Nvision Travel participates for the first time with a stand at WTM in London, 7-9 November 2022. Having visited the show as visitors, Albena and Cvetelina decide to participate more actively in advertising Bulgaria on the English-speaking market in 2022.

Specialized in private culture tours, they decide to cheer the visitors and their partners with deliciousWTM and authentic products from Bulgaria. Thus, Gabrovo pestil, Gamza wine from Borovitza winery is tasted at their stand and everyone leaves with a hand-made bookmark with embroidery saying Bulgaria with a beautiful rose. Priority is the personal service to every single person, the emotion which will be remembered after the guest goes home.

Having graduated Tourism in Bulgaria and the Netherlands, Albena and Cvetelina gain experience in boutique tour operators in Bulgaria and Germany and in 2008 they head in a new direction. Nvision Travel designs individual culture and adventure trips at various themes and specialized field trips for universities. In 2009 for the first time, they launch Bulgaria Communism Tours on the Bulgarian market and since 2015 they include Buzludzha in their trips, meeting their guests’ interest. During all that time the wine tourism is included in their programs and in the last few years they devote to support the wineries in their home area Belogradchik and Vidin as well. Licensed English and German speaking tour guides, they care for the personal interaction with the clients and they manage to become friends.

WTM

In London they present all of their special interest travel experiences but they go with the intention that everyone at the stand foremost represents Bulgaria. This feeling for togetherness is important in order all colleagues from the travel industry to look in the same direction.

There has been huge interest to Bulgaria at their stand and they are grateful to Nikolay and his colleagues for having served banitsa, tikvenik, Bulgarian yellow cheese and having taken care of supporting the exhibitors during the meetings with guests from all over the world: Australia, USA, Canada, Great Britain, South Korea, India, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Europe etc.

They admit, though, that the most frequent question to them is What could Bulgaria offer in addition to sea and ski holiday? That makes more difficult choosing Bulgaria as travel destination and leads to much more efforts and dedication on their side in order their partner to sell the destination. Almost everyone who stops at their stand is looking for loyal partners and personal service.

WTM

Their business cards are of handmade recycled paper, their partners notice that and the sustainability topic comes up. Sustainability in tourism in the conversations is focused on that the revenues to be directed to the small businesses where the foreign guests meet the owners and find out more about their daily routine. As well as the opportunity to plant a tree in order to compensate the carbon footprint.

The next travel fair, that Nvision Travel will participate in and you could support the marketing of Bulgaria with them, is the largest one in the world ITB Berlin in March 2023. For appointments at ITB Berlin: info@nvisiontravel.com or LinkedIn.

Lutenitsa, also spelled lyutenitsa, is a delicious vegetable spread, also referred to as Bulgarian ketchup. It is made of roasted red peppers, ripe tomatoes and seasonings.

The name lutenica comes from the Bulgarian word ljut which means spicy. The red peppers are among the main ingredients of lutenitsa and they give its red color. The name of the dip comes from the spicy peppers. As a result, you will find some versions that are spicy and others mild, based on the peppers and seasonings used.

This tasty dip is present in most households, not only in Bulgaria, but it is also pretty popular on the Balkans. Lutenitsa is most often associated with Bulgaria, whereas Ajvar is associated with Serbia and Macedonia. Lutenitsa is made with tomatoes while Ajvar does not include any tomatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 kg red peppers (The peppers need to be more than the tomatoes)
  • 2 kg ripe tomatoes
  • Vegetable oil
  • Fresh parsley
  • Fresh garlic
  • Sugar according to your personal taste
  • Salt according to your personal taste

Directions:

Wash and peel the tomatoes. Boil the tomatoes until water evaporates and stir with a wooden spoon. Roast the red peppers and if you want it spicy, add chili pepplutenitsaers as well. Peel the peppers and clean the seeds. Grind or cut in small pieces the peppers and add them to the tomatoes. Add some fresh garlic in small pieces, some fresh parsley, salt and a little bit of sugar according to your taste. For ripe pink tomatoes sugar will be not needed. The mixture keeps on boiling until it turns into a homogenic paste. Be patient, it can take from few hours up to one day. It is suitable for a family event, everyone to help. Usually, we get together to make lutenitsa in August, when we harvest ripe tomatoes.

The secret of our grandma Bonka’s recipe is that she pours sunflower oil into a frying pan to heat it up and she adds the oil to the vegetable mixture in the end.

From generations each family has their own lutenitsa recipe.

