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Full Day Rhodope Mountains from Plovdiv - Bachkovo, Shiroka Laka and Vacha Dam

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Stop At: Bachkovo Monastery, 10km south of Asenovgrad on the main road between Assenovgrad and Smolyan, Bachkovo 4251 Bulgaria

Our first stop will be Bachkovo Monastery – the second in size and importance monastery in Bulgaria. Build as a center of Georgian
monasticism the cloister witnessed the great struggles between the Byzantine Empire and the Bulgarian Kingdom. It served as a clashing point of many cultures and religions, finally to came under the authority of the Bulgarian Exarchate in 1894. Follow your leader, who is by profession an art historian, to understand more
about the history and symbolism embedded in the beautiful murals on the church walls and the rich collections of jewelry, coins, and old manuscripts preserved in the library.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Town Hall Shiroka Laka, Широка Лъка, ул. Капитан Петко Войвода 48, 4710 Shiroka laka, Bulgaria

Entering the central parts of the Rhodope Mountains, we will stop by the architectural village of Shiroka Laka, immersing ourselves in the authentic lifestyle of its dwellers. The old houses perched on both sides of the river bed represent the typical traits of the region’s architecture style. You will have the opportunity to pop in some of the well-preserved houses and admire the beauty of their detailed wooden interiors. As the birthplace of the magical Rhodope music, Shiroka Laka will reveal the secrets of the unique method of folklore singing and back pipe playing which originated in this area centuries ago.
During such a cultural encounter, it is not possible to miss learning about the mystical culinary traditions of the local people. You will be welcomed in a traditional house for lunch where your hosts will enchant you with their stories and delicious specialties.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Municipality Krichim, Krichim, Obedinenie 3, 4220 Krichim, Bulgaria

The last stop for the day will be the gorgeous Vacha dam, raising with the highest dam wall in the country – 144.5 meters. The reservoir is situated in the stunning gorge of river Vacha. Enjoy your afternoon tea/coffee break in this peaceful atmosphere and take your moment to feel the power of mother nature and the mesmerizing beauty of its creations.

Duration: 30 minutes
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