CULINARY AND RURAL VACATION - A TASTE OF BULGARIA

Adventure Trails” offers you to merge into the simple, happy farm life of Bulgaria. During your vacation you will taste some of the best local meals and wines straight from the source, learn how to prepare them and have a great time exploring the old traditions of the region. Combine all that with the marvelous scenery of Rila and Pirin mountains, the crystal – clear air and the healthy lifestyle, and you will get an unforgettable time for relaxation.

Day 1. Arriving at Sofia airport, where our guide will meet you. Short transfer and visit to the biggest and most important monastery in Bulgaria – the Rila Monastery – a UNESCO world heritage site. Here we will be able to taste some of the best Mekitsi – traditional bulgarian pastry sweets. Next is transfer to a small village deep in the forests, where we will be welcomed in a nice family hotel. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 2. After breakfast it is time for a transfer to the town of Bansko – an old style settlement, now developing as a big ski resort. Short tour of Bansko and lunch in a traditional tavern. Here we will visit the local beekeepers. Return back to our lovely accommodation. The hosts have some great activities for their guests – women will be shown some typical bulgarian dishes and how to prepare them, introduced to local folklore singing and much more. Men will be shown the process of making wine and rakia and how the farm is maintained. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 3. Breakfast and transfer to a nerby Eco farm, situated beautifully in the forests. Here we will have the opportunity to observe how the farm works and taste all the food, produced here – fruits and vegetables, herbs and juices. Later we will prepare our oun lunch – the hosts will guide us trough the preparation of traditional Bulgarian cold soups (tarator), barbecue and salads. In the afternoon, transfer to the nearby village of Dobarsko to visit a “mandra” - small local factory for Bulgarian yellow and white cheese. and also the masters of Bulgarian salamies to taste their products. Return to our family hotel. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 4. Breakfast. Transfer (1.30 hour) to the picturesque town of Melnik – Bulgarian wine capital. Tour of the magnificent old town of Melnik and the Rojen monastery. Lunch in a traditional folklore restaurant. In the afternoon, it is once again time for degustation. Melnik is the home of the world famous Bulgarian wine cellars. Here we will have the opportunity to taste some of the amazing local red wines. Return to our family hotel. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 5. Breakfast. Today is children’s favorite entertainment: we will have a picnic in the woods. A short, pleasant walk will take us to a stunning location in the forests, where we will make our own campfire, and prepare lunch. Our guide will tell us more about the wildlife in the Rila mountains, and how to recognize the bird songs. In the afternoon, return to our nice family hotel. Traditional dinner and overnight.

Day 6. Breakfast. Transfer back to the capital city Sofia. Arrival at the Sofia airport. Goodbye.

Price includes:

  • All the accommodations, mentioned in the program
  • All the dinners, mentioned in the program
  • All the breakfasts, mentioned in the program
  • All the lunches, mentioned in the program
  • All the transportations
  • The instant assistance of a licensed, english speaking guide
  • All the tickets for museums and hitorical monuments
  • Entrance fees for all entertainments, mentioned in the program

Price does not Include:

  • All the drinks, during dinners
  • Tips and personal expenses

Minimum/maximum participants: 2 to 14

Period: April - October

Highlights: Relaxing culinary vacation in the stunning landscape of the Bansko region, Rila and Pirin mountains, which includes: Farming, Cooking, Picnic, Tasting of local delicacies such as wine, cheese, salamis, meals, and visitation to various tourist attractions.