Dancing adventure - tour the unique folk dances of Bulgaria - 12 days on FB

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Magnificent sceneries… fine sand beaches, sea and sun… beautiful mountains and pristine natural places… pure water… delicious food, remarkable wines and spirits… authentic native hospitality… beautiful folk dances, unique in rhythm and sound… lots of fun all the time…This is the tour!Bulgaria is World famous for its folklore and unmatched variety of folk dances. It is quite common on various occasions the Bulgarians to stand up and dance having fun, trying to give the best of themselves, instead of just sitting and watching for fun the dancers to perform.Be part of this adventure!
ItineraryDay 1: Capital Sofia (Shopi ethnographic area)Stop At: National Palace of CultureWe start the day meeting our instructor-choreographers for about 2 hours. The training is focused on two of the most widely known Bulgarian folk dances – Ra-che-‘ni-ca and ’Pra-vo Ho-‘ro. Lunch follows, and then a walking tour and some free time in the capital Sofia. The day ends with dinner at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant with a folklore show program.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in SofiaDay 2: Northern ethnographic districtStop At: Tsarevets, Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo ProvinceWe depart to the old capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom – Tarnovo. There will be sightseeing and free time. The training presents the beautiful E-’le-ni-no Ho-‘ro.Duration: 1 dayStop At: ArbanassiAfter visiting Veliko Tarnovo, we will go to the outstanding town-museum of Arbanasi. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Arbanasi or Veliko TarnovoDay 3: Dobrudzha ethnographic regionStop At: Varna Archaeological Museum, Varna, Varna ProvinceAfter breakfast we are going to the Northern part of the Black Sea coast. We will visit Varna – the third biggest town in Bulgaria, also known as the sea capital of the country.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Aladzha Monastery, Varna, Varna ProvinceThe same day we visit the magnificent Aladzha Monastery – one of the few cave monasteries in Bulgaria. The dance of the day is ’Sbo-ren-ka.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Sts. Constantine and Helen resort or AlbenaDay 4: Thracian ethnographic areaStop At: Sozopol Old Town, Sozopol, Burgas ProvinceWe are moving south to the romantic and artistic ancient town of Sozopol. We’ll have fun along the cobblestone streets of the old town and its bustling beaches. Here we learn the Thracian Ra-che-‘ni-tsa (a bit different from the one you know from day 1 - you’ll have to tell the difference).Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in SozopolDay 5: Thracian ethnographic areaStop At: Sozopol Old Town, Sozopol, Burgas ProvinceWe are not touring – just a day to enjoy the fine sand beach, sea, sun and Apollonia Arts Festival. We will have a repetition of all the dances we learned till the day and get a bonus dance from the previous area, the easy and enjoyable – ‘Var-nen-sko Ho-’ro.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in SozopolDay 6: Rhodopе ethnographic areaStop At: Mezek Thracian Tomb, Mezek, Haskovo ProvinceHeading towards the town of Ivaylovgrad, we will pass through the Thracian beehive tomb at the village of Mezek. It is the largest and one of the most impressive tombs of Mycenaean type in Bulgaria, famous for the remarkable archaeological find – a bronze sculpture of a wild boar in natural size. We will have the opportunity to taste some outstanding Bulgarian wines at the Katarzhina wine cellar, which will help us learn easily the next dance in our tour from the Rhodope area – ’Svor-na-to Ho-‘ro.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in IvaylovgradDay 7: Thracian ethnographic areaStop At: Villa ArmiraWe get a break from the dance training and visit 3 significant places: an exquisite architectural monument from the Roman era – villa ArmiraDuration: 1 dayStop At: Perperikon, Kardzhali Provincethe archaeological complex of Perperikon – one of the most ancient monumental megalithic structures, entirely carved into the rocks, where the famous Temple of Dionysius is locatedDuration: 1 dayStop At: Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo, Plovdiv ProvinceOne of the largest and oldest East Orthodox monasteries in Europe dated back to the 11th century ADDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in PlovdivDay 8: Thracian ethnographic areaStop At: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv ProvinceThe day is dedicated to Plovdiv – the oldest city in Europe and second biggest Bulgarian town. Remains of ancient, medieval, National Revival and modern culture coexist and are interwoven into the unobtrusive, irresistible and eternal beauty of this city. During the training we will learn a new dance – Pai-‘dush-ko Ho-‘ro.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in PlovdivDay 9: Thracian ethnographic areaStop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora ProvinceAgain, the day will be a mixture of sightseeing and dancing. We will start with the most significant tombs in The Valley of The Thracian Kings.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Thracian Temple of Starosel, Hissarya, Plovdiv ProvinceStarosel – the Thracian temple complex, which is the oldest ever found Royal Thracian complex with a mausoleum.Duration: 1 dayStop At: HisaryaThen we continue to Hisarya – a town founded in 4th – 3rd century BC, famous for its healing mineral waters. The dance from the area will be ‘Tri-te ‘Pa-ti.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in HisaryaDay 10: Pirin ethnographic areaStop At: Ski Complex DobrinisteWe will enjoy The Pirin Mountains. First we will visit Bansko ski resort and then go up the mountain by chair lift. There will be walking tours, hiking and open air dance trainings. It is time to start learning some extraordinarily beautiful dances from the Pirin area like Dzhan-‘gu-ri-tsa and ‘Ma-le-shev-sko Ho-‘ro.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Vihren, Yavorov or Bezbog hutDay 11: Pirin ethnographic areaStop At: Ski Complex DobrinisteWe have the same program as the previous day. Review all dances and a lot of fun... ;-)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Vihren, Yavorov or Bezbog hutDay 12: Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for the return flightsStop At: Sofia Airport Transfer, Sofia, Sofia RegionArrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for the return flightsDuration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 11x Breakfast
  • 11x Dinner
  • 12x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 11 nights
  • Entry/Admission - National Palace of Culture
  • Entry/Admission - Tsarevets
  • Entry/Admission - Arbanassi
  • Entry/Admission - Varna Archaeological Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Aladzha Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Sozopol Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Sozopol Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Mezek Thracian Tomb
  • Entry/Admission - Villa Armira
  • Entry/Admission - Perperikon
  • Entry/Admission - Bachkovo Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Plovdiv Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Temple of Starosel
  • Entry/Admission - Hisarya
  • Entry/Admission - Ski Complex Dobriniste
  • Entry/Admission - Ski Complex Dobriniste

