Day 1: Arrival. Transfer to the village of Oreshak close to the legendary Troyan Monastery. Accommodation is in a typical village house with a lovely fruit garden in the back yard.
Day 2: Morning cooking lesson - "Banitsa" (typical Bulgarian breakfast prepared with eggs, cheese and phyllo pastry and baked in the oven). How to make homemade cheese lessons in the afternoon.
Day 3: Lunch cooking lesson - "Tarator" (cold soup made of yogurt, water, cucumber, garlic, walnut and dill) and "Moussaka" (classic Bulgarian meal prepared with potatoes, minced meat, onion, eggs, spices and Bulgarian yogurt on the side). Evening cooking lesson - "Stuffed peppers" (fresh peppers filled with minced meat and rice).
Day 4: Visits to the revival town of Tryavna, the open-air museum of Bulgarian crafts near Gabrovo and the Valley of Thracian kings (including a visit the famous Kazanlak tomb, one of the UNESCO sights in Bulgaria).
Day 5: The Renaissance town of Old Plovdiv tour in the morning including the Archaeological museum, the Roman amphitheater, "St. Constantin and Helena" church and "Nedkovich" house. Extensive afternoon visit to "Starata Izba" winery in the village of Parvenets, where you can taste some local wines such as "Mavrud" as well as popular sorts such as "Chardonnay" and "Merlot".
Day 6: A great drive through the mystic Rila mountain and a visit to the little Pomak market (offering homemade jam and honey, fresh cheese and yogurt, dried mushrooms and herbs) just on top of Yundola pass. Visit to the Old church in Dobarsko village. Evening performance by the famous "Dobarsko Grandmothers" - Bulgarian folk music and dancing.
Day 7: Visit to Rila Monastery (regarded as one of Bulgaria's most important cultural, historical and architectural monuments). Departure to Sofia.
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