Day 1 - ARRIVAL IN SOFIA. CITY TOUR.
Arrival in Sofia. Meet your local guide and head to the city center. After short break for refreshment at hotel, You will enjoy a comprehensive city tour of Sofia and get to know the highlights of a capital with 7000-years long history. Among the most impressive sites are the Alexander Nevski Cathedral dominating the city, Church St.Sofia and the newly found museum under it, the round church of St. George, which is the best preserved Byzantine building, the Russian church st. Nikolas, Banya Bashi Mosque, ,the ruins of ancient Serdica and the National Palace of Culture.
Day 2 - SOFIA - PLOVDIV - YAMBOL
Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the second biggest city in Bulgaria. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of ancient Plovdiv. During the tour you will see the Roman Forum and Stadium as well as the Roman Amphitheatre dating back to the 2nd AD. Walk along the tiny cobbled streets of the old town surrounded by beautiful Revival houses and churches and admire the silence and tranquility of this historic town. Visit the House of Hindliyan–national monument of culture, impressive with its artistic decoration, with many well preserved original murals.You will also see the Byzantine and medieval fortifications, the 15th century mosque. In the afternoon after lunch transfer to Yambol. Check-in at hotel and refresh yourself and let’s go to see the opening of the installation “Kukerlandia” (optional). Overnight.
Day 3 - YAMBOL CITY TOUR+JUNIOR MUMMERS
After breakfast you will see the children’s folklore holiday “I am a little mummer”. Together with the talented local kids you can admire how sweet and frightening the children can be. In the afternoon get to know this charming town with a sightseeing tour. See The “Bezisten” (covered bazaar) which is the only such Ottoman institution still extant in Bulgaria. Built in 1509-1510 it is one of the largest structures in Yambol. Close by is the well preserved Eski Mosque- nowadays home of an art gallery. See the local community hall and theater, named on the famous Bulgarian artist Nevena Kokanova. Visit the biggest church in town - St.Nikolay and St.Georgi, dated back in 1737 which has a unique wooden iconostasis from the masters of Debar school. Visit the local History museum and the only of it’s kind “Museum of battle glory” where you can see tanks and guns used during the World wars. You will find also a unique self-propelled anti-tank gun Jagdpanzer L48 , which is one of the six preserved in the world, got into the Bulgarian army, probably as a trophy during the fighting in Hungary or Austria. Overnight.
Day 4 - YAMBOL - KABILE - YAMBOL
In the morning you will have free time to explore on your own the everyday life in this town. Taste the products of local makers of wines, meat and dairy products from the bazaar “Wine and appetizers masquerade”. In the afternoon you will be taken to the village of Kabile. See the recreation of mummers games traditions in Tundzha municipality. After the show you will visit the local museum and see the antique town of Kabile. The open air excavations include remains of basilicas and churches, fortified walls and public buildings. The findings from the region are exhibited in the archaeological museum of the reservation. After its visit you will go back to Yambol. In the evening a concert will be held in the city center. Overnight.
Day 5 - KUKERLANDIA FESTIVAL
In the morning watch the “defile” of the mummer groups which are not part of the competition but deserve your attention. After the stylish revue you can see the famous “kukersko horo” or the special dance of the mummers which is the main force together with the costumes, scaring the bad spirits and keeping them away from this land. Afterwards the real competition is starting on the main square. In the afternoon you can visit the local Art Gallery to see the photo contest “Kukerlandia”. Free evening. Overnight.
Day 6 - KUKERLANDIA FESTIVAL
In the morning after breakfast we will go to observe the second part of the competition for the award “Mummer team of 2016”. In the afternoon let’s enjoy the closing concert of Festival Kukerlandia 2016 will start. Free evening. Overnight.
Day 7 - YAMBOL - SOFIA AIRPORT
In the morning you will depart to Sofia international airport. Flight back home.