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Monthly Reunions are cancelled until further notice.

European Days in Bulgaria, organised by the Romanian and Bulgarian Sections will now take place in May 2021

Sunday : 16 May 2021
- 08.00-24.00 – Arrival of participants at the European days of the AEC. Transfer from the train station and from international airport of Sofia. Accommodation at Hotel Rila *** located just 50 meters from the main shopping street of Sofia, equipped with restaurant, terrace, conference room, bar, etc.
- 19.00-23.00 - Dinner at the restaurant.

Monday : 24 mai 2021
- 07.00-09.00 – Breakfast 
- 09.00-13.00 - Administrative Council meeting in the conference room of the hotel.
- 13.00-15.00 – Lunch in the hotel's restaurant.
- 15.30-18.00 - Meeting of General Assembly and election of the new European Bureau AEC.
- For other participants, take the program relax by the pool or stroll through the historic center.
18.30-22.00 - Official opening of the European Days of the AEC. Festive dinner with music, dance and a folklore program with a Bulgarian specific at a restaurant in the area.

Tuesday: 25 mai 2021
  - 07.00-09.30 - Breakfast 
- 10.00-13.00 – Tour of the city of Sofia with a visit to the Cathedral Alexander Nevski, St. Sophia Church, Sfantu Gheorghe Church, the Royal Palace and the National Theater Ivan Vazov.
- 13.30-15.30 - Lunch at a restaurant in the city.
- 16.00-19.00 – Continue to the city and visit the National Park Mount Vitosha, the oldest natural park on the Balkan Peninsula, visible from almost all parts of Sofia.
19.30-21.30 - Dinner at a restaurant in the central area.

Wednesday : 26 mai 2021
- 07.00-09.00 - Breakfast at the hotel. 
- 09.30-12.30 - Visit the Krakra Fortress and the Pernik Mining Museum (35km)
- 13.00-15.00 - Lunch at a restaurant in the Rila Nature Park (95km).
- 15.30-18.00 - Visit to Rila Monastery, the largest Orthodox monastery in the Balkans.  Return to Sofia. 
- 19.30-21.30 - Dinner at a restaurant in the central area.

Thursday : 27 mai 2021
      - 07.00 - Packed breakfast. Bus departure in the center of Bulgaria – about 200 km.
- 10.30 -12.00 - Visit Arbanasi - the oldest village in Bulgaria, in fact a mini architectural jewel.
- 12.30 – 14.00 – Lunch at Sevastokrator Restaurant in Arbanasi.
- 14.30 – 16.00 – visiting Veliko Tarnovo - the former medieval capital of Bulgaria
- 16.30 - Travel to Sofia.
- 20.30 – Dinner at one restaurant in Central Sofia.  

Friday : 28 mai 2021
- 07.00-09.00 - Breakfast at the hotel.
- 09.30-12.00 -.Visit to the City Hall in Sofia and the Headquarters of the Bulgarian Railways.
- 12.30-14.30 - Lunch at a restaurant in Sofia.
- 15.00-18.00 - Free time for shopping and relaxation.
- 18.30-22.00 - The official closing of the European Railway Days - AEC - with music, dance  and a special artistic program at a restaurant in the area. 

Saturday : 29 mai 2021
- 07.00-09.00 - Breakfast at the hotel.
 Departure of participants. Transfer to the train station or the airport. 

Estimated costs :
1. From May 17 (festive dinner) until May 22 (breakfast) – 525 euro.
2. From May 16 (dinner) until May 22 (breakfast) – 595 euro.
3. From 16 (dinner) until 18 (breakfast) – 180 euro.
4. Supplement Single room - 20 euro / night.
The program includes accommodation in Hotel Rila ***, full board including drinks for lunch and dinner, bus transport, tour guide with guide, entry to objectives and transfers from the station or airport.

Payment can be organised through the British Section. Please contact us if you are interested in joining us on this visit.

And looking well ahead:
European Days in Madrid, Spain, has been put back until 2022                          
Provisional Programme - (dates will now vary) 
Sunday, September 19, arrival of the participants to the AEC Administration Committee, pick-up at Barajas airport or Madrid-Chamartín station (AVE Waiting Room-Ticket hall) and transfer to the Hotel - Dinner and accommodation
Monday, September 20 - AEC Administration Committee and Arrival participants of the European Days 
- 08.00 - 09.00- Breakfast at the hotel - 9.00 -AEC Board of Directors
-13.00 - Lunch at the hotel, for the participants to the Board of Directors.
- During the day: arrival of the participants to the European Days, pick up at the Madrid Chamartin station (AVE Waiting Room-Ticket Hall) or airport. And transfer to hotel
- 19.30 Gala Dinner opening of the European Days, at the Hotel (with a group of dances typical of the region) and also Discomovil Dance
Tuesday September 21 – TOLEDO
- 7:30 am- Breakfast at the hotel
- 8:30 am departure bus to guided tour of –TOLEDO
 -13h, 30 -Lunch in a restaurant
- 15h - Continued visit Toledo and El Alcazar (Army Museum)
 -19h, 00 Return to the hotel and dinner
Wednesday, September 22: Panoramic Visit of Madrid - Royal Palace Railway Museum
-07h.30- Breakfast at the hotel
- 08:30 - Panoramic Visit Madrid
-10h.30 - Visit Royal Palace
-12h00 - Possible reception City Hall of Madrid
-13h 00 - return to hotel Lunch
- 5:30 p.m. - Visit to the Madrid Delicias Railway Museum
-19h30 Catering dinner inside the Museum
Thursday, September 23: Arganda Train and Chinchón city
- 7h, 30- Breakfast at the hotel
- 8:30 am - Bus departure Excursion to La Poveda Station
- 9:30 am - Travel on the Arganda Train, and visit the museum
- 1:30 pm - Lunch in Restaurant
- 16h30 - Visit-walk through the town of Chinchón, and Castillo de Los Condes (winery where the “Anís de Chinchón” is produced)
 -19h30 - Return to the hotel and Dinner
Friday, September 24: Monastery of El ESCORIAL and Factoría Talgo / Las Matas
- 7:30 am -Breakfast at the hotel
- 8:30 am - Departure bus excursion to El Escorial Monastery 
- 10h00 Visit Monastery of the Escorial
- 12h00 Possible reception at City Hall
- 13.00 food in Restaurant
- 15h30 - quick visit to Factoría Talgo in Las Matas
- 5pm - return to the hotel
-19h.30 -Dinner closing ceremony of the conference, with typical folkloric show from Madrid and dance
Saturday, September 25
-from 07h00 to 09h00, breakfast at the hotel and transfer of participants to the Airport or Train Station
Costs per person (in €) H doble H- single 
Council (1 night) from Sunday dinner to Monday lunch
BASIC (5 nights): from dinner from Monday to breakfast from Saturday
EXTENDED: (6 nights) from Sunday dinner to Saturday breakfast
Supplement for single room ------€ / day
- 40% deposit with registration, before February 19, 2021 to secure place, and the rest before July 19, 2021
- The price includes: 
 - Accommodation with full board, 4 star hotel, with drinks
 - G.T bus trips and guided tours tickets.
Possibilities Collection and transfer to the Hotel
1- At Madrid-Chamartín Station, welcome in the AVE Waiting Room Lobby tickets
2- At Barajas Airport:
a) - Transfers on behalf of the organization from or to the Airport will carry a supplement of --- € / person
b) -METRO from Terminal T-1 to Madrid Chamartín station
c) -Trains Cercanías Renfe from Terminal-T-4 to Madrid-Chamartin, Journey lasts 20 min
d) - From T-1 to T-4 and to the Renfe-Cercanas Airport Station, there is a free bus every 25 minutes.

FEANDC is an organisation with similar social aims to AEC; and like AEC has sections in a number of European countries, including some which do not have AEC sections.  More information about FEANDC is available from Peter Davies whose contact details are on page 2 of the newsletter.  


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