Informaciones generales para la 2ª reunión extraordinaria del Comité

The registration form should be returned before 31 January 2008 to Ms Samira ZININI:

Flight information, transfer from/to airport and excursion

The participants are requested to send in before 8 February 2008 the form “Flight information and participation in excursion to inform the Secretariat of UNESCO (Ms Samira Zinini, s.zinini@unesco.org) of :

On Saturday 23 February, the participants are invited (guided visits, transport and lunch offered) by the Bulgarian Organizing Committee to discover the second city of Bulgaria – Plovdiv, located between three hills in the Thracian Plain through which the calm and gentle Maritza River flows. Plovdiv is not only a large industrial and administrative centre, but also an antique cultural crossroads between East and West. The city of Plovdiv is a veritable historical and cultural treasure dating back 24 centuries, perfectly conserved. There are numerous brilliant examples of the Bulgarian National Renaissance period.
The visit to the Ethnographical Museum, the churches and the street of craft workshops and popular art – the main monuments of the old city of Plovdiv, shall be followed by a lunch and departure to the Bachkovo Monastery.
The Bachkovo Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in the country, is located in the picturesque Chaya River Valley, 29 km south of the city of Plovdiv. Founded in 1083, the Monastery is famous for its original architecture, its rich collection of icons, jewelry and ancient coins and church plate. The Monastery was destroyed in the 14th century CE, and rebuilt a century later. The most famous treasure of the Monastery is a miraculous icon of the Madonna that, according to legend, cures the sick.
Delegates wishing to participate in this excursion are invited to indicate so in the Form “Flight information and participation in excursion”.

Recommended hotels

The Bulgarian Organization Committee recommends the eight hotels listed below, most of which are located close to the Congress Centre – National Palace of Culture in Sofia. The indicated accommodation rates in these hotels are preferential for participants in the session of the Committee. All participants are responsible for their own costs, including accommodation and other expenses, such as telephone, facsimile, laundry.
Participants should not make direct reservations to any of these hotels, but only, before 8 February 2008, through Ms Zdravka Dimitrova:

Hotel \ Room typeSingle Standard Single DeluxeDouble StandardDouble Deluxe
Hilton*****215 €275 €240 €295 €
Grand Hotel Sofia*****195 €225 €220 €250 €
Downtown****140 €205 €160 €225 €
Festa Barcelo****120 €160 €140 €180 €
Les Fleurs****120 €185 €130 €190 €
Kolikovski****110 €135 €120 €145 €
Rodina****-80 €- 90 €
Hemus***+- 60 €- 75 €

Hilton

Grand Hotel Sofia

Downtown

Festa Barcelo

Les Fleurs

Kolikovski

Rodina

Hemus

Visa

On 1 January 2007, Bulgaria adhered to the European Union. European Union nationals do not need a short- or long-term visa: they may enter and stay in Bulgaria with a valid passport or national identity card for a period of up to three months, without any formality. Beyond that period, within three months after entering Bulgarian territory, they must contact the Immigration Service of the Ministry of the Interior to obtain an extended resident permit, issued on the same day the request is made.
For all information concerning visas or other entry formalities for Bulgaria, please contact the Bulgarian Consular of your city/country directly. The letter from UNESCO addressed to all Member States of UNESCO may be used when applying for a visa. The ministries concerned in your country may also issue a letter of confirmation as an attachment. UNESCO does not provide personal letters of invitation and only the Bulgarian authorities may determine whether a visa is granted. Each participant is required to hold a valid passport, and obtain, if necessary, a visa and entry authorization for Bulgaria. No visa will be delivered at the airport.
Participants are recommended to obtain travel insurance coverage prior to arriving in Bulgaria.