Bulgarian Mountains & Slow Food

29th July - 4th August 2019


Bulgaria is one of these countries, which is not typically on the list of your first 5 choices when it comes to thinking about holidays. But let me tell you, it should be Number One !

 

What can you expect in this week:

- Wild, pristine, untouched nature

- Long hikes to reconnect with yourself and nature

- Experiencing true slow food, visiting local producers of truly organic vegetables as well as natural wines

- Home cooking of great soulful vegan and raw food in our unique mountain accomodations

- Managing long hikes on simple, yet powerful raw food supplies

- Meeting local Bulgarians and experience local culture and food

- Visiting some of the most stunning natural and cultural inheritage sights without the regular tourism

 

This trip is not about all or nothing, it's a combination of everything beautiful, this country has to offer. We will have long days of hiking in solitude, eating detoxing simple raw food like the freshest ripest fruits and vegetables in season, locally produced raw food bread, tahini, olives etc. and going to places of stunning natural beauty as well outside for your eyes as well as inside in yourself. We will prepare simple, yet delicious meals together, working with what we have, partly raw, partly cooked, always full of nutrients and taste. 

 

On other days, we will break up this journey and mingle into the local culture, visiting local vegetable farms, natural wine producers, small Bulgarian towns and meet locals, have slow food meals prepared by locals, eat at one of Europes best vegan restaurant in Sofia and meet with the owner, and more. 

 

This trip is truly unique. You will learn about raw & vegan food, food culture, natural wines, Bulgarian culture and be immersed in one of the few remaining worlds centers of superior nature energy, comparably found in places like Machu Pichu in Peru, but without the masses of tourists. 

 

Price: 1449,- €

(including transfer, accomodation, trips and all the basic meals, excluding flight)

 

Interested? Please inquire now

 


Detailed Itinerary (from 2018 trip, the exact 2019 itinerary will be updated closer to the trip)

 

Day 1: Welcome in Sofia

 

Around 15:00 : Leaving Sofia to drive to our first destination a not too distant beautiful cottage, close to a lake 

Evening: Home cooking and getting to know each other 

 

Day 2: Exploring the Area

 

After breakfast We will have a beautiful day of hiking and enjoying the lakes of this area. Natural beauty all around.

An easy day of arrival, calming down and preparing of what's ahead of us. 

Home cooking at the cottage. 

 

Day 3: Rila Mountains

 

We leave our first location and make our way to the majestic Rila Mountains. There we hike up to our accommodation,

depending on the group level from easy to advanced hike, we see how the group decides.
One the way there are also other possibilities, we keep a level of flexibilities so we can adjust based on the group. All 

options are always just wonderful again. 

The night we will spend winding down in the mountain hotel to local food and wine and good conversations. 
 

Day 4: 7 Lakes

 

options After breakfast we take off to our big hike, exploring the 7 lakes. Natural beauty and gorgeous majestic scenery will be 

all around us all day. On the way, we will pass one of the most famous mountain huts, Vazov's place, an experience of its own. 

After our great hike, we will make our way to our destination for the night: One of the many amazing and all naturally working

Bulgarian wineries, where we enjoy a tour of the vineyards, and exclusive tour of the house cellars, and of course get to taste some 

of their most special bottles all accompanied with specially prepared local food for us. 

 

Day 5+6: Calming down and hiking: Raw Vega Cottage and the Rhodopi Mountains

 

After breakfast, we can make our way to visit beautiful old Plovdiv, which this year is the European Cultural Capital because of it's history and its sheer beauty. 
We can enjoy some vegan food at the local bars and some stunning views from the amphitheatre. 
From Plovdiv, we will transfer to the Rhodopi Mountains that day, where we will spend the last two nights at the Raw Vega Mountain cottage of Sofia. There we will be able to make simple and delicious raw food meals with what the season has to offer , meaning the freshest tomatoes and cucumbers at that time, grapes, pears, peaches and so much more. On the way to there, we will stop at the Zagreus winery, Bulgaria's top rated award winning vineyard, where we can sample and get some of their very special wines for our last cottage evenings. 

From the raw vega cottage we will do several hikes to the holy springs, the old inscriptions of Sitovo and the ancient ruins of Studa Grada, a place that has been compared to the powerful magic of Machu Pichu. 

