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21 Apr 14
Some gold artifacts from the third millennium BC, found in Bulgaria, joined the collection of the National Museum of History in Sofia, Bulgaria after a successful operation of the State Agency for National Security of Bulgaria against an organized criminal group. There are about 15,000 objects, made of gold, mainly beads of different shape. Those are considered to be fragments of three necklaces. “They are about 1,500 years older than the year of the Trojan War,” Bozhidar Dimitrov, the manager of the National Museum of History in Sofia, Bulgaria said on the treasure.

14 Apr 14
The church of Saint Michael and Saint Gabriel in Nessebar, Bulgaria was built in the 13th century. It is a single cross with narthex. Its dimensions are 13.90 x 5.30 m . The church was finished with a wide dome and to the west there was a square tower that has stood above the narthex. Stone stairway which led to it is hidden in the west wall of the church. The church is entered through three doors - one on the north wall to the ship and two to the narthex.

07 Apr 14
The not sanctified church of Saint John of 13th century is in Nessebar, Bulgaria. According to a legend, one of the builder workers died during its construction and because of this death church was not sanctified. On the other hand there was also statements that they have had performed worship in it. The church is cruciform with a square nave and a spacious narthex. In the middle of the nave rise four columns supporting a high narrow dome. Alternating white stone blocks and red bricks combined with ceramic plates were obtained at various ornaments.

31 Mar 14
The Old Elm in the city of Sliven, Bulgaria was declared European Tree of 2014 in the European Parliament building in Bruxelles on 19 of March 2014. The Old Elm collected 77 526 votes in an EU-wide poll, with the runner-up from Hungary lagging behind with over 40 000 votes less. The Old Elm in the city of Sliven, Bulgaria is a natural phenomenon tree from the kind of Ulmus kampestris or Ulmus minor trees. The Old Elm is about 1000 years old. The height of the elm is 10 m and the measured circumference of a tree with roots is 5.65.

24 Mar 14
Kotoōshū, 31 years old, the 2.03 m tall Bulgarian born sumo wrestler reached the rank of ōzeki or 'champion', the second-highest level in the sumo ranking system, in 2005. He was one of the longest serving ōzeki holding the rank for 47 consecutive tournaments until November 2013. On May 24, 2008, Kotoōshū made history by becoming the first European sumo wrestler to win an Emperor's Cup. Kotooshu has had 537 wins and 337 losses in his sumo wrestling career. Kotooshu retired due to heavy long lasting injuries in the Osaka sumo tournament on 19 of March 2014. Kotooshu obtained Japanese citizenship in February 2014 as he planned to stay in the sumo wrestling world in Japan. Kotooshu is seemed as the most popular Bulgarian in Japan.

17 Mar 14
The church of Saint John the Baptist in Nessebar was built of stone and mortar in 10th century. It has four brick columns supporting the entire dome. The church has a rectangular plan with dimensions of 12 x 10 m and it is a cross- coverage church. The church was painted with frescoes. The well preserved images of the man donated the money for building of the church located on the south wall and the scene with the image of Saint Marina located on the southwest column.

10 Mar 14
The remains of the church of Saint Demetrius in the town of Nessebar are located near the north side of the ruins of the church of Saint Sophia. It was built probably in the 11th century as a church just for one family. Initially it is used to be a building in the shape of cross with square nave.

03 Mar 14
The remains of the church of Saint Sophia in Nessebar, Bulgaria were of a basilica with a semicircular apse with a narthex and patio. Its length of the church is 25 meters. The construction of the basilica dates from the end of 5th century. The aisles are separated from the central through built of rectangular stone pillars connected with brick arches. The entire floor was covered with a mosaic of small colored stones.

24 Feb 14
The Christ Pantocrator Church rises is Nessebar and is dated to the 13th -14th century, the exquisite construction, the perfect proportions and the picturesque decoration on the facade make the visitors forget the reality and pass into the dream word. The church is rectangular with dimensions 16 m in length and 6.90 m in width. On the eastern side there are three small richly profiled apses. All over the facade there are highly walled in arches. Above the arches three rows of decorative saucers and four leafed flowers. Frieze of swastikas-the solar cult symbol, made of bricks, passes above the apses on the eastern side.

17 Feb 14
The church Saint Spas or the Holy Saviour in Nessebar, Bulgaria, was built in the 17th century. It was the only church built in Nessebar during the Ottoman slavery of Bulgaria. According to the Ottoman rules, it is not distinguished architecturally from the other buildings in the town and it has to be with height bellow to the ground. It was built in 1609 from stone and mud, with wooden roof, without belfry and cupola, with small windows, and the eastern wall was half dug into the ground. The church of Saint Spas is with one hall and one apsis. On the church’s walls you can see the frescoes of 17 century of the Christ Baptism, the Christ Resurrection, the Entering of Christ in Jerusalem and many others scenes.

10 Feb 14
The church Saint Stephan of Nessebar, Bulgaria was built in the 11th century from ashlars and bricks. The church is a three-hall basilica with measurements 12 metres to 9.50 metres. The church is very rich wall-painted. The scenes on the walls are at the amasing number of 258 and the images more than 1,000, as more of them are thematically connected with the Holy Mary. The church was devoted to her and later was renamed after Saint Stephan. The iconostasis was made in the 16 century, from wood and was decorated with shallow carving.

03 Feb 14
The old town of Nessebar, Bulgaria has been for 30 years in the UNESCO world heritage list. Nessebar is one of the towns boasting the richest heritage in Bulgaria. The Old Town sprawls picturesquely on a Black Sea peninsula and connects with the mainland via a narrow isthmus. The earliest evidence about it as a settlement dates back to the second millennium BC. Various epochs have left over wonderful monuments in Nessebar. For this reason the town has been placed on the UNESCO world heritage list.

27 Jan 14
The archaeologists found on 21 of January 2014 an ancient necropolis dated of 5 century BC in Sozopol, Bulgaria. There were more than 20 remnants of buried in the soil or burnt persons, 40 well preserved clay vessels including rarely found black figures ceramic vessels. There were figures of a woman who makes bread and two boys with dogs and hunting dresses on some of the vessels.

20 Jan 14
Bulgaria is eighth in the 2014 edition of the Top 10 Countries for tours and travel destinations ranking of British travel guidebook and reference publisher company Rough Guides. Bulgaria is described as an intriguing tours destination due to its fabulous beaches, weather, low prices, pretty historic towns and friendly people. Rough Guides provided an eight-point list of historical monuments and things not to miss in Bulgaria which includes the Alexander Nevsky Church in Sofia, the Rila Monastery tjat is a site of UNESCO, old quarter of the city of Plovdiv and others places in Bulgaria.

13 Jan 14
Bulgaria's ski holiday historical town Bansko was named the Europe's best value ski resort in 2014 by TripAdvisor for the second year in a row. The resort was found to offer the best value when compared with 40 other ski destinations, based on typical one-day-visit ski costs plus food and drink. The survey covered the cost of one night's hotel accommodation, one day's ski pass, one day's basic ski hire, a meal and a bottle of beer for the ski season from December 15, 2013 to April 15, 2014. The costs amounted to just GBP 104 at Bansko. A similar day on the slopes at Courchevel in France - the most-expensive destination - was as much as GBP 432.

04 Jan 14
Bulgarian archaeologists have found a bronze hydria in a tomb dating back to 4th century B.C. during excavations in the Black Sea city of Nessebar, Bulgaria. The hydria was an ancient vessel for storing liquids. The discovered object has three handles with exquisite detailed decoration on them. According to the scientists, the hydria they found has been used for storing the remains of a dead person who had been cremated first. The museum of Nessebar currently has three other hydrias but newly discovered one would give them the opportunity to study the funeral ritual.

21 Dec 13
376 old graves dated from 5 century B.C. till 11 century A.D. were unearthed near Ruse, Bulgaria on 1 of November 2013. There were remains of bodies of people from Thracian tribes, Roman Empire and medieval Bulgarian state. There were soldiers with full weaponry of spears, axes, swords and helmets. There was a red glass amulet of a God as a figure of a man.

16 Dec 13
Thirty coins of 4 and 5 century A.D. were found from the archaeologists at the ruins of Urvitch Fortress near Sofia, Bulgaria on 29 of October 2013. A gold solidus coin of the Roman Emperor Marcian was found among them. Some clay vessels and a key from the time of Roman Empire were found also.

09 Dec 13
The grave of an ancient shaman oracle was unearthed near Primorsko, Bulgaria in 2013. The archaeologists announced the news on a special scientific meeting in Primorsko on 26 of October 2013. The buried shaman used to tell future, to practice healing and magic. The shaman was buried with full weaponry such as spear, sword, shield and a knife and magical objects also. The grave is near at the tomb of early iron period of history.

02 Dec 13
The Getic Thracian tomb of Sveshtari, Bulgaria was discovered in 1982. This 3rd century B.C. Getic tomb reflects the fundamental structural principles of Thracian cult buildings. The tomb's architectural decor is considered to be unique, with polychrome half-human, half-plant caryatids and painted murals. The ten female figures carved in high relief on the walls of the central chamber and the decorations of the lunette in its vault are the only examples of this type found so far in the Thracian lands. The Getic Thracian tomb of Sveshtari, Bulgaria has been site of world heritage list of UNESCO since 1985 and one of objects of tours to Bulgaria.

25 Nov 13
The remains of a two wheel carriage with two horses were unearthed in the Thracian tomb in Sborianovo Sveshtari, Bulgaria on 25 of September 2013. There are speculations that the carriage was from 4 century B.C. at the time of the climax of the Getae dynasty. There were found also two more chariots with four wheels. The leader of archaeologists’ team believed the chariots were part of the ceremony of the buried ruler of the Getae Thracian tribes named Kotela in the big Thracian tomb there. The ancient Getae believed these two horses and the chariot were intended to move their great ruler Kotel in the world of death soils. The horses were buried standing up.

18 Nov 13
The General Conference of member countries of UNESCO confirmed in Paris, France on 12 November 2013 the nomination of Mrs. Irina Bokova from Bulgaria as Director-General of UNESCO for her second term period of time till 2017. The Executive Board of UNESCO has nominated Irina Bokova for Director-General of UNESCO that is the organization of the United Nations for educational, scientific and cultural aims.

11 Nov 13
The British newspaper Daily Mail has quoted Mr. Vesselin Ignatov, the Bulgarian archaeologist, who said there are about 10,000 Thracian tombs in Bulgaria today. Vesselin Ignatov lead the team of archaeologists who found the well preserved remains of artifacts of a funeral of local Thracian ruler of 2 century AD including lavishly ornamented four-wheel Thracian chariot, two skeletons of horses, a skeleton of a dog, weaponry, vessels and gold jewelry in the funerary mound un Karanovo, Bulgaria in 2008. The bronze platted wooden chariot was with rich gravures on bronze of a panther and another mythological animal with body of a panther and tail of a dolphin.

04 Nov 13
There is a unique poem with size of 240 sm to 30 sm on a smooth rock near Sitovo, Bulgaria. The rock lay on five stones as one of them looks like a figure of ancient goddess mother. There are speculations that the rock poem was made 7 century BC. It has been variously identified as Celtic, Slavic and Phrygian. The different interpretations of the translation of the ancient poem says the meaning about “Let the Soul, child of Heaven and Earth must return back to the light of his star as ordered Hades and Cronus - the creator of all creatures”.

28 Oct 13
UNESCO Executive Board nominates Irina Bokova from Bulgaria for Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The 58-member Executive Board of UNESCO has nominated on 4 of October 2013 Irina Bokova for the post of Director-General of that organization. On 12 November 2013, the General Conference of UNESCO member countries is expected to confirm Irina Bokova’s bid for a second term as Director-General. This decision of the UNESCO Executive Board is an expression of the trust and high regard of the qualities of the current director-general Irina Bokova from Bulgaria.

