Ancient Nessebar - Folk Art & Culture
Your SeaDream Land Adventure will take your for a fascinating walk in one of the most charming places in Bulgaria – the Byzantine town of Nessebar. After your walk, we will visit the traditional Bulgarian village of Orizare, sample local treats and watch a lovely folkloric show. Situated on a picturesque rocky peninsula the museum-town of Nessebar possesses an atmosphere one cannot find anywhere else on the coast. The town has been included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Over 40 churches and basilicas from the Byzantine Empire are scattered all over the town within the remains of the medieval fortress walls. Your guide will take us for a charming walk along the winding cobbled streets between centuries-old houses with brief stops and explanations about some of the most beautiful churches in the town. You will be able to admire the architecture and the exterior decoration of the churches of John Aliturgetos, Christ Pantocrator, John the Baptist, Archangels Michael and Gabriel, St. Petka and the Old Metropolitan Church. Step inside St. Stephan’s Church, known as the New Metropolitan Church, and stand in admiration in front of the frescoes, some as old as the 11th century. After your walk we will take a 30-minute drive to the village of Orizare, and visit an authentic ethnographic complex – a guardian of the Bulgarian traditions. Behind stone walls and heavy gates, you will find a charming complex exhibiting the lifestyle and traditions of the Bulgarian family from the past century. We are invited to step inside a small whitewashed house for a glimpse into domestic interior decoration. View the old fireplace with low round table and 3-legged chairs in the kitchen, the wooden loom, used for the making of the rugs and clothing displayed. Back in the garden, an old watermill wheel is still turning after more than a century of operation. The Bulgarian Christian tradition is embedded in a private chapel with beautiful wood carved iconostasis and colorful murals. Having explored the ethnographic complex, we will sit back and relax with a refreshing cup of tea or coffee served with traditional Bulgarian specialties while enjoying a lively folklore performance by a professional ensemble. Then, we drive back to Nessebar where you can return to the yacht or wander on your own in the old town.
Notes: A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Final tour details will be announced onboard. There are restrooms in the ethnographic complex. There is a 2 EUR photo/video charge at St. Stephan's church. Flash photography is not allowed. No shopping stops are envisaged, however, guests can purchase souvenirs in Nessebar. Foreign currency is accepted at most sights and souvenir shops.
Duration: 3.5 hours
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