Ruled by a powerful warrior aristocracy, the ancient
Thracians inhabited an area extending mostly over
present-day Bulgaria. The Thracian civilization is
regarded as one of the bedrocks of Bulgarian
heritage evidenced by numerous archeological finds,
uncovered tombs, rich gold and silver treasures.
Thracian rulers and members of the nobility were
buried in monumental stone tombs, which also served
as places for ritual ceremonies to honor the
deceased ruler, with offerings of rich funeral
gifts. Approximately fifty such extraordinary burial
tombs have been discovered in Thracian mounds in
Bulgaria up to the present time. Our motorcycle
tours will take you to the most famous of these
mysterious temples bringing you back centuries ago
to the ancient times.
5-DAY THRACIAN TOMBS MOTORCYCLE TOUR
starts in Sofia. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the town of Koprivshtitsa.
In the morning we will ride to the Starosel tomb - a recent phenomenal discovery in the summer of year 2000, dated
back from the
4th-5th century BC. The uncovered two-chamber grave is approached by monumental stairs
and a corridor and surrounded by a wall made out of some 4000
stone blocks. In the Starosel tomb archeologists have found a magnificent trove of relics, including
a large gold funerary wreath, other gold jewelry, bronze shields,
helmets and swords, and two sets of silver decorations for horses.
The grave and its surroundings are also thought to have been an
important religious site for Thracians dating from the stone age.
After touring the tomb, we will be heading to the town of Kazanlak, where we
will spend the night in a cozy hotel situated near Koprinka lake.
On the next morning after breakfast,
a short ride and a visit of the Kazanlak tomb - one of the most famous
monuments of Thracian culture of the early 3rd century BC, included in the
World Register of Historical Sites of UNESCO for its extraordinary art
gallery. The scenes of funeral procession , the musicians, the Thracian
ruler and his wife, the chariots, the horses and other depictions are all
very interesting. After Kazanlak
tomb you will visit Helvetika tomb uncovered near the town of Shipka, in
the south foothills of the Balkan Range. The tomb dates back to the 4th
The metal part of a Roman soldier's shoe found at the site
indicates that the tomb may have been plundered as early as in Roman
times. The Shipka Tombs are seven in total on an area of central
Bulgaria considered to have been the Valley of the Thracian Kings. We
will continue the day taking on the Shipka pass. On our way you will have lunch
on top of Shipka pass, tasting the
local specialty - the delicious Buffalo milk and then riding through
the town of Gabrovo and Dryanovo monastery to the city of
On the next morning a ride to the town of Razgrad and then to the Sveshtari tomb which is arguably the finest Thracian tomb yet discovered in Bulgaria,
located 7 km from the town of Isperih. Uncovered during excavations of a sepulchral mound it dates back to the first half of the 3rd century BC. The funeral rites, the building technique, the architectural design and the rich decoration, distinguished for Hellenistic models, provide evidence that a Thracian ruler has been
buried there. From the Sveshtari tomb you will be riding to the city of Russe and spending the night there.
||On the last day of the tour, a full day ride to Sofia with a stop in city of Pleven for lunch in Kailaka city park.
Arriving in Sofia and transfer to the airport.
|May - October
||4 nights at 3-star hotels
||Motorcycle rental plus liability and comprehensive insurance
||Tour guide riding own motorcycle
||All fuel expenses during the tour are included
||Group over 4 riders
|Prices shown are per rider and double room. Single room supplement is 80 EURO for the entire tour.