Travel to Sandanski
Important dates – Book your Travel package before September 1st .
Day 1 – Sofia – Rila Monastery – Sandanski
Rila Monastery - This is the biggest religious center in Bulgaria. It’s situated in the northwest part of Rila Mountains and stands 1150 meters above sea level.
Its history is closely connected with Bulgarian history. The hermit Ivan Rilski founded the monastery in the 10th century. The stone tower - the most impressive building in the complex was constructed in the 14th century. The four–story residential part includes three hundred monk cells, a library, an abbot’s room, four chapels, etc.
The main church is situated near to the Hreliova tower. The frescoes were painted by the best Bulgarian artists - the brothers Zahari and Dimitar Zograf. Four iconographers had painted the central iconostasis for 5 years. The monastery museum keeps antiquities, icons and gospels. The famous wood-carved crucifix, made by a monk named Raphael, has been also preserved. He had carved the crucifix for 12 years and then went blind.
The Rilla monastery is the most famous monastery spot in Bulgaria. It was declared a national record of the past and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
After lunch departure to Sandanski - a town in Southwestern Bulgaria. The Thracians established the settlement with the name Medius, later the Roman settlement at the place of today's city was called Desudava, and in the Middle Ages the Bulgarians called it Saint Vrach. In the region of Sandanski it is believed that Spartacus was born and lived by the Thracian tribe med. The monument of Spartacus is one of the symbols of the city. There are more than 80 mineral springs in the region whose temperature varies between 42 and 81 degrees. The water has a low mineralization, a rich chemical composition, heals a number of diseases and donates with health and beauty. Six thermal springs are located in Sandanski, the water is great for drinking and has a unique healing power.
Overnight in a spa hotel in Sandanski.
Day 2 – Sandanski – Melnik – Rozhen Monastery – Rupite – Sandanski
After breakfast departure to the smallest town in Bulgaria (208 people). Melnik, is hidden in the southern slopes of Pirin Mountains, among sandy pyramids with whimsical shapes. The first settlers on the territory of modern Melnik were the Thracians, and more precisely the Thracian tribe Medi, from which was derived the legendary rebel Spartak. A few centuries later Romanies lived on this land. This proves an ancient-Roman bridge, which is still preserved in the town of Melnik. The Slavs, who later inhabited this area, called their village Melnik because of the surrounding sand pyramids. The name comes from the Slavic word "mell", which means white clay, chalk. In the eighteenth century, in the epoch of the Bulgarian revival, the town is facing a new life. Melnik turns into a flowery, significant size and population city with a large market. Local merchants sold their goods in Budapest, Vienna, Genoa, Venice. Melnik has been famous throughout Europe with its fine wine, which is also famous today. From the Renaissance era are the brightest architectural monuments testifying to the economic upsurge of the town at that time. It is a natural and architectural reserve and the combination of fine wine and superb local cuisine makes Melnik an excellent destination for gourmet and wine tourism.
Located 5 km east of Melnik, the Rozhen Monastery is established as a center of spiritual life in the region. It is the largest Orthodox monastery in the Pirin Mountains region. The monastery is still well preserved.
Rupite is a picturesque area, surrounded by a mystical flair. It is related to Prophet Baba Vanga and brings to every visitor a rich energy charge. It is situated on the banks of the Struma River, at the eastern foot of the Kojuh Volcanic Hill. In Rupite there is the Vanga-built "St. Petka Bulgarska" temple, which is a place to worship thousands of needy people. A volcano erupted in the past, and healing springs with a temperature of 75 ° C have emerged. The remnants of one of the largest ancient cities of Heracleia Sintica, which existed since 4th century BC, up to 6th century AD, are located nearby.
Departure back to Sandanski.
Day 3 – Sandanski – Sofia
After breakfast - spa & relax in the hotel.
In the early afternoon – departure to Sofia.
Rates per person in double room:
- Up to 3 persons – EUR 1089
- 4 to 5 p. – EUR 500
- 6 to 8 p. – EUR 405
- 9 to 15 p. – EUR 356
- Single room supplement per person – EUR 68
The rates include:
- Luxury transportation – depending of the number of the participants – by car or by bus
- English speaking guide during the program
- Accommodation in a spa hotel (5*) in Sandanski with buffet breakfast and dinner; internet
- Use of: fitness, swimming pool with hydro massage jets, thermal pool with kneipp paths, Jacuzzi
- Sauna-park / Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam baths, ice fountain, emotional showers, warm lounges and a relax area /
- Garden with outdoor pool and children's playground
In rates not included:
- Entrance fees in the museums, lunches, tips, personal expenses.