Wine: North of the Balkan Mountains

The region of Veliko Tarnovo is known for a bitter wine, pelin, flavoured with wormwood, chief ingredient also in the French absinthe. Located on the Yantra River, Veliko Tarnovo was…

Cumans in Bulgaria

The Cumans are today largely forgotten, but in medieval times they had a serious impact on European history. This Turkic-speaking people spread from north of the Black Sea into the…

Spring in the Mountains

The Balkan Mountains with lush, green valleys and picturesque little towns and villages are the home of culture, wines and delicious food. We visit the medieval capital of Bulgaria, Veliko…

Veliko Tarnovo

Visit Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanasi with us for two days, starting from Varna. The mediaeval capital of Veliko Tarnovo and the village of Arbanasi nearby are important sights in Bulgaria,…

Władysław in Varna 1444

In a trip following the last Crusaders to the Balkans, we start from Varna where their last battle against the Ottomans took place on 10 November 1444. Here we visit…

Monasteries in the Balkan Mountains

Sredna Gora, the “Middle Mountains”, situated between the Balkan and Rhodope mountain chains, is also called the Athos or Holy Mountains of Bulgaria. Here you can find several monasteries and…

Wine Roads

North and south of the Balkan Mountains – wine tastings, culinary experiences and enjoyable cultural visits. North of the mountains – the ancient capitals of Bulgaria, including medieval town of…