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BULGARIA – PEOPLE, TRADITIONS AND RURAL LIFE

code: VBG 0015       alt

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Departure dates 2017/2018: every day / Group size: min. 4

Route: Sofia - Razlog - Dobarsko - Kovatchevitsa - Leshten - Gaitaninovo - Dospat - Trigrad - Kosovo - Zheravna - Sofia

Prices per person in EURO: 4 (674), 5 (584), 6 (528), 7 (486), 8 (455) For more people, please ask for a quote

Imagine a quiet piece of paradise far away from the modern world with its busy living and stressful atmosphere. Imagine unusual and incredible experiences that will inspire you to see our world in a new light. Let us escape together to a world of majestic mountains covered with deep, green forests and crystal blue lakes – a world of heart-touching connections with local people, which will give your life a new meaning. This is a journey to Pirin and Rodopi mountains where you will meet a genuine countryside with friendly people whose ancestors have lived here for hundreds of years. They will cook for you ingredients they have harvested and grown themselves – red tomatoes and juicy vegetables from the garden, delicious cheese from their cows and sheep, red wine from the vineyard. You will see them cook and sing for you, they will welcome you to their homes and help you to understand the Bulgarian soul.

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Itinerary:

Day 1. Sofia - Razlog
Transfer from Sofia to the small town of Razlog. Check in at a local bio hotel. Indulging on a homemade dinner.

 

Day 2. Razlog – Dobarsko
After a delicious homemade breakfast we start our tour to the village of Dobarsko. The village of Dobarsko is nestled in the south foot of the holy Rila Mountains at the altitude of 1070 meters and overlooks the endless horizons of the pearl of Bulgarian mountains Pirin and wide Rodopi Mountains. Here we get acquainted with numerous Bulgarian traditions, which are jealously preserved in Dobarsko. We study and sing local folklore songs together with the famous “Grannies of Dobarsko” who welcome us with fresh baked bread. Further on we will visit the old church Theodor Stratilat where we can see the amazing fresco of Jesus who steps off a vehicle, which resembles a space rocket!
Back to the farm and time to get acquainted with the whole process of preparing bio products. You will have the chance to milk cows, gather vegetables from the garden, pick up fruits, feed the animals, prepare Bulgarian yoghurt and butter by doing it old style. There are options to go for horse-riding or shooting.
In the evening we enjoy homemade dinner in Bansko style. Overnight stay at our bio hotel in Razlog.

 

Day 3. Razlog – Kovatchevitsa – Leshten – Gaitaninovo
Today we head South to the area where Pirin mountain meets Rodopi mountain. Outstanding views and special landscapes are waiting for us. We visit a pretty, picture-postcard village with old time Rodopi stone houses leaning over narrow cobbled alleys. We go for a walk and enjoy the dramatic mountain panorama. Free time for souvenirs or a cup of coffee at the old time café in the middle of the village. The tour continues to another exciting architectural and historic reserve – the village of Leshten. The village of Leshten is one of the most attractive and authentic rural resorts in Bulgaria. It is situated on the south slope of Rodopi mountain, with an amazing view to Pirin mountain. Here we have a look at the famous mud house and the other rural and eco houses. We travel further to our next stop – a unique bio complex with houses made of mud, tree and stones. We have a sightseeing tour of the area which combines traditional techniques with a modern environmental philosophy. Overnight stay in Leshten.

 

Day 4. Leshten – Dospat – Trigrad – Kosovo
Another exciting day with unforgettable experiences is waiting for us. We leave Pirin mountain area and drive East. We pass by the gorgeous Dospat Dam. Our scenic drive goes further to Trigrad gorge – the lovely gorge of Trigrad river cut up to 350 meters into the marble is a nature landmark and probably the most impressive gorge in Bulgaria. Our journey continues through a number of picturesque small villages – one of them is the village of Shiroka Laka – famous for its patriarchal traditions and customs. Here we have a stop and take a look at the astonishing combination of the impressive Rodopi landscape with authentic architecture. We have a lunch at a typical restaurant mehana and enjoy the music of Bulgarian bagpipe. Our journey continues further through Rodopi mountains to another picturesque village – the village of Kosovo.

 

Day 5. Kosovo
Kosovo village has conserved its traditional spirit. It is a typical example of the Rodopean Renaissance architecture, organically linked to nature. Our hosts have tried to restore some of the centuries-old houses in the village, using traditional construction techniques and natural building materials. The houses where we stay combine authentic architecture with modern comfort. Here we experience unforgettable moments and the Rodopi mountains nature, customs and history. You will taste the best of the traditional Rodopean cuisine. Today, we prepare together a typical Rodopi meal – “patatnik”. We also visit a typical Rodopi mountain shepherd’s house. Then we say good bye to the Rodopi mountain and head east to the picturesque village of Zheravna. On our way we visit Asenova Fortress where we have a last touch with the beauty of the Rodopi mountain. After that we take on the road to Stara Planina (Balkan Mountain) and we only stop for lunch. This is an enchanting travel in the civilization enjoying the scenic Balkan mountain on the left and Rodopi mountain on the right. We take a stop at Stara Zagora and have some free time on disposal. Then we head towards Sliven famous as the “Town of the 100 chieftains” where the beautiful landscape of the Karandila mountain awaits us. We carve our way to the village of Zheravna through the magnificent slopes on the Nature Park Sinite Kamani (The Blue Stones). We pass several mountain villages with great history and traditions. At dusk we are already breathing the rural air in Zheravna enchanting with its tranquility and picture-postcard architecture of the houses. We are served traditional Bulgarian specialties by the hosts and we are ready to fall asleep by the songs of the numerous crickets.

 

Day 6. Zheravna
After the yummy breakfast we have enough power to tap into the rural life. Believe it or not we take a horse-cart to get the flavor of the village and feel like locals. The ride takes us to a beautiful landscape towards the village which we call “birds-eye view”. Enchanted enough we take ourselves in hands and visit a traditional rural style making of wine spirits which we have the chance not only to taste but to help making. The hosts provide us with deliciously homemade appetizers which are simply “forget-nots”. In the evening there is a special guest – grandmothers from the closest villages who perform traditional Bulgarian folklore. You will be enjoying the performance and eating gourmet cuisine prepared in a typical Zheravna style.

 

Day 7. Zheravna - Sofia
On the next morning you will witness and have the chance to show your skills in weaving traditional carpets from the region which is an absolute attraction to all visitors of the village. The hosts will show the techniques of making the wool so soft and comfortable on touch. After that we start our journey back to the city of Sofia where we have a dinner and stay for our last overnight

 

Day 8. Departure

After breakfast we depart for Sofia.

 

What`s included:

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altAccommodation at family hotels and bio hotels on half board (lunch or dinner) according to the itinerary

altAll mentioned activities

altTransfers and transportation as per itinerary

altEnglish speaking guided assistance throughout

altVisit of Omaya eco complex

 

What`s not included:

altTipping

altMeals and drinks not included above

altInsurances

altFlight tickets

 

Other expenses:

altOptional activities as horse riding, shooting, fishing

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