Season 9 Episode 4 | 25m | Video has closed captioning. Join writer and host Rick Steves as he experiences the local culture, cuisine, and fun in some of Europe's most interesting places. This marketplace is a listing of creative services and experiences that Rick Steves guides are offering during the COVID-19 crisis to earn some income by entertaining, educating, and inspiring our travelers. Title Author Replies Last Post ; Best rural home base for Tuscany? My other Wow was realizing that communism was not something that far removed from current day. Then we'll feast with a family and get our cultural bearings in … One of the questions from a young man was whether or not it was true that American teachers had to carry guns. "The wow moment of this trip from a positive perspective was the behind the scenes exhibits at Rila Monastery. We had a wonderful experience on our second Rick Steves tour. I really enjoyed this tour. Bus: 4 hours. Love Stefan!! Rick Steves’ Romania visit took place in the summer of 2016, commencing in the country’s vibrant capital of Bucharest. & Roman road, Serdika subway station, impressive.". Join your guide and group at 4 p.m. today in our Sofia hotel for a "Welcome to Bulgaria" get-together. My Account . We'll also wander about the cities of Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, and Plovdiv. Supplement $625. Title Author ... Rick Steves Tour to Bulgaria - presents for school kids: negin: 2: 02/12/20 07:59 PM: Time flies when you're enjoying Bulgaria! I had not been anywhere like Bulgaria before. Sleep in Sofia. Related travel information and message boards on www.ricksteves.com. "The preschool graduation at which the town mayor spoke and awarded diplomas to the children. Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Should I say the sunset on the Black Sea, the Bulgarian Renaissance architecture, or the monastery in the mountain mist? Our guide Stefan is passionate! Rick Steves’ Romania visit can be defined by three short remarks: “amazing sights”, “endearing people”, and “rich memories”. All of Bulgaria seemed very beautiful to me. "The two musical performances toward the end.". We watched for over an hour.". The enthusiasm and intricacy of the dancing, the beautiful traditional costumes, and the music were all incredible.". The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore this modern town and stroll the extensive waterfront park and promenade. “This place is amazing,” cameraman Karel would say. I laughed a lot. Rick traces the country's complex history, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments. The visit to the Roma community was also very enlightening.". "Our group attendance at a preschool graduation ceremony in Glogovo. Excellent, even though our expectations were high given the positive reviews. Comments. And the royal banquet, with the gods, musicians, servants, horses. I know Stefan well. The wine was also great and the food was good. We were looking for a tour that was off the beaten track, to an area that might not have the huge tourist impacts that so many destinations in Western Europe are experiencing. Above: Rick Steves at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. Sleep in Veliko Tarnovo. Bulgaria. Rick Steves is America's leading authority on travel to Europe and beyond. Loved listening to Stefan's pashion for his country.". Italy. Bulgaria and the Balkans are an area that most Americans do not know a lot about. It was our third Rick Steves tour and we really appreciate not having to drive, park, and search for places to stay. We'll wrap up our day by meeting with a local politician and economist, who will answer questions and tell us about issues facing Bulgaria today. Several other wow moments were wandering about Plovdiv and in the village of Koprivshtitsa, listening to Stefan's stories and Professor Krassen Stdsnchev's economic review of not only Bulgaria but Eastern Europe and Europe in general, and the school visit to the small rural village of Dupnitsa.". As the story unfolds, we'll wind our way along narrow cobblestone streets, meeting local artisans along the way, then finally conquer the ruins of one of Europe's mightiest citadels. Bus: 1 hour. 2. It was also interesting to see how Bulgaria is still transitioning in leadership and infrastructure from being under former communist rule to the present democracy. Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. This tour was a fun and informative introduction to a country that is off the radar for most Americans, but shouldn't be. We really enjoyed our trip to Bulgaria. The rest of the day is yours to relax on the beach, stroll around town, take a boat ride on the Black Sea, or sample the local catch direct from the fishermen. To purchase Rick's ebooks, please visit your favorite digital bookseller and search for "Rick Steves." This was a great opportunity to learn about a historically rich part of the world which is not well known to most Americans. Terms of Service | Privacy, Plovdiv walking tour, including Roman Theater. Loved the cultural dances and songs. Very good. No safe. I had an amazing time and learned so much. Amazing place, wonderful drive up the hill, and beautiful countryside. Sleep in Sofia. I choose Stefan's story about how the Bulgarian people rose up and stopped the train to save Jewish lives bound for death camps. Hemingway meal was also excellent. My haunting moment came after their presentation when they were answering our questions and asking their own. No dry eyes in the crowd of proud parents and respectful Americans.". "I loved the monastery high in the mountains, the beautiful church and service, and the tour of the buildings and grounds.". I couldn't grasp ahead of time why we'd stay overnight at Rila Monastery, but I found out it was an amazing experience! "There was more than one "wow". He didn't know the guide or the teacher - just joined in the fun! You'll be warmly welcomed in neighborhood cafés, rustic mountain villages, and humble monasteries. This fifth RS trip was so special! The Bulgarian people were very friendly and seemed pleased when I attempted a few words in Bulgarian. Enjoyed the connection to the people Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. It was a terrific experience, full of pleasant surprises. Rick Steves' Europe. The diversity of geography was amazing - mountains, arid stretches, farmland and the Black Sea coastline. We were fortunate to not only have Stefan, an enthusiastic and passionate Bulgarian as our main guide but also Eszter, an enthusiastic and passionate Hungarian as an assistant guide, and because of this, we learned not only about Bulgaria but also Hungary and how both dealt with the past and are presently dealing with current issues. It was private, front row experience highlighting the culture and traditions of Bulgaria through sand and dance. "My "wow" moment was watching the folk dancing and singing presentation at the cultural center outside of Veliko Tarnovo. Bulgaria, mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as crossroads of the Balkans Rick Steves' Europe | Bulgaria | Season 9 | Episode 4 | GBH Skip to Main Content We'll visit the President's Building, where we'll stop for the changing of the guard, as well as the Sofia Synagogue. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning. And on the top of it we have races with chariots, which is a part of a funeral procession. ", "It was less a moment than a regular feature, during bus rides Stefan shared information on the history and his personal history in Bulgaria that made the trip so much more meaningful.". Visiting the Roma community and the Bulgarian Muslim community were two priceless experiences that would be impossible on our own. I enjoyed walking through the various cities and towns, learning about the history and culture. Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. His knowledge, compassion, forthrightness, and story telling ability provided us with insight we would never have acquired on our own. LinkedIn. This morning we'll visit the remote village of Glogovo — a community that converted to Islam under the Ottoman Turks and has kept that faith ever since. Once the capital city of ancient Thrace, Plovdiv is actually older than Athens and Rome, with archaeological relics dating back 7,000 years. Email . But the fact that our gun violence evoked the question from a young man in Bulgaria is unsettling. We'll get oriented to the bustling town of Varna and settle into our hotel. Stefan was a great tour guide, so knowledgeable and fun to be with! I had a wonderful tour of Bulgaria under the leadership of Stefan. "As always, one "wow" is impossible. Rick Steves shares his extensive knowledge of European history, art and culture. Bulgaria. Radvayte se na pytuvaneto! "The principal "wow" moment was the visit/lunch with a Roma family. Your guide will help get you pointed in the right direction. I went to Bulgaria fairly ignorant - I knew its general history (very, very generally) and where it was located geographically. Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Rick Steves European tours and vacations feature the best value and travel experience around. Rick traces the country's complex history, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments. $4.99. Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. He had seen that on the internet. Should be a day trip and overnight else where. Bulgaria; Romania; Bonus Extra — Rick Steves' Europe: A Symphonic Journey; Turkey & The Holy Land 6 shows, 3½ hours Istanbul; Western Turkey; Central Turkey; Eastern Turkey; Rick Steves' The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today; Egypt; Travel Specials Vol. I took my 5th Rick Steves tour to Bulgaria last year with my 80 year old mother and sister. This trip takes a deep dive into the dramatic history of this land. Join us for the Best of Bulgaria in 12 Days! Tonight we'll enjoy a hearty dinner together and admire the striking night view of Veliko Tarnovo's illuminated citadel across the valley. An excellent example how much I enjoyed the tour is evident now - now that it is two weeks after tour end - I cannot stop thinking about Bulgaria. Start a New Topic. Powerful moment for our senses.". No bus. Stefan did a great job with all aspects; culture, geography, history, life under communism, life after communism, the people, how Bulgaria gets along with their neighbors etc. The Orthodox churches are quite captivating and beautiful, while Bulgaria's cities have a way of reeling you in. Bulgaria Travel Guide by Rick Steves For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, see our FAQ . by Rick Steves My Favorite Guides in Bulgaria and Romania Since I’ve been filming new TV shows in Bulgaria and Romania, people have been asking if I plan to start running tours or writing guidebooks to this underappreciated corner of Europe. I'm glad it was included in the tour.". With Rick Steves, Andreas Clemens, Georg Reichlmayr, Holger Zimmer. Each city has sights worth seeing, with opportunities for enjoying the scene and hanging out alongside locals, a true back-door experience. See our FAQ | Call Sleep in Sofia. It seemed like we were seeing the same thing over and over again. The one shortcoming was the museum-lecture format that we encountered a number of times. The trip was well-paced, and experiences were varied. Spain is a more complicated country than many realize. Consummate traveler, host and best-selling guidebook author Rick Steves returns for … Our tours are physically active! In this episode, we chat about the 2016 Rick Steves’ Europe episode “Bulgaria.”We'll debate whether Sofia or Plovdiv is the best city in the country, talk about what it's like to visit Budludzha today, and swoon at Rick's updated interpretation of Dad jeans. This was different than past tours in that it seemed more educational. We'll walk from one hill to the next, learning about Veliko Tarnovo's role in the medieval birth of the Bulgarian Kingdom, its 14th-century fall to the Ottoman Turks, and the 19th-century uprising that led to the end of Bulgaria's Ottoman occupation. This morning we'll take a time-tripping walk through Nesebar, learning about its important Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian, and Turkish past — a lot happened in this tiny place! It is a beautiful facility in an amazing setting. Terms of Service | Privacy, Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Bulgaria, Bumpy Ride Through the Balkans ! Wine tasting is always a plus at Bessa Valley and of course all the museums and archeological sites!". Everyone asked us.."Why Bulgaria?" "WOW was commonplace on this trip. Bulgaria. Eric Rubin’s residence and took part in the making of a short promotional video for American tourists coming to Bulgaria. Travel to Bulgaria on a Rick Steves tour! "The view from Hotel Gurko, Veliko Tarnovo, but there were many others close. Tour of Romania with Rick Steves In May and June 2016 we had the chance of having Rick Steves, together with his team, as our guest. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own. Rick's guidebooks are also available as ebooks that can be read on any Apple, Android, Kindle, Nook, or Kobo device, or on your computer. Marketplace Directory. Rick's 48 itineraries include Italy, France, Turkey, Ireland, Britain, Spain, and much more! Then the bed bugs. $3.99 . Tour was well organized. But it turned out that Bulgaria isn't really all that exotic (compared to India, say). Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. Bulgaria is a beautiful country. Group time and free time. I learned so much from him, not only about the incredible depth of history this country has but also about the challenges they face today and the resiliency of the people. Stefan, our guide, was a very passionate and knowledgeable ambassador for his country. Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. American travel authority Rick Steves guides viewers through his favorite European cities. Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Loved visiting the school. We appreciate the balance between organized and free time. He spoke with such passion and feeling that I got tears in my eyes!". Season 9 of Rick Steves' Europe features ten all-new TV shows. During the shoot, the “surprising” theme quickly became a running joke. "Why Bulgaria?" Monday, May 7, 2018 By Jennifer Robinson. Being introduced to a little known nation was fantastic. Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Our tour buddies were inquisitive and our guide, Stefan, was engaging and enthusiastic about introducing us to his country and culture. "My favorite "wow moment"; visiting with the children. Bus: 7 hours. Before posting, please read our Community Guidelines. Twitter. Watch with Prime. shipping: + $2.80 shipping . But they don't…so it isn't. per person + air, Single Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements and transfers are completely up to you. Here's a reminder of the fun that awaits us in Europe at the other end of this crisis. Unfortunately, my wife had a bad cold, with cough and sinus, from near the beginning, and I picked it up. So much variety: architecture, languages/alphabets, food, cats, terrain, etc. As you read this, consider the parallels to the American story. Be on your feet, walking and standing, for up to three hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions. With a prime location at the intersection of civilizations–going all the way back to antiquity–it has an unusually rich cultural heritage. We'll also enjoy the structures that Plovdiv is proudest of: the old town's unique collection of elegant, pastel-pretty "Bulgarian Renaissance" homes from the 19th century, followed by a visit to the Dzhumaya Mosque, the oldest in Bulgaria. Then you can "follow the yellow brick road" (Sofia has one) to explore the bustling market hall and more of the city's center on your own. When tours start again, what are the top tours on your bucket list. This is a moderately active tour! It broadened my understanding of these people.". We had a very nice time in Bulgaria. We got the see a lot of Bulgaria's beautiful countryside, MANY churches, and archeology museums. This time we're high in the Swiss Alps. Then we'll continue on to Plovdiv, one of Bulgaria's most delightful cities, where we'll enjoy dinner together. Great image of Bulgarian people and culture!". At first they couldn’t figure out why I wanted to go to Bulgaria. We got to see many Christian Orthodox Churches that really amaze me, beautiful countryside, historical and community. Thank you for the incredible tour created by all of Rick Steves’ office to make Bulgaria such an extraordinary itinerary, including meetings with Bulgarian people. Being in the travel business, we have dear friends in many countries. The Black Sea is beautiful, "The show put on by the kids in the first school and the walk through the Roma community Create a SoundCloud account Sign in Bulgarian tour guide Stefan Bozadzhiev gives Rick a quick look at what makes his country an exotic and fun destination for the curious traveler since Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007. All along the way, your guide will connect you with people who make their country's history, art, culture, and hospitality come to life. Although it was not their first visit to Romania, it was the first time they were about to produce a travel documentary about Bucharest, Transylvania, and Maramures. Walking the streets of Sofia and roads of the Roma neighborhood in Dupnitsa, as well as the diverse other towns and villages, each with its own story and culture. It was great! Steves Garden Tales Poetic Stories from by Roper, Stephen G.-ExLibrary. "The poverty witnessed at the Roma part of town (forgot which town). Today we'll take a walking tour to uncover Sofia's intriguing past and present. Rila is a great day trip but no tour should overnight there.". One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying while on tour in the Documents section of your tour account. Most days are light to moderately paced, but two days are strenuous, with 2–8 miles of walking, lots of stairs, and hilly terrain. Start a New Topic. Spartan is fine, but every fixture in the bathroom perpetually leaked [INVALID] including the base of the toilet which kept the floor soaked. I came away loving this land and looking at how in spite of its twists and turns through history, its people are kind, culture colorful, food so tasty - and the wine - how had I never heard about Bulgarian wine before?!?! It is a wonderful country to explore! Rick Steves. Rick Steves' Germany and Scandinavia DVD 2000-2007 (Rick Steves) $3.99. Stefan and our bus driver conducted a very efficient and interesting tour. Dupnitsa: The bus pulled up in front of the school and a little girl wearing a dress, white tights, flowers in her hair, and a huge smile climbed the fence to greet us. Today we'll drive up and over the green Balkan Range to one of Europe's most dramatically situated towns: Bulgaria's medieval capital of Veliko Tarnovo. Rick Steves. Host and writer of over a hundred public television travel shows and author of 30 best-selling guidebooks, Rick now brings his passion for exploring and understanding our world to public radio. I only check "very good" as the night in Rila Monastery was miserable. Post questions and answers about travel in Italy. "Only one?! RICK STEVES' EUROPE offers a fresh perspective on the best travel advice, including where to stay, what to see and how to get around in Europe. Rick Steves Eastern Europe. Bulgaria surprised us in many ways. Watch Rick Steves' Europe - Season 9, Episode 4 - Bulgaria: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story "In Veliko Tarnovo we did a cooking demonstration. We were also surprised by the amount of Bulgarian history that we covered. Extremely informative and educational. We'll take a tour of this 14th-century architectural treasure and its fabulous frescoes before heading to our countryside hotel near Rila, where we'll enjoy dinner together. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Bulgaria, so subservient to Mother Russia throughout its 45-year-long communist nightmare, had more than its share of these propaganda statues. Such great experiences with individual families. Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. Absolutely awesome. We now have a much better understanding of Bulgaria's history, culture, geography, and present issues. Stefan: Absolutely! Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. the history of Russian rule was quite informative. I enjoyed having the opportunity to hear from the school principal and observe her love and concern for the students. We'll end our day with dinner together along the seaside in the lovely little island town of Nesebar — dotted with Byzantine churches and even a windmill — and connected to the rest of Bulgaria by only a narrow isthmus. It was interesting visiting the Roma and Muslim communities to understand fully the country. Go to 11. The thing that stood out the most for me was the personal interactions we had with the people of Bulgaria. It was an excellent experience. Romania. Evening meal Sep. (paid by R.Steves) was average, and of limited quantity (unusual for Bulgaria). Yes, I would go back to Bulgaria. Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium: Room basic. Thoroughly enjoyed it. "Looking out the window of our Veliko Tarnovo hotel room at a behemoth Communist monument and trying to grasp a political system where the individual is so insignificant. The room tours were fascinating - of history and local knowledge.". My husband Lee liked Varna city where we watched the sunset on the Black sea. I feel that I've experienced Bulgaria! The tour was well paced and the accommodations were great. It was in 2000 that his second show “Rick Steves’ Europe” made its debut, and since then he has reported from countries and cities across Europe, such as France, Bulgaria, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, England, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Italy and others. :)". We’ll trace the country’s complex history, from ancient Thracian tombs to medieval Orthodox Christian monasteries to Soviet monuments. This morning we depart the countryside for the city of Plovdiv, stopping where merchants from Troy journeyed 4,000 years ago: a Bessa Valley winery. Sleep in Plovdiv. I enjoyed watching and then joining the folkloric dance group. Rick Steves I have an affinity for Bulgaria — so overlooked and underappreciated, and yet so charming in a Slavic way. They are proof that kids are the same everywhere. I was troubled by the poverty I saw, but amazed by the resilience of the people. Bulgaria, so mysterious to most Americans, has a vivid identity as a crossroads of the Balkans. Saw a lot of churches and architectural museums 4.7 out of 5 stars 96. It also had the worst accommodations. I really enjoyed this tour. That was a powerful moment, really mind boggling, and a poignant reminder of what can occur when democracy dies. Endearing, surprising Bulgaria is a rewarding and all-too-often-overlooked destination. They were wonderful and our lunch in a Roma home was good. A local person driving up the street stopped in front of the taverna, saw us dancing, put the car in park and came in to dance with us a few times around the circle. The churches were quite interesting. Learned so very much about Bulgaria history, politics and culture. Stefan was funny AND interesting. David leads Rick Steves tours in Italy and offers Italian culture classes, Italian language lessons, and live Zoom concerts with his acoustic guitar trio, Bartender. Sleep in Veliko Tarnovo. Free shipping . Oct. 13, 2016 Updated: Oct. 13, 2016 4:34 p.m. Facebook Twitter Email. shipping: + $2.80 shipping . Sleep in Varna. With both of his parents history teachers in the Communist era he provided honest and open insight into Bulgaria's tumultuous past and present. Sleep in Nesebar. We were not disappointed. HOTEL COMMENTS START HERE (not enough room below!) So were a lot of other churches.". This Bulgaria Tour was the perfect choice! With Rick Steves. Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. And the royal banquet, with the gods, musicians, servants, horses. "I loved meeting the Roma students in Dupnitsa at the local school and hearing them speak in English, sing and dance for us. 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