24 Oct 13
The tourists of tours of Bulgaria have a special new tourist’s attraction in Kavarna, Bulgaria. The tourists can personally visit and see on the spot the artifacts in the archaeologist’s excavations of ruins of medieval rulers’ palaces near Kavarna since 8 of September 2013. The archaeologists found there a special ring with a hole for powder poison from 14 century and ancient gold jewelry. About 200,000 tourists visited the town of Kavarna, Bulgaria in 2012. The number of the tourists for 2013 is expected to be the same also. 80 per cent of the tourists are individual tourists and 20 per cent are in groups of tours of Bulgaria.

14 Oct 13
The annual international fair of Bulgarian crafts and old handmade objects of arts was held in Etara, Bulgaria from 6 till 8 of September 2013. Eighty handicraftsmen from Bulgaria, Great Britain, Romania, Russia and Ukraine took part in the fest of crafts. The tourists of tours in Bulgaria interested to see in live the practice of old techniques by the art of hand jewelers, blacksmiths and hand weavers. The famous local clay vessels, sweets, bagpipes and fiddles were popular for the tourists. Etara is a unique for Bulgaria museum of open air of tens local old houses and workshops situated in mountain slops.

07 Oct 13
The local historians claimed on 7 of September 2013 that they had found the capital of ancient Thracian tribe of Odreses at Kozi Goats Hill at 1346 m above the sea level near Hyssaria, Starosel in Bulgaria. The Odresses seemed to be the biggest local Thracian tribe with own state from 5 BC till 1 century AD. The Roman Empire conquered the Odresses in 1 century AD. There were found ruins of ruler’s palace and sanctuary of god Zeus and goddess Hera on space of 10,000 square meters there. The archaeologists found there a number of coins of King Philipos II and other coins dated from 4 century BC till 3 century AD, 30 whole special stones for ancient religious rituals.

30 Sep 13
The ruins of wall of fortress of 7,000 years were discovered near Titcha dam at Shumen, Bulgaria on 5 of September 2013. There were three levels of stone barricades on five meters thick walls of the fortress. There were dug out glass bead balls, jade jewelry, copper tools and a mace weapon tool of marble among other 1,200 artifacts in the ruins of the fortress.

23 Sep 13
The beautiful fragment of the marble elements of the summer palace of the medieval tsars of the Bulgarians was dug out in the ruins of Great Preslav, the old capital of Bulgaria, on 29 of August 2013. The elements were discovered in the south west part of the ruins of the old capital of Bulgaria. The bases of the walls were two meters wide and in 1.7 meters depth in the soil as they showed a big and rarely beautiful building of the palace. The summer palace used to be on three floors with three bodies as the body in the middle was the biggest one. The limestone columns and roof moldings were part of the façade of the building and inside marble elements and tiles made the palaces in Great Preslav to be mentioned as magnificent as the Great Constantinople, the capital of the Empire of Byzantium, so called from the historian the capital of the world then.

16 Sep 13
A painting connected with the triple prayer, an often said prayer in the Christian religion even today, was discovered in Perperikon, Bulgaria in August 2013. The painting was dated as back as 5 century AD. On the painting there was a man who was considered as the same Jesus Christ as a peacock and crest with Greek letters alpha and omega as all these were considered as connected with Christian religion and Jesus Christ.

09 Sep 13
The Thracian tumulus in Pamuk Cotton Hill in Brestovotza, Bulgaria is high 13 meters and the diameter is 70 meters. The archaeologist so far dug at 11 meters in the bottom of the hill. They discovered there also bronze weapons and vessels, gold jewelry including a ring wirg a gem stoun as these artefacts were dated from the time of the reining of the Roman emperors Mark Avrelius and Nero.

02 Sep 13
A rarely found bronze coin of 4 century BC, minted of Thracian king Teres II was found in Brestoviza, Bulgaria on 14 of August 2013. Teres II was a king of the Odrysian Thracian tribes in middle Thrace, todays’ Bulgaria, from 351 BC to 342 BC. His rule lasted until the region was taken over by the Macedonian king Philip II who was the father of Alexander the Great. Teres II minted only bronze coins. A double axe and the name of Teres on Greek were minted on the face of the coin and a vine plant with five grapes was minted on the back side of the coin. The double axe was a symbol of the Thracian kings then.

26 Aug 13
The bronze ring with small container for powder poison possibly arsenic of 14 century was found on 20 of August 2013 at Kaliakra Cape, Varna, Bulgaria. This is the first ring of this type that so far was found in Bulgaria. There are speculations that the ring was of origin from Italy or Spain, the ring was of the small finger of a man who could put in a hidden way the poison from the ring into the glass of an enemy in order to commit murder. There have been found also 30 gold rings and earrings jewelry at the inner place of the Kaliakra Fortress since 2011. The middle age local nobles used to live, dine and drink there.

19 Aug 13
A treasury of 111 copper coins of the time of the late Roman Empire was found at Popovo, Bulgaria on 12 of August 2013. The coins were on the floor of the ruins of an ancient house near the ruins of a tower of the wall of the ancient Roman town. The ancient house used to be made by clay and branches of a tree. The unique defensive equipment of secret doors and inside stone steps to the tower of the wall were found also.

12 Aug 13
The Thracian gold jewelry was found in a tomb of 1 century A.D. at Brestovitza, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The archaeologists discovered on 1 of August 2013 three graves and a wooden box with two pieces of gold jewelries for the hair of the noble Thracian ladies, three glass vessels for perfume and oil, two bronze locks and a bronze vessel with the shape of leopard. The tourists of the tours of Bulgaria visit the Todoroff Winery at Brestovitza for wine tours and degustation of red wine of Bulgaria including unique Mavrud kind of red wine.

05 Aug 13
A movie promoting the tours of Bulgaria is shot by a team of the Indian television channel Travel XP HD in Bulgaria between July 27 and August 8. The movie will be broadcasted by other Indian TV channels as well. The promotion movie shows the Saint Alexander Nevsky and Boyana Churches in Sofia, the Old Town and the Roman Theaters in Plovdiv and other sites of UNESCO world heritage list in Bulgaria. By this movie the Indian tourists possibly are more informed and attracted by tours in Bulgaria.

29 Jul 13
The archaeologists from the National Museum of History of Bulgaria go on in July 2013 with the excavation at Kozi Gramadi Hill near Starossel, the Thracian holy place sanctuary, in Bulgaria. They dig out the ruins of a Thracian temple of god Zeus from 4 century B.C. near the previously found Thracian palace. The Thracians build the temple of Zeus then by stone blocks, roof tiles of the Greek Corinth type tiles, stone and clay altars. There were found also marble slabs with the image of the god Zeus, coins of the Macedonian rulers Philip II and Alexander the Great, coins of the Syrian Roman Emperor Elagabalus and more than 1,000 clay pieces from vessels at the ruins of the Thracian temple.

22 Jul 13
The most imposing underground Thracian temple in Southeastern Europe is situated near Hisarya, Bulgaria. The underground Thracian temple includes a rock fence, big staircase and an internal hall with dome roof. In 2008 and 2009, the archaeologists from the National Museum of History of Bulgaria, made further discoveries and samples from the fireplace in the heart of the temple were used to find out the age of the complex. The temple was built in honor of the Goddess Hestia. The samples from the fireplace were analyzed in Germany and they showed the temple had been built around 350 BC.

15 Jul 13
A small red train, on rubber wheels for 20 persons, has been carrying and amusing the tourists of tours in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria since April 2013. The train tour begins the tour of Veliko Tarnovo at the Yantra Hotel on the main street to the Saint Paul and Saint Peter church, the Saint Ivan Rilski church, the Forty Martyrs church, the Tzarevetz Hill, the Tsars Wax Figures Museum and, again after half an hour trip, the train returns at the Yantra Hotel.

08 Jul 13
The Preobrazhenski Monastery is situated 7 km north from Veliko Tarnovo. It was built in the 14th century, during the reign of tsar Ivan-Alexander, originally 500 m south from its current location. After Bulgaria fell under the Ottoman yoke, it was burnt and destroyed. It was restored in 1825. The oldest buildings in it are the underground chapel St. Andrey Purvozvani and the main monastery church St. Preobrazhenie Gospodne. Its construction started in 1834 by Dimitar Sofianliata, and was finished in 1861 by N. Fichev, who also built the small church Blagoveshtenie. The main church was painted by the icon-painter Zharii Zograf. The most remarkable piece of mural is "The Wheel of Life ". The woodcarved iconostasis and its related icons have similarly impressive characteristics. The monastery is active even today.

01 Jul 13
The Aladzha Monastery, or colorful painted monastery, is a medieval cave monastery in Bulgaria, 17 km north of the town of Varna, near the hotels of the Golden Sands resort at the Black See side coast. Aladzha Monastery caves were hewn into a 25-m high vertical carst cliff near the upper edge on several levels. The cave monastery also includes two small catacombs. Aladzha Monastery is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.

24 Jun 13
The new six nominations of Bulgaria for UNESCO’s intangible heritage list in 2013. Their files have already been submitted to the international organization of UNESCO. The first one is the double-voiced singing technique in the town of Nedelino, in the Rhodope Mountains, Southern Bulgaria. The second one is high-pitched singing technique in the villages of Dolen and Satovcha, Southwestern Bulgaria, also stands good chances of becoming part of the world’s intangible heritage. The third new nomination has to do with the celebrated patterns of the Chiprovtsi rugs still created by the hand by female carpet-weavers in the Northwestern town of Chiprovtsi. The fourth Bulgarian nomination for the UNESCO list of intangible heritage is Surva, the International Festival of Masquerade Games, hosted by the town of Pernik. The Bulgarian traditional Community Center is a celebrated Bulgarian institution which is fully fit to be listed as intangible heritage by UNESCO. The National Folklore Festival in Koprivshtitsa, Western Bulgaria, is the sixth Bulgarian nomination for the UNESCO list.

17 Jun 13
UNESCO’s aim is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. This includes various forms of folklore: narrative folklore, music, traditional dance patterns, traditional skills and crafts, various folk rituals, healing practices etc. So far, from the total of nine Bulgarian sites under UNESCO aegis, two more have been placed on the intangible heritage list. These are the Nestinarstvo or dancing over live embers still practiced in the southeastern Strandja Mountain, Bulgaria and the polyphonic folk singing technique of the old women from the village of Bistritsa, Western Bulgaria.

10 Jun 13
The Festival of the Roses 2013 took place on 2 of June 2013, traditionally on the first Sunday of the month of July. It is said that the annual Festival of the Roses in Kazanlak, Bulgaria was celebrated for the first time in the year of 1903. The local journalists reported that over 7,000 tourists visited the Festival of the Roses 2013 in Kazanlak. Among them were more than 1,000 tourists from Japan. The tourists visited the rose picking ritual at the rose fields of Enina, Kazanlak and see the festival parade in Kazanlak. The Mayor of the city of Fukuyama, the city of the roses in Japan, traditionally was guest of honor of the Municipality of Kazanlak. The Association of the Roses from the city of Fukuyama, that planted 700,000 roses in Fukuyama, invited to a visit in Fukuyama, Japan each year the annual Queen of the Festival of the Roses of Kazanlak and the student winner of the annual Japanese speaking contest in Sofia, Bulgaria.

03 Jun 13
An ancient necropolis of hundreds human graves was found at Marten, Rousse, Bulgaria on 28 of November 2012 on the same place of the road of transmission of gas between Bulgaria and Romania. The necropolis exhibited the graves and death habits of people from the ancient Thracian tribes as of 4 century B.C. till the end of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom of 14 century A.D.

27 May 13
The archaeologists from the National Museum of History of Bulgaria found an ancient Greek market place and trade harbor called emporium on the sea bottom near Thernomoretz, Bulgaria on 11 of September 2012. The market place was on a space of 2,000 sq. m and there was found a number of Greek amphora vessels from 5 century B.C., roof tiles and walls of buildings from 3 century B.C. and Roman amphora vessels from 1 century A.D. The same place is used as a harbor during the middle ages and even today.

