Social Events and Tours


Welcome Cocktail
(incl. in the registration fees of regular participants, students and accompanying persons)

All delegates are invited to join the Welcome Cocktail on the first day of TSOP Annual Meeting, September 12th, right after the end of the last lecture on that day. The cocktail will take place directly at the conference venue, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski".
Join us for this great opportunity to meet, enjoy and chat in a relaxed atmosphere.
This event is free of charge for delegates, but you must confirm your intention to attend when you register for the conference.

Aula Foyer, Photo by Internet
Paleontological Museum, Photo by Internet

Conference dinner

Vodenitzata restaurant (The Watermill) is a typical Bulgarian restaurant located in the foothills of Vitosha Mountain – one of the loveliest Bulgarian mountains. The ideal combination of beautiful nature, woods, nice and vivid coloured flowers among watermill stones make the place really unique. Here one can taste deliciously prepared typical Bulgarian dishes and enjoy authentic Bulgarian music and dances.

Date: September 14th
Price: 45 Euro per person, including 4-course menu, drinks, folk-style program, transportation.

Vodenitzata Restaurant, Photos by Internet
Vodenitzata Restaurant, Photos by Internet

Sofia City Tour with a visit to Boyana Church
(included in the accompanying person's fee only, optional for all other participants)   
The Bulgarian capital has much to offer with its well-preserved ancient history and modern spirit. Sofia has the buzz of a capital city and the convenience of a compact centre where all the main sights can be visited on foot. The walking tour along the central part introduces Saint Nedelya Church, Saint George Rotunda, National Drama Theatre, National Fine Arts Gallery, Saint Nicolas Russian Church, the Parliament, and Saint Alexander Nevski Memorial Church.
Boyana Church is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979. The church is one of the most complete and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art.

Date: September 12th
Price: 48 Euro, including transportation, tour-guide in English, museum fee.

Note: The tour is organized with a minimum of 8 persons.

Sofia, Photos by Internet

Excursion to Rila Monastery
(included in the accompanying person's fee only, optional for all other participants)

Rila Monastery is the biggest operating convent in the country and one of the most important cultural sights in Bulgaria. It was founded in 10th century by Bulgarian monk Saint Yoan of Rila and rebuilt during 13–14 centuries. This is the period when a stone tower was erected by local feudal lord Hrelyo Dragovola. A bishop’s chair, a wood-carved door, some books, icons, and church plates are of the same period. 19th century frescos are remarkable. Nowadays, monastery preserves valuable Bulgarian written records: about 250 hand-written books of 11–19 centuries, 9000 incunabula, notated hand-written records, 19th century graphic prints, etc. Rila Monastery has been inscribed into UNESCO world cultural and Natural heritage list since 1983.

Date: September 13th
Price: 68 Euro, including transportation, tour-guide in English, lunch, museum fee.

Note: The excursion is organized with a minimum of 8 persons.

Rila Monastery, Photos by Internet