This schedule represents the plan of how each group is going to spend the days on our culture travel tours for photography enthusiasts. This schedule is for reference purposes only and it may change according to weather conditions, participants feedback and so on.

Guests for the photowalks groups are expected to arrive sometime on Sunday. The actual phootwalks tour begins on Monday morning.

All guests will be met at the airport (SOF) and then will be accommodated at the hotel in Sofia. The current choice is ‘Ibis Sofia Airport” in Sofia. This will allow our guests to gather, and for us to be more flexible about guests’ arriving times.

For anyone who arrives early on Sunday, we have tours organized in Sofia city, to keep you busy and entertained. This is a complimentary tour, all you will have to do is express your desire to spend time in the city with our guide

Each day we offer to our guests the opportunity to shoot pictures during the “Golden Hours” and ‘Blue Hours”. The time of this activity depends on the day, month and sometimes it is restricted by other activities that we will be doing as a group. Please use this page as a reference to determine the times of “Golden Hour” and “Blue Hour” depending on the day and month.

Day 1

TimeLocation/RouteEvent
8:00AM - 9:00AMIbis Sofia AirportGetting up, guests will have to prepare, get their equipment and baggage ready, and check out from the hotel. We will have breakfast before leaving the hotel.
9:00AM - 10:00AMRouteLeaving the hotel. The group will head up for Vitosha Mountain to take pictures of Sofia City from the mountains. The endpoint is Golden Bridges in Vitosha Mountain.
10:00AMGolden Bridges

Route
Arriving at the location. The ride from the hotel to Golden Bridges is about 35 min.
10:00AM - 12:00PMTaking pictures of the Stone Reivers in the Vitosha mountain (Morenite). This is one of the few places where Stone Rivers can be found on Earth.
12:00PM - 12:30PMGo back to the vehicles and quick snack. Getting ready to move to the next location. The goal is to be on the road by 12:30PM.
12:30PM - 1:00PMRouteTravel to Lunch at restaurant “Perfetto”
1:00PM - 2:30PMLunch

This is the first time the group sits together. The Host should use this time to introduce her/himself and make a quick overview of the tour, locations the group will visit and so on.
2:30PM - 4:00PMRouteThe group should arrive late afternoon at “Cob Camp”. Refreshments and quick snacks will be offered en route.
4:00PM - 4:30PMCob CampCheck-in, guests need to settle down, get in their rooms, admin.
4:30PM - 6:30PMBreak, guests take a rest, nothing organized, free time.
6:30PM - 7:30PMThe group should gather at 6:30PM to go over:
1) Rules
2) Safety
3) Security
4) Insurance
5) Waivers (waivers should be signed when they purchase the package, but this is on paper)
7:30PM - 9:00PMDinner
Golden HourBefore the sunset we will get ready to go out in the area and take pictures. We will be taking pictures for as long as the group feels comfortable and then head back to Cob Camp.
~10PMGuests are encouraged to get rest for the night.

Day 2

TimeLocation/RouteEvent
~6:00AM - 7:00AMTime and weather permitting, we will offer to whoever wants to take advantage of getting up early (depends on the actual day) to go out for a photo walk early in the morning and take advantage of the Golden/Blue Hour around Dabravite. Coffee and quick snack will be served, before the photowalk.
8:00AM - 9:00AMBreakfast.
9:00AM - 10:30AMTaking pictures in the camp and around the area.
10:30AM -11:00AMCheck out and prepare to leave for Shiroka Laka.
11:00AMLeave for Shiroka Laka/hotel Kalina.
11:00AM - 12:30PMRouteThe duration of the trip to Shiroka Laka is about 2.5-3 hours. We will stop at different locations for breaks, rest and snacks.

We will stop at this location to take pictures of the Vatcha Reiver Dam
12:30AM - 1:00PMTaking pictures of the Vatcha River Dam
1:00PM - 2:00PMRoute (50min)We plan to have lunch at "Mechana Yourucite" in Devin to have lunch. Expected to arrive there around 2PM.
2:00PM - 3:30PMLunch
3:30PM - 4:00PMThe group should arrive around 4:00PM at hotel “Shiroka Laka”/hotel “Kalina”, check-in and get into their rooms to rest.

