Rhodope Mountain is one of the most attractive, the most beautiful and magical places in Bulgaria, which conquers the hearts of travellers at first sight! This is a place of special charm, culture, soul - the place from where you don't want to leave! That is why it is even more valuable that you still have the opportunity to touch a unique craft that exists only in this region - a handmade national musical instrument - a Bulgarian bagpipe with a unique sound!
But that's not all - there is a unique surprise during our tour that will make you say WOW!!!!
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 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.
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.
Please note that this tour has flexible start times/departures. This means that you get to choose the time you will start the tour. Simply inform us after the booking.
Please note: This tour does not include hotel pick up and drop off service. This means that you will have to arrange your own transfers to reach the designated meeting point and start the tour. Meeting point: Народно читалище "Родопска Искра 1880", 25 В ul. "Vasil Dechev", Chepelare, 4850
Please note that there are 2 options for this tour: Privately guided and self-guided. Simply select the option you prefer from the "Rates" list and the cost will be calculated accordingly.
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