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Bulgaria Choir Performance Tour

                                                

D1 : Arrive Sofia. Transfer to the hotel, settling in. If time allows walking tour in downtown Sofia. Length of the program depends on the arrival time.

Dinner.

Overnight  Sofia.

D2: All day in Sofia.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, was founded more than 7 000 years ago, and has long been an important crossroads between Asia Minor and Europe. Sofia’s monuments attest to the many cultures and civilizations that flourished here.

Walking sightseeing tour through the downtown area: Roman Serdica Fortifications (3rd-5th centuries); St. George's Rotunda (4th century), famous for its original structure and unique frescoes; St. Sophia Basilica (6th century), one of the most valuable pieces of early Christian architecture in the Balkans; The magnificent splendidly decorated Alexander Nevski Memorial Church built in the period 1904–1912 to the designs of the Russian architect Pomerantsev.

Also, we will visit the 13th century Boyana Church, a remarkable UNESCO WorldHeritageSite. The murals of this famous church reflect both Byzantine and local traditions of the preceding two centuries. One of the portraits in the church is unanimously considered a genuine masterpiece of 13th century painting, created 200 years before the European renaissance.

Evening: Joint  choral concert with a Bulgarian non professional choir.

Overnight Sofia.

D3:  One day excursion: Sofia-Rila Monastery, UNESCO Site- Sofia.

Breakfast at the hotel.

We take one-day excursion to Rila Monastery, 90 miles south of Sofia, in the majestic Rila Mountains. The monastery is an original national museum with a century-old history that dates back to the 10th century. The present building was built in mid-19th century (1816–1848). Located in the gorgeous mountain scenery of the mountains, it is considered the highest achievement of Bulgarian monumental architecture of the National Revival period. It is also a monument of international significance, an UNESCO WorldHeritage Site. Of particular interest are the Museum, and also the 1335 Hrelyo's Tower in the courtyard, which is actually the oldest preserved building, standing alongside the big five-dome church Assumption of the Holy Virgin, which has splendid frescos by some of Bulgaria’s finest artists of the time.

En route stop at wine growing region for  a Wine tasting session.

Drive back to Sofia.

Overnight Sofia.

D4: Transfer Day: Sofia- Veliko Tarnovo. En route visit Kazanlak in the Rose Valley and in the Valley of the Thracian Kings.

Breakfast.

We depart Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo.

En route, we visit the town of Kazanlak. The town of Kazanlak is situated amidst the Valley of Roses, the home of the exquisite Bulgarian rose oil, also known as “attar of roses”, a world centre for rose oil production. This site has also became famous as the ‘Valley of the Thracian Kings’, due to the numerous archaeological finds of the Thracian period. We visit the replica of the breathtaking 4th century BC Thracian cupola tomb, another renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, with exceptional paintings.

Continue drive. We enjoy the spectacular scenery of the historical Shipka Pass in the Balkan Mountains.

Meet with members of a non professional choir at Kazanlak.

En route we will visit the ethnographic and architectural reserve of Etara, which is a beautiful museum-village with numerous artisan workshops. It is a unique open-air museum of traditional architecture and ethnography, reflecting the atmosphere of a typical Bulgarian town of the 18th -19th centuries.

Continue drive.

Arrive Veliko Tarnovo.

Overnight  Veliko Tarnovo.

D5: Saturday , July 14th, 2018  All day in Veliko Tarnovo.

Breakfast at the hotel.

The scenery of Veliko Tarnovo is breathtaking. Perched on steep hills overlooking the Yantra River, Veliko Tarnovo is one of the most picturesque Bulgarian towns.  The glory of Veliko Tarnovo comes from the middle ages. It was a capital city of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (1185 – 1396), where arts, culture and spiritual life flourished. During the time of the Bulgarian National Revival (18th – 19th century) it was an important centre of education, crafts and trade, and played the major role in the establishment of modern Bulgaria after the liberation from Ottoman domination in 1878, being the birth-place of the First Bulgarian Constitution.

In the morning, we will visit theFortress at Tsarevets Hillwhere the Royal Palace and the Patriarch Church oncewere located;

Drive to the nearby village-museum of Arbanassifamous for its traditional architecture. We will have a lesson on how to make Bulgarian yogurt (Kiselo Mlyako). Bulgarian yogurt is one of the symbols of Bulgaria. Since ancient times it is connected with health and longevity. Bulgaria produces the healthiest yogurt in Europe. A local Bulgarian woman will show us how to make this authentic yogurt, and we will eat the healthy homemade yogurt with banitza (a cheese pastry).