Once you are happy with the veggie mixture, fill it in jars. Close the jars and boil them for 5-10 min longer for the lid to seal. Then you take out and turn over the jars to cool down. Place it in a dark and possibly cold place for the winter.

LutenitsaIn Bulgaria lutenitsa is eaten as a side dish with grilled meat balls, with scrambled eggs or on a toast with cheese. It is childhood memory for all children from the 70 and 80s. When we used to visit grandma, a slice of bread with lutenitsa and cheese was top wanted food. 🙂 And if someone asks you how does it taste, you can reply in Bulgarian: Vkusno = вкусно (delicious).

Bon Appetit!

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Bulgaria is maybe on your travel bucket list for 2022 with it beautiful nature and hidden gems? You can check out our tours and contact us at info@nvisiontravel.com for customizing your private tour in Sofia and Bulgaria. We will inform you about any local regulation changes asap before your arrival via email or zoom meeting while creating your memorable travel experience in Bulgaria.

The government will not extend the state of the emergency epidemic situation in Bulgaria after March 31. This means that as of April 1, 2022, the following measures will be abolished:
– wearing a protective face mask in closed public places and public transport;
– observance of physical distance;
– restrictions on the number of persons who can visit indoor sites at the same time;
– restrictions on the implementation of face-to-face learning in higher education;
– ban on visits to hospitals and social services;
– the requirement for employers to allow in-person working, if possible, to not more than 50% of the staff.

There will be no different zones and conditions to enter the country. Everyone is welcome to visit Bulgaria and needs to show one of the following documents upon arrival:
• a valid EU digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate,
• a valid EU digital COVID-19 recovery certificate,
• a valid EU digital COVID certificate for conducted testing (a document showing a negative result from a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test conducted up to 72 hours before entry into the country or a negative result from a rapid antigen test conducted up to 48 hours before entry into the country from the date of sampling entered in the document),
• a similar or an equivalent document containing the same data as the EU digital COVID certificate (for vaccination/recovery/testing)

Plan wisely and travel safe in 2022. Thank you for your trust and interest in Bulgaria and our special interested tours.

Warm greetings,

Tsvetelina Tsankova  (Betty)

Your travel advisor & tour guide in Bulgaria

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The town of Vidin via the eyes of Albena Tsankova: local tour guide, storyteller and photographer ©

Today I would like to bring you on a trip off the beaten path. Where are we going? To my home area. The region is Northwestern Bulgaria and more specific the town of Vidin. Put your seat belt and let’s go! We have a lot to see and experience in the countryside of Bulgaria.

Vidin

To begin with we will go via the parts of the Roman fortress that we still keep today. In I century the town was a Roman fortified settlement with the name Bononia. The coat of arms is with Baba Vida fortress on the top – the last Bulgarian fortress that fell under the Ottomon domination. Down left there is a vine as we are a wine region famous with the local Gamza red wine. Bottom right there is a fish as the town is on Danube river.

Let’s indulge in history, remember we are in Roman time, I century AD.

Vidin

Vidin art

Next we will see the Sea garden and the Art gallery. Here there are no crowds of tourists and people rushing to get out of traffic jam. Life is more peaceful and easy going. And yet you could enjoy a day of travel, photos and meeting some locals. I recommend a coffee or another drink by the Danube river.

Vidin Vidin

Vidin

We will walk along the statue of king Sratsimir, the Bulgarian king of the local kingdom before the fall under Ottoman domination.

Vidin

Unfortunately there are also buildings in bad condition as the town was pretty prosperous in the past but today there is not much industry left and living standard is lower. It depends on your interests but if you are with a local, I believe Vidin will leave you with warm memories.

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Baba Marta (Grandma Marta) is a tradition celebrated in Bulgaria and in some of the neighboring countries. Each year on 1 March we give each other (to your family, friends, colleagues, home, pet etc) a martenitsa, a red and white wrist band or small doll to put on your chest. This way we wish each other good health, joy and long life. The most famous martenitsa is a couple of a boy and a girl called Pizho and Penda. The male Pizho, is made of white wool, while the female Penda is mostly red. According to the tradition you receive martenitsa always as a gift, you don’t buy one for yourself.

