Krastova Gora (the Cross Forest), one of many mystical Bulgaria destinations
Bulgaria Destinations Day 1
Sofia – 95 km, 1,30 hours
Plovdiv – 80 km, 1 hours
Burgas – 315 km, 4 hours
Varna – 437 km, 5 hours
Bulgaria Destinations Day 2
After breakfast we will make a city tour around Panagyurishte. It is a small, picturesque town in the Sredna Gora Mountain. It is an important place for Bulgaria as it was part of the April Uprising in 1876 and it is also the birthplace of the teacher known as Rayna Knyaginya. The brave Bulgarian who sewed the flag for the Uprising. Her house is restored and turned into a museum.
Following a visit to the famous Oborishte locality (there a plan for the April Uprising had been discussed and accepted), we will leave for Koprivshtitsa (about 30 min away). After we enjoy our lunch with traditional Bulgarian dishes, we will be ready to walk around that small, beautiful town – an architectural and historical reserve since 1971. The architecture is characteristic for the Revival Period (18th – 19th century). Koprivshtitsa is also associated with the April Uprising – the first shot of the Uprising was fired there in 1876. It is the birthplace of many eminent Bulgarians.
On the way to the town of Kazanlak, we will visit the village of Anton where we will see the Elena Basilica, included in the UNESCO list of protected cultural monuments.
Once in Kazanlak (a nice place among many Bulgaria destinations), known as the Rose Valley or the Valley of the Thracian Kings, we will check in a hotel and stay there overnight.
Bulgaria Destinations Day 3
After breakfast we will visit ‘St. Paraskeva’ Church in the village of Enina – a cultural monument where the oldest book written in Old Bulgarian language, was found. Then we head to Shipka Monastery – with its 53 m-high bell tower and its bells, the heaviest of which weighs 12 tons. From there we will visit the Thracian Tomb ‘Golyamata Kosmatka’ (‘The Big Kosmatka’). We will go back to the town of Kazanlak where we will visit the Thracian Tomb. It is also in UNESCO list. Following a lunch with traditional Bulgarian food, a rock sanctuary, located in the small town of Buzovgrad; (very close to the town of Kazanlak). We will take us back to the times when Thracians believed that the sunrise symbolized the birth and creation; while sunset – death and the world of the dead people.
Our last stop for the day will be the ‘Koprinka’ Dam, for which it is said it was built over the Thracian town of Sevastopolis.
Going back to Kazanlak and stay there overnight.
Bulgaria Destinations Day 4
After breakfast we leave for the town of Asenovgrad (around 2 hours). There we will visit the ‘Asenova Fortress’ (Asen’s Fortress) – a medieval fortress in the Rhodope Mountains. Slowly we get closer to the highlight of our tour – Krastova Gora (the Cross Forest). The legend says people get cured on that holy place while sleeping. Monks there say you only need to remember what you saw in your dream after you woke up the next morning. A place full of energy and mysticism… Krastova Gora is one of the places to visit in Bulgaria. It can be on your list for your holiday in Bulgaria and as one of Bulgaria destinations next time you plan to travel to Bulgaria.
Check in a hotel and overnight in Asenovgrad.