One day trip from Kazanlak to the ancient Thracian city Perperikon, Stone Mushrooms, and Stara Zagora
Rhodopi is a very special region. It’s a home of myths and mysteries. Here is where Orpheus comes from and where he found the way to the underground searching for Eurydice. Enjoy an impressive nature, vivid wildlife, and clean air with high ionization that helps to heal lung diseases. On the tour to the Rodopi mountains, we will visit the ruins of the ancient city Perperikon and the natural attraction of Stone Mushrooms.
It is believed that here in Perperikon was the sanctuary of Dionysus with a prophecy where Alexander the Great received the prediction that he will conquer the world. The first signs of habitation are dated to neolith and since then it was a sacred place. The city expanded the most between the 1st and 4th centuries when Perperikon belonged to the Roman Empire. It was also a time of big cultural development. Between the 9th and 12th century the city was consecrated to Christianity and in the local church were kept parts of the cross of Christ. In the 14th century, Perperikon succumbed to the Ottoman’s raid.
On our trip to Stara Zagora, we will stop by a natural phenomenon Stone Mushrooms. A legend says that they are stoned girls from Perperikon’s fortress that rebelled against Turks, but their creation goes much further into history. About 20 million years ago. When the sea covering the whole planet withdrew the sun and wind formed those giant mushrooms.
The highlights of Stara Zagora are a socialistic monument Samara and ruins of Antique Forum of Augusta Trayana. A bit of hidden treasure is well preserved neolithic dwellings from which you can see how people were living 6-7 thousand years BC. You will be surprised by how sophisticated we were back then. Museum of religions is also worth mentioning. And from the other end, Stara Zagora is also a great place for shopping.
Order the trip from Kazanlak to Perperikon and Stara Zagora
Just pick up the phone and call me. My name is Ivona and I’ll be happy to make your experience from Bulgaria memorable. It’s entirely up to you if you decide that I deserve some money for that or not. The tour is free of charge. No scam. I promise that I won’t try to sell you anything neither to convince you to change your religion.
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It’s not necessary to follow the tour as it is described. You are the boss of the trip. Tell me, what you want to see and I’ll try to make a plan fitting your desires. You can also check other suggested trips from Kazanlak.
Important information about the trip:
- The tour is for up to 8 ppl.
- It’s free of charge. Any financial contribution is voluntary.
- I’ll pick you up from your hotel at about 8 am so you have enough time to visit the museums and attractions that are closing at about 5 – 6 pm.
- Coming back depends on you, if you need to be in Kazanlak on time, specify it in the order.
- The way from parking to Perperikon requires a bit of climbing on slightly difficult rocky terrain. The Stone Mushrooms are easily accessible without physical exercise.