Baba MartaWe wear the martenitsa until we see a flying stork,  swallow or a blossoming tree. Then we hand it on the tree and we make a wish. Grandparents say to choose a fruit tree, so the wish comes true. That’s why if you visit Bulgaria in the beginning of March, streets are full of kiosks with red and white martenitsas. Some Bulgarians with many friends or colleagues tend to have more than 10 martenitsas on their wrist. 🙂 It is a challenge to wear them all month long. Later when we hang them you get to see trees with red and white decoration all over the city. It looks like a colorful wishing tree. One of the most famous in Sofia is next to Ivan Vazov National Theater.

Baba MartaAnother symbol of this celebration are the snowdrops. Tender beautiful flowers that pop up even when we have snow in March. Snowdrops appear usually for Baba Marta and tell us “smile, it is warmer, sun is shining and spring is coming soon”.

Baba Marta is a very old tradition that we still keep today. We relate it to the coming spring, new beginning and awakening of nature. Winter usually is pretty cold in Bulgaria and we have a lot of snow. Very often it is a challenge even for locals. So we celebrate and welcome spring with happy warm hearts.

Martenitsa’s colors have their meaning. White of purity and red of life and passion, of the constant cycle of life and death, the balance of good and evil, and the sorrow and happiness in human life. The Martenitsa symbolizes also Mother Nature, the white symbolizing the purity of the melting white snow and the red setting of the sun, which becomes more and more intense as spring progresses. These two natural resources are the source of life. They are also associated with the male and female beginnings, and in their balance, with the need for balance in life. Baba Marta

Since 2017 martenitsa is on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Don’t be surprised if you travel with us in March when we give you as a present a martenitsa as we do to all our friends and wish you:

“Be healthy and happy all year long!” Beni & Betty

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What would you say about 10 years of traveling? Nvision travel turned 10 on 15 August 2018. It is not easy to share all our experiences and lessons during the last busy, challenging, happy and difficult 10 traveling years but we have some advice, which we believe is important for every small travel business. The support, which we got from our family, friends, travelers (for us you are not just clients), partners, is one of the main pieces of the puzzle to have a tour operator company. Yet here are also 10 lessons from our own experience. We hope they will help you in your journey to your dream job:

1) We are equal. There is no boss in the company. Both partners are responsible, free to take decisions, to share ideas, to express themselves. If one is missing, the company will not be the same, both are equally important for the company and are looking in the same direction. Don’t control people, focus on the process of creating the journey. Everyone can do a mistake but the second one is keeping your back.

2) Love your job and the most difficult day will be just a moment on the way to your dream. You know it is worth it. Enjoy the journey and share the love with your travelers. Inspire them to travel.

3) Know your price. Don’t sell cheap tours and services, because the partners and the clients who are looking for cheap service are not loyal. They will change you at the moment when someone else offers lower price. Respect your knowledge, experience, your time and work, offer the services on fair price, which covers all of them, this way you will find your partners and clients, who will be happy to work and travel with you. At the end of the day you will be happy and satisfied too. Remember nothing is permanent, never stop moving.

4) Talk, talk, talk, discuss every day even the smallest idea or difficulties at the office, be open for the other prospective and you will be stronger together. The different opinions in one company make it possible to grow and develop. Trust each other, believe in each other and that everyone is giving his best at this moment. Thank and say bravo, you did it great to each other. May the positive energy live at the office and the company.

5) Be brave, think years ahead, take risk and just do it, try to make it happen, go even for the craziest ideas, don’t listen what people say, the same people will do it later too, when they see it is working. If it doesn’t work, at least you tried and now you know. Move forward to the next idea. No one is judging you, enjoy the process of creating.

6) The success depends only on you. No one else can help you and no one else can stop you. If you are active, you believe in yourself and your dream, you follow the steps of this journey, you will collect the fruits at one moment. Be patient and never lose faith. Never stop challenging yourself, improve your skills and learn new. Don’t believe you know everything. You can learn from every person something new. Be open for the new in your life and work.

7) When you develop a new product, tour, do it as if you would be traveling, don’t save costs, prepare a real experience, which you will enjoy too. Think how this will make the other people feel too, do it to help them have the best time and enjoy the tour too. Check in advance all services, visit the places, this will help you feel confident and avoid difficulties on the road. Offer experience, which will make the traveler richer and will help him to open his perspective.

8) Care for the customer/traveler. While traveling with him don’t forget it is his tour, think about and ask about his interests. Get to know him better so you can include during the day places which he will enjoy. You serve him or you help him to have a great experience, you are not the director, you are just the assistant of a great day. The main person is the client. Kill your ego and help him always.

9) Make community, open yourself and be you while traveling with the travelers, make friends, keep contact and express your real you, connect with each other, share your experience and be there for each other.