20 May 13
The Municipality of Haskovo, Bulgaria announced on 6 of May 2013 that a rarely seen sun clock was discovered at Mineralni bani Haskovo. The sun clock of Mineralni bani Haskovo has seven steps. The only similar clock was discovered in Mexico as it has only five steps. The experts claim that the sun clock of Mineralni bani Haskovo is 5,000 years old, it can show days, hours, minutes and seconds.

13 May 13
A treasury of seven gold coins of 6 century was dug out from the archaeologists near town of Biala, Varna on 10 of April 2013. Six coins were from the reign of Justin the First, the Byzantine Emperor from 518 to 527 and one coin was from the reign of Justinian the Great, the Byzantine Emperor from 527 to 565. The treasury of the seven gold coins was in a clay pot with a lid. The coins were named as solidi and each one was 4.5 grams of weight and with 98 per cent of gold content. The archaeologists said that these seven coins were the annual salary of a soldier then. At that time a man used to buy by them either 300 kilos of wheat, or 3,000 liters wine, or one horse or ten pigs at that time. The numismatist experts say the current price of one coin is about 300 euros today. The coins shall be exhibited at the local History Museum in Biala to be seen of the tourists of the tours of Bulgaria.

07 May 13
The archaelogists dig out on 3 of April 2013 more artefacts of the Roman fortress town of Sexaginta Prista at Rousse, Bulgaria, such as a detail of a Greek amphora vessel from the Greek city of Sinope dated as back as 228 – 223 BC, 37 Roman coins, iron fibula bronze buckle and walls of the houses from that time. The modern city of Russe is located on the ruins of the Roman castle of Sexaginta Prista.

29 Apr 13
Sexaginta Prista means the port of sixty ships, and is a Roman fortress built on the territory of the nowadays city of Russe. The Roman castle arose above the ruins of an ancient Thracian settlement. The Thracian pitcher found by the excavations and dated to 2nd-1st century BC evidences for the existence of the Thracain village here. The archeologists also found a lot of remains of household pottery, transport means and other goods that proved the development of a vigorous growth. In 2006 the archeologists found the remains of a Roman military ship, probably used in the first quarter of 4th century to the first decade of the 5th century.

22 Apr 13
A Backpacker Index survey from said on 30 of December 2012 that the city of Sofia, Bulgaria by US$24.43 is the second cheapest budget city for tours destination in Europe for 2013, first is Bucharest, Romania by US$23.38, third is Krakow, Poland by US$25.06. The costs for each city includes: one night in the cheapest bunk at the least expensive hostel with a good location and good reviews; two public transportation rides per day; one paid famous attraction per day; three budget meals per day; three cheap, local beers (or wine) each day.

15 Apr 13
A settlement of 11 building of houses on 13,000 sq. m. was dug out at Diakovo, Bulgaria on 24 January 2013. The archaeologists believed the settlement was set up in 3 century AD and it was destroyed by the invasions of the Huns tribes in 5 century AD. So far 372 artifacts were found at the excavations among them are 121 coins of silver and bronze as the oldest from the reign time of Commodus, the Roman Emperor of 180 – 193 AD and the newest from the reign time of Theodosius the Second, the Roman Emperor of 408 – 450 AD, 36 clay pots an 214 big clay jars, fibulae, lamp and scales of bronze, a sword of iron, a red paint wooden lamp, objects of glass and others.

09 Apr 13
Ten stone altars for sacrifices from 3 century with indented crosses mark the change of paganism with Christianity at Perperikon, Bulgaria, Prof. Nicolay Ovcharov, head of excavations at Perperikon, said on 20 of September 2012. For an exact dating of the events testified altars found there – a discus, in the style of Art Roman pottery made in North Africa. This style ceramic is dated very accurately because of the available common schemes - late 4th - early 5th century. Open space altars with depression-like pool were designed to drain fluid. Backfilling of the pagan temple with engraving on the altars of the Christian symbol Cross showed deletion of the paganism of Perperikon.

01 Apr 13
A stone figure, resembling a head of a lion, allegedly dated from the time of the Trojan War, was found on the 13th of September 2012 by an expedition of ornithologists led by German Dr. Jacob Faar, 15 km northeast of Kardzhali, Bulgaria. The finding is a natural rock, further processed by a human hand, which the archaeologists currently explore. It's about finding the time to the late Bronze and early Iron Age, the historian Prof. Nicolay Ovcharov explained by noting that the lion in this period was important in Thracian cults. "These are the times of the Trojan war. Our search started from Homer's "Iliad," where the lion was sacred animal associated with kingship and royal power," he said. The unique monument to join History Museum in Kardzhali, where it can be viewed by tourists of tours of Bulgaria.

25 Mar 13
The opened in 2013 new Novotel in Sofia, Bulgaria 4 stars hotel, of the Accor family of hotels, is situated in an office building on Tsarigradsko shose, Sofia, Bulgaria on the Class A office space of 7,500 sq.m., on the top seven levels up to the 15th floor of an office building. Novotel Sofia offers 178 contemporary rooms supplied with free WIFI and hi-speed Internet access, latest connectivity technology, flat screen LED TV with satellite channels, mini bar, tea & coffee facilities and laptop-sized safe. With 6 meeting halls, the Novotel Sofia 4 stars hotel can accommodate up to 280 participants.

18 Mar 13
A necropolis, an old graveyard, at Dren, Bulgaria of 9 – 4 centuries BC can be put together to similar necropolis of Hallstatt in Austria and Vergina in Greece. So far till 2 July 2012 about 350 sq m of the necropolis were excavated. The graves of ancient people were put in rows. Among the artifacts found there were amber and blue gems including some those possibly look like similar to the so called gem Eye of the Allah. The necropolis was found during the construction of the highway Struma and the fact changed the infrastructure of the highway in order to preserve the necropolis.

11 Mar 13
The summer Palace of Bulgarian Khan Omurtag was found on the 30th of November 2012 near Silistra, Bulgaria. The palace was mentioned in the famous inscription on a stone column of Khan Omurtag in the Holy Forty Martyrs Church in Veliko Tarnovo. Part of this inscription was found on a second column found at the Summer Palace of Omortag completely identical to the first column of Veliko Tarnovo. The architecture of the newly found palace repeated architecture of already found Khan Palace in Pliska, the capital of Bulgaria then. The Summer Palace of Khan Omurtag was destroyed in the 11 century, probably by invading tribes of Pechenegs and Uzi.

04 Mar 13
A wooden chest with gold ornaments and iron bridle autry was found on the 7th of November 2012 in Omurtag mound known as Sveshtari mound in Bulgaria. According to Diana Gergova from the Archaeological Institute and Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the find is unique, as it consists of beautiful gold ornaments and trappings of the application. The rotten wooden chest was around 40 cm high and wide. It has gold bracelets, a gold tiara with beautiful embossed images of lions and fantastic animals, four spiral gold bracelets, a gold ring, gold buttons and gold beads with female heads. The find is the end of the 4 and early 3 century B.C. This is the time of the peak of Getae state and it can be assumed that Omurtag mound was royal necropolis of the Getae. This tumulus of Omurtag is the largest in the area that is site of the list of world cultural heritage of UNESCO.

26 Feb 13
A Byzantine cylindrical measuring cup in bronze from the 5th century was found on 6th of November 2012 by archaeologists in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. It is believed that the cup is made in Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, during the reign of Emperor Zeno (476 - 478.) This cup is now the only found measuring cup within the borders of the Byzantine Empire during this period. The excavations revealed also 40 bronze coins, probably from the late 5 century.

18 Feb 13
An ancient settlement 14 - 12 century BC, unique in the Balkans, was found on the 1st of November 2012 by the archaeologists along the newly built section of highway near Shumen, Bulgaria. Interestingly, this settlement was registered on a very large area. Similar objects have been studied mainly by drilling, and now we have the rare opportunity to explore a larger area, say archaeologists discovered the ancient village. During the excavation team of archaeologists was able to explore several buildings and furnace and well-preserved pottery those were old as 34 centuries.

11 Feb 13
The Bulgarian archaeologists claimed they had found the oldest prehistoric city in Europe, the BBC reported on the 1st of November 2012. The oldest prehistoric city in Europe, located near Provadia, Bulgaria, was fortified with large stone fortress. The scientists believe that it was an important producer of salt. The archaeologists believe that the town lived about 350 people and they determine its age at between 4,700 and 4,200 BC, or about 1,500 years before the Mycenaean civilization. The scientists say the villagers used to boil water from a local spring and used it to make bricks of salt, which served to keep the meat. In these times, salt was a valuable commodity, and this could explain the huge walls surrounding the village. The excavations at the site revealed the remains of two-storey houses, many pits used for carrying out rituals and parts of gates and fortresses.

04 Feb 13
The archaeologists found on 21 of October 2012 the ruins of an ancient building, built around 4,800 BC. The find is located at Petko Karavelovo near the city of Veliko Tarnovo. The scientists point out that the house is quite high - two or three floors. The experts explained that the length of the houses varies from 12 to 15 m, width - about 6 months that was quiet high building in that old time. During the excavations, researchers have found about 500 ancient artifacts - various tools made of stone and bone.

28 Jan 13
The site of budget tours ranked on 30 of December 2012 the 47 European big cities as the cheapest is 1 - Bucharest, Romania, that means that cheap/good hostel, transportation, meals, drinks/entertainment and attractions all make Backpacker Index for €17.77 = US$23.38/day. 2 – Sofia, Bulgaria, Sofia remained a fantastic bargain for budget tours among European capitals, with a very pleasant city center that is very welcoming of day tours of foreign tourists for €18.57 = US$24.43/day. 3 – Krakow, Poland, Krakow continued as Europe’s best travel bargain for day tours for €19.05 = US$25.06/day. 4 – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina for €19.56 = US$25.74/day. 5 – Kiev, Ukraine for €22.07 = US$26.05/day. 6 – Riga, Latvia for €19.80 = US$25.74/day. 7 – Belgrade, Serbia for €20.97 = US$27.59/day. 8 – Budapest, Hungary for €23.94 = US$31.49/day. 9 – Warsaw, Poland for €27.20 = US$35.78/day. 10 – Zagreb, Croatia for €29.60 = US$38.95/day.

21 Jan 13
The expedition of archaeologists by Prof. Daniela Agre found a treasure of 200 silver coins at Sinemoretz, Bulgaria on 28 of September 2012. The treasure of 200 silver coins has weight of four kilos. The treasure was founs in a clay pot with plumb cover on it in a base of a tower of the palace of the Thracian ruler Kortodzuntos. The archaeologists believe the silver coins were of the third century BC The same expedition of archaeologists by Prof. Daniela Agre found a treasure of 180 golden coins and a colier with the name of precious gems near the same place in 2006. The Mayor of Sinemoretz expressed hope the newly discovered gold and silver treasures of coins would attract more tourists of tours of Bulgaria in Sinemoretz, at the Black Sea side cost of Bulgaria, at the same border with Turkey.

14 Jan 13
A religious church ointment of Saint Nicholas was found on 18 September 2012 in the apse of the old church of Saint Nicholas Monastery in Sozopol, Bulgaria, built in the late 6th and early 7th century. The ointment was found in a small pottery pot placed in a niche on the west limited small bricks. This is the most holy place in the temple, just below the central apse. The most likely is that it is a cult of Saint Nicholas is named.

07 Jan 13
The authorities in Bulgaria granted additional 1,5 million BGN in August 2012 for further studying and improvement of the infrastructure in the Valley of the Thracian rulers near Kazanlak, Bulgaria. The archaeologists in Bulgaria believed there were 1,000 Thracian tombs in the Valley of the Thracian rulers, Kazanlak as only less then 10 per cent of them were explored.

02 Jan 13
The archaeologists explored the sanctuary of the Thracian horseman god at the Roman town of Sostra, Troyan, Bulgaria in August 2012. The Thracian horseman god was celebrated as a god of hunt, live and death, good harvest, a god who hears and knows all, the god whose image probably became a predecessor of the image of Saint George in the Christian religious believes. Antoninus Pius was the emperor of Rome in 2 century when the sanctuary of the Thracian horseman god at the Roman town of Sostra was built. It is believed the Christians destroyed the sanctuary in 4 century.