Hotel “Kalina” will be base camp for the group for the next couple of days.
4:00PM - 5:00PMGuests take a rest, free time.
5:00PM - 7:00PMTime with the photographer mentor in the group:
1) Review and discuss taken pictures (composition, settings and so on)
2) Lightroom/Photoshop work on the images
7:30PM - 8:30PMDinner
8:30PM - 10:00PMAbout two hours before the sunset we will get ready to go out in the area and take pictures. We will be taking pictures for as long as the group feels comfortable and then head back to the hotel.
~10:00PMGuests are encouraged to get rest for the night.

Day 3

TimeLocation/RouteEvent
~6:00AM - 7:00AMTime and weather permitting, we will offer to whoever wants to take advantage of getting up early (depends on the actual day) to go out for a photo walk early in the morning and take advantage of the Golden/Blue Hour around Shiroka Laka.
Coffee and quick snack will be served, before the photowalk.
8:00AM - 9:00AMBreakfast
9:00AM - 12:00PMAfter breakfast the group will get into a room to review pictures and study. The study starts at 9:00AM until 12:00PM.
This session will include review of pictures taken so far, organizing images and talking how to improve images in Lightroom/Photoshop.
This time will also be used to prepare for the trip in the afternoon.
12:00PM - 1:00PMLunch
1:00PM - 1:30PMThe group gets on the buses and leaves for the trip to Devil’s Throat, Trigrad Gorge, Eagle Eye.
1:30PM - 2:30PMRouteThe trip to Devil’s Throat is about an hour. We are expected to reach the destination around 2:00PM - 2:30PM.
2:30PM - 3:30PMTaking the tour in the Devil’s Throat cave.
3:30PMRouteLeaving for Trigrad Gorge around 3:30PM. Off-road vehicles are to be organized to be ready while the group is taking the tour in the cave.
3:30PM - 4:30PMTaking pictures at/around the Trigrad Gorgelocation
4:30PMRouteLeaving for Eagle’s Eye location around 4:30PM. Refreshments, coffee and snacks will be offered during the trip.
5:00PMArriving at the Eagle’s Eye location
5:00PM - 6:30PMWe spend the next 1-1.5 hours at the Eagle’s Eye and taking landscape pictures.
6:30PM - 7:00PMRouteLeaving Eagle’s Eye around 6:30PM for the Devil’s Throat location and transfer to the busses.
7:00PM - 8:00PMRouteGetting back to Shiroka Laka.
8:00PM - 8:30PMExpected to arrive in Shiroka Laka around 8:30PM. Guests are given about an hour to rest and refresh before dinner.
9:00PMDinner
~10:00PMGuests are encouraged to get rest for the night.

Day 4

TimeLocation/RouteEvent
~6:00AM - 7:00AMTime and weather permitting, we will offer to whoever wants to take advantage of getting up early (depends on the actual day) to go out for a photo walk early in the morning and take advantage of the Golden/Blue Hour around Shiroka Laka. Coffee and quick snack will be served, before the photowalk.
8:00AM - 9:00AMBreakfast
9:00AM - 10:00AMGuests are given time to organize their photos in the morning have a Q&A session with the mentor photographer. This also is the time to prepare for the portrait session.
10:00AM - 12:00PMPortraits session. This may be an organized session inside with a setup or have scheduled session with people from Shiroka Laka.
12:00PM - 1:00PMLunch
1:00PM - 2:00PMIn the afternoon, after lunch, we have session with the photographer to discuss portraits and pictures taken so far. This is feedback to the group to improve their skills.
2:00PM - 2:30PMThe Waterfalls CanyonGetting ready to leave for The Waterfalls Canyon.
2:30PM - 3:30PMRouteTravel from Shiroka Laka to The Waterfalls Canyon.
3:30PM - 7:00PMWe are going to get to the canyons horseback riding.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided at the information center.
We are going to take a walk and take pictures around the lakes for the next couple of hours.
7:00PM - 7:30PMRouteGetting on the busses and going to Smolyan. Having dinner at Rodopchanka.
7:30 - 9:00PMDinnerRodopchanka. The venue has interesting interior and can be used for a quick photo session and taking pictures of the interior, guests taking pictures of themselves or other gusts of Rodopchanka.
9:00PM - 10:00PMRouteWe leave for Shiroka Laka around 9:00PM and are expected to be at the hotel in Shiroka Laka around 9:30PM. We might stop along the way to take pictures.
~10:00PMGuests are encouraged to get rest for the night.