10) Find the balance between work and free time. Don’t forget to have rest, to recharge, to relax, to have fun, to sleep, to spend time with friends and family, to love yourself and always find time for yourself. Without this time you will not be able to give this positive vibe to your travelers during the tours. Stop for a while to continue stronger and full with inspiration on the way to your next destination.

Thank you for joining us on our journey and your kind greetings from all over the world. Thank you for the trust in us. You are the reason for us to be here and move forward, to develop new ideas and to have the energy to keep going.

Благодарим за последните 10 години! Тhank you for the last 10! Join the nvision travellers club.

Let’s walk together and envision the next 10 years of travel in Bulgaria, on the Balkans and around the world.

Beni & Tsveti (Betty)

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Have ever done a road trip or you traveled on Route 66 in USA? Well, in this case you are on the right place. We will share with you insights from one of our favorite routes in Bulgaria, the one to Buzludzha and Shumen monument. Let’s call it the Bulgarian Route 66.

Road trip on Bulgarian Route 66

Of course we can take the highway, it saves time but it’s so boring, not much to see. Instead, we recommend to take the countryside road. We love the one under the Balkan mountains from Sofia in direction the Black sea. It goes via small villages and towns and we see the life of local people. Life in the countryside is so much different from the one in the big city. Just outside the last village we see a Bulgarian Mercedes, i.e a horse cart, which is common for the Bulgarian countryside.

Rose valley

Next is the Rose valley, the rose fields are blossoming at the end of May and the beginning of June. If we travel together at that time, we will make sure that we stop for a photo. Rose oil is the liquid gold of Bulgaria. It takes 3-4 tons of rose petals to produce 1kg of rose oil. Later it is used in the famous perfumes.

So after 3 hour drive it is time for a local breakfast. And no matter how hard we try to explain the local soft drinks to you, it is of no use, you simply must taste them. You can find boza and ayran drinks also in our neighboring countries. If you do not like the taste of the boza, do not worry, you are not the first one. 🙂

Buzludzha

In about 1 hour we reach the first stop of our road trip, Buzludzha. The abandoned former office of the communist party makes travelers come to Bulgaria today. Sightseeing is from outside because entry is forbidden. Yet, the building is one of a kind. Hope for good weather and enjoy the view to the valley. You can take a photo with Elvis Presley, he is also there as a graffiti. 🙂 Usually after the stop we go to the next town for lunch. You will be impressed how tasty is the food in Bulgarian countryside and the prices…come and check it out yourself.

Shumen

Our road trip continues because on this day our last point is the town of Shumen. Have you heard of it? This is the home town of the Bulgarian Charley Chaplin, i.e. Mr Todor Kolev. Tombul mosque, the largest mosque in Bulgaria is in Shumen. Also the largest concrete monument in Europe, i.e. Shumen monument or 1300 years Bulgaria. And not to forget the local beer factory. If you are a beer lover, Shumensko is one of the beers you should taste while in Bulgaria. The choice for tonight is a hotel, built during the communism time. It was renovated but you will still see elements of communism architecture in the corridors.

1300 years Bulgaria

On the next day after breakfast we head for the 1300 years of Bulgaria monument. Unlike Buzludzha that is abandoned and getting ruined by weather, this monument is in perfect condition. We see the statues of the first Bulgarian kings and learn where Bulgaria originates from. Well and there is a marvelous panorama view over Shumen. For those of you who are fit and are volunteering, there are 1300 stairs starting from the town reaching the monument. Usually we go by car along a huge park where local people cycle, walk their dog or do jogging in the morning. Part of the Shumen monument is the largest triptych mosaics in the open-air in Europe.

Next to the parking there is a small cafe. Going for a drink, we find biplanes made by a local 92 year old engineer. Grandpa Stancho does them to help his living. Now we have one. A perfect gift for boys and our piece of encouragement for grandpa Stancho to continue his lovely hobby. This is a visit to remember but we depart because we have a lot to see this day.

Madara rider

Our next sight is Madara rider. It is under UNESCO protection, the only such rock relief in Europe. It shows the Bulgarian king on his horse, killing a lion, followed by his dog. Next to the relief there is a small chapel where local people come to pray and they leave small icons there. This is one of the spiritual places with strong energy in Bulgaria. We continue our walk in a nice park to reach the caves where ancient people used to live and pray.  You might see some small frog and you will hear the birds singing, a nice nature retreat. Time to buy a souvenir or a beer and the road trip continues.

