This tour follows the development of three Bulgarian cities - Sopot, Plovdiv, and Dimitrovgrad with their people, economy, and landmarks among the period of broad industrial, political and social change in the XVIII-XIX-XX centuries.We'll feel how the life was going in the last two centuries of Ottoman rule in the region. Our hands will get in touch with the most important professions of the time - the craftsmen’s ones. We will understand how, when and why the Bulgarian revival period emerged.We will move to the era of Communism by visiting‘the Socialist capital of Bulgaria’ Dimitrovgrad which is a perfect example how the new cities, the new economy, the new society should look like, according to the doctrine of the Bulgarian communist party.*** Important: Your tour excludes accommodation. When you book you can contact us to make a reservation for a local accommodation for you. Or you can choose to book yourself your accommodation in the overnight location - Plovdiv city.
ItineraryDay 1: Sofia – Sopot – PlovdivPass By: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv ProvinceOur journey starts at 8:00 am from Sofia. We’ll drive east on the Panoramic road. In two hours we’ll find ourselves in Sopot – a typical sub-Balkan town where we will visit the Ethnographic museum whose exposition is dedicated to the traditional daily life at home.In the workshops, we’ll be able to experience some of the most common crafts – how the smithing, the weaving, and the woodcarving were exercised in the pre-modern past.Still, in Sopot, we’ll visit one of the few left water mills as well as the house-museum of the most important Bulgarian poet and novelist of the Bulgarian XIXth century – Ivan Vazov – the ‘Patriarch of the Bulgarian literature’ as we call him.Lunch in a folklore-style restaurant with traditional cuisine will be our last activity in Sopot.We’ll head south to the city of Plovdiv. After one hour we will be exploring the most beautiful part of the city – The old town, where are situated and preserved the family houses of the rich merchants of the time. We are going to take a look of several of them. The last stop for the first day of our trip will be the area, called the Trap (Kapana). It is the most popular artistic place in the whole country, where you can have a local craft beer. Overnight in Plovdiv.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Plovdiv – Dimitrovgrad – SofiaPass By: Sofia History Museum, Sofia, Sofia RegionWe’ll start our second day at 9:30 am with a walk in the city garden. There the first Bulgarian international agro-industrial exhibition took place in 1892. We will continue our walk in the area called the Tobacco city. Plovdiv’s tobacco producers were dominating in the field of cigarette production and trade in the interwar period. Some of the storage buildings of the time are preserved till nowadays.Afterward, we’ll visit the Kamenitza beer production site. It was the first brewing factory in the country, part of which today is a museum of brewing. We can’t miss tasting some of their production.After lunch, we’ll head to Dimitrovgrad – the communist capital of Bulgaria.There we’ll visit the Historical Museum, which is the single one in Bulgaria dedicated to the Brigadier’s movement and the construction of the city of Dimitrovgrad.The Retro apartment – it is an exhibition dedicated to the daily lifestyle during the People’s Republic. We’ll be able to explore some of the most typical domestic objects of the era.Then, a walk throughout the city to explore the new ‘socialist’ idea of urban design, including several residential areas and Maritsa park.In the late afternoon, we’ll go back to Sofia. Approximate arrival time – 7:30-8:00 pmNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.