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Repeat trip due to popular demand. Thessaloniki is easy to fall in love with – it has beauty, chaos, history and culture, a remarkable cuisine and wonderful, vast sea views. This is Greece’s second city with the streets full of life and vibrancy. Thessaloniki is famous for its gastronomy. Here you’ll eat to your heart’s content, your plates brimming with Mediterranean cuisine, seasoned with the added spice of Asia Minor. Thessaloniki: a melting pot of cultures Get to know the multitude of cultures that coexisted for centuries in Thessaloniki. During our visit to Thessaloniki, we will make a stop at these three significant landmarks: 1. Arch of Galerius and Rotunda: the Palace, the Arch (Kamara) and the impressive Rotunda reminiscent of the Pantheon. 2. The New promenade ( Nea Paralia) 3. The former home of Kemal Ataturk, now a museum. We will also visit Meteora on a day trip. There are few landscapes that excite the travelers as much as a visit to the enchanting Meteora. The gigantic rocks with the breathtaking volume and height, as they sharply arise in the edge of a big flatland, interrupt the smooth landscape like they were unreal, form part of an impressive geological phenomenon that you can’t miss the chance to observe closely. Moreover, the human intervention in this eerie scenery is astonishing: Monasteries built in the highest point of the rocks, seem to hover between earth and sky, between human and divine element. In 1989, Meteora was added in the list of the World Heritage of UNESCO. The most popular sights and attractions in Thessaloniki 1. Thessaloniki’s old waterfront: Everyone’s idea of the perfect stroll. 2. Ano Poli: Wander the narrow lanes of Ano Poli, one of the oldest districts of Thessaloniki above the modern town. 3. The centre of Thessaloniki: Walk from the iconic 16th century White Tower to Aristotelous Square. 4. Ladadika: The old and exceptionally popular portside market. Your accommodation: 4 stars hotel in the city centre. Located very close to the main sights of Thessaloniki and the Old waterfront. Start your day with a buffet breakfast served daily. The Lounge Bar also serves a variety of cocktails and a selection of spirits. Your investment is £ 385 for a double/ twin room and £ 445 for a double room, single use. What is included in the trip: 3 nights in a four star hotel, central location 3 breakfasts 2 half-day guided walking tours in Thessaloniki with local tour guide Transfers from/to Thessaloniki airport Day trip to Meteor, UNESCO site Assistance with restaurants reservations and local information by the tour leader Financial protection according to Travel package regulations 1992 What is not included in the trip: Return flight to Thessaloniki around £ 130 at the moment ( as per 8th March 2020) Out on 20th May 2020 with Ryanair flight morning flight and return on 23th March with Ryanair, other flight options also available Personal expenses Single supplement for the entire stay £60 Travel insurance To secure your space please email [masked] or[masked]
NATURE GETAWAY IN OLD PLOVDIV AND THE VALLEY OF ROSES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtH_TAXUf80 Explore the history-rich sites of the 6th oldest city in the world, Plovdiv,visit Bulgaria’s enticing valley of roses with its acclaimed Rose Festival and discover the secrets of the age-old tradition of rose oil production. OLD PLOVDIV – A JOURNEY TO ANTIQUITY Plovdiv is one of the most ancient cities in the world with signs of habitation dating as far back as the 6th millennium BC. The Old Town of Plovdiv is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s small, quiet and picturesque and a real gem for culture and history lovers! Fascinating highlights: The world’s most aromatic rose oil today comes from Bulgaria. ‣ The highest percentage of rose attar in the world is obtained from the Valley of Roses, Bulgaria ‣ The Bulgarian “attar” of roses is an important component in the perfume business throughout the world. ‣ Rosa Damascena is the name of the oil-yielding rose, which made Bulgaria famous for the production of the best rose oil in the world. Damascus, Rosa Damascena Mill was brought to Bulgarian lands during the 17th century. ‣ Plovdiv is the World’s 6th most ancient city and European cultural capital for 2019. The festival itself takes place every year on the first Sunday of June. It originates in the Rose Valley and runs across the near by towns of Karlovo, Kalofer and Kazanlak. The area is breathtaking when the famous Bulgarian rose blossoms in May/June exuding its enticing fragrance. 3,5 tons of rose petals go into the making of one kilogram of rose oil, which costs as much as gold. Join this extraordinary experience in Bulgaria, take part in the authentic rose-picking ritual and gain insights into the rose-distillation process. In addition to the authentic rose gathering ritual, the festival offers a small beauty-pageant of a kind, where the most beautiful girl amongst the rose-pickers is crowned Queen Rose. But that’s not all! There are even more celebratory events taking place during the festival weekend, such as choir a cappella, folklore concerts, art shows, exhibitions, wine-tastings and much more! Dates 4th June- 8th June 2020 Itinerary: Day 1 Thursday Arrival in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Guided walking tour in Sofia city centre. Departure for Plovdiv and check-in at a 3 or 4-star hotel. Day 2 Friday Breakfast. Walking tour in the Old town of Plovdiv. Lunch near Plovdiv Roman stadium. Dinner and folklore program in an authentic Bulgarian restaurant Day 3 Saturday Breakfast. Explore Plovdiv Day 4 Sunday Breakfast. Departure to Rose festival - a day full of impressions. Transfer to Plovdiv in the evening Day 5 Monday Breakfast. Free time for shopping, sightseeing in Plovdiv. Flight: Plovdiv airport to London Stansted Included: 4 nights in a 3 or 4-star hotel in Plovdiv 4 breakfasts 2 Guided walking tours One day trip to Rose Valley Festival Rose picking ritual Degustation Transfers from/to the airports in Bulgaria Social event with the group, before flying to Bulgaria Compliance with Travel Package Regulations and financial protection 1992 What is not included: Flights: London- Sofia/Plovdiv; Personal expenses; Travel insurance. The price for this trip: £380 in a twin/double room share. Single supplement: £ 60 To secure your place [masked] or[masked] for further details.