The Best of Bulgaria: Festival of Roses, Legends, Traditions

The Best of Bulgaria: Festival of Roses, Legends, Traditions


Prepare to immerse yourself in the Valley of Roses and the folklore of Bulgaria... Some say that to visit Bulgaria and not go to the Valley of roses is to go to Egypt and not see the pyramids. For a period of more than 330 years, Bulgaria won recognition as the country of roses and the rose flower has rightfully become one of its symbols. Statistics show that once about 75% of the world rose oil was produced in Bulgaria. Today a kilo costs almost two kilos of gold on the world markets. Package prices: Minimum 2 people to travel: $2,310.000 CAD per person in twin room Includes: 4* hotel accommodation in Sofia 3+* hotels in Plovdiv, Kazanluk and Veliko Turnovo Tour guide in English Full Board meals ( starts with dinner and finishes with breakfast – day 7 ) Entrance tickets Deluxe car/ minibus

The Best of Bulgaria: Festival of Roses, Legends, Traditions

Day 1 : SOFIA

Sofia – arrival transfer with panorama tour of Sofia. Dinner and overnight 4* hotel.

Sofia, Bulgaria     


Departure from Sofia to Rila Monastery UNESCO site. Tour. Admire wooden balconies, azure fretwork, collonades, facades and colourful frescoes, silhouetted against a fantastic panorama of mountain peaks. Altitude 1147 meters above sea level. Founded in the 10th century. National Historical Reserve since 1976. UNESCO site since 1983.

Lunch. Departure to Plovdiv via mountain picturesque roads. Arrival in Plovdiv - 2nd largest city in Bulgaria, once capital city of Philip the 2nd of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great. The city is contemporary of Troy, and is much older than Athens and Rome.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Plovdiv.

Sofia, Bulgaria      Rila, Bulgaria      Plovdiv, Bulgaria     


Morning tour of the Old Plovdiv architectural reserve – visit Hindlian House, the Ancient Amphitheatre, St. Constantine and Helena Church, the workshop of a local potter. Lunch. Proceed to Kazanluk – the Valley of Roses, known as well as the Valley of the Thracian kings. Check in at the hotel.

Demonstration of folklore costumes from different regions of Bulgaria and lesson of Bulgarian folklore dances. Dinner with folklore performance.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria      Kazanlak, Bulgaria     


Early breakfast. Departure to the Rose fields. Rose gathering, visit traditional and modern rose distillery, tasting of rose and essential oils, pastry with cheese, rose jam and rose liquor.

Visit of the history museum of Kazanluk and Kazanluk Thracian tomb ( UNESCO site, copy ).

Carnival procession on the main street of Kazanluk. Lunch barbeque with folklore performance from all folklore regions of Bulgaria. Departure to Shipka memorial church. Visit. Via Shipka mountain pass to Dryanovo Monastery. Visit. Proceed to Veliko Turnovo. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Kazanlak, Bulgaria      Shipka, Bulgaria     Dryanovo, Bulgaria      Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria     


Full day tour of Veliko Turnovo – the Mediaeval Capital city of Bulgaria, located on 4 hills above Yantra river. Visit Samovodska Charshia Street of Crafts with some workshops, antique and souvenir shops. Visit Tsarevets Royal Hill with the fortress, Patriarh`s complex and Baldwin tower – the leader of the 4th Crusade.

Lunch in Arbanassi museum village. Visit of the area and the nearby Petropavlovski Monastery. Late afternoon departure from Veliko Turnovo to Sofia. Dinner and check in at the hotel.

Sofia, Bulgaria      Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria      Arbanassi, Bulgaria     

Day 6 : SOFIA

Sofia – half day panorama walking tour to visit Alexander Nevski Memorial Cathedral, St. Sofia 6th basilica, the National Theatre, the former Royal Palace, the National Theatre, the Presidency, St. George 4th c Rotunda, the ruins of Ancient Serdica. Lunch. Free afternoon for own discoveries and shopping. Dinner and overnight.

Sofia, Bulgaria     

Day 7 : SOFIA Sofia

Departure transfer.

Sofia, Bulgaria