On this nine day tour you will have the opportunity to explore the great sites of Bulgaria while also completing 15 hours of service learning. Service will consist of 2 days helping high school aged Bulgarian students better their English skills while creating cross-cultural friendships in the process. Travel to three major cities (Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, & Plovdiv) see sites spanning 5000 years of history including a Roman amphitheater & a medieval castle. In addition to all the cultural excursions ample time will be provided to relax and adventure through the natural wonders of Bulgaria by hiking to a waterfall and enjoying our 2000 acre property in the Balkan Mountains.
$1950.00 All inclusive (flights from BOS*)
All inclusive includes:
Round Trip Airfare from Logan Intl. Airport, air taxes and fees/surcharges, transfers, hotels, all meals, translator, Bulgarian health insurance of 30,000 euros, museum & historical sites admissions, and tour guides. Ages 15+ with parent/guardian permission.
Day 1 & 2: Travel to Sofia, Bulgaria
Day 3: Tour Sofia & travel to The Center in Stolat, Bulgaria
Day 4: Service Learning with Alliance Lingua Language Center, LTD Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (dinner in Veliko Tarnovo)
Day 5: Service Learning with Alliance Lingua Language Center, LTD Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Day 6: Day hike & swim to Emen Waterfall and Cultural Dinner & Performance
Day 7: Etara (cultural excursion & traditional shopping)
Day 8: Road trip to Plovdiv then onto Sofia
Day 9: Departure
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.
Enjoy a walking tour Sofia the capital of 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.
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 has capacity to sleep 30. There is also a full kitchen and dining facility.
Take a walking tour of Tsaravets Castle with Bulgarian high school students whom you will spend this day talking to and getting to know on this cultural exchange. These students are from the local language high school and are eager to practice their English conversational skills to improve them for future tests to study abroad. It is also a great opportunity to make new friends! Veliko Tarnovo is the historic 'old' capital of the great Bulgarian kingdom of the 10th century.
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 speakers 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.
Today will include a full day of service to restore the communist era theatre to its glory. This will include cleaning and categorizing items left behind from days long ago.
Today you get to have a respite and relax at the 2200 acre S&C center property. *If the service at the theatre has enticed you and you want to go back and keep working . . . you can do this as well. The theatre is a short walk from the Center. But you can fill this day with sleeping in, taking a walk, playing lawn games, swimming in the pool, taking a horse and carriage ride. The end of the day will include a cultural dinner and dancing.
Learn traditional Bulgarian dances at the cultural dinner and dance in the barn.
Enjoy making new friends around the bonfire.
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!
We will stop for some amazing pictures!
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.
We will also go to Bacho Kiro Cave on this day.
Cooper, woodworking, weaving, silversmiths, pottery, and more.
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.
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.
Stay in Sofia one more night before departing back home.