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Bulgaria Photography Tour

13th - 19th Jan, 2021 - AVAILABLE

Tutored by Astrid McGechan and

£2999.00 pp / Deposit -£300.00

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Bulgaria sits in the south-eastern corner of Europe and, despite its small geographical size, boasts a surprising variety of breathtaking natural beauty and a rich and ancient history shaped by Neolithic settlers, Thracians, Romans, Celts, Proto-Bulgarians, Slavs and Ottomans. 

Our Bulgaria photography tour will take us from villages near the western border with Serbia all the way to the Black Sea coast in the east, allowing us to experience the country and its people away from the tourist trails and observe local life at an altogether different and slower pace, something few tourists will ever do. 

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At a Glance

  • Tutored By
  • Exertion
    Moderate
  • Included
    • Accommodation on single occupancy basis (double available on request)
    • All meals
    • Water and snacks on the bus
    • Transport during the tour
    • Transfers from recommended flights
    • Local Guide
    • Welcome pack
    • Light show in Veliko Turnovo
    • Tuition from Astrid McGechan
  • Excluded
    • Flights
    • Personal expenses
    • Drinks
    • Insurance
  • Duration 6 Night Tours
  • Tour Code BUL02
Bulgaria Photography Tour

Bulgaria Photography Tour - Bulgaria Landscape Photography

Bulgaria sits in the south-eastern corner of Europe and, despite its small geographical size, boasts a surprising variety of breathtaking natural beauty and a rich and ancient history shaped by Neolithic settlers, Thracians, Romans, Celts, Proto-Bulgarians, Slavs and Ottomans. 

Our Bulgaria photography tour will take us from villages near the western border with Serbia all the way to the Black Sea coast in the east, allowing us to experience the country and its people away from the tourist trails and observe local life at an altogether different and slower pace, something few tourists will ever do. 

Visiting Bulgaria in January means we can witness and document the Surva Festivals, an ancient tradition intended to scare away evil spirits and bring prosperity, health and a good harvest during the year. We will visit several villages after dusk, where we will capture the raucous atmosphere when celebrations kick off in the evening. Mummers will be wearing handmade costumes of straw, cloth or fur, richly decorated wooden masks, and bells. The noise created by the mummers, as they dance around bonfires with bells attached to their costumes weighing up to 100kg, is considerable!

In the morning, we will head to the villages of Kosharevo, Banishte and Yardzhilovtsi, each with their unique mummers, who will parade in their costumes and masks in the main square before making their rounds from house to house. We will join them and can enjoy some of the traditional culinary delights the hosts will have prepared for the passing mummers.

After returning to Sofia, we will visit Hl. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, immersing ourselves in the Bulgarian Orthodox traditions. Bulgarians adopted Christianity as their official religion in 864, earlier than many other European countries. 

The relatively recent communist history has left its mark in many places. Weather permitting, we will visit Buzludzha, one of the most spectacular communist monuments sitting atop a 1441m high mountain in the Balkans. During our journey towards Bulgaria’s medieval capital Veliko Turnovo we will hop aboard a local train. Quite an experience – time seems to have stood still for those stations, engines and carriages. In Turnovo, we will be treated to a lightshow over the medieval citadel. We will meet Ivailo, a local legend who owns more than 85 Trabants, the classic East German car of the 60s, 70s and 80s. You might even have the chance to ride in one! The site is quite surreal, some cars even have trees growing right through them!

On our way to the Black Sea, we’ll stop in Shoumen, which hosts what is said to be the heaviest communist monument on earth – a concrete construction built in the Cubist style, commemorating 1300 years of Bulgarian statehood. The fishing villages at the Black Sea cost are almost abandoned in winter and will provide plenty of photographic opportunities for us, including remnants of the oil industry, which once flourished in the area. We’ll have lunch prepared by local fishermen. A visit to a traditional village en-route to Bucharest airport, from where we’ll catch our return flight, will complete our journey through Bulgaria’s past and present. 

Your tutor will be Astrid McGechan, who has spent a year living in Bulgaria and speaks the language. Our ground guide Yuri knows his country inside out and is an inexhaustible source of information and stories that you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Our tour will leave you with the sense of having discovered a country, whose beautiful nature, history and traditions can easily match better-known tourist destinations. 

This tour is limited to six places to ensure each participant gets ample time with the tutor. 

5/5

Independent Feedback based on 2 verified reviews

David Cole - 21st Jan, 2020

Despite the tiny numbers (only 2 participants!) the leader and the local guide combined to produce a varied and interesting itinerary. Very worthwhile and I've come back with many images of Bulgaria, including the Mummers Festival but additionally many fascinating locations.

Norman Lowe - 20th Jan, 2020

This was an excellent tour that I enjoyed immensely. The variety of locations and subject matter for photography provided plenty of interest and challenges and each day was full. Astrid was extremely helpful and always available for practical advice and suggestions for photographing each location and improving our photography generally. Both Astrid and our guide, Yuri, went the extra mile to ensure that the trip was a success.

For tours outside of the UK, we will select a recommended flight which will depart from a London airport to the destination. In most cases (unless stated otherwise), the tour leaders will greet you at the destination airport from this flight and return you to the airport at the end of the tour.

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You are welcome to make alternative travel arrangements. If doing so, please ensure you are at the destination airport for the arrival time of the recommended flight to ensure you can take the transfer to the hotel. Alternatively you can arrange your own transfers and meet the group at the hotel on the first night.

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