21 Dec 12
A Roman tomb of 4 century A.D. was excavated in the South Roman necropolis of Roman town of Philip polis, Plovdiv, Bulgaria in summer of 2012. The Roman tomb has dimensions of 2 to 1 meter as the walls inside were painted with religious scenes of the bible. There had not been discovered such painted scenes in Bulgaria from this century so far. On the opposite there are such scenes from the bible in the Roman tombs in Roma. The religious scenes in the tomb were about the resurrection of Lazarus and a cantharis vessel with two peacocks seemed as a source of life.

17 Dec 12
A clay form for making gold and silver jewelry was found in the Roman town of Nicopolis ad Istrum near Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria in 2011. The archaeologists believe the clay jewelry form was typical only for the tribes of the Goths. The tourists of tours to Bulgaria also were able to see in the National Library of Bulgaria in Sofia in 2007 the photocopy of the oldest available silver bible of the Goths so called Codex Argentous dated 6 century as the library of the University of Uppsala, Sweden keeps the original of Codex Argentous. The archaeologists said the Roman town of Nicopolis ad Istrum used to be a place of the palace of the bishop Ulfilas the Goth who is famous by ordering the first translation of the Bible from Greek to the language of the Goths. For this he devised the Gothic alphabet. The oldest available silver bible of the Goths so called Codex Argentous was a copy of the first Bible of the Goths the Bible of Ulfilas from the lands of modern Bulgaria.

10 Dec 12
The frescoes of holly men were discovered at the remains of the Saint Peter and Saint Paul monastery in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria in July 2011. The frescoes of holly men were from 14 century. They have the face of Saint George, human bodies and a priest. The frescoes of holly men were found in a special grave for frescoes as it was a tradition in the middle ages. The archaeologists believe these frescoes of holly men were from the time of the bishop Ignatius who was a famous religious person then. The bishop Ignatius was a member of the delegation of bishops those took part in making and signing the unia agreement among Eastern and Western churches in Florence, Italy in 1438.

03 Dec 12
Big well preserved wooden beams from 1 century AD in the ancient Roman town of Serdika probably from the barracks of the warriors of the Roman legions were found in August 2012 at the center of Sofia, Bulgaria. The leading archaeologist claimed this new found artifact showed there had not been at all a Thracian town under the today’s capital of Bulgaria as it had been believed till now but there was just a Roman town.

26 Nov 12
The exhibition of the contemporary Japanese architecture was opened from 21 of November till 16 of December 2012 in the National Gallery of Sofia, Bulgaria. The Japanese exhibition is an event from the annual celebrated in November 23 days of the Japanese culture in Bulgaria. The most famous Japanese architects such as names of Tadao Ando, Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, Kisho Kurokawa and others presents their masterpiece works of architecture.

19 Nov 12
The Municipality of Perushtitza goes for conservation and restoration of the remains of the famous Red Church in Perushtitza, Bulgaria under the European project. The information center building, the exhibition hall with photos and information texts and an alley for walking by foot for tourists of tours in Bulgaria are to be ready by the end of 2012. The Red Church was probably built under Roman Emperor Anastasius I (491–518); it was originally measured 32 by 25 metres.

12 Nov 12
Bulgaria took part in the World Travel Market 2012 in London, presenting a diverse range of travel destinations, as the market motto of Bulgaria for the travel and tourism trade was "Bulgaria: Unique in Its Diversity." Bulgaria exhibited its potential as a diverse year-long tourist destination. The World Travel Market (WTM), a leading global event of travel and tourism trade, was opened from 5till 8 of November 2012 at the ExCel Exhibition Hall in London.

05 Nov 12
A clay pot with 225 bronze coins of 4 century B.C. was dug out 19 of June 2012 in Sozopol, Bulgaria. The symbol sea ship anchor from the Greek town of Apollonia, Sozopol is on the first side and the same God Apollo – the Saint of the town of Apollonia - was on the other side of the coin. The archaeologists believed these coins were rear as they had not been used in merchant’s turnover. The coins were treasure but not a death payment habit. The coins were made in Apollonia and they were not obolus. Charon is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. An obolus or danake was a coin to pay Charon for passage.

26 Oct 12
8th Ministerial Conference, supported by UNESCO, on Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe on the subject Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development was held on 24 and 25 of October 2012 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The countries in South-East Europe, including Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria, are seemed as having a lot of cultural heritage values and culture. The meeting, organized by the support of the UNESCO Venice Office, and in the presence of the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, focused on “Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development”. Participating Ministers of Culture presented the respective policies and measures to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage in their respective countries in South-East Europe, and to enhance this cultural heritage as a driver for intercultural dialogue and sustainable development in South-East Europe.

22 Oct 12
Ten covered clay vases of 8 century B.C. were dug out in lays of sands and ashes near Dren, Pernik, Bulgaria on 15 of June 2012. The archaeologists believed the vases contained burned bones of death people.

16 Oct 12
A church dating back to the late Antiquity period 4th-6th century AD, which is located near the village of Sarafovo, Burgas, Bulgaria on the Black Sea coast was discovered from the archaeologists in May 2012. The excavations began after over the winter the sea waves uncovered parts of a Roman structures – a residential building with a sewage system, whose existence has been suspected by Bulgarian archaeologists since the 1970s.

08 Oct 12
A treasure of gold and silver coins was found at Perperikon, Bulgaria on 9 of August 2012. They were 11 Greek hyperpyron or perpers, gold coins of Byzantium of 14 century, by 4.4 grams and 14 -16 gold carats each one and 6 silver coins from Venice, Italy from 13 century. The emperors of Byzantium Andronikos II Palaiologos, Andronikos III Palaiologos and Michael IX Palaiologos ordered cutting the gold perpers coins. It is said that by 1 gold hyperpyron or perper one could buy a herd of cows then.

01 Oct 12
The Independent published on 19 of September 2012 an article about a travel to the scary cavern Devil's Throat in the Rhodope Mountain in Bulgaria. The tourists of tours in Bulgaria can walk on the roads carved through canyons of sheer rock and fir forest, still haunted by bears and wolves: past tumbling rivers and stone bridges dating back to Roman times. The article described Bulgaria and its neighbours Greece, Turkey and Romania, as being once the land of the Thracians, a rival civilisation to ancient Troy and Rome. The two greatest half-real, half-myth heroes of Thrace were Spartacus, a warrior and Orpheus, a musician of bewitching beauty and charisma. According to legend, when Orpheus's bride-to-be, Euridice, was fatally bitten by a serpent on their wedding day, he went down into the Underworld through the Devil's Throat cavern to play his lute to its presiding deities, Hades and Persephone, and so charm them into giving Euridice back to him.

24 Sep 12
The New York Times published on 30 of August 2012 an article named as 36 hours in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The journalist described Sofia as an interesting and full of life city. One can read about the architecture of the city, the famous yellow pavement of the main Tsar Osvoboditel Street those were donated of the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 19 century, the museums of old history and monuments of the socialist rule time, the open exhibitions of photos on “The Bridge of Lovers” near the National Palace of Culture, the women who sell vegetables and fruit in the central open market, taking courses of playing the old Bulgarian dance named choro, the special Balkan taste in Bulgaria of the barbeque meat, the cold yoghurt soup with cucumbers and the beef belly soup.

17 Sep 12
The 10-th annual international exhibition of local crafts in Etara, Bulgaria took place from 6 till 9 of September 2012. The tourists of tours of Bulgaria met and saw 80 masters from Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia FYR, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia and Romania those presented forgotten old technics of making clay pots, copper pots, smiths, knives, jewelry, weave, knit and spin.

10 Sep 12
The annual Festival of walnuts was held in Orechovo, Bulgaria on 2 of September 2012 by the local association for tourism. The name Orechovo means a place of wall nuts trees as they used to be a lot there in last ages. The tourists of tours to Bulgaria saw in the Festival of walnuts live performances of bagpipe music of the local folk musicians, old local dances and costumes, they tasted the cakes with walnuts in old recipes including local of Orechovo katma with wild fruits and walnuts, the tourists saw more traditional medicines treatments those use wall nuts, a new walnut tree was planted in the local park of the walnut trees in Orechovo. The tourists of tours in Bulgaria stayed for accommodation in 14 old style houses for guests in Orechovo, Bulgaria.

03 Sep 12
The Bulgarian National Radio reported about 333 bagpipe players wearing the same folk costumes in concert in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria on 16 of May 2012. The music of the Rhodope Mountain flies in space, features on the soundtracks of Hollywood movies and has now entered the Guinness Book of Records as Bulgaria has set a world record in bagpipe performance. On June 19 arrived the official confirmation that this performance of the pipers has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. Thus the Bulgarian bagpipers broke the previous record set by 240 Scottish bagpipes. The musicians played for 9 minutes and 13 seconds, performing fragments of 8 Rhodope songs that made the nearly 4,000 spectators raise to their feet.

27 Aug 12
The Festival of Petrova niva, Malko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, was held on 20 of August 2012 – as the festival is also the congregation day of the grandchildren of descendants of the Bulgarian refugees from Thrace region. The Thracian Bulgarians refugees is a group in the beginning of 20th century of about 250 000 ethnic Bulgarians, originating from Eastern Thrace - part of the Ottoman Empire in 1903 and Western Thrace so called Macedonia part of modern sate of Greece since 1913, as this people were expelled from the above areas and move to Bulgaria. Petrova Niva is a historic place among the list of 100 Famous Tourist Sites of Bulgaria; a monument was built in the 1950s and a church dedicated to Saint Petka was constructed in 2003 there.

20 Aug 12
The 13th Bulgarian Pirin Sings Folklore Festival was held on 4 and 5 August in Predela pass, near Razlog between two majestic Bulgarian mountains, Rila and Pirin. There were 385 folklore groups of musicians and dancers with 2,500 participants of the Municipality of Blagoevgrad and 30,000 visitors and tourists of tours to Bulgaria. The audience greeted also the performers from the village of Dobarsko who competed in the section of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. The tourists keen on of authentic folklore from UK, Russia, Portugal, Belgium and Holland came over to the folklore festival at Predela pass, near Bansko.

13 Aug 12
The tenth festival of Bulgarian jura and kaba bagpipes music began in Gela, the Rodopes Mountain, Bulgaria on 5 of August 2012. The famous 101 Bulgarian kaba bagpipes orchestra opened the festival by loud music. The international participants musicians of bagpipes were from Finland, Greece and Hungary. The tourists of tours to Bulgaria joined 9,000 musicians and tourists in the festival of Bulgarian jura and kaba bagpipes music 2012 in Gela.

07 Aug 12
The International Jazz Festival in Bansko from 4 to 11 August 2012 is one of the biggest summer musical events in Bulgaria since 1998. The quaint old town of Bansko becomes a meeting place for emblematic figures of today’s music world. The concerts are free for the public and the festival is organised with the aid of sponsors. Traditionally, the programme features styles and groups representing almost all jazz trends.

30 Jul 12
Bulgarian archaeologists discovered in May 2012 an ornamented dagger belonging to a Western European knight during excavations of the fortress wall at the entrance of the Black Sea town of Sozopol. The dagger has a 20-cm blade and a richly decorated handle; it must have been dropped by a warrior, most certainly a Western European knight, during an attack on the Black Sea fortress of Sozopol back in the 14th century.

23 Jul 12
A golden ring of 6 c. A.D. with the rotunda Anastasias over the grave of Jesus in Jerusalem was found near Ruse, Bulgaria. The tourists of the tours in Bulgaria can see it in the History museum, Sofia till 31 of May 2012 and later in the museum in Varna.

23 Jul 12
A silver ring with a gem stone of 15 century was found at the church Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria in June 2011. The gem was a Chalcedon in brown and white colors with engraved figure of a man with a wreath on the head.

16 Jul 12
A pyramidal shape metal seal with bone part of the same seal of an officer of the army of Byzantine Empire of 10 century has been found at the Thracian sanctuary of Perperikon Bulgaria in 2010. The seal bone part was a figure of a moving lion.

