I am a licensed tour guide and active driver since 2008.
I love traveling but most of all I like meeting people and sharing travel stories.
Travel is a way of living for me. I prefer to spend time in my car on the way to a travel site than in an office. It is a very enriching experience, that's why I enjoy it so much and I devote myself to this job. Seeing the happy face of a tourist at the end of a tour, being told thank you for the experience, taking a look at the photos and looking back to all the fun moments during the trip, all that recharges me with positive energy and motivation for new trips and new tourists.
Bulgaria, as a country is not yet among the famous travel destinations, but believe me it has what to offer and how to impress you. We are an ancient country with a rich history, plenty of traditions, delicious food and wines of good quality. Our history is so rich that if I do not summarize it you will get lost in all the kings, years, battles and events. :)
We, Bulgarians, are warm and hospitable people, especially in the small towns and villages. For locals in the countryside meeting foreigners is a memorable experience and they will speak with good memories long about it. :) And I love when I help people from different cultures to get to know each other. I think this meeting and conversation is enriching for everyone involved.
If you ask me to recommend you what to see/visit in Bulgaria, I would say Buzludzha monument, the old town of Plovdiv and Kapana area, the Seven Rila lakes in the summer, Belogradchik rocks and Rila monastery.
If you are a wine lover, I would suggest a visit to a local winery. Bulgaria develops quickly as a wine destination and we are proud to have wines of good quality. In addition, you would see the vineyards and the people behind the wine brand. If you prefer to take a cooking tour, I would love to share with you the secrets of making banitsa or moussaka. I am a keen cook and I would enjoy cooking together with you.
My professional experience combines a law company, renewable energy company and travel companies. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Tourism from the University of National and World Economy in Bulgaria.
In 2006 I was an exchange student by Socrates/Erasmus for one semester in NHTV, Breda, the Netherlands. I am a fluent English speaker and I have basic knowledge in German and Spanish languages.
Last, but not least, I love cats. In 2008 I adopted a cat, female, white and ginger. Her name is Greta and honestly, she is one of my weak points, as I got pretty attached to her. It is very likely that you may get to know her too as I enjoy telling stories about her mischief to my fellow travelers and friends. :)
A Recent Review of this guide
Albena was a sweet and knowledgeable guide for our 3 days in Bulgaria. She customized an itinerary to include both Sophia and Plodiv sites given our time constraints. She made an extra effort to satisfy my husband's interest in railroads by contacting Bulgarian rail authorities and arranging a special private tour of their maintenance facility in Sophia. She did extra research to find great restaurants that would appeal to my "foodie" interests.
- Tour guide diploma for Bulgaria dated 2005
- Member of the Association of Bulgarian tour guides
- European driving license, issued by the Ministry of Interior of Bulgaria in 2008.