This itinerary/program is dedicated to what has remained of the communist regime in Bulgaria. The program includes the following types of subjects/places: Socialist industrial landscape… Read More »Eight Days Exploring The Remains Of The Communist Regime In Bulgaria
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During this 7 days trip you will be able to explore the Bulgarian Socialist industrial landscape, a few places with Socialist collective housing and some of the most important monuments of the Socialist realism in Bulgaria.
We will have a special sightseeing tour dedicated to the monumental Stalinist architecture in downtown Sofia, the women’s market and the industrial district around the train station. We will visit the nearby industrial towns of Pernik and Radomir, which are sort of “an open-air museums” with an exposition of massive industrial buildings – strange “monuments” to Bulgaria’s socialist industrialism of 30 years ago. We will travel to the Buzludzha, maybe the most famous abandoned Socialist realism monument in Bulgaria.
The next stop will be Dimitrovgrad, one of the most characteristic examples of the architectural transformation of Bulgaria during socialism. Then we will continue to the former mining town of Madzharovo, with its typical collective housing constructions and where we also you will enjoy the magnificent meanders and beaches of the Arda River.
We will also visit the valley of Byala reka and the extraordinary villages of Odrintsi, Mandritsa, Dolno Lukovo, Gorno Lukovo and Meden Buk, where we will have a short walk along the meanders of the river. On our way back to Sofia, we will stop at the abandoned neighbourhoods of the village of Djanka.
The tour can be done from Varna.
This is a 6-day tour dedicated to the most picturesque, but almost abandoned villages and regions in the eastern, and to some extent, in the western part of the Rhodope Mountains.
The tour may start from Sofia or from Varna. The itinerary starts from Mezek, not far away from Svilengrad, with its winery and the fortress. We will pass by the tahini workshop in Ivaylovgrad on our way to the valley of Byala reka and the extraordinary villages of Odrintsi, Mandritsa, Dolno Lukovo, Gorno Lukovo and Meden Buk, where we will have a short walk along the meanders of the river. Beside the remarkable sericulture houses in the region, we will get familiar with the local traditional activities, as for instance the growing and processing of sesame, we will see how the group of German people lives in the village of Odrintsi and will visit the noteworthy church in the village of Dolno Lukovo.
We keep moving forward to the abandoned neighbourhoods of the village of Djanka, and afterwards we will pass by the dam lake of Studen Kladenets, reaching the guesthouse Tepavitsata, in the village of Rabovo, where we will have the chance to get acquainted with the cultivation of spelt and traditional preparation of bread. One day will be dedicated to villages in the area of the Valley of Borovitsa River. We keep moving forward to the Western Rhodopes and Ardino, the abandoned village of Dyadovtsi and Devil’s Bridge, Shiroka Laka and the abandoned village of Kukuvitsa (which we will visit depending on the circumstances). We finish this journey with walks along the gorges of Trigrad and Buynovsko, before we leave to Sofia/Varna.
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This tour will start from Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, with a welcome meeting at your hotel. Afterwards we will head to Svishtov, located on the Danube River bank – the first place on our itinerary. After having some stroll and sightseeing alongside Danube River, we will continue to the northern Black Sea coast, where we will visit the town of Shabla and its famous Shabla Lighthouse; the fishing village Karia, the rocky beach “Little sea”, Tyulenovo rock formations, Kaliakra, Balchik and the summer capital of Bulgaria – Varna. On the way back to Sofia we will stop in Veliko Tarnovo, the old capital of Bulgaria. We will finish our tour in Sofia.