Discovering the treasures of Bulgaria
Monday 22, April 2013
A mythical history, luxury, excellent wines and culinary delights can sometimes be found at unexpected places, like in Villa Gella in the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains.
Many have heard about the legend of Orpheus, a singer and poet from Greek mythology. However, only few have explored his former kingdom. There are many legends and myths about Orpheus heroic deeds, which in accordance to historical tradition took place at today’s location of the private Villa Gella. Travelers now have the opportunity to follow Orpheus footsteps within the course of an eight-day journey and to discover the unknown treasures of the country. The price for the package is 8,400 Euros for seven nights including half-board. The price for a double-room is 100 Euros per person per night including half-board. Further information about Villa Gella can be found at www.villagella.com.
After arriving in the capital Sofia, travelers visit the medieval church of Bojana, which is part of the UNESCO cultural world heritage. In the National Museum of History they can marvel at the Thracian kings’ treasures of gold. Afterwards, their way leads to Villa Gella, where guests enjoy seasonal menus, fine wines and a panoramic view over the impressive Rhodope Mountains. A London based designer and a local architect jointly designed a discreet elegant atmosphere which is characterized by white walls, wooden floors, fireplaces and candlesticks. The owner family’s art collection create colorful accents in the six spacious rooms. Guests can explore the surrounding landscape with a mountain bike or by horse. Moreover, depending on season, travelers can collect and pick wild flowers, medical herbs or mushrooms. At the villa guests enjoy amenities such as an indoor pool, steam room as well as badminton or pétanque courts.
The mountainous landscape is coined by deep valleys and eye-catching rocks and caves, like the devil’s throat. The legend says that Orpheus once descended to the empire of Hades in order to search for his wife Eurydice. In the underground cave structure, visitors are confronted with a 40 meter long waterfall as well as a multitude of stalactite caves. On the fourth day guests travel to the century old archaeological complex Perperikon, which is a former Thracian rock town. Furthermore a visit to the cloister of Batschkowo, which is the second largest cloister of Bulgaria, is included in the itinerary. Activities such as hiking, horse riding, cycling or swimming provide entertainment for everyone. In the course of private wine tasting lesson, visitors learn to love the local wines accompanied by the pleasant sounds of Bulgarian folklore. Further highlights are a visit to the cities Zlatograd and its craft quarter from the 19th century and Plovdiv. The city’s founder is no one less than Philopolis, son of Alexander the Great. The second largest city of Bulgaria offers plenty of sights including an amphitheater, churches and picturesque historical buildings that only wait for travelers to be discovered.
Villa Gella is a stunning and intimate private villa, located in the Rhodope Mountains hamlet Gela in Bulgaria. It sits on a hill with 1.750m altitude and commands a breathtaking 270° view of the surrounding mountains. This wonderful hideaway has a total of six distinctive bedrooms, each enjoying spectacular views and providing a luxurious bed, ample space for relaxation and the warmth of a wood-burning fireplace. At the heart of the house, the spacious living and dining room offers a place to enjoy superb cooking by the villa’s private chef, afternoon tea brewed from local medicinal herbs, or get-togethers with local musicians, historians and archeologists. Villa Gella is an ideal destination for an intimate gathering of family and friends in an authentic and luxurious setting.
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