Bulgaria is a land amazingly rich in history and our Pre-Conference experience will offer a graceful introduction into its fascinating culture.
We will meet in the capital city of Sofia, and spend our first evening at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant, one imbued with the folkloric vitality so evident in the country’s music, dance, and cuisine.
The following morning we will visit the moving and beautiful Neo-Byzantine Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in the heart of the city, as well as Sofia’s stunning archaeological museum, housed in a former mosque, revealing the multiplicity of peoples that have shaped this region.
After lunch, we will head southeast to the area popularly known as the Valley of the Thracian Kings, to stay in a spa outside the town of Starosel. The spa, with its mineral pools, steam baths and saunas - a traditional part of Bulgarian culture - is also a working vineyard, continuing the age-old practices of Thracian wine production. Here, we’ll enjoy a tour and tasting of excellent local wines, as not only Orpheus, the semi-divine originator of song, but also Dionysus, the god of ecstasy, were worshipped here for many centuries.
We devote the next day to exploring the Thracian mystery centers, accompanied by experts who will give us our first glimpse of this sophisticated but not widely-known ancient world. We will visit the local archaeology museum in Hisarya, enjoy lunch at a lovely traditional restaurant in Kazanlak and tour the nearby Thracian Tombs before traveling on to Plovdiv, where our Main Conference begins.
Includes fully-guided two-day tour, spa access, wine tasting, all entrance fees, ground transport, all meals from dinner on the 20th through lunch on the 22nd and coach travel to Plovdiv.
Two nights’ accommodations in Sofia and Starosel are priced separately. Please see HERE for options and costs.