On Day 5 the group leaves Shiroka Laka. The goal is to arrive in Plovdiv same day late afternoon.

On the way to Plovdiv we are going to stop at Chudnite Mostove, Bachkowski Monastery, and Assen’s Fortress.

Day 5

TimeLocation/RouteEvent
~5:00AM - 6:00AMChudnite MostoveWe get up around 5:00AM.
Guests gather their equipment, have breakfast and get on the busses, leaving for Chudnite Mostove.
6:00AM - 7:30AMRouteThe group leaves Shiroka Laka around 6:00AM.
The trip to Chudnite Mostove is about 1.5 hours. We are expected to arrive at the Chudnite Mostove around 7:30AM.
7:30AM - 9:00AMWe spend next 1.5 hours at the location, taking pictures and hiking.
9:00AM - 9:30AMThe group will have refreshments, coffee and quick snacks around 9:00AM. Preparation and leave for Bachkovo Monastery at 9:30AM.
9:30AM - 10:30AMRouteThe trip to Bachkovo Monastery is about an hour. We are expected to arrive at the monastery around 10:30AM.
10:30AM - 12:00PMWe will spend time around the Monastery, taking picture in the Monastery and outside the Monastery.
12:00PM - 1:00PMWe will have lunch at the Monastery. Group should leave the location around 1:00PM heading to Assen’s Fortress.
1:30PM - 2:00PMRouteThe Assen’s Fortress is close to the Monastery and we are expected to be at the location within the next half an hour, before 2:00PM.
2:30PMWe leave for Plovdiv around 2:30PM. We will stay at Hotel Alafrangite in Plovdiv.
2:30PM-3:00PMRouteThe trip to Plovdiv is about 30 minutes. The group is expected to arrive at the hotel around 3:00PM.
3:00PM - 4:00PMCheck-in at the hotel needs to be done by 4:00PM.
4:00PM - 6:00PMRest, refreshments, preparing equipment to go out for a photo walk in Plovdiv. Mentor photographer is available for Q&A session.
6:00PMGroup will gather together around 6:00PM for tour in Plovdiv. The tour needs to include dinner at a local restaurant and then continue into night photography tour.
~10:30PMGuests will be back in the hotel and are encouraged to get rest for the night.

Day 6

TimeLocation/RouteEvent
~8:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast
9:00AM - 12:00PMPictures in Plovdiv until noon.
12:00PM - 1:00PMLunch
1:00PM - 2:00PMWe get ready and leave for Cob Camp after lunch.
2:00PM - 3:00PMRouteArriving at Cob Camp around 3:00PM.
3:00PM - 3:30PMCheck-in until 3:30PM.
3:30PM - 7:00PMGuests have time in the afternoon to prepare for their presentations in the evening.
7:00PMDinner and presentations starting at 7:00PM. We review images, tell stories and see presentations.
This is last evening together.
~11:00PMGuests are encouraged to get rest for the night.

Day 7

TimeLocation/RouteEvent
8:00AM - 9:00AMBreakfast
9:00AM - 10:00AMGetting ready to leave for Sofia and Sofia Airport. People collect their equipment and baggage to leave Cob Camp.
10:00AM - 11:30AMRouteWe leave for Sofia and make arrangements for guests to go to the airport, the hotel or just somewhere in Sofia.
We need to follow requests made by the guests and make sure they are safely delivered at the desired locations.
Arriving at the hotel in Sofia around 11:30AM.

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