What’s not included

  • Flight tickets, drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Itinerary

Day 10: Pirin ethnographic area Stop At: Ski Complex Dobriniste We will enjoy The Pirin Mountains. First we will visit Bansko ski resort and then go up the mountain by chair lift. There will be walking tours, hiking and open air dance trainings. It is time to start learning some extraordinarily beautiful dances from the Pirin area like Dzhan-‘gu-ri-tsa and ‘Ma-le-shev-sko Ho-‘ro. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in Vihren, Yavorov or Bezbog hut
Day 11: Pirin ethnographic area Stop At: Ski Complex Dobriniste We have the same program as the previous day. Review all dances and a lot of fun... ;-) Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in Vihren, Yavorov or Bezbog hut
Day 12: Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for the return flights Stop At: Sofia Airport Transfer, Sofia, Sofia Region Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for the return flights Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: Capital Sofia (Shopi ethnographic area) Stop At: National Palace of Culture We start the day meeting our instructor-choreographers for about 2 hours. The training is focused on two of the most widely known Bulgarian folk dances – Ra-che-‘ni-ca and ’Pra-vo Ho-‘ro. Lunch follows, and then a walking tour and some free time in the capital Sofia. The day ends with dinner at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant with a folklore show program. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Sofia
Day 2: Northern ethnographic district Stop At: Tsarevets, Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo Province We depart to the old capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom – Tarnovo. There will be sightseeing and free time. The training presents the beautiful E-’le-ni-no Ho-‘ro. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Arbanassi After visiting Veliko Tarnovo, we will go to the outstanding town-museum of Arbanasi. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Arbanasi or Veliko Tarnovo
Day 3: Dobrudzha ethnographic region Stop At: Varna Archaeological Museum, Varna, Varna Province After breakfast we are going to the Northern part of the Black Sea coast. We will visit Varna – the third biggest town in Bulgaria, also known as the sea capital of the country. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Aladzha Monastery, Varna, Varna Province The same day we visit the magnificent Aladzha Monastery – one of the few cave monasteries in Bulgaria. The dance of the day is ’Sbo-ren-ka. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Sts. Constantine and Helen resort or Albena
Day 4: Thracian ethnographic area Stop At: Sozopol Old Town, Sozopol, Burgas Province We are moving south to the romantic and artistic ancient town of Sozopol. We’ll have fun along the cobblestone streets of the old town and its bustling beaches. Here we learn the Thracian Ra-che-‘ni-tsa (a bit different from the one you know from day 1 - you’ll have to tell the difference). Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Sozopol
Day 5: Thracian ethnographic area Stop At: Sozopol Old Town, Sozopol, Burgas Province We are not touring – just a day to enjoy the fine sand beach, sea, sun and Apollonia Arts Festival. We will have a repetition of all the dances we learned till the day and get a bonus dance from the previous area, the easy and enjoyable – ‘Var-nen-sko Ho-’ro. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Sozopol
Day 6: Rhodopе ethnographic area Stop At: Mezek Thracian Tomb, Mezek, Haskovo Province Heading towards the town of Ivaylovgrad, we will pass through the Thracian beehive tomb at the village of Mezek. It is the largest and one of the most impressive tombs of Mycenaean type in Bulgaria, famous for the remarkable archaeological find – a bronze sculpture of a wild boar in natural size. We will have the opportunity to taste some outstanding Bulgarian wines at the Katarzhina wine cellar, which will help us learn easily the next dance in our tour from the Rhodope area – ’Svor-na-to Ho-‘ro. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Ivaylovgrad
Day 7: Thracian ethnographic area Stop At: Villa Armira We get a break from the dance training and visit 3 significant places: an exquisite architectural monument from the Roman era – villa Armira Duration: 1 day Stop At: Perperikon, Kardzhali Province the archaeological complex of Perperikon – one of the most ancient monumental megalithic structures, entirely carved into the rocks, where the famous Temple of Dionysius is located Duration: 1 day Stop At: Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo, Plovdiv Province One of the largest and oldest East Orthodox monasteries in Europe dated back to the 11th century AD Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Plovdiv
Day 8: Thracian ethnographic area Stop At: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv Province The day is dedicated to Plovdiv – the oldest city in Europe and second biggest Bulgarian town. Remains of ancient, medieval, National Revival and modern culture coexist and are interwoven into the unobtrusive, irresistible and eternal beauty of this city. During the training we will learn a new dance – Pai-‘dush-ko Ho-‘ro. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Plovdiv
Day 9: Thracian ethnographic area Stop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora Province Again, the day will be a mixture of sightseeing and dancing. We will start with the most significant tombs in The Valley of The Thracian Kings. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Thracian Temple of Starosel, Hissarya, Plovdiv Province Starosel – the Thracian temple complex, which is the oldest ever found Royal Thracian complex with a mausoleum. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Hisarya Then we continue to Hisarya – a town founded in 4th – 3rd century BC, famous for its healing mineral waters. The dance from the area will be ‘Tri-te ‘Pa-ti. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in *** hotel in Hisarya
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