Valley of Thracian Kings | Day Tour from Plovdiv
Valley of Thracian Kings - UNESCO's Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak and the Tomb of Seuthes III - Day Tour from Plovdiv
Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
The Thracian tomb of Kazanlak is a unique aesthetic and artistic work, a masterpiece of the Thracian creative spirit.
This monument is the only one of its kind anywhere in the world - reads in the UNESCO World Heritage List description of the tomb.
The exceptionally well preserved frescos and the original condition of the structure reveal the remarkable evolution and high level of culture and pictorial art in Hellenistic Thrace.
Discovered in 1944, this tomb dates from the Hellenistic period, around the end of the 4th century BC. It is located near Seutopolis, the capital city of the Thracian king Seutes III, and is part of a large Thracian necropolis. The tholos has a narrow corridor and a round burial chamber, both decorated with murals representing Thracian burial rituals and culture. These paintings are Bulgaria’s best-preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period.
The sheer size of the massive mound, the claustrophobic space, the cold, the smell of time past: entering a Thracian tomb is one of the must-do experiences in Bulgaria.
Tomb of Seuthes III
The Tomb of Seuthes III, in the Goliyama Kosmatka Mound, is one of the biggest and best preserved aristocratic monumental tombs in Bulgaria. Built in the second half of the 5th century BC the 26 m long and 4.5 m high tomb is part of a large Thracian necropolis.
More than 1,300 ancient burial mounds are located in the southern and southeast Bulgaria, where the center of the Odrysian kingdom was. The monumental tombs are an important source of information about the life and death of the fascinating Thracian civilisation.
More than 70 items, a wealth of expensive weapons and precious objects, were discovered in the Tomb of Seuthes III. The tomb is one of the few discovered untouched by treasure-hunters or other intruders. it has a 13 m long corridor and two antechambers, the second of which is protected by a marble door with two medallions -the faces of Helios and Medusa. But the most fascinating find from Golyamata Kosmatka is not the gold objects found inside, but the head of a bronze statue buried 7 m south of the entrance, believed to be king Seuthes III, the powerful leader of the Odrysian kingdom.
Valley of Thracian Kings - Day Tour From Plovdiv
All year round.
Departure and Return Point:
We will pick you up and drop you off at your location in Plovdiv.
What is Included?
All transportation cost including car/ van, fuel, VAT, parking fees.
Local English-speaking guide(s).
What is Not Included?
Admission fee to Museum of History Iskra Kazanlak - optional (8 BGN / 4 EUR)
Admission fee to Kazanlak Tomb (BGN 6/ 3 EUR)
Admission fee to Goliamata Kosmatka Mound - Tomb of Seuthes III (BGN 6/ 3 EUR)
Food, drinks and other personal expenses.
Private passenger van.
From 34 EUR per person (for 4 persons group).
Duration, Difficulty and Elevation plot:
Tour duration time: 6-7 hours
Total distance km from Plovdiv: 105 km (one way)
Walking time: approx. 1.5 hours
Total ascent/descent: not applicable
Difficulty Level: Easy
Bring your own packed lunch or purchase authentic Bulgarian food one of the many traditional restaurants nearby.
What to Bring:
• Clothes and footwear according to the season and suitable for walking on uneven surfaces
• Water (at least 1 liter)
• Cash for personal use
More things to see nearby:
• Family Owned Rose Oil Distillery, Rose Oil Museum
• Shipka Memorial Church
• Shipka Pass
• Buzdludzha Memorial (the Bulgarian UFO)