Flights generally leave Boston in the evening flying overnight and arriving in Bulgaria the next day. *Travel is on major airlines (such as: Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, British Airways, etc) with one stop layovers in a major European city (London, Paris, Munich, etc.). Travel time includes around 10 hours in air
Day 2: Arrive in Bulgaria
Arrive in Sofia and drive to the Stone & Compass Center in Stolat, Bulgaria
Day 3: Devatashka and Krushuna
Today we will take a trip to Devatashka Cave, a huge karst cave where there is evidence of human presence as far back as 70,000 years. Afterwards, we’ll hike along a trail in Krushuna to view a beautiful series of limestone waterfalls.
Day 4: Beautify Bulgaria
Today we work! We’ll spend the day preparing the gardens of the Center for the upcoming season of visitors.
Day 5: Veliko Tarnovo
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.
Day 6: Work the Trails
Today, we’ll take a crack at blazing some trails across the 2000 acres into the distance. Maybe we’ll make it to the tomb on the hill!
Day 7: Etara, Dryanovo Monastery & Bacho Kiro Cave
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.
We will also go to Bacho Kiro Cave on this day.
Day 8: Beautify Bulgaria once more
If you still feel up to it, spend one final day blazing trails. Or relax in the serene setting of our Center. 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: Travel to Sofia for departure
Head back to Sofia. Take an evening tour of this timeless gem that sits on the ancient city of Serdica, second capital of the Roman Empire. Spend one final night before your morning departure.