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Authentic Traditions and Contemporary Science in the Rhodope Mountains

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Stop At: 4850 Chepelare, Bulgaria

For the peculiarities of making this wonderful instrument you will personally tell you one of the three best-known craftsmen who has created over 142 caba bagpipe. Here you can see how the magic happens and an instrument is created, the sound of which everybody inadvertently connects with the Rhodopes.

In the bagpipes workshop you will learn many of the subtleties of this mastery: what is the drone

in the bagpipes, where is the signature of the master who made it, how the tree, the horns and the skin are processed, how the bagpipes's voice changes from every small detail, basic setup rules, and the rule that the bagpipe is held by the heart on the left side of the body. All this, told by the gaudy makers with a glitter in the eyes, will make you realize that in each bagpipe the masters have put a part of their heart and is special. And once you play, you will sink into the fairytale sound, this is the sound of the Rhodopes.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Bulgarian National Astronomical Observatory Rozhen, 8612, 4871, Bulgaria

On the same day, we will be transferred to our days to see the largest astronomical observatory on the Balkans and in this region of Southeast Europe, the Rozhen National Astronomical Observatory. It has 6 telescopes: a 2-meter universal Ritchey-Chretien-Coude (RCC or PKK), reflector of Carl Zeiss Jena, 50/70 cm Schmidt, 60 cm Cassegrain 15 cm sun coronograph, 30 cm MEADE, 18 cm Meniscas Cassegrain (Meniscas Cassegrain). NAO "Rojen" provides observations on a wide range of astronomical and astrophysical tasks - from dynamics and physics of bodies from the solar system to extragalactic studies: asteroids and comets, spectra of stars of different classes and types of variability, star clusters, nearby and distant galaxies, quasars. An astronomer will show us how observations are made and what interesting discoveries were made in the Observatory.

Duration: 1 hour
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Departure Point
Народно читалище "Родопска Искра 1880", ul. "Vasil Dechev" 25 В, 4850 Chepelare, Bulgaria
Departure Time
6/18/2019 - 9/29/2021Monday:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Wednesday:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Thursday:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Friday:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Saturday:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Sunday:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Entrance fees
  • Local English-speaking Guide
  • Visit to the bagpipe workshop with musical performance
  • Visit to Rozhen National Observatory
  • Surprise activity
  • Entry/Admission - Chepelare
  • Entry/Admission - Bulgarian National Astronomical Observatory Rozhen
  • Transport (on request)
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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