Bulgaria winter festivals photography tour

“Explore rural Bulgaria and its unique winter festivities on this 13 day photography tour, with max six participants and a professional travel photographer as your guide.”


Sofia market visits and architecture | Kalofer | St Jordanís day celebrations | historic villages of Kalofer, Karlovo and Koprivshtica | Kukeri Festival in Blagoevgrad | unique, rural villages | Rhodope Mountains | Trigrad Gorge | Buinovska River Gorge | mountain villages | karst valley of the river Erkyupriya | Asenís Fortress | Plovdiv and its fire Kukeri Festival

Description of Bulgaria winter festivals photography tour

This 12 day Bulgaria winter festival photography tour explores this countryís colourful seasonal celebrations, some of the most unique in Europe. The tripís professional tutor and guide is travel photographer Jacob James and, in a small group of just six participants, you will witness the St Jordanís day religious celebrations (Epiphany). Local men perform the traditional Bulgarian dance of horo accompanied by bagpipes before jumping into the icy rivers, whose waters are consecrated on this day. You will also have a chance to photograph the pagan festivities of the Kukeri. The Kukeri are Bulgarian men dressed in elaborate costumes who perform traditional rituals which scare away evil spirits.

This tour runs in January and is an exciting adventure packed with photographic opportunities. You will travel through rural Bulgaria, discovering local life, experiencing traditional festivals, trying delicious regional food and exploring dramatic mountain scenery Ė before heading home with a host of wonderful memories, hundreds of evocative images and improved photography skills.

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Responsible tourism: Bulgaria winter festivals photography tour


Small group sizes

Our standard group size is a maximum of 6 people. This ensures that we keep our footprint as light as possible and community and nature disturbance is minimised. Small group sizes also ensure that we can spend more time with each participant to explain the cultural sensitivities and the history of each area we visit. It also ensures that we do not overwhelm or intimidate any of our hosts or people we meet on the way.

Local Suppliers

Each of our suppliers are chosen due to their local connections with the area. The majority of the accommodation we will be staying in will be locally run guesthouses, supplying local produce, much of which will come directly from the communities we will be staying in.

Our transport will be sourced from local companies and we aim to source economy vehicles were practical to keep carbon emissions as low as possible.


Each participant will be provided with a traveller guide outlining ways in which water, energy and waste usage can all be reduced such as through the reuse of water bottles, conservation of energy by switching off lights/plugs during the day and reduction of waste through plastic recycling. We will provide participants with the ability to refill their water bottles as opposed to purchasing individual bottles in order to reduce waste.


Cultural Sensitivity

The basis of this tour is to explore the rural heartlands of Bulgaria. Our experience of these regions is built over many years, with relationships fostered over this time period too. Our local guides and lead photographer will provide you with basic phrases, tips on etiquette and customs and also introduce you to local people to foster a deeper building of relationships. Our trips are designed to ensure each participant leaves the tour with a better understanding of the various cultures we will encounter.

Our accommodation and food will be sourced from local suppliers to ensure that as much of the money from our tour is diverted into the economy of the towns and villages we will visit. Our hosts are also often extremely knowledgeable about the local area and we will use their advice to ensure our impact is minimal.


We have a zero tolerance for any form of racism or discrimination and participants will be asked to leave the tour if found to be abusive or discriminatory towards other participants, guides, staff or locals.


We have committed to ensuring our tours do not exploit people or animals in any way. We have an excellent relationship with our guides who ensure that this is prevented. All of our local staff are extremely knowledgeable and as a result, we ensure that they are paid above and beyond the average salary for their equivalent role. Where relevant, if we see cases of animal exploitation we will commit to reporting this to the relevant authorities.

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