Bulgaria 22nd -29th September 2018

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Itinerary for 22nd – 29th September for 6 – 8 people

22  Sept 2018 – Saturday: Arrival at Sofia Airport, meeting by Velislava Chilingirova; transfer to Troyan and hotel accommodation in this historic town for 3 nights.  Dinner in restaurant or sandwiches (it depends of arrival time)

23 Sept 2018 – Breakfast in the hotel; participation in the Bulgarian Festival of Plums and Rakia. Troyan is famous for its plum production, Velis will tell some stories of how it was in the communist past. Walk around the center of Troyan, named from the Roman Emperor Trajan, visit to Crafts museum, visit to local Brandy factory; according to the programme – visit to Oreshak; lunch in the city. Dinner in local tavern in Oreshak.

24 Sept 2018 – Monday: Walk to Vidima waterfall and picnic lunch in Central Balkan National park, we are interested in the cultural landscape as well as the nature. On the way back a stop in EcoArt guesthouse in Drashkova Polyana village and work with clay – making ceramics, another local speciality.  Dinner in Troyan.

25 Sept 2018 – Tuesday: Short stop at the famous ‘Troyan Pottery’ factory, once making the distinctive ‘Troyan drop’ pattern crockery to all of communist Europe. Driving to Devetaki Plateau; a cultural stop in Lovech /district town/, visit to Museum of Water /renovated Turkish bath/ and fortress. Lunch in the town, walk across the historical covered bridge with many souvenir shops of local craftsmen. Visit to Devetaki cave on the road; arrival in Gorsko Slivovo village and accommodation in Bilkarskata guest house for 2 nights. Making jewellery. Dinner with homemade meals.

26 Sept 2018 –  Wednesday:  In the morning – meeting people from the village Cultural centre and discussion about traditional events /festivals. Drive to Kramolin village and Grada fortress, collecting forest fruits /rose hips, hawthorn, etc./ Lunch in the village or picnic.

27 Sept 2018 – Thursday: Drive to Etara ethnographic complex /www.etar.bg/ and Open-air museum – a guided tour. Lunch in Etara. Travel through Shipka pass /stop at monument of Liberty/ and visit to Kosmatka Thracian tomb near Kazanlak. Drive to Sofia and accommodation in hotel for 2 nights, dinner in local restaurant.

28 Sept 2018 -Friday: Breakfast in the hotel and a visit to Forestry University in Sofia. We will discuss the historical and current role of Bulgarian forests, including the cultural significance. Free time in the town in the afternoon; a farewell dinner.

29 Sept 2018: Transfer by minibus to Sofia Airport and fly back home.

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