02 Jul 12
An exhibition of East-Orthodox painted icons of holy men was opened at the Monastery of Rila, Bulgaria on 4 of May 2012. The Monastery of Rila is the biggest and the most famous monastery in Bulgaria. The Monastery of Rila was founded in 10 century and it is a site in the list of the world heritage of UNESCO. The Monastery of Rila of 10 century is a favorite place to visit for tourists of the tours to Bulgaria.

28 Jun 12
A coin of Byzantine Emperor Roman Lakapin of 10 century was dug out at Preslav, Bulgaria. Preslav the Great used to be a capital of Bulgaria in 9 – 10 century. The only such two coins in the world are at the museums in London and Saint Petersburg, Russia. On the front side of the coin there is the face of Byzantine Emperor Roman Lakapin with a beard and a crown and on the back side of the coin there is a cross of the type of the cross of Golgotha.

25 Jun 12
See the tour of Bulgaria and Romania including Bran Castle or the Castle of Dracula, estimated as the second expensive castle, and 15th most expensive real estate in the world by sell price of 135 million USD by The Dracula’s Castle was built in the 14th century to be a control check point and a custom duty house on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia and also a fortress against the invading Ottoman Turks. The Prince Vlad the Impaler, one of the first owners of the Bran Castle was a brutal and cruel warlord who was infamous for the torture techniques against his captured enemies. There are some local Romanian legends saying the Prince Vlad Dracula had escaped many times from the Turkish soldiers including by hidden corridors and exits of the Castle of Dracula and because of this some people started to believe he was immortal and a vampire.

21 Jun 12
A strange skeleton of a man, probably of a man vampire, of 700 years ago was dug out near the Saint Nicolas church in Sozopol Bulgaria on 3 of June 2012 as the Daily Telegraph wrote on 6 of June 2012. The heart of the dead man was stabbed by a big rod. The skeleton, probably of a man vampire, is exhibited for the tourists of the tours in Bulgaria in the History museum in Sofia. Some archaeologists including Prof. Bojidar Dimitrov, the Chairman of the History museum in Sofia, Bulgaria, believe this skeleton shows a pagan ritual in Bulgaria either to protect a dead man to become a man vampire or against extremely evil man.

18 Jun 12
Roses in Bulgaria 2012. Mrs. Tsetska Tsacheva, the Speaker Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Bulgaria, declared the intention and support for building a new museum of the roses in Kazanlak during her visit to the Festival of the Roses in Kazanlak, Bulgaria on 3 of June 2012. Mr. Miroslav Naydenov, the Minister Agriculture of Agriculture, announced on 10 of June 2012 the plans to have experts at his institution working on a rose oil standard and a special law for the Bulgarian rose. Bulgaria is one of the biggest producers of rose oil in the world. The reason for this is the high qualities of the Bulgarian Kazanluk rose, a special type of rose that was cultivated after many years of development of the Rose Damascene. The rose oil is used for the making of perfumes, liqueur and jam - it is considered even three times more expensive than real gold by market price of 5,000 till 6,000 euros per one kilogram. One kilogram of rose oil is extracted from roughly 3,000 kg of rose flower petals.

11 Jun 12
The 109th annual Festival of the Roses in Kazanlak, Bulgaria took place on 3 of June 2012 in the rose fields and the parade of the Queen of the Rose in the center of Kazanlak. The diplomats in Bulgaria from 26 countries, the official delegations from China, Germany, the Netherlands, the Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia and the representative of the Japanese Bulgarian association for friendship and culture and the Japanese association Hiroshima and Bulgaria, the tourists of tours to the Festival of the Roses in Bulgaria, including Japanese tourists, visited the Festival of the Roses in Kazanlak. More than 6 000 people passed in the carnival of the Queen of the Rose in Kazanlak, the Valley of Roses.

04 Jun 12
Bulgaria expects to produce 1 500 kg of rose oil in 2012 and to increase the rose oil by 300 kg from 2011, according to Nedko Nedkov, the director of the Institute of Roses and Essential Oil-Bearing Plants in Kazanlak, the Rose Valley of Bulgaria. The rose picking season started on May 24, 2012 and will end on June 15, 2012. It is said that Bulgaria has a total of 36 000 000 square meters of rose gardens.

28 May 12
The archaeologists discovered fragments of a Greek vase with erotic scenes of 6 – 7 century B.C. in Sozopol, Bulgaria in April 2012. One can see seven naked girls and boys making love in nontraditional sex positions on this ancient Greek vase.

21 May 12
The Romanian archaeologists claimed to find huge halls under surface of the remains of the old Dacia fortress Sarmizegetusa in West Romania on 18 of April 2012. Sarmizegetusa Regia was the capital of Dacia erected on top of a 1,200 meter high mountain. Dacia was invaded by the Emperor Trajan of the Roman Empire and Sarmisegetusa was conquered and destroyed in 105 AD. The Dacia’s capital’s defensive system includes Six Dacia fortresses — Sarmizegetusa, Blidaru, Piatra Roşie, Costeşti, Căpâlna and Băniţa. All Six Dacia fortresses were named UNESCO World heritage sites in 1999.

09 May 12
The cultural tour of Bulgaria was put for the first time in the US National Geographic Traveler magazine's annual "50 Tours of a Lifetime" on 12 of April 2012 and it has been named as "The Cultural Splendors of Bulgaria: Art, Wine, and Traditions." The National Geographic Traveler magazine has 7.5 million readers worldwide. The tour offers visits of the oldest in Europe Neolith dwellings in Stara Zagora of 6,000 years B.C., The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak of 4 century B.C., the Rila monastery of 10 century, Boyana Church Sofia with famous fresco of 13 century as most of them are sites of World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO in Bulgaria.

02 May 12
The special exhibition in the Archaeology museum in Sofia offered seeing till 31 of May 2012 for tourists of tours to Bulgaria also bronze axes from the Bronze Age, Roman clay pots, gold jewelry, a gold coin of the Roman Emperor Britannicus and more.

26 Apr 12
Bulgaria is the cheapest destination for tours to Bulgaria for Britons, the cost index from Post Office Travel Money revealed on 23 April 2012. A basket of 10 typical tours items costing just GBP 42.79 in Bulgaria, 4 per cent less than in 2011.

23 Apr 12
The National Museum of History in Sofia received in February 2012 an incunabulum The Explanation of the gospels by Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid, a book published in Paris in 1542. The renowned theologian Theophylact was born in 1090 in Greece.

17 Apr 12
Bulgaria, Magic Lives Here – with this slogan Bulgaria has advertised in a major advertising campaign to British tourists the tours to Bulgaria about the incredible nature and old Thracian and Roman heritage of Bulgaria.

09 Apr 12
Thracian chest armor goes to the National history museum in February 2012 as the police took it from tomb riders in Bulgaria in March 2012. The Thracian chest armor was dated 5 to 4 century B.C. and it was well preserved.

02 Apr 12
Bulgaria's Bansko had been named Europe's best value ski resort by TripAdvisor on 12 of March 2012. Based on TripIndex Ski - the cost of one night's hotel accommodation, a ski pass, basic ski hire, a local meal and a bottle of beer - just GBP 106.

30 Mar 12
A treasury of 2,343 old coins, probably in a clay pot near a water spring, was found near Pleven, Bulgaria on 21 of March 2012. The archaeologists dated the coins of the time of the Roman Emperors of Komnenós or Comnenus of 1141 A.D.

26 Mar 12
Bulgaria was ranked as the fourth best value break of 2012 in UK Post Office holiday on 25 of February 2012. A three-course evening meal for two adults including a bottle of house wine in a Bulgarian restaurant averaged at GBP 24.04.

19 Mar 12
The Bulgarian National Radio opened in February 2012 an exhibition The Glagolitic Alphabet and Proto-Bulgarian Runes. The event commemorates Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, the patrons of Europe, and their contribution to education.

12 Mar 12
UNESCO opened in Bulgaria on 20 of February 2012 the first Regional Center for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Southeastern Europe on 7, Latchezar Stantchev St., Sofia, Bulgaria by a decision of the UNESCO’s General Conference in 2011.

05 Mar 12
The 2012 tourism expo in Inter Expo Center in Sofia, Bulgaria has attracted over 300 participants tour operators and tourists’s agents from 16 different countries with a total of 280 stands as Bulgaria has been represented by 225 participants.

27 Feb 12
The exhibition of the newly found objects from the 305 places of archaeology excavations in Bulgaria in 2011 was opened including for tourists of tours to Bulgaria on 14 of February 2012 till 31 of May 2012 in the Archaeology museum in Sofia.

20 Feb 12
The ladies alpine ski downhill and SG slalom competitions of the Alpine Ski World Cup in Bansko are on 25 and 26 February 2012. Bulgaria is the only country where all four kind of alpine ski competitions of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup take place in 2012.

15 Feb 12
Over 300 million people worldwide watch the men alpine ski slalom and giant slalom competitions of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup series in Bansko on 18 and 19 February 2012. Over 25 TV stations show the ski event direct from Bansko.

30 Jan 12
Bulgaria, with artifacts of the old Thracians and Romans, ranked 6 of 10 places as a worldwide developing tourist destination for adventure tourism in 2010 by of The US Adventure Travel Trade Association.

23 Jan 12
A newly discovered around Perperikon, Bulgaria Thracian terracotta clay horseman figure was shown on 12 of January 2012. The archaeologists said the Thracian terracotta clay horseman figure was dated of 4 or 3 century B.C.

17 Jan 12
The tours to Sofia, Bulgaria are the cheapest tours in Europe according the Backpacker Index for 2012 for Europe for the low budget tours. The US web site named reported it on 10 of January 2012.

09 Jan 12
Three silver plated coins and clay pots of 14 c. AD of Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Shishman were dug out at the church near the Eastern Gate of Apollonia Pontica in Sozopol, Bulgaria on 30 of November 2011 for seeing of tourists of tours to Bulgaria.

04 Jan 12
The ruins of a church for bones of death warriors of 6 c. AD were discovered near the Eastern Gate of Apollonia Pontica in Sozopol, Bulgaria outside of the walls of the old town in November 2011 for the tourist project of all season’s tours to Bulgaria.

19 Dec 11
The missing Eastern Gate of the seven meters high walls of ancient town of Apollonia Pontica of 7 c. BC was dug out in Sozopol, Bulgaria on 27 November 2011 for having complete ancient walls for the tourist project of all season’s tours to Bulgaria.

12 Dec 11
Clay vessels dated 1600 years BC were dug out in Kypra, Bulgaria on 18 of November 2011 and some of them look like cups of gold treasure of Valtchitran of 13 century B.C. They are in the museum in Devnya for seeing of tourists of tours of Bulgaria.

05 Dec 11
Roman mosaic of the Greek god of wine and ecstasy Dionysus and two dancing women was discovered on the floor of a Roman building of 3 century AD at the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Augusta Traiana in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria in October 2011.

28 Nov 11
The Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism said at The DiVino.Taste wine forum in Sofia on 19 of November 2011 that gourmet and wine tours in Bulgaria are the most prospective tours of Bulgaria, combined with SPA, historical tours and eco tours.

21 Nov 11
The USA team makes a movie probably for tourists of tours in Bulgaria about the excavations in October 2011 of Roman ruins from 2 century at the Roman gate of the ancient Roman town of Serdika from the time of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

14 Nov 11
Gifts for the funeral of a rich Thracian woman from 1 century AD came to light during excavations of a Thracian mound near Borisovo, Bulgaria in September 2011. They were bronze and glass vessels, a gold chain and the shoes of the buried woman.

07 Nov 11
Join the budget tours of Sofia, Bulgaria - the first of the top 10 cheapest cities for tours in Europe in October 2011 as from and as lodging, transportation, budget meals and tourists attractions.

01 Nov 11
An old treasure of 2000 years of gold jewelry was found near Svishtov, Bulgaria in September 2011. There were gold torques, bracelets and applications with a total weight of 266.5 g as the amount of gold was between 18 and 21 carats.

