Arrive in Sofia, Bulgaria’s 7,000-year-old capital, and enjoy a traditional dinner.
Day 3: Tour Sofia
Walk down the “Yellow Brick Road” as you pass through the historic section of Sofia and view sites from the time of Constantine the Great to post-communism and through to the modern day. Walk on a Roman road in the Ancient Complex of Serdica, see iconography of the Eastern Orthodox church at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and shop for unique souvenirs at the antique flea market.
After touring Sofia travel to Stone & Compass Center in Stolat at the foothills of the Balkan Mountains.
Day 4: Service refurbishing theatre
The communist era theatre Stone & Compass purchased to renovate.
Day 5: Veliko Tarnovo, Tsarevets Fortress
Explore Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of Second Bulgarian Empire. Climb the steps of the medieval fortress of Tsarevets for panoramic views of this city and the river that winds around it. Inside the reconstructed church atop the fortress you will see unique modern frescoes reflecting the long history of this site.
Visit the studio of a traditional pottery maker, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy a gelato in this city where old meets new.
Day 6: Refrubishing theatre + Cultural dinner
End the day with a traditional dinner complete with Bulgarian performers sharing music, song, and dance.
Day 7: Etara
Step back in time as you enter the gates of Etara, a living museum featuring a traditional craft marketplace. Waterwheels power machinery used for woodcarving, pottery, weaving, and silversmithing, among others. Try traditional apple pastry from the bakery or Turkish coffee brewed over hot sand while you watch the artisans at work and shop for unique handcrafted items.
Day 8: Service day with free time at center
Relax in the serene setting of our Center, which sits on 2000 acres with views of the Balkan mountains. Reflect on your experiences, enjoy games or the outdoors with your travel companions making lasting connections that are the foundation of Stone & Compass tours.
Day 9: Last day
Have one last morning coffee in the barn and enjoy the view before traveling back to Sofia for departure home.