 

Day 7 Farewell

 

After Breakfast and enjoying our last morning in the mountains, we will have a little walk in beautiful Plovdiv, European Capital of Culture 2019. Some guests also choose to stay in Plovdiv for one or two extra nights and leave by themselves from there. Otherwise, there is the option of transferring back to Sofia. 

 

What others say about it

Mein Wort für diese Reise ist: Dankbarkeit!

Dankbar, dass ich an dieser unglaublich wunderschönen, atemberaubenden und ereignisreichen Reise teilnehmen konnte.

Ich bin mit wenigen Erwartungen nach Bulgarien gekommen und wurde mit so tollen Dingen beschenkt. Die tolle Reisegruppe, die schönen und lustigen und auch tiefgründigen Gespräche am Abend, das leckere Essen, die vorzüglichen Weine und die Wanderungen zu den schönsten Flecken von Bulgarien.

DANKBARKEIT passt hier echt gut. Danke an Sofia, Boris, Jivko und die wunderbaren und liebevollen Teilnehmer der Reise!

Maik Hausmann, August 2019

 

Bulgarien – eine Reise der besonderen Wahrnehmung

Traumhafte Bergwelten, unberührte Natur und duftende Wälder, die man über teilasphaltierte Pisten erreicht, die nur entfernt mit Straßen verwandt sein können.

Unternehmerische Einzel-Initiativen, die prosperieren und in krassem Gegensatz zu zerfallenden Anwesen in fast leerstehenden Dörfern angesiedelt sind.

Eindrucksvolle sakrale Kunst der Orthodoxie und die üppigen Bürgerhäuser von Plovdiv aus dem 19. Jahrhundert in mittelbarer Nachbarschaft zu den Plattenbauten der Nachkriegszeit.

Warmherzige Gastfreundschaft, konterkariert durch politische Hoffnungslosigkeit.

All dies sind die wahrgenommenen Gegensätze unserer Reise durch den Südwesten Bulgariens, dasRila-Gebirge, die Rhodopen, Sofia, Plovdiv und das beeindruckende Weingut Santa Yustina.

Eine empfehlenswerte Reise, auf der wir neue Freunde gewonnen haben!

 

Reinhard und Sabine im August 2019


The Crew

Sofia Markov

 

Sofia was born and raised in Bulgaria. In her childhood, she was very inspired by the work of Petar Danow, who was reaching out to people to connect them more with the divine and God. For Sofia, this inspiration and his work ultimately brought about her mission and passion today: To help people reconnect to nature and themselves, and therefore to others and the whole world. 

Sofia knows Bulgarias most energetic and naturally most powerful places where she will bring us to get in touch with the true power of nature and our own inner self. The beauty of it: She does it with lots of fun and a lightness so don't expect a silent and sad tour, but an invigorating and powerful journey where there is room for all emotions. 

Boris Lauser

 

Boris is a passionate raw food chef as well as a passionate traveller. His 9 years+ experience in creating high end gourmet raw food have been appreciated in his private Berlin dinner club just as well as in resorts in Bali, Thailand or Austria, where he developed menus and trained staff. His Raw Chef Academy has been booked out ever since he opened up in 2014. Being a passionate traveller, Boris loves to explore local food traditions, local producers and just about anything around food in new countries. Boris will be your culinary guide throughout this trip, preparing with you some delicious raw food as well as introducing you to local foods and products including award winning natural wines and some of the best vegan and vegetarian food places Bulgaria has to offer. 

 

Jivko (co-founder of Soul Kitchen, Sofia)

 

was born in Sofia, Bulgaria! He deeply believes in the power of nature and the human capability to heal yourself through proper diet and physical and spiritual activity. His encounter with some serious diseases as Hashimoto Thyreoiditis, Prediabetes and a stroke completely changed his life. He switched to an entirely plant based diet, pure to the highest degree and carefully selected. He devoted himself to spiritual practice and tibetan buddhist meditation. His diseases gradually disappeared and this life experience has motivated him to help others through his compassionate activity.

His mission in life is to create foods, containing the purest and the most useful ingredients possible, which help prevent disease and preserving human health. Jivko admires his roots and the spiritual traditions of Bulgaria and he is inspired by the knowledge, monuments and traditions left by his ancestors.