24 Oct 11
The old stone anchors those were discovered of the underwater expedition near Sozopol, Bulgaria in September 2011 show they had been used in the XV - XII century BC by the Cretan, Mycenaean and Phoenician sailors in the age before the Trojan War.

17 Oct 11
The marble bas-relief of the Thracian Horseman god Heros, which has been found in Perperikon in August 2011, arguably proves that there at Perperikon had been the biggest sanctuary in the Balkans named the Temple of Dionysus.

10 Oct 11
Golden and silver jewelry, an ear ring with pearls and a seal with Virgin Mary were excavated at the necropolis of 43 graves of 12 century AD at the castle of Kaliakra cape at the Black Sea side coast of Bulgaria on 17 of August 2011.

03 Oct 11
A sacrificial pyre of old Thracian tribes has been found at the Thracian sanctuary Starossel, Hissarya, Bulgaria. So Mr. Ivan Gutev, the mayor of Hissarya, hoped to see more tourists of tours in Bulgaria at Hissarya.

26 Sep 11
A double-edged iron axe labrys of 4 century BC was found from at the main gate of the Thracian ruler’s palace at Kozi gramadi peak in Sredna Gora Mountain in Bulgaria on 5 of July 2011.

20 Sep 11
The archaeologists presented the latest find at Perperikon - two lead seals of the Archbishop of Archidos and Byzantine coins from the time of Byzantine Emperor John I Tzimiskes, Basil II the Bulgar-slayer, and Constantine VIII in the late 10th century.

13 Sep 11
The Bulgarian archeologists found 100 artifacts in five Thracian tombs near Mogilets and Omurtag in northeastern Bulgaria on 12 August 2011. The tourists of tours in Bulgaria see them at the local history museum.

02 Sep 11
An old rock oven with a small chamber and two circle holes dated of 3 century AD was found at Perperikon, Bulgaria in 2010. A bronze cross dated 10 – 11 AD and a lead medallion with Runes signs were found on 15 of July 2011 in Perperikon.

29 Aug 11
A 9 million years old fossil of the horse chiparion has been exposed at the history museum in Vratza, Bulgaria. The fossil was found from scuba divers on a piece of rock at the bottom of the sea near Kamen briag in the Black Sea.

22 Aug 11
The archaeologists discovered on 13 of June 2011 in Sozopol 30 bronze coins with images of Ancient Greek god Apollo of 4 -3 c. BC. The coins were in the remains of a villa in the Greek polis of Apollonia, today's Sozopol.

08 Aug 11
Bulgarian archaeologists discovered on 4 of June 2011 near Yunatsite in Bulgaria a place estimated as the oldest settlement in Europe of a civilization that existed 6 800 years ago on Bulgarian land, much older than the Mycenaean civilization.

01 Aug 11
The ruins of an ancient temple of Greek goddess Demeter and her daughter goddess Persephone, statuettes and painted ceramic vessels dug out in Sozopol, Bulgaria in May 2011. Sozopol was a Greek town dated back as 7 century BC.

22 Jul 11
The 22 Congress of Byzantine Studies Byzantium Without Borders takes place from 22 till 27 of August 2011 in Sofia, Bulgaria so the Codices Purpureus Beratinus from Albania, 6 c. and 9 c., join the exhibition The Brilliance of Byzantium in Sofia.

18 Jul 11
The two Purpureus Beratinus codices dated 6 and 9 century AD, preserved in Tirana, Albania, arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria in August 2011. The Purpureus Beratinus codices were inscribed on the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2005.

11 Jul 11
21,000 antiques trafficked from Bulgaria into Canada were mainly old coins, jewels, glass objects, bronze, iron and stone equipment and objects from the daily life of old people who lived in the land of Bulgaria.

04 Jul 11
The German Bild wrote on tourism in Bulgaria on 15 of June 2011 about the attractions for the tourists at the resorts at the Black Sea side of Bulgaria - a lot of surprises of the cuisine of Bulgaria, historical monuments and a piece of luxury conditions.

27 Jun 11
The Canadian authorities formally returned in an official ceremony in Ottawa on 11 of June 2011 to Bulgaria 21,000 antique objects, mainly old coins, seized when trafficked from Bulgaria into Canada in 2010.

22 Jun 11
Benefit of the new affordable promotional rates on some of our tours of Bulgaria with guaranteed departure dates.

20 Jun 11
The harvest of roses in Bulgaria in 2011 will be about of 1,500 kg of rose blossoms in Bulgaria from all 35,000,000 square meters of land of plants of roses for oil. The price of one kilogram of oil of roses is 4,500 euro.

13 Jun 11
Makato Ito, the ambassador of Japan in Bulgaria, participated in the election of the Queen of Roses of Kazanlak 2011. The Queen of Roses, 19 years old, takes part in the Festival of the roses in Kazanlak and in the Festival of the roses in Fukuyama, Japan.

06 Jun 11
The Festival of the Roses was in Kazanlak, Bulgaria on 5 of June 2011. The tourists of tours in Bulgaria 2011, mostly from Japan, visited the Festival of the Roses and they saw rose picking, dances, songs and the Queen of the Roses of Kazanlak 2011.

30 May 11
Bulgaria is the cheapest summer holiday destination in 2011 by a survey of the German automotive union ADAC, of 50 resorts in 10 European countries and a consumer basket of 34 products and services, announced by Deutsche Welle on 26 of May 2011.

23 May 11
A fossil of fish of 200 million years old and 58 cm in length was dug out at 10 meter in the soil near Sofia, Bulgaria on 29 of September 2010 and the fossil of fish of 200 million years old was displayed in the History Museum in Pernik.

20 May 11
Lonely Planet ranks Bulgaria amongst the top 10 countries to visit in 2011

16 May 11
A new Novotel Accor hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria of 9 600 square meters on last seven floors of offices building to be completed on the Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd., Sofia close to The Mall, the largest shopping center at present in Sofia, in January 2013.

09 May 11
The exhibition of photos named The Spirit of Japan, of the program of the Embassy of Japan, shall be at the National Gallery of Bulgaria at the Battenberg Square, Sofia, ex royal palace of the last tsar of Bulgaria, from 12 of May till 12 of June 2011.

05 May 11
Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, arrives in Sofia, Bulgaria on 5 of May 2011. Ban Ki-moon will also attend the Sofia Platform, a conference to discuss the experiences of Central and Eastern Europe and to attend students at the University of Sofia.

02 May 11
The 17th annual contest of public speaking skill of Japan language was held in the building of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria on 16 of April 2011. It is said that 1,000 persons in Bulgaria learn the Japanese language.

28 Apr 11
Bulgaria is the second best-value destination for British tourists for Easter 2011, according to a survey of Post Office Travel Money. Spain offered best value-for-money for 10 typical holiday items in a table of 14 popular tourist destinations.

26 Apr 11
A new ethnographic exhibition of Bulgarian tufted carpets, rugs shaggy goat hair and old costumes attracted more visitors of tours to Bulgaria to the Rila Monastery, Bulgaria, UNESCO site in Bulgaria that was founded in the 10th century.

21 Apr 11
More remains of streets and ancient buildings of the antique Roman settlement of Serdika emerged in the excavations in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria in 2010. Serdika became the capital of new Roman province of Dacia Interior in 3 century AD.

18 Apr 11
The 22nd UNESCO General Conference approved the day of 18th of April as The International Day for Monuments and Sites in 1983 in order to raise public’s awareness concerning the diversity of the world’s heritage.

14 Apr 11
Rose Fest Tour 2011 in Kazanlak, Bulgaria on 05 June 2011 and Rose picking ritual with rose-pickers in national costumes in the rose fields at Kazanlak, Bulgaria. Visit the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak of 4 c. BC – World Heritage site of UNESCO in Bulgaria.

11 Apr 11
The construction of the new subway in downtown Sofia, Bulgaria revealed more old Roman ruins those remind us that the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great used to say “Serdika is my Rome”. Constantine the Great had a palace in the center of Serdika.

05 Apr 11
We feel sincere sympathy and condolences of the families of the victims, the injured and homeless people in Japan of the tragic incident of the earthquakes in Japan in March 2011. We are sure the people of Japan will recover the country of rising sun by big efforts, long hours of work and pains.

04 Apr 11
Day tours in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2012 see the scale-model of wisdom of three religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam in Sofia’s central part by two churches – the Orthodox Saint Nedelya and the Catholic Saint Joseph, one mosque and a synagogue.

28 Mar 11
The race director of the International Ski Federation gave high marks to the organizers of Bansko of the Men Ski World Cup in Bulgaria's winter resort Bansko on February 25 and 26 of 2011. Women Ski World Cup will be in Bansko in February 2012.

21 Mar 11
More financing in 2011 for the tourist Project 10 Miracles of Bulgaria, including sites from the historical and cultural heritage of Bulgaria, as the number one in the top 10 Miracles of Bulgaria is the ancient Black Sea town of Sozopol.

14 Mar 11
Boyko Borissov, PM of Bulgaria visited Japan in January 2011. Naoto Kan, PM of Japan said on the visit that after Bulgaria’s accession to the EU, Japanese- Bulgarian relations need to be strengthened since the two countries share common values.

10 Mar 11
The tour operators meet the staffer of Vegena Ltd., a tour operator in Bulgaria, at the Stand 101 in the Hall 3.2, world's leading travel trade show ITB Berlin in Germany March 9-13, 2011 and see ads, prices and details of tours to Bulgaria.

07 Mar 11
Makoto Ito, Japan´s new Ambassador to Bulgaria, talked on the highlights of the embassy’s economic and cultural programme for 2011 with a Japanese Public Speech contest, an exhibition by contemporary Japanese photographers and Days of Japanese Culture.

28 Feb 11
The tourists of tours of Bulgaria see on the exhibition of the archeology in Sofia, Bulgaria till 30 of April 2011 an Arab silver coin of the grand battle with Bulgarian troops at Constantinople in 718 where 22,000 Arabs warriors died just per day.

21 Feb 11
The National Archaeological Museum in Sofia opened including for tourists of tours to Bulgaria on 14 of February 2011 the annual exhibition Bulgarian archeology especially about the finds of the archeologists of 50 places in Bulgaria in 2010.

14 Feb 11
The exhibition of the finds of Bulgarian archaeologists in 2010 will be open in February 2011 in the Archeology Museum in Sofia, Bulgaria. There were artifacts from necropolises of Baley and Nessebar, old ruins in the center of Sofia and more.

07 Feb 11
Bulgaria will advertise its culture tours in 2011 with video clips, licenses to tour guides and investment in the infrastructure. The investments in culture tourism yield a 200 times return in just 5 to 10 years when they are made by experts.

01 Feb 11
The tours in Sofia, Bulgaria are the cheapest tours in Europe in 2011. Deutsche Welle said the survey of as the lowest expenses per day of a tourist in tours in 2011 are in Sofia 20 USD, in Krakow 27 USD, in Bucharest 28 USD.

24 Jan 11
Bulgaria is ninth top tour destination for 2011 of CNN by the travel experts of U.S. editor of Lonely Planet, Pauline Frommer's guidebooks and senior vice president of Altour. First is New York, second is New Zealand and third is Peruvian Amazon.

17 Jan 11
Bulgaria is fifth among the top 10 countries for tours for 2011 by Lonely Planet travel of BBC. Lonely Planet is estimated as the largest, fastest and among the best tourist information publisher in the world with more than 10 travel books on Bulgaria.

10 Jan 11
The archaeologists found the Roman ruins of an amphitheater, golden objects and bronze theater masks in Roman Ratiaria or Artchar today. There were walls, crockery, bowls and pipes in most of the village yards where a lot of gypsies minority live.

03 Jan 11
The archaeologists found in 2010 Roman walls of 147 AD near Troyan, Bulgaria. Roman fortresses were built on four places in Bulgaria named Oesqus at today’s Gigen, Novae at today’s Svishtov, Augustae at today’s Charletz and Ratiaria at today’s Artchar.

