- 18th – 23rd June
- 3rd – 8th September
Both of these Tours will be a group of 6 or 8 people and the format will loosely follow the itinerary of the last Tour in 2011. However, we can adapt the programme to include anything that interests you.
If you have a group (6 will do) and you want to come at anther time, contact me and we’ll organise something specially for you.
For example, in June, there are acres of wild flower meadows and wild herbs – with millions of multi coloured butterflies. If you are interested in painting, you will be astonished by the variety of colour and if you’re interested in herbs, we can find a local person to take you collecting. We can also show you how the whole process works from picking, through drying to selling the herbs.
In September, the trees will be beginning to turn to their myriad of glorious reds, yellows and oranges of the autumn dazzle. This is a wonderful time to go off for a wonder in the oak forests or take a bike and cycle along the road for some panoramic views.
We can tailor our Tours to suit you – for example:
- old bikes and cars – there are some wonderful antiques both on the road and in people’s garages – do you want to fiddle about with the engines or ride around the village in an old Volga? The Moskovitch has been called the sports version of a tractor – take it into the woods and have some fun.
- home made alcohol – depending on the time of year, you could be involved in picking grapes and making wine or you could watch the process of distilling rakia – this spirit is made from a whole range of things as they come into season – acacia flowers, cherries, yellow plums, apricots, blue plums, grapes, peaches, pears. There is great pride in each individual’s rakia and much tasting will be involved.
- singing and dancing – Voditsa has a choir who would be happy to have guest singers and they would be equally happy to teach the unique form of singing from the throat that is key to Bulgarian tradition. The Hora, which means ‘people’, is a dance that involves any number of people holding hands and dancing in a big long line – there will be plenty of opportunities to do this but we can also arrange for you to have more specialised lessons in traditional dances.
- gardening, baking, cooking, preserving – the mainstay of village life – learn how to make Banitsa, Tik-vanik, Shkimbe, as well lots of tips on preserving. Bulgaria is world famous for it’s wonderful yoghurt – learn how to make it and taste yoghurt from sheep, goats or cows. Depending on the time of year, you can see what our neighbours are doing in their fields and check out their farmyards – these are things behind the walls that you never see if you’re just passing through.
We hope that you wont just pass through Bulgaria – we want to show you life as it is in the village and we’ll arrange a Tour to suit you. A minimum group is 6 but if thats a problem, contact me anyway and we’ll see what we can arrange.
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