Dancing adventure - tour the unique folk dances of Bulgaria - 15 days

Classes & Workshops, St. Kyriaki Cathedral Church to Returns to original departure point

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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!Sure you can! Taaa – Taaa – Ta-ta… Yeehoo! :)
ItineraryDay 1: Sofia - the capital of BulgariaStop At: St. Kyriaki Cathedral ChurchWe 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 3-star hotel in Sofia city centerDay 2: Arbanasi or Veliko TarnovoStop At: Tsarevets FortressWe 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: Arbanassiand the outstanding town-museum of Arbanasi. In both places there will be sightseeing and free timeDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Arbanassi or Veliko TarnovoDay 3: Varna town and Aladzha monasteryStop 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 3-star hotel in one of the best Black sea resorts Sts. Konstantin & Helen or AlbenaDay 4: Sts. Constantine and Helen resort or Albena Black sea resort - second day on the beachStop At: AlbenaWe are not touring – just a day to enjoy the fine sand beach, sea and sun. We will have a repetition of all the dances we learned till the day and get a bonus dance from the area, the easy and enjoyable – ‘Var-nen-sko Ho-’ro.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight 3-star hotel in one of the best Black sea resorts Sts. Konstantin & Helen or AlbenaDay 5: Sozopol - the most romantic ancient Black sea townStop 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 3-star hotel in SozopolDay 6: Sinemorets - the smallest Black sea townStop At: Strandja Nature Park, Sinemorets, Burgas ProvinceIn the morning we depart further down south to the small village of Bulgari in The Strandzha Mountains. This is the only place where the barefoot dance on smoldering embers called “nestinari” is still performed as a ritual in its almost authentic form. During the day we will repeat the dances we already know, out in the open air. We will have the opportunity to witness the ritual activities around the celebrations dedicated to Sts. Constantine and Helen and to dance together with local people. In the evening we will have a unique experience watching the authentic nestinari dance.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in SinemoretsDay 7: Eastern part of Rhodope mountainStop 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 3-star hotel in IvaylovgradDay 8: Plovdiv - the cultural capital of Europe in 2019Stop At: Villa ArmiraWe get a break from the dance training and visit 3 significant places: an exquisite architectural monument. The first one is from the Roman era – villa Armira.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Perperikon, Kardzhali ProvinceThe second is 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 dayStop At: Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo, Plovdiv ProvinceAnd the last for the day is Bachkovo Monastery – one of the largest and oldest East Orthodox monasteries in Europe dated back to the 11th century AD.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in PlovdivDay 9: Plovdiv - second day in the cultural capital of Europe in 2019 Stop 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 3-star hotel in PlovdivDay 10: Pirin mountain - Bezbog, Vihren or Yavorov hutStop At: Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Dobrinishte, Blagoevgrad ProvinceWe will enjoy The Pirin Mountains. First we will visit Bansko ski resort and then go up the mountain. 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 Bezbog, Vihren or Yavorov hutDay 11: Second day in Pirin mountain - Bezbog, Vihren or Yavorov hutStop At: Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Dobrinishte, Blagoevgrad ProvinceWe have the same program as the previous day.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Bezbog, Vihren or Yavorov hutDay 12: Koprivshtitsa - charming town-museum from Revival timeStop At: Municipality KoprivshtitsaDeparture to Koprivstitsa – an authentic village from the Bulgarian National Revival period.Nestled in the foot of The Sredna Gora Mountains, the village charms with its picturesque ornamented old houses and their large eaves, stone fences and wide wooden gates. Learning Chet-‘vor-no Ho-‘ro.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in holiday houses in KoprivstitsaDay 13: Roman town Hisarya famous for its mineral springsStop At: Thracian Temple of Starosel, Hissarya, Plovdiv ProvinceAgain, the day will be a mixture of sightseeing and dancing. We will start with Starosel – 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. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak - CopyLast for the day, we will visit the most significant tombs in The Valley of The Thracian Kings.The last new dance will be ‘Tri-te ‘Pa-ti.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star SPA hotel in HisaryaDay 14: Roman town Hisarya famous for its mineral springs - second SPA dayStop At: HisaryaTrainings, SPA and relax. Repetition of all dances.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star SPA hotel in HisaryaDay 15: 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: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 14x Breakfast
  • 14x Dinner
  • 15x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 14 nights
  • Entry/Admission - St. Kyriaki Cathedral Church
  • Entry/Admission - Tsarevets Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Arbanassi
  • Entry/Admission - Varna Archaeological Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Aladzha Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Albena
  • Entry/Admission - Sozopol Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Strandja Nature Park
  • Entry/Admission - Mezek Thracian Tomb
  • Entry/Admission - Villa Armira
  • Entry/Admission - Perperikon
  • Entry/Admission - Bachkovo Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Plovdiv Old Town
  • Entry/Admission - Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains
  • Entry/Admission - Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains
  • Entry/Admission - Municipality Koprivshtitsa
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Temple of Starosel
  • Entry/Admission - Hisarya
  • Entry/Admission - Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak - Copy
  • Entry/Admission - Hisarya
  • Entry/Admission - Sofia Airport Transfer