21 Dec 10
Old Roman road of Sostra was found near Troyan, Bulgaria in 2010. The Roman road was from Oesqus or today’s Gigen to Philipopilis or today’s Plovdiv.

13 Dec 10
The archeologists have found an old village of 7,000 years and 250 objects from the old history near Burgas, Bulgaria.

06 Dec 10
The newly-found prehistoric settlement, which flourished between 5800 BC and 5500 BC, was located near Ivanovo, Bulgaria whose rock-hewn monasteries are recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage site in Bulgaria.

29 Nov 10
UNESCO and Bulgaria signed on 25 of October 2010 in Paris an agreement to open a center of UNESCO of preservation of cultural heritage in Sofia, Bulgaria that is the first one in Europe and the 5th in the world.

22 Nov 10
UNESCO at its session in Brasilia on 2 of August 2010 added an extended part of Pirin Natural Park, Bulgaria to its World Heritage List. The Pirin Natural Park, Bulgaria was originally added to the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1983.

15 Nov 10
The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in Sofia, Bulgaria on November 13, 2010 that he hoped to see further going increase of more 200,000 Russian tourists who would visit tours of Bulgaria 2011.

08 Nov 10
The authorities reported 40 per cent rise of incoming tourists from Japan in tours to Bulgaria in 2010 and a project of new web site including in Japanese language especially for demanding tourists from Japan.

02 Nov 10
Bulgaria aims to achieve three per cent increase of the tourists in tour of Bulgaria from Germany, UK and Russia including by cultural tours, eco tours and rural tourism, gourmet tours and wine tours to Bulgaria in 2011.

25 Oct 10
Ryanair, the Irish low cost air company, announced of beginning flights twice per week of London to Plovdiv, Bulgaria in November 2010. The tourists of tours to Bulgaria and other passengers are expected to be up to 30,000 per year.

19 Oct 10
The report of EU on the quality of open water of swimming of year 2009 said that Bulgaria takes place fifth in the EU of the percentage of rate of good quality of open water for swimming as first is Greece, second is Cyprus, third is France.

11 Oct 10
The Minister of culture of Bulgaria gave Golden Century award to Zunecharo Takeda, the Ambassador of Japan in Bulgaria, for a special donation program of Japan of 15 million BGN in Bulgaria including museum of Thracian tomb at Alexandrovo.

04 Oct 10
The Minister of culture of Bulgaria honored with Golden Century award Etienne de Poncins, the Ambassador of France in Bulgaria for his work and personal achievements on developing the relations between Bulgaria and France in the field of culture.

27 Sep 10
The Wall Street Journal wrote about tourism and tours of Bulgaria in August 2010 that Bulgaria, as the beach holiday for students and budget package tours, still struggles to get higher up the quality ladder.

21 Sep 10
Pascal Bernabe, the world Scuba Diving Champion from France, searched an old sunken ship on the bottom of the Black Sea near the town of Sozopol, Bulgaria in August 2010.

13 Sep 10
Please visit us at JATA WTF in Tokyo 24 - 26 September 2010, booth K-10.

13 Sep 10
The precious gold dresses of the medieval centuries were found in a stone sarcophagus in Kardjali, Bulgaria in 1998; they were restored and shown for the tourists of tours of Bulgaria for the first time in August 2010.

08 Sep 10
The excavations at Perperikon, Bulgaria in August 2010 included a Thracian human idol from 5 century BC, an axe of bronze, a Roman lamp with female dancer, coins and a medieval silver tiara. All these are to be seen of tours of Bulgaria.

03 Sep 10
The Minister of Finance declared on 8 of August 2010 new efforts on creating a special strategy for cultural tours and cultural tourism in Bulgaria and more funding of Thracian fortress Perperikon and Makaza border point with Greece.

26 Aug 10
The tours of Bulgaria have another object of the exhibition of the National Art Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria of the private US collection of 74 bronze sculptures by the French impressionist Edgar Degas in September and October 2010.

24 Aug 10
The delegation of American Jewish Committee was in Bulgaria in August 2010 to develop the ties of Jews, the USA and Bulgaria and tours of Bulgaria from American tourists and the Jewish tourists from the state of Israel.

22 Aug 10
The tourists of cultural tours to Bulgaria can visit in Oreshak both the annual fair of traditional crafts of over 200 craftsmen, started in August 2010, and the famous Troyan Monastery of 16 century hat is the third biggest monastery in Bulgaria.

19 Aug 10
The tours of Bulgaria are the cheapest on the Balkans, wrote the newspaper Vecher of Macedonia FYR in August 2010 as 10-day hotel stay in Bulgaria costs mere EUR 40 and the price of beer is less than EUR 1. Monte Negro offers EUR 60 for 10-day stay.

16 Aug 10
The great folk songs festival in Koprivshtitza, Bulgaria was in August 2010. 13,000 performers from Bulgaria and abroad showed the authentic old songs and dances of Bulgaria and lots of tourists of tours to Bulgaria viewed them.

10 Aug 10
The web check-in service of Wizz Air, the low-cost airlines, does not impact on the rest of the boarding procedure as passengers to be at the boarding gate no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time of the flight.

06 Aug 10
Wizz Air the low-cost company of flights to Bulgaria has introduced its new free of charge web check-in service on from seven days up to three hours before the scheduled departure time of the flight.

02 Aug 10
The tourists of UK enjoy cheap tours and holidays in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Turkey in 2010. Tesco Travel Money reported in July 2010. A week in the Sofia, Bulgaria would cost of four Britons of GBP 1,221, as the same in Brighton, UK would cost GBP 2,209.

29 Jul 10
There are new excavations of July 2010 of a residence of rulers of Thrace of 4 century BC near Hissar and Kazanlak in Bulgaria. Ruins of a palace in Thrace of the time of Philip II of Macedon (359 BC - 336 BC), the father of Alexander the Great.

06 Jul 10
Some tours of Bulgaria see the arms and gold of the Thracian tribe of Odris in the National history museum in Sofia, Bulgaria till 30 of October 2010. The hundreds artifacts were dated as far as 5 to 1 century BC.

22 Jun 10
The water along Bulgarian beaches of the Black Sea is 98.9 per cent clean, said the EU 2009 report released in June 2010, confirmed V. Nikolov, the Head of the Basin Directorate of Black Sea region on 14 June 2010. The tours of Bulgaria enjoy sea side.

15 Jun 10
Some tours of Bulgaria visited the Festival of roses in Kazanlak, Bulgaria on 6 of June 2010. The tourists from Japan, Europe and Latin America saw rose picking, the girl Queen of roses, live music, dances, old dresses and typical Bulgarian food.

08 Jun 10
Cimber Sterling, the low-cost airlines, has flights from Sofia to Copenhagen as there are not any other flights at this destination now. The return tickets plus airport taxes starts at 208 euros for the spring time of 2010.

01 Jun 10
Cimber Sterling, the Danish low-cost airlines, begin flying from Sofia to Copenhagen from 28 of March 2010 twice per week, in Thursday and Sunday. More tourists in these low-cost flights can join the tours in Bulgaria.

25 May 10
The low-cost airlines that fly to and from Sofia include Wizz Air, EasyJet, German Wings, Hamburg International Airlines and Fly Niki. Their share of the flights was 10 per cent in 2008, and 26 per cent in 2009.

18 May 10
Only the rulers and their families could have ancient gold jewels of the unique exhibition of the National history museum in the National palace of culture in Sofia, Bulgaria up to 24 of May 2010. The tours of Bulgaria offer seeing this gold jewels

14 May 10
The Night of museums on 15 of May 2010 offers free entrance for tourists of tours of Bulgaria in the National gallery of paintings, the crypt with orthodox icons paintings in Alexander Nevski church in Sofia and other museums in Bulgaria.

13 May 10
The tourists of tours in Bulgaria can see unique exhibition of the National history museum of jewels found in Bulgaria in the National palace of culture in Sofia, Bulgaria from 11 till 24 of May 2010.

11 May 10
The Shalom Organization of Bulgarian Jews gave its Shofar awards in the Jewish Culture Centre in Sofia in the presence of Israeli Ambassador on 2 of May 2010. Maxim Minchev, the Director of BTA, took the Award for Ethnic Tolerance of Jews.

04 May 10
Sofia, Bulgaria hosted the 51 session of the European Commission of United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) on 28 and 29 of April 2010. Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO participated in it.

27 Apr 10
Yahoo Travel Magazine proclaimed in April 2010 Bulgaria among the 10 most budget travel destinations in the world. The other countries in this ranking are Malaysia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Croatia, Turkey, Egypt and Hungary.

20 Apr 10
Famous persons of Bulgarian Jews, who have settled in Israel, established a Bulgarian Israeli Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv in February 2010. They aim to develop knowing more about culture of Bulgaria and studding of Bulgarian Jews in Israel.

13 Apr 10
The flights of the low-cost carrier FlyNiki from Vienna to Sofia are local time 10 am. On Sundays, flight from Vienna is at 7:20 pm and it arrivs at 9:50 pm. The plane departs from Sofia at 10:30 pm and arrives in Vienna at 11 pm.

06 Apr 10
The first spring time stork arrived at Belozem, Bulgaria on March 17, 2010. EuroNatur named Belozem as EU place of white stork due to 139 nests there. The storks migrate in March from Africa to make and grow there little birds in Bulgaria.

30 Mar 10
The first Bulgarian easyHotel opened doors in Sofia on March 11, 2010. The hotel has 57 rooms and offer basic services. Prices start at EUR 10 per night. The reservations are made online similar the budget airlines' policies.

23 Mar 10
The 67th anniversary of the rescue of estimated as 67,000 Jews in Bulgaria and the end of the Holocaust was commemorated at the memorial plaque behind the building of the Parliament of Bulgaria on March 10, 2010. See Jewish heritage tours in Sofia.

16 Mar 10
EasyJet, the low cost airline, has announced a 30 per cent reduction in prices of ticket for flights from Bulgaria. The promotion opened on March, 11 until March 16, 2010 and it is effective for the period of April 19 – July 15, 2010.

09 Mar 10
Low-cost carrier FlyNiki, of ex F1 champion Niki Lauda, offers flights from Sofia to Vienna. As a schedule time from Monday till Friday, the FlyNIki plane will depart from Sofia airport at 1:15 pm and will land in Vienna 1:45 pm local time.

02 Mar 10
FlyNiki, an Austrian low-cost airline, began on February 1, 2010 flights Vienna - Sofia six times a week. A low-cost airline ticket plus taxes starts at 29 euro. The tours in Bulgaria possibly can have more tourists in these low-cost flights.

23 Feb 10
A new low-cost airline company set foot in Bulgaria in December 2009. The price of low-costs tickets of flights of Hamburg International Airlines, the low-cost airline company, from Berlin to Sofia starts at 49 euros in January 2010.

16 Feb 10
Bulgaria is the only mainland European country in the best-value ranking travel destinations of The tourists of tours in Bulgaria have best-value excursions in Bulgaria.

09 Feb 10
4 to 10 best-value travel destinations in the world ranking for 2010 of are South Africa, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Bulgaria, Kenya and Las Vegas. Tour operators offer tours to these hot travel destinations 2010.

02 Feb 10
Bulgaria is 8th best-value world travel destinations for 2010 of Lonely Planet Iceland, London, and Thailand are the top three in the ranking of this 'Best In Travel 2010' guide on the world's hottest travel destinations.

26 Jan 10
Bulgaria is at 4-th place among the best travel destinations in the world that has to be visited in 2010 by the British travel site East meets West in tours to Bulgaria in this fascinating corner of the Balkans, Europe.

19 Jan 10
The tours in Bulgaria join probably the biggest international festival of Bulgarian masks and dances, tied to the beginning of spring, with about 5,000 masked amateur performers on the marches on 30 and 31 of January, 2010 in Penik, Bulgaria.

