The Valley of Roses is majestic! It is the is the home of the exquisite and rare Bulgarian rose oil, also known as “attar of roses”, a well renowned world center for rose oil production and the source of many of the world’s finest perfumes. May and June are the most majestic months in the Rose Valley, as the rose fields are blossoming and the entire valley is enveloped with their fragrance. It is unique and rare experience to visit the Rose Valley in May or June- to breath, to immerse in the rose fragrance. Feel the roses as a resource for healing, creativity, balance, peace and beauty.The oil-yielding rose – Rosa Damascena - was brought to Bulgaria from India via Persia, Syria and Turkey. The Rose Valley is situated between the Balkan and Sredna Gora mountains. In the 19th century Rosa Damascena became the greatest wealth of the Kazanlak region. Today Rosa Damascenan is a symbol of Bulgaria. Rose picking lasts for about a month- from May 20 to June 20, but that depends on the spring weather conditions. Picking is done every morning from 5 a.m. till 9-10 a.m .
Tour Itinerary: Route: Sofia (1 night) - Plovdiv (1 night) - Sofia (1 night)
Day 1: Arrive at Sofia International Airport. You will be met by your local guide. Transfer to your hotel to check-in for two nights. Time to unpack and rest. Dinner at the hotel. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel. We’ll start the day with sightseeing tour in downtown area: we’ll see some of the most famous historical, architectural and cultural landmarks of the city: Alexander Nevski Memorial church, a masterpiece of 20th century architecture; the remains of Roman Ulpia Serdica Fortification /3rd – 5th century/; St. George’s Rotunda /4th century/, famous for its original structure and unique frescoes. After lunch (not included), depart for Plovidv, Bulgaria’s second city. Arrive and settle at your hotel in downtown area. We’ll take a walking tour in this ancient city, which has astonishing historical and cultural heritage and an amazing Old Town, applying for UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. We’ll visit the Roman stadium and the fabulous amphitheatre built in the 2nd century during the time of Emperor Trajan and will walk in the Old Town to see some of its charming National Revival style houses of the 18th-19th century. Dinner will be enjoyed at a restaurant in town. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 3: After an early breakfast in the hotel we’ll leave Plovdiv for the Valley of Roses, which is situated between the Balkan and Sredna Gora mountains and is the home of the exquisite Bulgarian rose oil, also known as “attar of roses”. This area is Bulgaria’s most important centre of rose oil production, which is the main source for many of world’s finest perfumes.
The oil-yielding rose, ‘Rosa Damascena’ was brought to Bulgaria from India via Persia, Syria and Turkey. In the 19th century ‘Rosa Damascena’ became the greatest wealth of the Kazanlak region. Today ‘Rosa Damascena’ is a symbol of Bulgaria. Rose picking lasts for about a month: from about mid May till about mid June, however this depends on actual weather conditions. Rose picking is done early in the morning, from 5 a.m. till not later than 9-10 a.m.
May and June are the most majestic months in the Valley of Roses, as the rose fields are blossoming and the entire valley is enveloped with their fragrance. In the first weekend of June the traditional Rose Festival takes place. We’ll depart hotel early in the morning so that we can arrive in time to take part in the rose picking process in the rose fields. After that we’ll visit a private rose distillery to attend the rose distilling process and to learn about traditions of rose oil production in Bulgaria and its modern developments and perspectives. If our visit to Kazanlak falls on the actual days of the Rose Festival, we’ll have the chance to attend the traditional Carnival procession in the streets of Kazanlak which usually takes place on Sunday at noon time.
This area became also popular as Valley of Thracian Kings because of the numerous breathtaking archaeological finds dating back to the golden times of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis. We’ll learn about Thracian history and culture during our guided visits to the History Museum in town and to the replica site of the world-famous 4th century BC Thracian cupola tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch will be enjoyed at a national style restaurant in Kazanlak. Dinner is on your own to explore local fare in the vicinity of your hotel in downtown area of Sofia. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Breakfast in the hotel. Free time in town for last minute personal activities. Transfer to Sofia Airport for departure flight. End of Program. Includes: (B).
Note: The Rose Festival will take place on 6th June at Kazanlak. But we can organize a fabulous Bulgarian Rose Tour at any time in May and the first half of June.
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