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Programme:

The tour programme begins at the exotic White Lagoon bay, located up north from Balchik. After equipment has been prepared and a short instruction carried out, we set out towards Balchik, enjoying the wild and inaccessible from the land picturesque sea shore. Next up on our way is an authentic fishing village. We paddle a bit more and then we stop for a break and a quick picnic on a small beautiful beach. Having thus gained some rest, we then set off towards the final destination of our trip.

Note: The programme is not compulsory and can be changed on the spot at the discretion of the guide, depending on the current weather conditions, physical capacities and experience of participants, etc.

Option:
Visit Palace , botanical garden and exotic restaurant


Information about region:

Balchik is situated in the north-east part of the Bulgarian Black Sea shore, 40 km from Varna and 20 km from Kavarna.
Balchik is situated on the sea shore, in a region with moderate continental climate. The average temperature in July is 22 degrees Celsius, and the temperature of the sea water during the summer reaches 24 degrees Celsius.

The town was established 26 centuries ago by Greek settlers named Krunes. In the 6th century BC the town was named after the Greek God of wine and joy – Dionysus – Dionisiopolis.

In the 4th century BC Dionisiopolis was quite an important economical center. That is evident by the found coins, which had been coined in the town. The name of the God Dionysus was carved on them. The cults for the God of Wine and the Great Mother Goddess Kibela were largely spread.

In the 1st century AD the town became a part of the Roman Empire, and it reached its greatest prosperity in the 2nd – 3rd century. After the dividing of the Roman Empire in 395, the close proximity of Constantinople – the capital of the East Roman Empire, had a significant influence upon the development of the town. Then the settlement turned into an important administrative and port center. In 544 – 545 the town was demolished by a powerful earthquake which caused high tidal waves. The residents who survived moved and started building their settlement anew at the place of today’s residential section of Horizont in Balchik. In the early Middle Ages the town was one of the regional centers of the Bulgarian Empire of Karvuna. In the end of the 14th century, Dobrudzha was conquered by the Ottoman Turks, and in the end of the 16th century the town was already named Balchik. Balchik was liberated from the Ottoman Dominion on 31 January 1878.

In the beginning of the 20th century here was constructed the largest mill on the Balkan Peninsula. Near 70 000 tones of grain had been exported from the town, and more than 500 ships had been used for this purpose. The grain travelled to England, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, etc.

The district of South Dobrudzha, in which Balchik is situated, was annexed in 1917, in the end of the Second Balkan War, and this way Silistra, Tutrakan, Dobrich, Balchik and Kavarna remained outside the borders of Bulgaria. As of 7 September 1940 South Dobrudzha was returned to Bulgaria.

The greatest landmark of Balchik – the Palace – has remained from the period of the Romanian occupation. The Palace was the former summer residence of the Romanian Queen Maria Alexandrina Victoria De Edinburgh (1875 – 1938). The residence was constructed in 1924. The Botanical Garden – another great landmark of the town – is also situated within the borders of the residence....View more




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According current weather forecas only days are avaliable for this trip
Monday
01.02.2012
Tuesday
02.02.2012
Wednesday
03.02.2012
Thursday
04.02.2012
Friday
05.02.2012



Pictures:



See other albums:

Balchik - Varna (2013-09-07)
Balchik - White Lagoon (2011-05-22)
Balchik - White Lagoon (2010-10-17)


Videos:

Balchik - Varna. (2013-09-07)


Price:

25 EUR / 50 LV

Price includes:

• Equipment: two-or single kayaks, life jackets, paddles, spray deck, waterproof phone cases, dry bags for personal luggage
• Picnic - BBQ (optional)
• Beverages - cold beer, soft drinks, mineral water (optional)
• Transport (optional)
• Photography and video
• Instructor (guide)
• Briefing
• Insurance

Duration:

1 day

Activity Level:

Beginner

What to Wear & Bring:

Seasonally adjusted clothing. Spare dry clothes. If the weather is suitable for sun bathing - beach accessories.

Available:

May - October






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