12 Jan 10
Visit the booth of the Bulgarian tour operator Vegena Travel Nr. 6A08 at FITUR tourism trade fair in Madrid / 20.01 - 23.01.2010 / to know more about our cultural tours of Bulgaria and the Balkan countries.

05 Jan 10
There are ruins of a Roman sanctuary of Nymphs, and a Roman villa, dated c. 2 AD at Kasnakovo, Haskovo, Bulgaria. The tourists of travel to Bulgaria can see them. The Nymphs were female water spirits and their sanctuaries were near water wells.

22 Dec 09
First Festival of Japanese art and culture was held in Bulgaria in September – December 2009 on 50 years of diplomatic relations of Bulgaria and Japan and 20 years of Days of Japanese Culture in Bulgaria. Tourists join cultural tours in Bulgaria.

15 Dec 09
The Daily Telegraph wrote that British archaeologists proclaimed Plovdiv, 4000 BC, as the sixth oldest city in the world. The oldest was Jericho, 9000 BC, in Palestine. Enjoy short one day tours from Sofia to Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

08 Dec 09
French experts on wine and marketing said tour operators in Bulgaria offer wine tours in Bulgaria as good combination of wine, history, culture, religion, and civilization and bad lack of road infrastructure and direction signs on roads.

01 Dec 09
The Ambassador of Japan said Bulgaria was an interesting importer of food of ecologically pure quality products. Bulgaria had to export vegetables, pork, chicken and Bulgarian wines. Tourists joined wine tasting tours in Bulgaria.

24 Nov 09
The Ambassador of Japan to Bulgaria said also that Bulgaria was also well-known in Japan for its rose oil. Exports of this Bulgarian product to Asia have increased. Tour operators in Bulgaria offer tours of Rose fest in the Valley of Roses in June.

17 Nov 09
The Ambassador of Japan to Bulgaria advised on 5 of November 2009 the market of Bulgarian yogurt was broadening in other countries. Meiji Dairie had 60 per cent of the market in Japan. Japanese tourists can have tour of yogurt in Bulgaria.

10 Nov 09
The archeologists unearthed ruins of a vilage, a wall and 300 anciant artifacts of marble, clay and bones of 5000 years BC at Sushina, Shumen, Bulgaria. The tour operators in Bulgaria make tours to see these artifacts at the local history museum.

03 Nov 09
The archeologists found ruins of a Roman villa at Vladislavovo, Varna, Bulgaria, at anciant Roman town of Odessos, dated c. 3 AD . The tourists of excursions of Bulgaria can see the well preserved local Roman Thermae baths in Varna.

27 Oct 09
An anciant sanctury, pieces of copper tools, wood and three graves, dated 6000 years BC were found by archeologists at Sozopol, Bulgaria. The tourists of escorted tours of Bulgaria can see these artifacts at the local history museum.

20 Oct 09
The archeologists found a seal of lead of tzar Simeon the Great, 10 c. A.D. at Preslav, Bulgaria. There were images of Jesus Christ and Mary the Virgin on the seal. The tourists of cultural tours of Bulgaria can see it at the local museum.

13 Oct 09
The Parliament removed the State tourism agency of Bulgaria on 8 of October 2009. The Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism is in charge of state functions of regulation and control of tours business of tourist agents and tour operators in Bulgaria.

06 Oct 09
A joint team of Bulgarian and Greek archeologists found ruins of walls of big house and fine vessels dated middle Neolithic age of 6000 years BC near Chirpan, Bulgaria. The tourists of escorted tours of Bulgaria can see them later.

01 Oct 09
UNESCO lodged fire dancers Nestinari from Bulgaria in the list of cultural heritage of humanity on 30 of September 2009. Nestinari fire dancers are a popular attraction for tourists of tours in Bulgaria.

29 Sep 09
Most tours of Bulgaria include visits of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. The archeologists found there a ring of lilies of a French king and women's jewelry, possibly from Lille, dated 13 c. A.D. The tourists of historical tours of Bulgaria can see them.

22 Sep 09
Irina Bokova, the ambassador of Bulgarian to France and ex foreign minister of Bulgaria, was elected for Director General of UNESCO, the agency of UN for culture, science and education. The second final candidate Farouk Hosny has made anti Jews statements

18 Sep 09
Vegena Ltd., a member of JATA, one of the main incoming tour operators in Bulgaria, takes part for a fifth year in the tourism expo JATA WTF, Tokyo, Japan on Sep. 18-20, 2009. 100,000 visitors from 136 countries see the stand of Bulgaria on JATA WTF.

17 Sep 09
Sofia, Bulgaria celebrates the day of Saint Sofia on 17 Sep. Sofia and her daughters, Faith, Hope and Love, believed in Christ. Adrian, Roman emperor, (117-138) order to be beheaded the girls due to their religion and Sofia to watch and suffer.

15 Sep 09
The archeologists found ruins of an old church at Lubimetz, Bulgaria, dated 12 c. A.D., on a basement of another ancient church dated 6 c. A.D. Escorted tours of a travel agency in Bulgaria can visit it.

10 Sep 09
The ruins of the monastery Saint Mary Pantenas at Melnik, Bulgaria, dated 13 c., were found. Melnik was the capital of small state. Not only can include travel to Bulgaria tasting wine from Melnik but visits of these ruins also.

04 Sep 09
A Thracian tomb of c. 3 BC of a rich woman was found at Krushare, Sliven, Bulgaria, with candelabrum, a vessel of glass, golden neckle, bracelets and crown. The tourists of guided tours of Bulgaria can see them at the local history museum.

28 Aug 09
The archelogists found a Roman marble statue of goddess Kibela, Phenice, dated c. 3 AD at the Roman town Nikopolis ad Istrum, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. One says the tourists of tours of Bulgaria can see it at the local history museum.

21 Aug 09
The tourists of tours of Bulgaria visit Nessebar, a site of UNESCO's world heritage list. Tadamichi Yamamoto, a representative of Japan in UNESCO, has visited Nessebar and said it is unique combination of historic places and natural beauty.

15 Aug 09
The tourists of tours in Bulgaria visit the Rose valley, Kazanlak. They see the process of making rose oil. The BBC news said that 40 percent of the world's rose oil has been produced in the Rose valley of Bulgaria because of its micro-climate.

08 Aug 09
The archelogists found a grave of a noble princess dated 14 c. at Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria with more of 100 golden and silver rings, ears, gems and dresses. The tourists of tours of Bulgaria can see these artifacts at the local history museum.

01 Aug 09
The archelogist Prof. V. Nikolov claimed he had found a Thracian sanctuary, dated 2000 years BC, with nine graves and a stone scepter at Kran, Kazanlak, Bulgaria. One says the tourists of tours of Bulgaria can see them later.

24 Jul 09
The archelogists found anciant clay figures of animals and women, spoons and forks dated at Copper Stone Age at Varchare, Momtchilgrad, Bulgaria. One says the tourists of tours of Bulgaria can see these artifacts at the local history museum.

03 Jul 09
A small clay chair falos figure dated 4000 years BC was found at the Thracian town of Perperikon, Kardjali, Bulgaria. One says the tourists of tours of Bulgaria can see it at the local history museum.

27 Jun 09
The biggest anciant Thracian water container on the Balkans of 12 to 6 to 6 meters of 270,000 liters water was found cut at the rocks at the Thracian town of Perperikon, Bulgaria. The tourists of tours of Bulgaria can see it at Perperikon.

20 Jun 09
Post Office travel services UK have anounced the tours of Bulgaria 2009 as the cheapest travel destination. They said ten typical items will cost tourists GBP 42 in Bulgaria. The Daily Telegraph wrote Bulgaria ousted Thailand as cheapest place.

12 Jun 09
A rearly seen seal of Andronicus II Paleolog, the Emperor of Bysantium, was found near a Roman road at the Thracian town of Perperikon, Kardjali, Bulgaria. One says the tourists of tours of Bulgaria can see it at the local history museum.

05 Jun 09
A Thracian bronse spear of 3000 years, at the time of the war of Troy, was found at the Thracian town of Perperikon, Kardjali, Bulgaria. One says the tourists of tours of Bulgaria can see it at the local history museum.

28 May 09
The Thracian tomb of Alexandrovo, Bulgaria, dated 4 c. B.C., was found in 2000. The frescoes of war and hunting scenes were of live people and animals. The tourists of tours of Bulgaria can visit the replica of this Thracian tomb, Bulgaria.

18 May 09
Prince Akishino of Japan opened a museum and a replica of a Thracian tomb, built with the financial aid of Japan, at Alexandrovo, Bulgaria on 15 of May 2009. The tourists of tours of Bulgaria can visit the replica of this Thracian tomb, 4 c. B.C.

14 May 09
The archaeologist Prof.N.Ovtcharov said 250,000 tourists, possibly some of tours of bulgaria, visited the Thracian city of Perperikon, Bulgaria in 2008. Perperikon is at 15 km of Kardzhali. One says that steep steps there are for younger tourists.

06 May 09
Four big anciant Thracian clay pots with hard covers for black Thracian wine, dated c. 4 AD, were found at the Thracian town of Perperikon, Bulgaria. One says the tourists of tours of Bulgaria can see them later at the local history museum.

27 Apr 09
Small Thracian clay idols, 3000 years old, were found near the Thracian town of Perperikon, Kardjali, Bulgaria. They showed that the old Thracians were a part of Cretan-Mycenaean civilization that is estimated as the first European civilization.

20 Apr 09
An anciant Roman road, possibly a part of Via Egnatia, tools of a blacksmith and a coin, dated 4 c. A.D., were found at the Thracian town of Perperikon, Kardjali, Bulgaria. The tourists of tours of Bulgaria can see it at Perperikon.

14 Apr 09
The archeologist Prof. N. Ovtcharov showed a clay tile with pictorial writing, from 5 c. BC. It has five images. This is the third similar tile from this time found in Bulgaria.

07 Apr 09
The archeologists found seven rooms on second palace in the center of the sanctuary Perperikon. It was build similar to the first palace that had been found at the foot of the acropolis Perperikon, holly place of god Dionysus.

12 Mar 09
Municipality of Kazanlak announced new dates for the annual Rose Festival. This year, the festival will be in the last weekend of May- 30 and 31 May. Experience this unique event with our Rose Festival Tour. The new departure date is 26 May 2009.

20 Feb 09
New highlight for Bulgarian cultural tourism: recently discovered Thracian tomb in Alexandrovo /Haskovo/ with unique frescoes from IVc. B.C. will apply to be included as UNESCO site. Its replica can be seen at The Museum of Thracian Art in May.

09 Dec 08
Japan International Cooperation Agency /JICA/ has donated a website with detailed information about the museums in Bulgaria:

09 Dec 08
74 original works by Picasso will be exhibited in the National Gallery for Foreign Art in Sofia for 3 months (17 Dec-15 Mar 2009).Visit the exhibition with our tour Sofia City Break along with the historical and cultural highlights of Bulgarian capital.

07 Nov 08
Vegena Travel announced new promotion: "PAY NOW AND GET TWO OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS FREE". It is valid for "Classical tour of Bulgaria" and "Classical tour of Bulgaria & Romania". For more details and conditions, please visit our "Tours" section.

07 Oct 08
Vegena Travel will participate at the forthcoming WTM in London (10.11 - 13.11.2008). Please be kindly invited to visit our stand EM 150 and to get acquainted with our new cultural tours of Bulgaria and the Balkan countries.

19 Sep 08
Vegena Travel announced two additional dates for The Best of Bulgaria tour 2008: 18th October and 08 November. Join and explore the beauty and the unique culture of Bulgaria.

06 Feb 08
Vegena Travel announced two additional dates for two of the Guaranteed Departure Tours- The Best of Bulgaria: 02nd April 2008 and 16th April 2008; The Best of Bulgaria and Turkey: 05th April 2008 and 19th April 2008

11 Jan 08
Vegena Travel will participate at FITUR, Madrid /30.01 - 02.02.2008/. You are kindly invited to visit our stand 10B06 and get acquainted with our offers for cultural tours in Bulgaria and Balkan countries.



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