The abandoned village of Gorno Lukovo in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria

While in Dolno Lukovo, there are still people living, this is not the case with Gorno Lukovo, a few kilometers far from Dolno Lukovo, right on the Bulgaria-Greece Border. In Gorno Lukovo, everything is in ruins. Nature slowly but relentlessly covers with its greenery the houses, once home and livelihood of thousands of inhabitants. The view of the half-destroyed places is touching. It is challenging to observe how the weeds destroy the houses, the walls, and the 350 years old church.

The main livelihood of the locals was the cultivation of sesame seeds, as well as sericulture. The huge multi-story houses in Gorno Lukovo are imposing. On the lower floor, the cattle were located to heat the home, on the second floor was the silkworm’s corner, and on the top floor lived the family. Today, the broken bricks and collapsed walls echo the former life in their ruins and in their long-gone owners’ obituaries.

View of abandoned stone houses in the ghost village of Gorno Lukovo, Eastern Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

Reference: https://bulgarianhistory.org

 

HOW TO GET THERE

The preparation of a guided tour program/offer is free of charge. You’ll get a package price from us up front, which will include the services of a professionally qualified tour guide; pick up and drop off from your hotel/accommodation; transportation by A/C vehicle, fuel and parking expenses; accommodation, transfers from/to airport and all other additional services you might need.

 

You will obtain from us a Final Trip Plan of this tour in both web and pdf formats. Please have a look at sample web version with photos, maps and video here. Please download a sample version of a Final Trip Plan in pdf format here.   

You can use the Final Trip Plan to make the needed reservations and reservations by yourself.

The Final Trip Plan of the trip will contain: a web version of the tour; a pdf version of the tour (see the sample above), а short description (Resume); Basic information about the trip (duration, places to be visited, tour mileage, the period of travel;  а trip budget with detailed expenses table (downloadable pdf file); а Google map with the itinerary and bookmarks for places, hotels and restaurants; а link to a Google Earth interactive map with features like “Street view”, 3D etc; A link to a Google KML file, which can be uploaded to a cell phone and used during the trip; а detailed program day by day with activities and places to be visited, recommendations for accommodation and nice restaurants with links for bookings and reservations.

 

Additionally to the Final Trip Plan we make all the bookings and reservations on your behalf. We do this through our licensed travel agency “Thousand Voyages” Ltd.

  • Transportation and logistics: We coordinate, book and manage all the transportation elements of your trip – planes, trains, rent-a-cars, busses… everything to and from your destination, and between various places during your trip. 
  • Accommodation: We coordinate, book and manage all of your selected accommodations. We recommend the best selections at every destination on your trip, including hotels, airbnbs, bed and breakfasts, that fit your tastes, budget and are available during your travel dates. You will find the names of the properties in Final Trip Plan, with connections to the websites or booking forms. Sometimes the chosen by us accommodation is not on booking.com or any other platform, especially those in the distant areas. In this example we provide the name of the owner and a telephone number. 
  • 24/7 emergency support with a dedicated travel consultant: 4/7 Support throughout your journey (SMS, Email, Skype).

 

Secure Payments upon delivery of services: We offer two options: 1) PayPal – You will receive a PayPal invoice with the total amount to be paid. You can pay using your credit card or PayPal account; 2) A Revolut Business Account (in Euro) (UK) for a bank transfer.

Money Back Guarantee: In the unlikely case that you are not fully satisfied with our services, we offer a 100% money back return policy.

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TRAVEL SERVICES, WHICH MIGHT HELP WITH YOUR TRAVEL TO BULGARIA AND THIS REGION

We would be glad to help you reach this place. Please use one of the options above. Please also have a look at all the services we offer in Bulgaria here. For your stay in Bulgaria or to organise the trip by yourself, you may use the travel services we recommend and work with, and which you can book by yourself using the links beneath. Of course, you always can contact us at any time, and we will do our best to help.

 

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