Veliko Tarnovo

On this day we drive across the Balkan Mountains and we reach Gabrovo town. This is our town of humor and satire. We have a city tour of Gabrovo. It is important to know that it always includes a roundabout 🙂 and we continue in direction Veliko Tarnovo. What to see there? Well, this is the old capital of Bulgaria. And the main highlight for us is Asen’s monument. The monument is dedicated to the Bulgarian kings of the Second Bulgarian kingdom. For lunch we enjoy a view from a local restaurant and later we go to the monument for sightseeing. Last but not least, we take a panorama photo of the Tsarevets fortress, another highlight of Veliko Tarnovo and we head off. Sofia is waiting for us.

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Sofia museums inspiration: Sofia can surprise you with interesting places, activities and events. In this post we will recommend some of the Sofia museums, which you can visit with us if you book some of our Sofia tours or you can stop by on your own in your free time. We advise you to spend at least 2 days in Sofia to have more time to explore the city. Here we share our experience with you because we care for your stay in Bulgaria.

1) Archaeological level of St. Sophia church

Working hours: 10:00am – 5:30pm; Mondays off

Location: Alexander Nevsky square, next to Alexander Nevsky cathedral and the Antique market

Entrance fee: BGN 6 per adult

Why to visit: In order to feel the ancient history of Sofia from Roman time, visit the underground of Saint Sophia church and walk along the ruins of the ancient graves (5-6c.). This visit can be combined with entrance to Sofia history museum by buying a combined ticket (10 BGN). This way you will save 4 BGN. One of our favorite Sofia museums.

2) Museum of Socialist art

Sofia museums

Working hours: 10:00am – 5:30pm; Mondays off

Location: Lachesar Stanchev Str. 7 (get off at G.M. Dimitrov metro station)

Entrance fee: BGN 6 per adult; BGN 2 per adult each Thursday

Why to visit:

In the yard you can see some of the statues of the communist leaders from the near past. Our favorite part is the video room, where you can watch short black and white documentary movie about the life in Bulgaria from 1944 until 1989. In the souvenir shop you can get a magnet or cup with the image of some of the leaders, a book or a Bulgarian movie with English, Spanish and other subtitles. Don’t forget to check out the painting exposition too. This museum is included in our Sofia Communism tour but you can also visit it in your free time traveling by subway or taxi.

3) Sofia history museum

Working hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm; Mondays off

Location: 1 Banski Sq, next to the mineral spring and the mosque in Sofia

Entrance fee: BGN 6 per adult

Why to visit:

This is the newest museum in Sofia, which offers a good summary about the history of the capital of Bulgaria in an interactive way. Located in the beautiful building of the former public baths (1928) it makes your visit authentic. Sofia history museum is included in the Insider Sofia free tour with Betty and in all other tailor-made tours on request. Don’t forget to stop at the souvenir shop. There are some of our favorite magnets and postcards.

4) Boyana church

Working hours:

1 April – 31 October: 9:30am – 5:30pm

1 November – 31 March: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Location: 3 Boyansko Ezero Str., Bus № 64 and 107

Entrance fee: BGN 10 per adult

Why to visit:

Boyana church is the only UNESCO site in Sofia. It is included in our Rila monastery tour as one of the extra options and in each Sofia tour on request. The church is not active and today works as a museum, located at the foot of the Vitosha mountains. The beautiful and vivid wall paintings are worth seeing if you are interested in learning more about the Orthodox religion and the rich history of Bulgaria.

5) Military museum

Working hours: 10.00am – 6.00pm; Mondays and Tuesdays off

Location: 92 Cherkovna Str., busses: 9, 72, 120, 305, 413

Entrance fee: BGN 8 per adult, Free admission – every last Wednesday of the month.

Why to visit: It investigates, preserves, processes scientifically and popularizes cultural valuables connected with the national and European military history. In the yard of the museum you can see tanks and air forces used in the past during the wars.

6) National History museum

Working hours:

1 April – 31 October: 9:30am – 5:15pm; 1 November – 31 March: 9:00am – 4:45pm

1 January, 24 and 25 December, Easter Sunday off

Location: Vitoshko lale 16 Str.; Bus № 63, Bus № 111, Trolley bus № 2

Entrance fee: BGN 10 per adult

Why to visit:

The National History museum is located in an old communism building, which was used from Todor Zhivkov to welcome guests in the past. There you can learn about the rich history of Bulgaria in 1 – 2 hours and enjoy the view to Vitosha mountain. This is where you can see the Thracian gold treasure from Panagyurishte and learn more about the Bulgarian kings, the Cyrillic alphabet and one of the oldest processed gold in Europe. This museum can be part of any of our Sofia tours. Very often you can combine it with a visit to Boyana church due to the nearby location and the combined entrance tickets, which they offer. The museum is suitable for history lovers.

