunch. We will return in the late afternoon to Sofia.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel
Duration: 10 hours
The weather, traffic and opening times of museums can affect the city.
By car 4+1 or 7+1
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Admission Tickets
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 EUR - The cost of meals and souvenirs per day for one person.
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I have no restrictions and can offer walking tours as well as by car in Sofia and other cities.