Karakachani festival in Sliven
History & heritage tours

Karakachani festival in Sliven

Availability: Last Saturday and Sunday of August
Duration: 48 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Learn about the different cultures with your private guide
  • See dance groups and hear tradtional songs
  • Enjoy a day away from the city
What to expect

Learn about the different cultures which make up Bulgaria at the fair Karakachans, held every year in Sliven "Karandila" in the mountains - for only two days in August. This traditional event is organized by the Federation of Cultural and Educational Societies Karakachan.

At the festival see traditional huts built on ethnicity and groups from Bulgaria and Greece showing Karakachan traditional songs, dances and customs. Around 25,000 Karakachans live in Bulgaria, between 6 and 7 thousand of them - in the region of Sliven. 20 are cultural and educational societies in the country.

Karakachans (gr. Σαρακατσάνος- sarakatsanos) were Greek- speaking nomadic shepherds who live mainly in the mountains Pindos, Greece and Eastern Stara Planina, Bulgaria. Karakachans have mostly Greek national consciousness. Part of living in Bulgaria consider themselves Bulgarians.

Karakachans speak an archaic dialect of Greek and Eastern Orthodox Christians.

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What's included
  • Professional guide
  • Transport with the chair lift
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Overnight stays
Reduced price
  • Youths aged (7-17): reduced
Where
Meeting point:

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel. Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local operator. You can find their contact information in the voucher after booking.

What to remember
  • Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local operator. You can find their contact information in the voucher after booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The guide wlll accompany the guests for 2 days of the festival
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When
  • Festival is the last Saturday and Sunday of August
  • Depart to the fair gounds at 9.00am
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Provider
VIP-Sliven Ltd.
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

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