WHO ARE WE?

 

We are dreamers

 Mountaineers, Climbers, Bikers

Historians, Geographers, Naturalists

Travel and adventure experts

Folklore-dancers

Wine-makers

Volunteers

 

But most of all we are a team of motivated people who share a vision and who never stop dreaming!

 

 

THE OFFICE TEAM

 

Lubomir Popiordanov -  Founder and CEO of Odysseia-In

 

Lubomir Popiordanov has a huge background: master of law, mountaineer, passionate traveler, photographer, painter, author of a book, producer of films, publisher and philanthropist, freelance journalist…! More than ever he spends time to participate in and initiate socially significant causes like nature protection, preservation of the cultural heritage and introduce creative and innovative thinking in the travel business. He believes that Bulgaria can be a prestigious place to live in. And more, that tourism can be developed in a responsible way. Lubomir is married with three children.


Valentina Popiordanova - Founder and Chief Accounter

 

Valia is Lubomir’s wife and chief accountant in the company. Long-term performance of the company and its financial stability is thanks to Valia’s firm policy. She successfully combines analytical rigour (accounting) with the art of housewife and raising her children, currently three – Andrea, Sofia and Georgi. She loves travelling in places like the deserts of Morocco and Tunisia; Spain, Italy, France and India. She has a passion for red wines, cheese and jazz. Valia is our pretty woman with a gentle touch for fashion and beauty.

Nina Milanova - Head of Reservations Department

 

Nina is the head of our Reservations Department, fluent in French and English. She can organize everything related to your stay in Bulgaria – accommodation, transfers, meals…just name it! She manages the contacts with our suppliers and knows them well. Although her work is related with long-office-hours she loves travelling and visiting new places. Her colleagues are also her best friends and this makes work more pleasant. All office parties begin or end at her desk!

 
Simeon Dimitrov -  English Market Product Manager
 
"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move." Robert Louis Stevenson. I believe that as creature of the nature movement is essential for our mental and physical existence; therefore I’m totally addicted to mountain bikes, slack lines, vertical walls, fast water and snowy hills. Wherever I travel I’m enriching myself through the culture and nature of the place where I am and, moreover, this is the reason why I have chosen to graduate and work in the sphere of tourism.
In Odysseia - In I’m taking care of the English speaking partners, but I’m also a certified cultural and mountain guide, so I’m looking forward to raise the Bulgarian curtain for you. 
 

Stela Samouneva - English Market Product Manager

 

Stela is our Product Manager who contacts and deals with English-speaking clients and partners.  She is a passionate traveler, nature enthusiast and active mother. She has graduated as Bachelor in Geology and International Travel and Tourism. Her interests are: hiking, ski-touring, folklore dances, children education and personal development through nature experience. Stela believes that Bulgaria (and every destination) is not only what you see, but what you experience through the legends, the folklore, the songs, the dances and most of all, through meetings with the locals. 

 

 

THE OUTDOOR TEAM - OUR GUIDES

      

  


Asen Marinov - Guide

Asen has more than 15 years of experience in guiding and mountaineering in all major Bulgarian mountains, Dolomites, Rockies, Apalatian Mountains, Utah and Grand Canyon, Mt Olympos. He has graduated in Modern Greek Philology and Classical guitar. Asen is a keen guitar player, photographer and yoga instructor.

 

Vassil Todev - Guide

Vassil is a person with various interests. He has graduated in Geography at Sofia University and is well familiar with GIS. He enjoys the outdoors on foot and by bike. He is the founder of BikeArea Association and Beglika Camp. Vassil organizes children and student summer camps in remote mountain areas. 

Ivan Dinkov - Guide

Ivan has climbed 18 peaks in the Alps including the two highest ones – Montblanc and Dufourspitze. He has also been to such peaks like Bernina, Grossglockner and Finsterarhoorn. Travelling a lot across the whole Balkan Peninsula he has climbed almost each mountain in Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Romania and Montenegro. Of course, he is familiar to all of the Bulgarian mountains. He publishes his travel notes in specialized tourist sites. For him the mountain is freedom, silence and sense. He is Master of Political Science. 

Ivaylo Katerski - wine expert

Ivaylo is our wine expert - WSET® CERTIFIED Level 2 Wines & Spirits (passed with distinction) by the London Wine & Spirit School, also a certified tour guide. He speaks fluently English and German, regularly visits wine events in Bulgaria and also adores travelling. So he is definitely well familiar with the “wine map” of Bulgaria and his knowledge is up-to-date. Wine is his passion, hobby, interest but not his profession – and this is on purpose so. Profession may invisibly turn itself into routine and routine kills passion. He is determined not to lose the pure pleasure of drinking and enjoying wine and sharing it with his guests! www.via-vino.com