January 5, 2016
St. Jordan’s Day or Epiphany - Bulgarian Holiday

St. Jordan’s Day or Epiphany

Whether you have heard about St. Jordan’s Day or its ecclesiastical name Epiphany It means one and the same day and holiday. There is evidence proving that the holiday was celebrated even as early as the 2nd century AD. Actually, until the 4th century AD St. Jordan’s Day coincided with Christmas so Epiphany appeared to be the collective name of the two feasts. According to the Orthodox calendar, St. Jordan’s Day commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ from St. John the Baptist. Later, the Church decided to separate the holidays and since then the 25th December is known as Christmas and Epiphany is celebrated on the 6th January. In Bulgaria there is a long-lived tradition related to the date of the 6th January. Usually, on that particular day a ceremonial throw of a cross from the local church takes place. The ritual is put into practice wherever a water basin is available.   Once the cross is thrown, men jump into the water and everyone tries to be the first to […]
December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays from Free Plovdiv Tour!

Christmas is knocking on the door! Have you already planned where you are going to spend the winter holidays? If not, do not forget that we are always on point. We are having walking tours EVERY DAY – Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are not an exception to the rule! We recommend you to book a room in a cozy and comfortable hotel or hostel and have a great time in the city! Plovdiv’s history and its mesmerizing beauty will surely captivate you and you will definitely wish to come and visit us once again!   The city center together with the main street and the famous neighborhood The Trap (Kapana) are all worth visiting during this time of the year.     Another reason for celebrating is reaching 3,000 ‘thumbs up’ on our Facebook page:   We are posting photos from the tours on a daily basis and on a mouse click you could be able to reach them and contact us as […]
November 16, 2015
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Free Plovdiv Tour Is Expanding Its Team

Free Plovdiv Tour is expanding its team → JOIN US The long-awaited time for expanding our team has come. Just on the eve of the Christmas holidays we are going to be presented with a marvelous gift – new enthusiastic and entertaining members. Local people who are eager to know more about the city of Plovdiv and are fascinated by its mesmerizing beauty are welcome to join the team of Free Plovdiv Tour. Join us!If you anticipate working in a dynamic team with interesting and cooperative people then FPT is the right place for you! If you join us, you would: Be a part of a motivated and enthusiastic team of young professionals Benefit from being in an international environment Practice your public speaking…with people from 6 continents Have lots of fun and make lots of friends from different countries! We want you, if you: Love Plovdiv and Bulgaria Have rich general knowledge about the city and the country and you are eager to learn more Are Bulgarian and fluent […]
October 31, 2015
Are Bulgarians superstitious - List of Superstitions - Free Plovdiv Tour

Are Bulgarians superstitious?

Are bulgarians superstitious? – Task 1 – Circle the correct answer: What first comes to mind when you see the following objects? Coming across a  four-leaved clove means good luck for the finder. In case a black cat crosses your path, there is a risk that something bad might happen to you untill the end of the day. Walking under a ladder invariably stands for bad luck. All of the above. If you are of the opinion that ALL of the statements are TRUE, then you have answered the question correctly. Good for you! Probably, these three symbols – a four-leaved clover, a black cat and a ladder – are among the most common ones worldwide. Everyone has spent hours and hours (or at least some 10 minutes) looking for a ‘lucky’ clover in the backyard or while hiking in the mountains. We tend to be really tenacious when it comes to ensuring good luck for ourselves and our beloved ones. What’s more, I have noticed people crossing the street […]
October 7, 2015

READY, SET, GO

READY! SET! GO!   In case you are wondering what’s going on, I am going to let the cat out of the bag! This weekend, on the 26th of September the seasonal Free Plovdiv Tour race was held. The event takes place every three months and aims to promote the activity of FPT. This time the main goal was to remind our partners about the change of schedule: from October to April there is one tour per day starting at 2 pm. The teams entering the race had to visit a preset list of locations. Here’s how it goes:   Participants: 2 teams Team 1: On 4 Tyres Team 2: On Foot *Each team consists of two players! Rules: The two teams meet at a certain time and location – the starting point. Both have a list of approximately twenty places they need to visit and a stack of leaflets to leave there. These include hotels, hostels and some cafes and clubs located in the city of Plovdiv. The first […]
September 30, 2015

Winter tour schedule

Yes, you guessed it. It's October again. And yes, you guessed it. We are switching to winter tour schedule again. We know you know, but we wanted to put out a reminder, just in case you might miss the change. So, here it is: From the 1st of October Free Plovdiv Tour is changing to one tour per day. Start time is 2 PM. Starting point is the same – City Hall, next to the central fountain on the main street. We'll be there – in good weather as well as in bad. See you and don't forget to have fun!
September 10, 2015
Festivals-Фестивали-Пловдив

September stands for festivals

With summer slowly losing force, autumn starts to gain momentum and sunbathing gets substituted for festivals. The city’s heart starts pumping blood again as the people return to their den and bring their good summer mood with them. Ever since Plovdiv won European Capital of Culture 2019 things have taken a livelier turn and all sorts of gatherings have become abundant. Here’s a warning- September will not promise peace and quiet. This is not the best month for those who want to have a leisurely weekend. Rather, it’s more for the party goers. As the month advances so do the festivals. Here are a few tips on what to expect and where to go. Night of Museums and Galleries – 11th and 12th Sep Source This year is the eleventh edition of an all-time favourite among Plovdiv people and Bulgarians in general. Each year the festival has a different creative layout and offers a vast array of performances around town. The streets of Plovdiv bustle with laughter, joy and pure […]
August 17, 2015
Bulgarian Floklore

Bulgarian Folklore and our National Identity

Bulgarian folklore is an inseparable part of our national identity. For centuries, indigenous people have preserved songs, dances, tales, poems, riddles, proverbs, etc. We should appreciate the art created by our ancestors as much as we honor the history. Our folklore is quite unique. There are three state folklore ensembles in Bulgaria. They guard the tradition and hand it down to the next generations. Ensemble ‘Trakia’ The ensamble was established in 1974 owing to Professor Kiril Dzhenev. He is the founder of the Bulgarian folklore choreography and also sets up more than 100 dance works. Professor Dzhenev is among the most eminent pedagogue-choreographers in the country. He teaches at the State Choreographic School since it was established. Students who are currently in their studies or have graduated from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts have always made a sizable contribution to the Ensemble and its activities. So far the members of the Ensemble ‘Trakia’ have performed in all parts of Bulgaria. Apart from that, they also performed in […]
July 22, 2015
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You see me rowing! You like it! Try to catch me Plovdiv touring

A little known fact is that Plovdiv is not only the oldest living city in Europe but it is also the host of the biggest rowing channel on the Balkans. It’s 2,2 km long and is located in the western part of the city amidst the green lungs of the city. After its renovation in 2011 it has witnessed many European championships and has become a favourite spot for the locals. While the water is not suitable for swimming, it does offer a relief of the scorching heat, which is expected to reach 36 degrees this week. For the visitors of the city this week also promises a bit more excitement and namely a rowing competition. The 2015 World Rowing Under 23 Championship It is taking place from 22nd to 26th July and you have the enviable opportunity to behold the making of sport history. Rowing teams from over 50 different countries will strain every muscle to win the coveted gold medal.  Will you be there to see it? If, […]