Day excursions include transport, tour guide, museum fees, and lunch.  All day excursions are walking tours.  Pricing will be announced later on the website.

Where: Koprivshtitsa
When: 16 & 18 August, 8:30 – 18.30 Local time
In Koprivshtitsa, one can see the largest collection of kene – needle lace, in which horse hair is sewn to give the product rigidity. There are 7 museums in the city that can be visited in one day. In two of them, complex and perfect samples of needle lace elements are presented, made with thin threads with unique shapes. Back in the day there was such a large production that they regularly sent goods to be sold in Istanbul. Photo credits – Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria

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Where: Zlatitsa
When: 16 & 18 August, 8:30 – 18.30 Local time
Zlatitsa is a small Sub-Balkan town, whose name comes from the gold deposits in its surrounding area. A rich collection of needle lace will be presented in the exhibition hall of the cultural center during the days of the Congress. These are ornaments for ritual clothes, headdresses and elements of the traditional women’s costume typical of the area.

Where: Kalofer – A day in nature
When: 16 & 18 Aug, 8:30 – 18.30 Local time
Visiting:
Eco – Trail Byala Reka (White river); Male monastery “St. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin”; Outdoor traditional BBQ style lunch
Located in the picturesque valley on the banks of the Byala Reka, surrounded by the hills of Stara Planina, is the 17th century Kalofer Monastery, “St. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin.” A few steps away is the beginning of Eco-trail Byala Reka where you can have a relaxing walk through one the most beautiful national parks in the central Balkan area. Whether you learn about the wildlife of the area or just enjoy the peace of nature, this walking tour will definitely be an experience you won’t forget. Lunch will be an outdoor traditional BBQ style lunch.

Where: Plovdiv (included in the Lace tour)
When: 16 & 18 August, 8:30 – 18.30 Local time
Plovdiv is one of the cultural capitals of Europe. In addition to the multi-layered thousand-year-old archaeological sites and natural features, there is an interesting historical circumstance that led to the introduction of needle lace. It is the settlement of a large group of Armenian refugees in the city at the beginning of the twentieth century, who brought a different version of this type of lace. In the Ethnographic Museum there are many traditional clothes from different historical periods decorated with needle lace.

Where: Kazanlak
When: 16 Aug, 8:30 – 18.30 Local time
Visiting:  Damascene Ethnographic Complex; The Valley of the Thracian Rulers; Kazanlak, Otsrusha, Shushmanets and Golyama Kosmatka tombs
In the heart of Bulgaria, between the mountains Stara Planina and Sredna Gora lies the Valley of Roses, world renowned for the production of rose oil, also called ’liquid gold.’ But in the heart of Rose Valley, there is another, more ancient treasure being unraveled with every passing day – the Valley of Thracian Kings. There you will be able to see Thracian tombs, temples and sanctuaries, gold, silver and bronze craftsman masterpieces as well as unique frescoes and paintings left as a heritage by the ancient Thracians. Visit: Damascene Ethnographic Complex; The Valley of the Thracian Kings; Kazanlak, Otsrusha, Shushmanets and Golyama Kosmatka tomb. This program may be subject to change, due to unforeseen circumstances.

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