Join an international team for the Pleven Service Project 2020. Work and play at one of the most scenic huts in Bulgaria.
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The Pleven Service Project 2020 is a repeat of our very successful trip in 2019. Volunteers work in small groups to undertake various tasks around the hut. This year will include painting, cleaning, and repairs.
Weather permitting, the team will hike to the summit of Mount Botev, the highest point in the Balkan range. Other hikes to Vodnite Dupki and Kostenurka Peak.
The Pleven Hut Service Project 2020 is a repeat of our very successful project here in 2019. Work together as a team to assist the hut management with construction, maintenance, and renovation projects on the premises. Free time includes mountain hiking and, weather permitting, a hike to the summit of Botev Peak, the highest point in the Balkan mountains.
Date : 2020-07-04
ArrivalArrival in Sofia, Bulgaria. Meet your fellow team members, tour the city, enjoy a traditional dinner together.
Date : 2020-07-12
Transfer to Pleven HutTravel by minibus to Pleven Hut. Settle in. Orientation and preparation for the work.
Date : 2020-07-13
Work DayBreak up into small groups and start work on assigned tasks. Afternoon optional hike.
Date : 2020-07-14
Work DayContinue work assignments. Afternoon herb picking, free time, optional hike.
Date : 2020-07-15
Work DayContinue work assignments. Afternoon herb picking, free time, optional hike.
Date : 2020-07-16
Work DayContinue work assignments. Afternoon herb picking, free time, optional hike.
Date : 2020-07-17
ExcursionDepart Pleven hut. Cultural excursion to Troyan Monastery, Arch of the Republic. Lunch in Troyan. Dinner in Sofia.
Date : 2020-07-18
DepartureTransfer to the airport for departure.
Detailed list of items included in the cost of the tour from arrival at the assembly point to departure at the end of the trip. Insurance, extras, optional activities, and after trips are billed separately. We recommend each participant carry pocket money for occasional snacks, souvenirs and other small expenses.
This trip includes:
- Airport pick up
- 3 Meals per day
- All ground transportation
- Materials and supplies
- Safety equipment (gloves, goggles, etc.)
This trip does not include:
- Personal Travel or Health Insurance
- Additional meals, snacks and drinks
- Unplanned optional activities
- After trips
- Additional travel costs beyond the itinerary (extra hotel nights, etc.)
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PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE
Over 45 days notice: Deposit is forfeited
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21 days or less:…………………………………………………………..100% of package price
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ILLNESS OR ABSENTEEISM
In the event of your withdrawal from a holiday after the commencement as a result of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. No refunds will be made for any absence from the trip.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
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Bulgaria and the USA. Worker Bee Tours is a registered trademark of Honeycomb Holdings LLC. This information was published in November 2019 and supersedes any earlier published information.