The Bulgarian Food and Nature tour takes you to the most prosperous bio-farms and eco-hotels in Bulgaria. You Private Guide will show you the natural world and the food of Bulgaria. This 8 day tour includes visits to Sofia, Kostandovo, Dorkovo, Dospat lake, Trigrad, Shiroka Luka, Smiliyan, Zlatograd, Tatul, Gorno Pole, Plovdiv, Kalofer and return to Sofia.
7 nights / 8 days Departing any Date in 2021
Highlights of The Bulgarian Food and Nature Tour:
- Refined selection of organic farms, eco-hotels, recreation for all ages
- Visit the most prosperous bio-farms and well-preserved spots in Bulgaria: cultivation of tea, production of organic wine and honey, family farms with manufacture of dairy products
- Enjoy the organic food, based on the centuries-old tradition of the Bulgarian cuisine
- Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia – one of the oldest cities in Europe
- Kostandovo carpet factory – producing giant carpets for world celebrities
- Paleontological museum with a replica of a mastodon in its natural size – in the village of Dorkovo
- Devil’s Throat cave – famous for the legend of the mythical Thracian musician Orpheus
- Shiroka Luka village – ethnographic, folklore and architectural reserve
- Zlatograd – a picturesque Rhodope town, nice ethnographic complex nowadays
- Thracian sanctuary of Perperikon – where religious activity began in the 5th century BC
- Old town of Plovdiv – 19th century houses and Roman ruins, including a Roman amphitheater in use today
Day 1 – Sofia (D)
Arrival in Sofia. Airport transfer and accommodation in 4* centrally located hotel in Sofia. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – Sofia – Kostandovo carpets factory – Dorkovo (B, D)
We start with a half-day panoramic tour around Sofia. The Bulgarian capital is 8500 years old and was called “My Rome” by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. Visit to the most interesting historical sights: the Alexander Nevski cathedral, the St. Sofia church, which had given the name of the city, and the historical and cultural center of the capital.
After lunch, we set off to the Rhodope mountains. We stop at the Kostandovo carpet factory, which makes giant carpets over 100 m². The clients of this small family run factory include Queen Elizabeth II and Mick Jagger. Overnight accommodation is at the “Ruminika” eco-village, settled along several lakes full of fish. A great number of prehistoric animal fossils are found in the vicinity. Plus a paleontological museum with a full size replica of a mastodon. An optional visit to the museum, dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – Dorkovo – Dospat lake – Trigrad (B, D)
After breakfast, we depart for Dospat lake. The largest freshwater fish farm on the Balkan Peninsula. Next is the Rhodope village of Trigrad, known for his awesome Devil’s Throat cave with the legend of the mythical Thracian singer and musician Orpheus, the symbol of the Rhodopes. There is an opportunity to visit the cave and the nearby Bears’ museum.
In Trigrad we visit the owners of the largest farm for cultivation of the famous local mountain “Mursalski” tea, known for its healing properties, antioxidant, anti-atherosclerosis, lowering the risk of stroke and heart attack. Accommodation at an eco-hotel with an equestrian center and very good cuisine. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Trigrad – Shiroka Luka – Smilyan – Zlatograd (B, D)
Today we visit Shiroka Luka village – ethnographic, folklore and architectural reserve, famous for its school of folk singers and instrumentalists. Stop in Smilyan village and visit the manufacture of dairy products, where the kind hosts will present its environment-friendly production: yoghurt – the world-famous Bulgarian symbol, different cheeses and etc. Possibility for tasting. The day ends in ethnographic complex in the town of Zlatograd, not far from the border with Greece, where various local handicrafts are presented. Accommodation at hotel-houses built in the style of old Rhodope architecture. Dinner with local specialties and overnight.
Day 5 – Zlatograd – Perperikon – Gorno pole village (B, D)
After breakfast – getting acquainted with the heritage of the Thracians – the oldest civilization on Bulgarian lands. Visit one of the most remarkable ancient megalithic monuments in Bulgaria – Thracian sanctuary of Orpheus in Perperikon. Accommodation at the family farm in the village of Gorno pole, specialized in organic farming. The family is growing in a sustainable way a flock of 450 Rhodope Shorthorn cattles, sheep and horses. The farm produces bio-certificated veal and one of his most famous culinary specialties is stewed beef in pumpkin. The farm offers horseback riding, boating, picnics in the forest, searching for honey from wild bees, searching for gold and many other entertainment possibilities. Homemade dinner and overnight at the farm.
Day 6 – Gorno pole village – Popovets village – Rabovo village – Plovdiv – Zdravets (B, D)
After breakfast – visit the organic farm in the neighboring village Popovets where the owners will offer a tour round their vineyards, will tell how to make wine at home, followed by wine-tasting. Visit of an organic farm for grain production. Here you will see how bread from bio-grain, including spelt, is produced. Departure to Plovdiv, the second largest city in the country, announced Cultural Capital of Europe for 2019.
Visit of the old city, fortified by the father of Alexander the Great, King Philip II: the fortress wall, the Roman amphitheater, one of the most beautiful Renaissance houses of the XIX century, the oldest church “St. Constantine and Elena”, and the main street with the Roman stadium, the mosque and the ancient Forum. Accommodation at an eco-hotel in the vicinities of Plovdiv, at the foothills of Rhodope mountains, which offers eco-food from its private farm. The complex has a swimming pool and SPA, and offers various possibilities for active eco-tourism –bike rental, extreme sports, hunting and fishing. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – Zdravets – Vassil Levski village – Kalofer – Sofia (B, D)
Breakfast. Departure for Vassil Levski village and visit the family-run organic farm that raises 500 sheep and over 140 buffaloes from rare breeds. The family produces buffalo and sheep yoghurt and cheese, sold by means of mobile refrigerators on the principle of mobile dairy as practice in countries like Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Austria, Italy. Visit also of the organic farm for honey in the town of Kalofer. The owner is a certified bio-apiarist since 2003, and has 200 hives in the mountain part of the region of Kalofer producing up to 3500 kg bio-honey by year!
Departure for Sofia and accommodation in the resort town of Bankya. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8 – Sophia (B)
After breakfast – free time. Transfer to the airport and flight back home
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Hotels – Bulgarian Food and Nature Tour:
- Sofia – Rosslyn Thracia hotel 4*
- Dorkovo – Eco Village Ruminika
- Trigrad – Arkan Khan 3*
- Zaltograd – Ethno Complex Zlatograd
- Gorno Pole village – Wild Farm guest houses
- Plovdiv area – Eco Hotel Zdravets 3*
2021 Bulgarian Food and Nature Tour Prices:
- Price are per person in Euro
- USD prices will vary with the exchange rate
Included on the Bulgarian Food and Nature Tour:
- Accommodation for 7 nights in 3*, 4*, eco and authentic hotels
- 14 meals – 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
- Throughout transportation by a comfortable car, van or mini bus. for groups up to 6 passengers, the guide is also a driver
- All entrance fees for the museums, sites and churches
- Visits of eco-farms as per the program
- Parking fees and road taxes
- Professional English speaking guide for touring days and English speaking assistant for airport transfers
- Detailed map of Bulgaria
Excluded on The Bulgarian Food and Nature Tour:
- Porterage in the hotels
- Meals not mentioned
- Flights to Bulgaria
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