Songs of Life Jewish Music Festival and Heritage Tour in Bulgaria


The Songs of Life Jewish Music Festival and Heritage Tour is a celebration of Jewish choral music, combining exceptional performances with impactful educational programs and historical tours. The Festival features the choral-orchestral masterpiece of Ernest Bloch, SACRED SERVICE.


Original music will be presented by Bulgarian Jewish composers, Benjamin Ashkenazy and Nikolai Kaufman, as well as compositions by award-winning Bulgarian composer, Georgi Andreev. This includes Ashkenazy’s worthy project, THE JEWISH SOUL, a unique Ladino project initiated to give Ladino music a place of honor in the concert hall.


Participants will also discover the poignant history of the Sephardic Jews while exploring the historic cities of Sofia and Plovdiv. Whether you are a musician or a person passionate about the Sephardic culture, this groundbreaking tour will be an unforgettable experience!


Your cost of $1800 per person includes:

  • Public performance of Sacred Service by Ernest Bloch in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Public performances of original Sephardic music and Bulgarian Folk Music during a series of exciting and heart-warming concerts in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Opportunities to meet Holocaust survivors who reside in Bulgaria
  • Opportunities to learn more about the Sephardic culture and enjoy vocal and instrumental Bulgarian folk presentations.
  • Six nights’ lodging and breakfasts in four-star hotel in Sofia (double occupancy)
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Sephardic dinner reception which will include
    • Program about the Sephardic Jews, Sephardic tradition, the story of Sephardic Jews’ journey to Bulgaria, and a presentation of the Bulgarian Sephardic society
    • Sephardic dinner with description of typical Sephardic meals
    • Sephardic music and songs presented by the renowned Bulgarian, Sephardic singer, Mrs. Lika Eshkenazi
  • Guided tours of Sofia and Plovdiv with a local, licensed English-speaking tour guide, including visits to the Sofia and Plovdiv historical synagogues
  • Ground transportation – modern, a/c coach and driver
  • Concert management and publicity

Your cost does not include:

  • Roundtrip flight to Varna (Varna International will provide an airfare quote and assist with booking upon request)
  • Single occupancy upgrade: $420
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

Music Enthusiasts:

Join the Songs of Life Jewish Music Festival and Heritage Tour as a Music Enthusiast! Enjoy the same inclusions as the performers and receive complimentary tickets to all performances. Click on the Contact Us button for more information and to request a travel quote.