Our first stop is the village of Kostandovo, where we have the privilege of meeting talented women who work at a thriving carpet factory. This factory provides employment for numerous women in the area, and they produce hand-made carpets of exceptional quality using organic materials and dyes. Their craftsmanship is truly remarkable, and it is no wonder that their clients include distinguished names such as the British Royal Family, Tony Blair, the “Albert” Museum in Vienna, Dutch Queen Beatrix, Mick Jagger, and many others.
Next, we embark on a romantic adventure aboard the Rhodopi narrow-gauge railway. This scenic ride treats us to awe-inspiring mountain views, as we pass through tunnels, curves, and valleys, including the highest railway station on the Balkan Peninsula – Avramovo, situated at an impressive 1267 meters above sea level.
Continuing our journey to Bansko, we’ll switch to a bus for the remaining ride. Along the way, we have a delightful treat in store – a visit to the village of Gorno Draglishte, where warm hospitality awaits us in a family home. Here, we’ll enjoy a cooking class on traditional Bulgarian meals, preparing our very own Bulgarian-style dinner. As we savor our delicious creation, we’ll engage in a friendly chat with the local village ladies, who will also enchant us with their beautiful songs.
Our overnight stay is in Bansko, the renowned winter resort that rests at the foot of three majestic mountains – Rila, Pirin, and the Rhodopes. Nestled in cozy comfort, we are perfectly positioned to enjoy the natural wonders and warm hospitality that this region has to offer.
Accommodations: Premier Luxury Mountain Resort (Breakfast, Dinner)