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 3: Tour Sofia
Enjoy a walking tour Sofia the capital of Bulgaria.
Travel to The Center in Stolat, Bulgaria
The Stone & Compass Center includes a 300 square meter barn where one can enjoy a relaxing time looking out at the Balkan Mountains. The Center includes 2000 acres of land.
The Center - Garden View
Relaxation and fun abound as guests can enjoy our gardens, pool and open areas complete with lawn games and night time stargazing.
Lodging is in two renovated historic homes and includes 6 double and 4 single bedrooms with 7 shared bathrooms. There is also a full kitchen and dining facility.
Day 4: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Take a walking tour of Tsaravets Castle with Bulgarian high school students whom you will spend 2 days talking to and getting to know on this cultural exchange. Veliko Tarnovo is the historic 'old' capital of the great Bulgarian kingdom of the 10th century.
Service Learning with Alliance Lingua Language Center, LTD
Alliance Lingua is our partner organization on this service trip. High school students take English language instruction at this organization and are eager to partner with native born English speaker to enhance their oral language skills. Have fun getting to know students from another country while helping them fine tune their English skills as they prepare to take English language tests for entry into University.
Day 5: Service Learning in Veliko Tarnovo
Veliko Tarnovo is a beautiful city filled with cobblestone roads and built on the Yantra river.
Day 6: Day hike to Emen Waterfall
Spend a day in the wilderness hiking along a ravine down to Emen Waterfall.
After a nice hike enjoy a packed lunch and swim through the waterfall!
Day 7: Etara
Etara is an ethnographic complex where artists in residence create traditional crafts using water powered machinery and historic methods. Watch the craftsman work as you have the opportunity to buy reasonably priced souveniers to bring home to your friends and family.
Cooper, woodworking, weaving, silversmiths, pottery, and more.
Day 8: Road trip over Balkan Mountains & Shipka Peak
Stop at the top of the Balkan Mountains at Shipka Monument, where Bulgaria defeated the Ottoman Empires 500 years of occupation. Enjoy 360 degree views of Bulgaria as the trip continues onto Plovdiv in the south of Bulgaria.
Day 8: Road trip to Plovdiv
Sit in a Roman theatre in the city of Plovdiv.
Enjoy the stunning sites of this historic "city of 7 hills" as you see how the old mixes with the new.
Day 9: Departure from Sofia
Stay in Sofia one more night before departing back home.