What could a history nerd with penchant for languages and a classically trained dancer and choreographer possibly have in common???

Well, let’s see…

  • Born and raised in Europe, we met on a cruise ship where Lana was a choreographer and Alex a restaurant manager.
  • We share a passion for discovering Europe’s little-known corners or revisiting old favorites.
  • We love exploring a country through its people, food, drink, music, and dance.
  • We enjoy the exhilaration of waking up in a new place and taking in its unique sights, sounds, and aromas.
  • We can’t wait to share our travel experiences and inspire other people to plan their own unique trips.
  • Oh yeah, and let’s not forget the two well-traveled teenagers we are proud to call our kids.


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‘You have to realize that Turkey is huge, and travel brings the visitor so many different perspectives. Everyone needs to spend three or four days in Istanbul for the culture, the scenery, and the great food. They’re introducing new restaurant concepts that offer a twist on traditional Ottoman cuisine,’ said Alex Datsev.

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‘The knowledge that Alex Datsev gained as a tour guide in his home country of Bulgaria will help you navigate the region's relatively undeveloped infrastructure and sometimes Communist-­style customer service mentality. He’ll have you taking classes in traditional Bulgarian wood carving or visiting the private cellars of a Romanian monastery for wine­tasting and a chat with the monks’

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‘The eastern countries, such as Romania, Bulgaria and Lithuania, have all the beauty of Western Europe, at half the price,’ Datsev added. ‘For the price of five days in Paris, you can spend two weeks in Eastern Europe. And the people are so much friendlier.’

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Croatia is booming, almost out of control. We had a real challenge to find hotels this year,’ Alex Datsev tells Travel Agent


If you’re the type of traveler who:

  • Seeks to explore a destination off the beaten path and discover its hidden gems that most tourists never get to see
  • Embraces ‘slow travel’ with plenty of time to immerse yourself in the local culture with all five senses
  • Ventures beyond the tourist attractions in search for that special experience that makes a place unique and unforgettable


…then you’ll feel right at home here! At Cultured Adventurer, we believe there is a better way to travel around Europe. We advocate leisurely, more in-depth, and personalized travel where a destination is discovered through its people, culture, and food rather than being rushed through and ticked off a bucket list.