Surva, the International Festival of the Masquerade Games held in the town of Pernik, is the biggest event of this type not only in Bulgaria but also on the Balkans. It promotes ancient Bulgarian customs that are still alive today. These are an important part of the Bulgarian folklore tradition. Participants from Bulgaria and abroad will show us their unique traditions, masks and costumes, songs and dances in the streets of Pernik.

Check out this video of Betty travels who attended the Surva festival in Bulgaria.

Today the town of Pernik has a population of 93 000 people. The oldest traces of human existence in the area date back to the 6th millennium BC. Historians estimate that Pernik was founded roughly at the same time as Troy.

Masquerade rituals come from old pagan times and are still alive in the Bulgarian folklore tradition. According to the tradition, participants put scary masks and costumes to shoo away the bad powers.

Bulgarian masquerade games are mainly held during the holidays between Christmas and Easter. Join our one day trip to Surva festival. More information at

Duration: 1 day / 100 km
Destination: Pernik, Bulgaria
Departure location Pick up from your accommodation in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Departure Time 10:00
Arrival Time 17:00 (Drop off at your accommodation)
Transport and parking Licensed English/German speaking tour guide
Attending Surva festival Photos from the tour
Mineral water
Not included
lunch dinner
The tour could be in Spanish and other languages.
When to visit: each year at the end of January
Group size: from 1 up to 6 people
Extra information Put on warm clothing and shoes


Additional information

Duration1 day
Tour typeCulture, Entertainment
Starting pointSofia


8.30 AM

Pick up from your accommodation and departure to Pernik

10.00 AM

Arrival in Pernik and joining the Surva festival

10.15 AM

Attending Surva masquerade festival. Free time for photos.

1.30 PM

Optional lunch

2.30 PM

The fun of Surva masquerade festival continues.

5.30 PM

Departure to Sofia.

7.00 PM

Drop off at your accommodation.

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Tour Reviews

5 based on 1 review
January 31, 2018

A travel into the past and the traditions with a touch of innovation. It was a great experience to follow the parade insight with the great chance to make some photos in the heart of the parade. A journey into traditions and folklore with the kindness of Nvision travel, in this case Beni. If you want know a part of the past with a touch of present Nvision travel it’s your right choice !!!

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