If you look for experience, just contact us and we will suggest you activities according to your interest. You can customize your Sofia tour with us and visit some of the recommended Sofia museums.

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9 Travel sights in Bulgaria off the beaten track:

travel sights

Today nvision travel celebrates its 9th birthday and we would like to share with you 9 travel sights in Bulgaria off the beaten track. During the years we are trying to offer special interest tours and this brought us to new hidden destinations. There is so much more to explore in Bulgaria and on the Balkans, we hope you will join the ride with us and we will continue travelling as it should be together.

1) The church in Uzundzhovo village  

travel sights

The church Assumption of Virgin Mary is the largest rural Orthodox church in Bulgaria. It is one of the rare examples of an Orthodox temple turned into a Muslim mosque and then back to Orthodox church. It dates from 15 c and is an active church today.

2) Pchelina dam

Pchelina dam

The dam was built in 1970s during the communism time on the place of Pchelintsi village. Local people were made to leave the village and go live elsewhere. On the bank of the dam there is a small chapel St John. And the view from there is breathtaking.

3) Venetsa cave and Belogradchik rocks 

Belogradchik

Two natural phenomena situated in Northwestern Bulgaria. Venetsa cave is a beautiful cave with 5 halls located in underground corridors with a total length of 200 m. The formations are colorful due to the oxygen absence, the water turns into crystals and the various colors come from the different composition of the clay and the rocks. Only 13 km away from the cave you reach the Belogradchik rocks, a rock phenomenon with astonishing forms dating from 230 millions years ago.

4) Shumen – 1300 years Bulgaria monument 

Shumen

The creators of the Bulgarian state, also known as 1300 years Bulgaria, is an architectural complex dedicated to the anniversary of 1300 years since Bulgaria was founded in 681. The monument shows the Bulgarian kings from 7 until 10 c. Among them is the founder of Bulgaria, khan Asparuh, on horse who stabbed his sword in the ground and took the decision that Bulgaria will be here, on this territory under this sky.

5) The red church in Perushtitsa 

red church

Ruins of Virgin Mary Christian temple, built during the Roman period near the town of Perushtitsa. Today it is not an active church but a national monument and one of the hidden travel sights in Bulgaria.

6) Eastern Rhodopes – Ivaylovgrad area 

Mandritsa

Explore the Eastern Rhodopes. Visit Odrintsi, Mandritsa, Lambuh, Dolno and Gorno Lukovo villages in Ivaylovgrad area and meet the locals. Taste the Albanian cuisine in Mandritsa village, visit the old church in Dolno Lukovo and drive through the street of Odrintsi, where time has stopped. Our advice is to stay in Lambuh village.

7) The Devil’s bridge 

Devil's bridge

It was built in the beginning of 16 c on Arda river on the place of a Roman bridge connecting Aegean sea and Thracia. The bridge is part of the décor of the Bulgarian movie “Time of violence“.

8) The Stob pyramids 

stob pyramids

In 1964 the Stob pyramids were announced for a natural sight. These rock pyramids in Stob village in the Rila Mountains are with diverse shape and reach 12m height. There are many legends about their formation and we will be happy to share them with you during our one day trip from Sofia.

9) Virgin Mary statue in Haskovo

Haskovo

The 14m tall statue is a patron of the town of Haskovo. In 2004 it was included in Guinness book as the tallest statue of Virgin Mary with Jesus. At the foot of it there is a small chapel.

All these 9 travel sights are worth including in your travel bucket list. We will be happy to visit them together and explore Bulgaria off the beaten track.

thank you

We would like to thank once again to all our clients, guests, friends, partners with whom we have worked during these 9 years. Thank you for your support and inspiration. Special thanks to those of you who are coming back and traveling with us on the Balkans. This support gives us energy to continue working and come up with new ideas, adventures and destinations, which you can experience with us. If you don’t want to miss the party for our 10 years anniversary next year, please follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our events there. More details are coming soon. You are always welcome to keep in touch with us via email too: info@nvisiontravel.com .

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Beni & Tsveti