Tuesday, August 20
Those of us attending our Pre-Conference experience will arrive into Sofia, check in to our hotel, and enjoy a free afternoon before meeting our group for dinner at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant in a century-old wine cellar.
Wednesday, August 21
Our Pre-Conference begins with a morning exploring Sofia, and an afternoon traveling to in a spa and winery outside the town of Starosel where we will spend the night.
Thursday, August 22
Our Pre-Conference experience continues as we visit the Thracian mystery centers and tombs of "The Valley of the Thracian Kings” and travel on to Plovdiv to check in to our hotels. Our Main Conference begins with dinner and an orientation at a former Sufi tekke.
Thursday, August 22
Main Conference Only
Participants opting for group travel to our Main Conference will arrive at Sofia Airport and be met by Open Center staff. Our coach will make the two-hour drive to Plovdiv where we will check in to our hotels and enjoy a free afternoon. Our Main Conference begins with dinner and an orientation in the evening.
Friday, August 23 – Monday, August 26
Each full day of our Main Conference begins with breakfast at our hotels before participants make their way to the Unification Hall of Plovdiv’s Regional Historical Museum, the main venue of our event. Morning plenary sessions are followed by lunch in the garden of a nearby restaurant. After lunch, there will be afternoon activities or free time, followed by afternoon workshops. Group dinners and cultural events round out our evenings.
Tuesday, August 27
Our Main Conference concludes with a morning plenary session, closing circle and a boxed lunch. Participants whose travels end with our Main Conference may join the Open Center for optional group travel back to Sofia for their next destination.
Our Post-Conference Romania participants will travel by coach to Sofia Airport and take an evening flight to Bucharest, Romania.
Those of us continuing our journey within Bulgaria will travel by coach out of Plovdiv for the Rhodope Mountains.
More information about our Pre-Conference is HERE.
More information about our Post-Conference Journey to Romania is HERE.
More information about our Post-Conference Journey in Bulgaria is HERE.