What’s not included

  • Flight tickets, drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Itinerary

Day 10: Pirin mountain - Bezbog, Vihren or Yavorov hut Stop At: Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Dobrinishte, Blagoevgrad Province We will enjoy The Pirin Mountains. First we will visit Bansko ski resort and then go up the mountain. 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 Bezbog, Vihren or Yavorov hut
Day 11: Second day in Pirin mountain - Bezbog, Vihren or Yavorov hut Stop At: Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Dobrinishte, Blagoevgrad Province We have the same program as the previous day. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in Bezbog, Vihren or Yavorov hut
Day 12: Koprivshtitsa - charming town-museum from Revival time Stop At: Municipality Koprivshtitsa Departure to Koprivstitsa – an authentic village from the Bulgarian National Revival period. Nestled in the foot of The Sredna Gora Mountains, the village charms with its picturesque ornamented old houses and their large eaves, stone fences and wide wooden gates. Learning Chet-‘vor-no Ho-‘ro. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in holiday houses in Koprivstitsa
Day 13: Roman town Hisarya famous for its mineral springs Stop At: Thracian Temple of Starosel, Hissarya, Plovdiv Province Again, the day will be a mixture of sightseeing and dancing. We will start with 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. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak - Copy Last for the day, we will visit the most significant tombs in The Valley of The Thracian Kings. The last new dance will be ‘Tri-te ‘Pa-ti. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star SPA hotel in Hisarya
Day 14: Roman town Hisarya famous for its mineral springs - second SPA day Stop At: Hisarya Trainings, SPA and relax. Repetition of all dances. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star SPA hotel in Hisarya
Day 15: 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: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: Sofia - the capital of Bulgaria Stop At: St. Kyriaki Cathedral Church 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 3-star hotel in Sofia city center
Day 2: Arbanasi or Veliko Tarnovo Stop At: Tsarevets Fortress 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 and the outstanding town-museum of Arbanasi. In both places there will be sightseeing and free time Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Arbanassi or Veliko Tarnovo
Day 3: Varna town and Aladzha monastery 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 3-star hotel in one of the best Black sea resorts Sts. Konstantin & Helen or Albena
Day 4: Sts. Constantine and Helen resort or Albena Black sea resort - second day on the beach Stop At: Albena We are not touring – just a day to enjoy the fine sand beach, sea and sun. We will have a repetition of all the dances we learned till the day and get a bonus dance from the area, the easy and enjoyable – ‘Var-nen-sko Ho-’ro. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight 3-star hotel in one of the best Black sea resorts Sts. Konstantin & Helen or Albena
Day 5: Sozopol - the most romantic ancient Black sea town 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 3-star hotel in Sozopol
Day 6: Sinemorets - the smallest Black sea town Stop At: Strandja Nature Park, Sinemorets, Burgas Province In the morning we depart further down south to the small village of Bulgari in The Strandzha Mountains. This is the only place where the barefoot dance on smoldering embers called “nestinari” is still performed as a ritual in its almost authentic form. During the day we will repeat the dances we already know, out in the open air. We will have the opportunity to witness the ritual activities around the celebrations dedicated to Sts. Constantine and Helen and to dance together with local people. In the evening we will have a unique experience watching the authentic nestinari dance. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Sinemorets
Day 7: Eastern part of Rhodope mountain 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 3-star hotel in Ivaylovgrad
Day 8: Plovdiv - the cultural capital of Europe in 2019 Stop At: Villa Armira We get a break from the dance training and visit 3 significant places: an exquisite architectural monument. The first one is from the Roman era – villa Armira. Duration: 1 day Stop At: Perperikon, Kardzhali Province The second is 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 And the last for the day is Bachkovo Monastery – 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 3-star hotel in Plovdiv
Day 9: Plovdiv - second day in the cultural capital of Europe in 2019 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 3-star hotel in Plovdiv
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