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We offer tailor-made tours, programs, itineraries and experiences in Bulgaria and the Balkans for small groups and individuals. 

Kukeri Festivals (Masquerade Games), Winter Rituals And Traditions In Bulgaria in Winter

The months January and February (and even March) are packed with Kukeri Masquerade Games, traditional rituals, name day (or saint’s day) celebrations and other folklore traditions/rituals and festivals in Bulgaria. Here are some of the most famous and visited ones, which could be included in your cultural tour in Bulgaria: Surva International Festival of Masquerade Games in Pernik (the largest and most famous festival Masquerade Games Festival in Bulgaria); The Kukeri Parades and Festivals in Blagoevgrad and Simitli; The Kukeri Masquerade Games in the villages around Pernik; Jordanovden (Jordan’s Day); The feast day of Epiphany celebrated on 6 th January in Kalofer; Todorovden (Theodore’s Day); Petlyovden (Rooster Day); Trifon Zarezan (Wine Day) etc.

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International Bagpipe Contest in Gela, Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria (31 July – 01 August 2020)

International Bagpipe Contest in Gela aims to promote the authentic Rhodopes folklore, history and traditions. The ”gaida” or bagpipe is Bulgaria’s traditional and emblematic musical instrument and it is one of the most important elements of Bulgarian local folklore.

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From Sofia To Buzludzha Monument, Shipka And Kazanlak For One Day By Car

This is a one day guided tour that takes you to the famous Buzludzha Monument, National Park-Museum Shipka and the town of Kazanlak from Sofia. You will be picked up from your accommodation/hotel in Sofia at 8 AM. At the late afternoon we will sett off back to Sofia, where we will arrive at about 20.00 pm.

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Eight Days Exploring The Remains Of The Communist Regime In Bulgaria

The aim of this program is to provide participants with opportunities to visit and photograph what remains of the communist regime in Bulgaria. The program includes the following types of subjects/places:

– Socialist industrial landscape – old, active and inactive factories and plants and their surroundings. Some of these buildings and complexes are remarkable photographical subjects placed in the context of the modern urban landscape.

– Socialist collective housing construction – half or completely destroyed old homes and public buildings with their typical large size and style.

– Socialist realism – huge public buildings, generally situated in the downtowns of big cities. This Stalinist style of architecture is not typical for Bulgaria, but some of the most impressive examples of the type can be found here. Also included in this category are the monumental sculptures and memorials, which we will visit.

We will start from Sofia, where we will see the monumental Stalinist architecture in downtown Sofia, the enormous concrete-built park – complex “The Bells” and the Museum of Socialist Art, showcasing art from the Socialist period (1944-1989). We will visit the nearby industrial towns of Pernik and Radomir, which are sort of “an open-air museum” with an exposition of massive industrial buildings. We will travel to the Buzludzha, maybe the most famous abandoned Socialist realism monument in Bulgaria. We will visit the town of Dimitrovgrad, turned into one of the most characteristic examples of the architectural transformation of Bulgaria during socialism. We will continue to the former mining town of Madzharovo and Ivaylovgrad. On our way to the Black Sea Coast we will visit Museum of Military Glory in Yambol, which displays real life conserved military equipment and aircraft that were in use during the last century; the statue of Alyosha in Burgas and the Aviation Expo near the airport of Burgas. In Varna we will visit the Park-Memorial dedicated to Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship, will have a short excursion to the Varna-Beloslav Lakes system, huge industrial area and will also visit the unique for Bulgaria Retro Museum, which includes exhibits from the period 1944-1989 (4000 square meters). On our way back to Sofia we will stop at the Monument to 1300 Years of Bulgaria near Shumen, will have a short sightseeing tour in Veliko Turnovo and will drive alongside Kremikovtsi – Bulgaria’s largest metalworking industrial complex.

The tour can start from Varna.

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Seven Days Exploring The Remains Of The Communist Regime In Bulgaria

During this 7 days trip you will be able to explore the Bulgarian Socialist industrial landscape, a few places with Socialist collective housing and some of the most important monuments of the Socialist realism in Bulgaria.

We will have a special sightseeing tour dedicated to the monumental Stalinist architecture in downtown Sofia, the women’s market and the industrial district around the train station. We will visit the nearby industrial towns of Pernik and Radomir, which are sort of “an open-air museums” with an exposition of massive industrial buildings – strange “monuments” to Bulgaria’s socialist industrialism of 30 years ago. We will travel to the Buzludzha, maybe the most famous abandoned Socialist realism monument in Bulgaria.

The next stop will be Dimitrovgrad, one of the most characteristic examples of the architectural transformation of Bulgaria during socialism. Then we will continue to the former mining town of Madzharovo, with its typical collective housing constructions and where we also you will enjoy the magnificent meanders and beaches of the Arda River.