Evening:  Joint choral  concert with a Bulgarian nonprofessional choir.

Overnight Veliko Tarnovo

D6: Transfer Day: Veliko Tarnovo- Varna.

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Veliko Tarnovo for Varna.

En route visit Shumen. Shumen is the town that hosts INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN AND YOUTH CHORAL DAYS SHUMEN, BULGARIA.

Meet  with a Children’s Choir in Shumen.

En route, visit the outstanding Madara Horseman rock-cut relief (8th century), a UNESCO World Heritage Site the only one of this kind in Europe. The sacred rocks of the Madara plateau and the caves inside them were a major spiritual centre during the period of the First Bulgarian State (681-1085).

Arrive in Varna.

Overnight Varna.

 

D7:   In the morning sightseeing in Varna. Evening Concert.

Breakfast.

Varna, Bulgaria’s third largest city and most important port on the Black sea Coast, is dotted with ancient ruins, fishing villages, resorts and sandy beaches. A busy trading and cultural centre starting with the Greeks in 600 BC, Varna became a major port under the Romans and Slavs, trading with Constantinople, Venice and Dubrovnik.

We will visit the fabulousArchaeological Museum in Varna, which treasures the amazing collection of the ‘Oldest Gold’ in the world. These remarkable artefacts (unearthed in 1972 in necropolis) date from 4600-4200 BC. The necropolis contained more than three thousand golden objects together weighting 6 kg (13.2 lb) Two large ceramic plates are also beyond our knowledge of this age- they are decorated with stylized geometrical pattern executed in golden paint. The archeologists point out that the find of Varna Copper Age necropolis was as important as the discovery of Heinrich Schliemann at ancient Troy and that  Varna necropolis is at least 1500 years older than Troy. Varna civilization was a highly developed civilization, the most ancient civilization of Europe  which was even older than the Mesopotamian and the Egypt civilizations. That civilization steel keeps its secrets and sacred knowledge.

Evening: Joint choral  Concert  with a nonprofessional choir.  

 Overnight  Varna.

D8: Transfer Day: Varna-Plovdiv. En route visit Nessebar, UNESCO Site. 

Breakfast.

Depart Varna for Plovdiv.

En route,visit Nessebar, UNESCO Site. Nessebar is particularly beautiful both in its location on a headland by the sea, and because of its many brightly painted 18th and 19th century traditional timber houses and cobbled streets. It is also famous for the impressive remains of fortifications and for the well-preserved late Byzantine churches, built in the period 11th - 14th centuries at the time of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom.

 Continue drive to Plovdiv.

Arrive Plovdiv.

Overnight Plovdiv.

 

D9:  In the morning sightseeing Plovdiv. Evening Joint Choral Concert .

Breakfast.

Plovdiv is majestic! If you love art and history- this is a fantastic place.

Plovdiv is Europe’s oldest city and the sixth oldest city in the world.

Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s second biggest city, which treasures a history that goes back thousands of years, traces of which have survived to the present day. The Thracians founded Plovdiv during the Neolithic period in the 2nd millennium BC. Later, during the period of the Roman Empire, it was a major centre of the province of Thrace; many archaeological finds dating from the 2nd – 3rd century, testify for those glorious times. The Old Town was built in the 18th-19th centuries as the centre of the Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Along steep cobblestone lanes, behind stone walls and iron-studded heavy oak gates, one could glimpse at verdure and flowers, surrounding the typical Plovdiv symmetrical houses with their painted facades, oriels and jetties and grid windows. Plovdiv  willbe the European Capitalof Culture in 2019.

Guided city tour to include the fabulous Roman Theatre built during the time of Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century, it has 28 rows with tiers of marble seats, which can accommodate over 3 500 spectators; we visittwo museumhousesin the Old Town; we see on ourwayfrom outside a 15th century mosque, one of the oldest on the continent.

Evening: Joint choral  concert with a non professional choir in Plovdiv.

Overnight Plovdiv.

D10: Plovdiv Sofia- airport for departure flights.

Breakfast.

Depart Plovdiv for Sofia airport. (Two hours drive). End of the program.

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