The lands which nowadays are populated with Bulgarians have long and reach history. Photography tour dedicated to the historical and cultural patrimony of Bulgaria offers an opportunity for shooting of archeological remains from different epochs, religious sanctuaries – churches and monasteries, old well preserved or repaired settlements transformed in reserves as for instance Nessebar, Sozopol, Koprivshtitsa etc.
Some of the offered itineraries include photo sessions in small, remote villages, where life has not changed a lot during the last decades. There we could take local traditions and people.
Depending on the season, photography tours for special festival or authentic event could be shot, as for instance the Christmas masquerades in Petrich and Pernik.
If interesting, photography tours could be organized for shooting of different ethnicities in Bulgaria demonstrating their specific traditions.
Into focus of these photography tours is the man and his cultural environment.
The duration of photography tours could be 4 days (long weekend), 1 week or 10 days.
I. Example of photography tour long weekend kind
Such photography tour may be organized in the region of Veliko Tarnovo.
This is one of the most ancient towns in Bulgaria. Its history starts about 5 thousand years ago, while the first evidences for life on its territories are dated the third millennium B.C and were found on the hill Trapezitsa. The ancient part of Veliko Tarnovo – the royal palace from the times the town was capital of The Second Bulgarian Empire , is situated on 3 hills – Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora.
Objects of shooting – Architectural and historical reserve Tsarevets, village of Arbanasy – architectural reserve, SS. Forty Martyrs church, St. Demetrius of Thessalonica church, St. Ivan Rilski church, SS. Peter and Paul church, Samovodene handcrafts street. Audio-visual spectacle “Sound and light” is unique attraction in Europe.
Passes trough the town Yantra river, which forms beautiful meanders.
II. Example of photography tour with 1 week duration
Sofia – Plovdiv – Eastern Rodhopes – Stara Zagora – Veliko Tarnovo – Sofia
Sо̀fia is the biggest town and capital of Bulgaria. It is situated in the north-western part of the country at the food of the mountain Vitosha et it is the main administrative, industrial, transport, cultural and university center of Bulgaria. The town has and interesting ancient part consisting of mixture of styles with predominant architecture from fifties and sixties of last century.
Plovdiv is situated in the central part of Upper Thracian Plain on the two banks of the Maritsa river. In the city plenty of antic monuments have been preserved among which the Ancient Amphitheater, the Roman Odeon, the Agora (Roman Forum), the Roman Stadium the late ancient building Eyerne and others.
The city has very well preserved old part, superb for photo sessions.
Eastern Rodhopes make part of Rodhopes mountain. Unlike western and central parts, the eastern part of the mountain has mainly low mountain and hilly relief (suitable for landscape photography). Through the mountain flows Arda river, which forms marvelous rock meanders and canyons. Eastern Rodhopes are also famous for originating of megalith culture, because this region has the biggest number of megalith monuments remained form the Thracian civilization – Perperikon, Tatul and others (suitable for archeology photography). The population of Eastern Rodhopes is mixed and consists of Bulgarians, ethnic Turks, gypsies, Armenians and Bulgaro-mahometans. The region is renowned for the perfect tolerance between the different ethnicities (suitable for cultural and ethnographic photography)
Stа̀ra Zagо̀ra is a town in Southern Bulgaria, one of the biggest and modern Bulgarian towns, as well as an important business center with large variety of objects for shooting – ancient remains, old urban environment, integrated in modern urban landscape.
Veliko Tarnovo – see above
III. Example of photography tour with 10 days duration
Sofia – Plovdiv – Eastern Rodhopes – Stara Zagora – Tryavna – Gabrovo – Elena – Veliko Tarnovo – Sofia
The town is situated in the valley widening of Trevnenska river, at the northern foot of Triavna mountain in about 20 km to the east of Gabrovo.
The houses and the architectural reserve have kept their authentic look with all those wood-carving workshops and small old shops that the roofs are covered with tile-stones. This is also the style of the church in the city.
The city of Gabrovo is situated at the foot of the mountain Stara Planina. Not far away form the city is the tourist land Uzana, where, after relevant measurements, the geographical center of Bulgaria has been pointed. Gabrovo is 25 km long, while in some places the width is only 1 km. From photography point of view, the city is interesting with its options for urban photography and unique urban mixture of architectural styles, typical for the times before the liberation, the epoch of communism and nowadays.
In 18th and 19th century the city is a crafts, trade and cultural center. Elena is called “Bulgarian Bethlehem”, because during the revival epoch it has three churches. Nowadays, the city offers wonderful opportunities for shooting of old houses and preserved city architecture from the middle of 18th century, churches and monasteries and delightful nature, just in close proximity.
The trips may be used as a Fly & Drive programmes. We help with the whole organization and bookings and you travel and discover the country on your own.
We provide you with full information, route and descriptions to let you feel the magic of this small country, which was given piece of each earthly wealth and blessing