25.02.2018 – 04.03.2018 (Sunday – Sunday)

Pre-Tours (check here)

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Welcoming early arrivals at Sofia Airport.
Transfers are provided for the main group, accommodated at downtown Hotel Niky***

Free sightseeing time in Sofia! (Make use of it, you will be at walking distance to all major venues downtown)


Sunday, 25 February 2018

Welcome to the participants at Sofia airport.

Group transfers from Sofia airport to Plovdiv – the European Capital of Culture 2019.

Fixed hours for group transfers according to the arrival hours of flights.

Accommodation in Ramada Hotel Trimontium ****

14:00 and 15:30     Organized sightseeing tours in downtown Plovdiv and the Old Town for the early arrivals. Click here for more information!

18:30               Meeting in front of the hotel – distribution of national flags.

19:00               National flag procession from Central square to Ancient Roman Stadium.

19:30               Official opening ceremony in Plovdiv with national flags – at the Ancient Roman Stadium (speeches by the Mayor of Plovdiv & SCIJ President)

20:00               Dinner at MONROE Restaurant.


Monday, 26 February 2018

07:30   Breakfast at the hotel

08:30   Guided tours in and around Plovdiv – the European Capital of Culture 2019 *(pre-booking for 1 of 3 tours mandatory)

  1. WINE TOURBoutique Winery Villa Yustina (approximately 40 min. from Plovdiv by bus)The winery develops quality wines and holds a number of Gold Medals from international contests worldwide, passing significant wine history of Thracians and their wine, ancient rites and mysteries. You will be able to enjoy wines and the hospitality of the winery.11.30 –Transfer to The Small Basilica, Plovdiv.
  2. CITY TOUR – Old town of Plovdiv09:00 Walking tour in the Old town:Ancient TheatreRoman stadiumAncient forumHindlian HouseSt. Konstantin and Elena ChurchKlianti HouseKAPANA Creative district (one of the most successful projects of European Capital of Culture)
  3. INDUSTRY TOUR – TRAKIA INDUSTRIAL ZONE – Visiting two of the international factories in Trakia Economic Zone (TEZ). Combining industrial talent with innovative technologies. World leading industries are investing heavily in the region.
    Seeing the production processes inside and showcase presentations.(On demand –  meeting with software companies in Plovdiv /IT and ITO/ if some of the journalists are focused on the new trends of the IT&BPO sector in SEE.)

12:00   All tours gather for cocktail lunch in Plovdiv with local journalists and officials, Small Roman Basilica.
Presentation of Plovdiv 2019. Light lunch with glass of wine.

13:00   Transfer to Ramada Hotel Trimontium.

13:30   Shuttle and car transfer from Plovdiv to Pamporovo.

15:30   Accommodation at Perelik Hotel 5*.

Registration and accreditations at the SCIJ 2018 meeting stand.
Ski storage at the hotel, use of wax rooms.

16:30   Transfer to Pamporovo ski area, Ski center 2, for rental equipment.

18:30   Team captains’ meeting

20:30   Night of the Nations, Perelik Main Restaurant + DJ party


Tuesday, 27 February 2018

07:30               Breakfast in the hotel

08:45               Shuttle transfer to Pamporovo ski area – Ski Center 2 MALINA

09:30               Pamporovo Ski Area Discovery Tours – in small groups with ski instructors.

*Ski slope “Stenata” /The Wall/ with gates for GS training.

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch at Malina Ski Center 2, Pamporovo.

14:00               Free Skiing in Pamporovo. IC skiing with new SCIJ members.
GS training course with gates at Stenata slope.

16:45               Last SCIJ shuttle transfer from Malina Ski Center 2 to the hotel.

*Regular resort shuttles run from 3:00 pm to 4:45 pm from all ski centers to the hotel

17:30               SCIJ Conference: Perelik hall

19:00               Team captains meeting: Snezhanka Hall

20:00               Buffet dinner at the hotel


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast in the hotel

08:15 – 08:45  Shuttle transfer to Pamporovo ski area.

09:00 – 10:00  Inspection of the GS race course.

10:00               GIANT SLALOM. Start of the race.

12:30               Medal ceremony. Hot drinks on the slope at the finish zone.

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch with vouchers in restaurants on the slope

14:00               Ski tour to Mechi Chal Ski Area. Departure by bus from Malina Ski Center 2, with ski equipment.

16:30               Shuttle transfer from Mechi Chal to the hotel.

17:00               Team captains meeting: Snezhanka Hall

18:00               SCIJ Conference, part 2: Perelik hall

20:00               Buffet dinner at the hotel with sponsors.


Thursday, 1 March 2018

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast in the hotel

08:45                 Shuttle transfer to Pamporovo ski area.

09:15 – 09:45  Parallel Slalom course inspection.

10:00               PARALLEL SLALOM RELAY RACE – Team Competition. Mixed SCIJ teams – 16 teams x 4 members. Participation by request. 

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch on the slopes.

14:00 – 16:30   Cross-country ski rentals at Ski Center 2 Malina. (You can leave your alpine ski equipment at the center)
14:00 – 16:00   (Optional) Inspection of the cross-country course at Snejanka Peak. Malina-2 to Snejanka with 3-seat chairlift.

16:00 – 17:00  Team captains meeting: Snezhanka Hall

17:00 – 20:00  SCIJ GENERAL ASSEMBLY, Perelik hall

20:00               Shuttle transfer from the hotel to the restaurant.

20:30               Traditional Bulgarian dinner with folklore music, restaurant “Chevermeto”.

23:30               Shuttle transfer from the restaurant to the hotel.

*Restaurant is about 10 mins walk from the hotel.


Friday, 2 March 2018

07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast.

08:15                  Shuttle transfer to Ski Area 2 Malina. 3-seater chairlift to Snejanka Peak.

09:00 – 09:45 Cross Country course inspection. Snejanka Peak.

10:00                CROSS COUNTRY Race. Mass start.

12:30                 Award ceremony.

13:00                 Dutch soup on site. Sponsor lunch on site.

13:30 – 14:00  Transfers back to hotel.

15:30               Visits in smaller groups:

  1. Amer Sport ski factory in the town of Chepelare
  2. Shiroka Luka architectural village & SPA complex in Devin
  3. Smolyan historical museum + degustation of traditional local dishes + “Neviastata (The Bride)” folklore performance in the theater of the town

19:00                Team captains meeting: Snezhanka Hall


20:00               Buffet dinner at the hotel


Saturday, 3 March 2018

07:30 – 09:00 Breakfast.

08:30 – 10:00  Shuttle transfer to Pamporovo ski area. Free skiing.

11:30 – 12:00  March 3, BG National Day – Guinness Record  Attempt with National Flag & National Costume skiing, Stenata Slope.

12:30 – 14:00  Lunch on the slopes.

14:00 – 16:30  Shuttle bus to Mechi Chal. Free skiing at Mechi Chal ski area.

18:00 – 19:00  SCIJ Conference, part 3: Perelik Hall (TBC)

20:00               Welcome cocktail & Gala dinner in Perelik with VIPs. (Dress Code is Traditional National Costumes or Martenitza RED AND WHITE!)

*Award Ceremony Combined.

DJ party


Sunday, 4 March 2018

07:30 – 10:00 Breakfast. Group transfers to the airport. Departure. Post tours begin.

Post Tours (see here)