We will also visit the valley of Byala reka and the extraordinary villages of Odrintsi, Mandritsa, Dolno Lukovo, Gorno Lukovo and Meden Buk, where we will have a short walk along the meanders of the river. On our way back to Sofia, we will stop at the abandoned neighbourhoods of the village of Djanka.

The tour can be done from Varna.

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Long Weekend Exploring The Eastern Rhodopes In Bulgaria

The idea is during a long weekend (4 days together with Saturday and Sunday) to visit the most interesting places in the Eastern Rhodopes. Groups can leave from Sofia or Varna, as we will first stop in the village of Mezek, to visit the famous winery producing Mezek wines. We will visit the fortress Mezek, and then we will continue to Ivaylovgrad. Before our accommodation in the hotel we will visit the tahini workshop in Ivaylovgrad, which manufactures sesame tahini using an old traditional technology. In the surroundings of Ivaylovgrad we will see villa Armira, the fortresses Lyutitsa and Rodostitsa, which we will reach by SUV and helped by a local guide. We continue to the valley of Byala Reka and the unique old sericulture houses in the villages of Odrintsi Mandritsa and Dolno Lukovo. We keep travelling towards the village of Plevun with the local dairy, where we will learn about all the processes usually developed in dairies. (depending on the season).  We will learn about the cultivation of sesame (depending on the season). We will visit the herd of Karakachan horses near the village and the small tahini workshop in the village of Kondovo (if open). Last in the program will be Perperikon and the stone mushrooms north of the village of Beli plast, and after that we travel back to Varna/Sofia.

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Exploring The Abandoned Villages in The Rhodope Mountain In Bulgaria

This is a 6-day tour dedicated to the most picturesque, but almost abandoned villages and regions in the eastern, and to some extent, in the western part of the Rhodope Mountains. 

The tour may start from Sofia or from Varna. The itinerary starts from Mezek, not far away from Svilengrad, with its winery and the fortress. We will pass by the tahini workshop in Ivaylovgrad on our way to the valley of Byala reka and the extraordinary villages of Odrintsi, Mandritsa, Dolno Lukovo, Gorno Lukovo and Meden Buk, where we will have a short walk along the meanders of the river. Beside the remarkable sericulture houses in the region, we will get familiar with the local traditional activities, as for instance the growing and processing of sesame, we will see how the group of German people lives in the village of Odrintsi and will visit the noteworthy church in the village of Dolno Lukovo.

We keep moving forward to the abandoned neighbourhoods of the village of Djanka, and afterwards we will pass by the dam lake of Studen Kladenets, reaching the guesthouse Tepavitsata, in the village of Rabovo, where we will have the chance to get acquainted with the cultivation of spelt and traditional preparation of bread. One day will be dedicated to villages in the area of the Valley of Borovitsa River. We keep moving forward to the Western Rhodopes and Ardino, the abandoned village of Dyadovtsi and Devil’s Bridge, Shiroka Laka and the abandoned village of Kukuvitsa (which we will visit depending on the circumstances). We finish this journey with walks along the gorges of Trigrad and Buynovsko, before we leave to Sofia/Varna.

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Rose Festival in Kazanlak, Bulgaria, Bulgaria (5-7 June 2020)

Rose Festival in Kazanlak, Bulgaria (5-7 June 2020) celebrates our deep connection to the Rosa Damascena – the Bulgarian oil-bearing rose and all the gifts it has blessed the Rose Valley with for centuries. During the festival you can participate in various events like Rose-picking rituals, organised in various locations around the Valley, Rose Festive Parades (Carnivals), Festive processions of the Rose pickers. During the Rose Coronation the new Rose Queen will be crowned, accompanied by a magnificent triad of traditional dancing and singing from various folklore groups.

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Four Days Exploring The Middle And Western Rhodopes In Bulgaria

The idea is during one long weekend (4 days, including Saturday and Sunday) to be visited the most interesting places in the Middle and partly in Western Rhodopes. Groups may leave from Sofia or Varna. Our first stop will be in Smolyan for short stroll before we head for the village of Smilyan with its Clock Tower, museum of beans and the dairy called Milky House, where we will taste the local Rhodopes specialities. We continue to the village of Mogilitsa, where we will see “Agushevite konatsi” – an old building of the town-hall, the neighbourhood Bukata with its architectural group “Hadjiyski kashti” and the village of Arda, almost at the Greek border.  In the region, we will visit the Uhlovitsa cave, and then we continue to Shiroka Laka, Teshel, Buynovo gorge with the Yagodinska cave and the panoramic platform Orlovo oko, which we will reach by SUV’s.  We will take a walk over the Trigard gorge, will visit the Devil’s throat cave and will take a walk on the charming road between the villages of Jrebevo and Kesten.  We will have Dospat trout for lunch in the town of Dospat at the Dospat dam lake. On our way to Sofia/Varna, we will pass along the dam lake Batak, which is one of the most captivating places in Rhodopes Mountain.

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