Carl S

“Way more than a Cooking Class…This is a must do for Sofia

My wife and I were looking for something fun and enriching to do when we arrived in Sofia before heading to Pleven. We were overwhelmed by all the choices on Viator but we knew we wanted to learn more about Bulgarian culture and the food so we chose this over the walking tours. I’m so glad we booked this tour with our hosts.

We were met at the Alexander Nevsky cathedral in the center of the city where meeting up with our host was super easy. We had a good conversation where we walked to a local grocery store and back to their apartment. All together the walk was about 15 minutes and we saw some beautiful architecture on the way.

The shopping experience was cool and Beni made us comfortable enough to ask any questions that I had like ‘why is there so many different types of cheese here?’ or ‘does everyone use recyclable bags?’. It might sound trivial but being able to have a 1-on-1 conversation helped us better understand a world greatly different from ours where just about all our shopping is done in big-box stores.

Next we went up her apartment and met up with her sister and Mrs. Gretta (who I found out is quite a celebrity). Our hosts were amazing and we felt right at home as if we were catching up with some friends. The entire time we were welcomed to ask any questions we had and Beni and Betty introduced us to a lot of things important to them and to their culture. The cooking lessons and enjoying the meal afterwards was truly an amazing experience, but we took away so much more from this whole experience. Their apartment was cozy, centrally located in the city, and had a view of the famous cathedral that would make people jealous.

The hosts for this event are passionate about what they do and wanted us to make the most of our visit. They shared their knowledge as a walking-tour guide to tell is the best places to see after the event ended and to walk off some of the calories from dinner :).”

Carl S., USA

Tours booked: Cook and Eat with a Local in Sofia

Stefano Grassino

“We spent two full days with Beni in July 2022: we visited Sofia (The communist tour) and we went to Pernik and Radomir. Both tours were very well organised and interesting.

Together we visited also the authentic Sofia, where there are not tourists and where you can find the daily life. We eat in a local restaurant and we did afternoon coffee break in a bar surrounded by socialist panel residential buildings – that I really like! – where we played with old communist cards!

Beni is not only a guide; she is a very good person, kind, polite, simple and calm. We really recommend Beni and we say again thank you for all. Grazie!”

Stefano Grassino, Italy

Tours booked: Sofia communism tour, Pernik day trip

Scott Meyers

“My first time in Bulgaria, I booked Beni and Tsveti for two days.

I was so impressed, I returned a couple of years later and booked them for a week in June 2022. They’re always well-prepared, well-informed, flexible, and accommodating, plus they’re great fun to be with. I can’t think of anything they don’t do well.”

Scott Meyers, USA

Tours booked: Buzludzha and Plovdiv, Sofia communism tour, Abandoned Bulgaria trip

Barbara Corzo

“First things first: Beni and Betty are amazing! We took 2 tours with them in winter 2018 and they were both fantastic.
This particular tour worked out perfectly for us as they were flexible enough to drop us off in Plovdiv after the tour.
We had a very unique experience with them in Buzludzha as it had snowed heavily the night before and the road up to the monument was closed! So we had to hike our way up which was quite a workout but such a unique way to reach it. I honestly think the whole experience was enriched by having to hike up! We were joined by another fellow traveler and that just added to the experience. Making new friends is always fun. And the lunch afterwards was the BEST meal we had in Bulgaria!
Betty’s optimism and Beni’s outstanding driving skills are just some of the reasons we think this team is amazing. And the uniqueness and thoughtfulness of the tour planning made this trip one we will not forget.
We left Bulgaria feeling we made new friends and hope to be back in the not to far future.”

Barbara Corzo, USA

Tours booked: Buzludzha tour, Rila monastery tour

Tim French

“In 2016, I went to Bulgaria to learn about communist history — and I used Nvision Communism Tours. With Tsveti, I got to see much more than I expected related to the communist past.
So I came back to Bulgaria for another vacation in 2017 and hired Nvision again. I asked them for suggestions and Tsveti and her sister Beni planned a trip for me and my friend to Belogradchik. Bulgaria was in the middle of an August heatwave, so Tsveti and Beni brought a case of bottled water for the trip. That type of preparation impressed me. Then in Belorgradchik, we got to see an outdoor performance of the Sofia Ballet and Opera Company – in the mountains. It was a great recommendation and one of my best vacation experiences of any trips I have taken. Also during this 2-day trip, we went to Vidin on the Danube River and visited a cave with pre-historic wall drawings. They even let us visit their grandmother’s house and I got to pick tomatoes in her garden. The vacation far-exceeded my expectations and the price was very reasonable. In addition, I must add that Beni and Tsveti are fun to be with. It felt like hanging out with 2 old friends, instead of just guides.
I have used Nvision twice, but I already know I will use Nvision again in the future. Thanks Beni and Tsveti!”

Tim French, USA

Tours booked: Sofia communism tour, Belogradchik and Vidin trip, Bulgaria off the beaten path, Hissarya and Plovdiv tour

Herbert Crepaz

wine tours

“After my third great day trip to selected wineries at scenic locations in the Struma Valley and at the banks of the Danube in 2016 I highly recommend to everyone with an interest in local culture to follow suit. The program -competently assembled by the charming tour guides Betty & Beni – gives lots of information about sights on the way, history or local customs. At the winery one gets a behind the scene look into production facilities and vineyards followed by a tasting of the house specialties and a delicious meal. Even for seasoned wine-buffs, chatting with the owner or oenologist about the merits of local grape varieties like Mavrud, Gamza or Misket, is surely not an everyday experience.”

Herbert Crepaz, Austria

Tours booked: Small group wine-tasting tours off the beaten track

Frederike van Ouwerkerk

“In the year 2009 and 2010 the NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands decided to organise a fieldtrip to Bulgaria for a group of about 150 students from all over the world. We were looking for someone in Bulgaria to give us a hand.

We chose nvision travel, who organized a really valuable and interesting fieldtrip. The programme was rich. A lot of aspects like guest lectures, lunches at interesting sites and visits to impressive venues were included.

The managing director – Ms Tsvetelina Tsankova is experienced and good with students in the age of 18 – 22. She knows how to talk to them about their conduct and they listen to her full of admiration. She is professional, friendly and resourceful. To put it briefly she is a fantastic person to be in charge of your fieldtrip in Bulgaria and the Balkans. ”

Frederike van Ouwerkerk,

Senior Lecture

NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands