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ROSE FESTIVAL

AMAZING KAZANLAK - HEART OF THE ROSE VALLEY

SOFIA - PLOVDIV - KAZANLAK - RILA MONASTERY - SOFIA

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DAILY PROGRAM

DAY 1

Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation. Walking tour of Sofia - St. George Rotunda, the Administration of the President, the National Archeological Museum, 16th century Banya Bashi Mosque, St. Nedelya Church, National Theatre, former Royal Palace, National Assembly Square, Alexander Nevski Cathedral - the biggest one in Bulgaria and according to many - the most spectacular building in Sofia. Overnight in Sofia.

DAY 2

Breakfast. Drive to Plovdiv - EUROPEAN CAPITAL of CULTURE 2019. Sightseeing of the Old town, including the Roman Ancient Theatre, which was built in the 1st century AD and is nowadays considered to be the largest surviving Roman construction in Bulgaria, visit to the Ethnographic Museum, Roman Stadium, St. Constantine and Helena Church, etc. Free time in the Kapana creative district, main shopping street, city garden. Accommodation. Overnight in Plovdiv.

DAY 3

Breakfast. Free day in Plovdiv or optional tour to Bachkovo Monastery. Visit to Bachkovo Monastery - second largest in Bulgaria, it has been established in 11th century and keeps the treasures of a millennial tradition. Tour of the monastery complex - Church of the Nativity, Old Refectory, Monastery Panorama. Return to Plovdiv and free time. Overnight in Plovdiv.

DAY 4

Early breakfast. Departure for the Rose Valley. On the way stop at the rose massifs near Kazanlak for a photo break and observation of rose picking. Sightseeing of Kazanlak - walk around the historic area of the town and the Ethnographic Complex with demonstration of rose oil distillation, visit of Kazanlak Thracian Tomb, which dates back to the 4th century BC and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its murals and paintings are Bulgaria’s best preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period. Visit to the local history museum with the most important artifacts discovered in the Valley of the Thracian Rulers. In the afternoon - free time in Kazanlak. Accommodation in Stara Zagora area.

DAY 5

Breakfast. Return to Kazanlak and visit to the unique Museum of Roses. In the afternoon - visit to the Festival Parade Carnival - famous procession taking place on the streets of Kazanlak with traditional dancers and singers. Departure for Sofia. Accommodation and overnight in Sofia.

DAY 6

Breakfast. Drive to Rila Monastery - the most exquisite example of monastery art and architecture in Bulgaria. The church Nativity of the Virgin with its miraculous icon of the Virgin and splendid gilded iconostasis, the Monastery kitchen, Rila Monastery Museum keeping the long and heroic history of the monastery, the beautiful wood-carved cross, created for a period of twelve years by a monk called Rafael, Hrelyu’s Tower and many spectacular views from the mountain and the surrounding nature are the highlights of this tour. Return to Sofia. Optional dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances. Overnight in Sofia.

DAY 7

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport and departure.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

Arrival and departure airport transfers;
6 nights accommodation on BB basis at 3* and 4* hotels in Sofia, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora;
Transportation with air-conditioned comfortable vehicle;
All excursions mentioned in the itinerary except for optional tours;
Entry taxes for the visited in the itinerary sights;
Ticket for the Rose Festival in Kazanlak;
Professional English-speaking guide;

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

International flights;
International travel insurance;
Half day tour to Bachkovo Monastery;
Personal expenses, meals (lunch, dinner) and drinks, entry taxes for museums visited individually;
Dinner at traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances in Sofia;
Porterage, tips for the guide and the driver;
Visa support (if required) and any other documentation and services required by the authorities for entering Bulgaria;

USEFUL INFO

Please check visa requirements for Bulgaria for your country.
This tour operates for a minimum of 15 tourists.
Depending on weather conditions or other circumstances, changes to the program can be done.
You will be asked to supply your flight details in case you are booking your international flights individually.

 

No medical or health conditions associated with the travel.
Bulgarian citizens traveling to the country need to have a valid identity card.

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