So much variety: architecture, languages/alphabets, food, cats, terrain, etc. Sleep in Nesebar. Having dinner overlooking the Black Sea was also memorable.The folk singing and dancing show was certainly high on the list. $4.99. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, It was our third Rick Steves tour and we really appreciate not having to drive, park, and search for places to stay. Other than that, the guide Stefan was excellent and the experience was a joy. I learned so much from him, not only about the incredible depth of history this country has but also about the challenges they face today and the resiliency of the people. We'll start our day with a walking tour of Plovdiv's old town, including Trajan's second-century Roman theater and its commanding view of the city. Tour was well organized. Sleep in Nesebar. We got the see a lot of Bulgaria's beautiful countryside, MANY churches, and archeology museums. Rick Steves’ Romania visit took place in the summer of 2016, commencing in the country’s vibrant capital of Bucharest. But it turned out that Bulgaria isn't really all that exotic (compared to India, say). "Stefan has to be our WOW moment. Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. It was fun to share in the local pastries after the ceremony. "As always, one "wow" is impossible. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning. The historic places we visited were all very interesting and worth the visit. Bulgaria is a very interesting country. The churches were quite interesting. In fact, the villagers are preparing a traditional lunch for us today! "Looking out the window of our Veliko Tarnovo hotel room at a behemoth Communist monument and trying to grasp a political system where the individual is so insignificant. The children sang and danced for us which I thoroughly enjoyed. Our tour buddies were inquisitive and our guide, Stefan, was engaging and enthusiastic about introducing us to his country and culture. Sleep in Plovdiv. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan. Sleep in Sofia. "Bulgaria's wows are quieter, yet they stay with you in their own way. August 17, 2020 by Rick Steves A Report from Bulgaria — Keeping in Touch with Our European Friends It’s easy to be America-centric when it comes to the hopes, fears, and frustrations of fighting COVID-19. Spain is a more complicated country than many realize. per person + air, Single Rick Steves. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour in the Documents section of your tour account. Stefan did a great job with all aspects; culture, geography, history, life under communism, life after communism, the people, how Bulgaria gets along with their neighbors etc. Rick Steves' Europe: Bulgaria Preview | 30s Rick traces the country's complex history, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments. Rick Steves is America's leading authority on European travel. I loved the kids and teaching them "head, shoulder, knees, and toes". Bulgaria; donkey cars; monastery; sculptors; traditional dinner. Stefan, our guide, was a very passionate and knowledgeable ambassador for his country. "My favorite "wow moment"; visiting with the children. We'll also tour the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, famous for its gilded domes and masterful mosaics. Waking up to a view of the Black Sea and a night in a monastery listening to the stream outside were unique. Here's what you'll see and do on our Bulgaria tour: Group sightseeing events subject to change. The Orthodox churches are quite captivating and beautiful, while Bulgaria's cities have a way of reeling you in. Love being able to revisit thru your blog and look forward to the new show on Bulgaria. $4.49. see our FAQ. Rick's guidebooks are also available as ebooks that can be read on any Apple, Android, Kindle, Nook, or Kobo device, or on your computer. Each city has sights worth seeing, with opportunities for enjoying the scene and hanging out alongside locals, a true back-door experience. We were looking for a tour that was off the beaten track, to an area that might not have the huge tourist impacts that so many destinations in Western Europe are experiencing. Today we'll drive up and over the green Balkan Range to one of Europe's most dramatically situated towns: Bulgaria's medieval capital of Veliko Tarnovo. Should I say the sunset on the Black Sea, the Bulgarian Renaissance architecture, or the monastery in the mountain mist? And the sunsets there were gorgeous!". Should be a day trip and overnight else where. I laughed a lot. I was troubled by the poverty I saw, but amazed by the resilience of the people. You'll visit great sites including Sofia, Plovdiv, Rila Monastery, Black Sea, Madara Horseman and Veliko Tarnovo. Stefan is the best. RICK STEVES’ EUROPE Bulgaria Air Date: Sat, Aug 12, 2017 7:30 PM Facebook. "The preschool graduation at which the town mayor spoke and awarded diplomas to the children. Barcelona — Proud Capital of Catalunya Today is the National Day o... f Catalunya — the "nation without a state" with its capital at Barcelona. Visiting the Roma village was uncomfortable but also very eye opening. We enjoyed the lack of tourist crowds and the friendly Bulgarian people. Bulgaria Travel Guide by Rick Steves For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, see our FAQ . Several other wow moments were wandering about Plovdiv and in the village of Koprivshtitsa, listening to Stefan's stories and Professor Krassen Stdsnchev's economic review of not only Bulgaria but Eastern Europe and Europe in general, and the school visit to the small rural village of Dupnitsa.". There were so many interesting sites, stunning countryside, beautiful arts and crafts, very friendly people, and so much history in this country. We also got to talk to their teacher, an amazing woman who obviously cares deeply for her students.". We had a very nice time in Bulgaria. The tour was everything I expected. I had a wonderful tour of Bulgaria under the leadership of Stefan. Now they know! Everyone asked us.."Why Bulgaria?" Exceptionally knowledgeable, well-connected, and simply fun to travel with, Stefan manages and guides our Rick Steves Best of Bulgaria in 12 Days Tour. Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. This morning we'll take a time-tripping walk through Nesebar, learning about its important Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian, and Turkish past — a lot happened in this tiny place! Sep 30, 2018. We’ll trace the country’s complex history, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments. Oct. 13, 2016 Updated: Oct. 13, 2016 4:34 p.m. Facebook Twitter Email. Evening meal Sep. (paid by R.Steves) was average, and of limited quantity (unusual for Bulgaria). Bulgaria. Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium: Room basic. During the shoot, the “surprising” theme quickly became a running joke. This time we're high in the Swiss Alps. Host and writer of over a hundred public television travel shows and author of 30 best-selling guidebooks, Rick now brings his passion for exploring and understanding our world to public radio. One of America’s most respected authorities on international travel was a guest at Amb. 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