Bulgaria - The Valley of roses

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Bulgaria - The Valley of roses



1 day: Sofia

Arrival in Sofia - the capital of Bulgaria, cultural and political centre. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Overnight stay.


2 day: Sofia

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Sofia – St. Nedelya Cathedral, St. George Rotunda, Russian Church of St. Nicolas, St. Sophia Church, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Ivan Vazov National Theater. Lunch. A visit to the National Museum of History and the Boyana Church. The Boyana Church is included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage and has preserved frescoes of an unknown artist, which date back to the year 1259. The frescoes impress with the spirituality and expressiveness of their images, created 7 years before the birth of Giotto di Bondone, considered the first Renaissance artist. Overnight stay in Sofia.

3 day: Sofia - Plovdiv

Breakfast. Departure for Rila Monastery – the biggest monastery in Bulgaria, founded in the 10th century by the monk and hermit St. John of Rila, patron and protector of Bulgaria. The monastery served as the centre for cultural and spiritual life of the Bulgarian people, during the centuries of foreign enslavement. Visit to the monastery, the main church and the monastery museum. Departure for Plovdiv – one of Europe’s most ancient cities, older than Athens, Rome and Constantinople. Arrival. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight stay in Plovdiv.  


4 day: Plovdiv - Kazanlak

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Plovdiv – a tour of the old town which consists of one of the most spectacular ensembles of town houses from the period of the Bulgarian National Revival. Visit to the Saints Constantine and Helena Church, Roman Theatre, Regional Ethnographic Museum. Departure for Kazanlak – the capital of the Rose Valley. Arrival. Visit to the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak. The tomb is part of a great Thracian necropolis that dates back to the 4th century BC. It has been part of the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage since 1979. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight stay in Kazanlak or surroundings.

5 day: Kazanlak - Veliko Tarnovo

Breakfast. Visit to the rose fields where rose picking rituals take place. All tourists will be welcomed by young girls wearing typical national costumes and live folklore music. The girls will then accompany tourists into the rose gardens showing them personally how the rose buds are picked. For that purpose each one of them is caring a wicker basket. Baskets will be distributed among tourists too so they can pick some rose buds by themselves. 15-20 min free time in the gardens is provided for that purpose. A visit to the rose distillery. Tourists will be welcomed at the entrance with homemade bread and salt which is a typical Bulgarian tradition. A specialist will introduce visitors to the old way to extract oil from roses, the modern way of extracting oil in the rose-distillery. Ethereal oil testing. Examination of a wide collection of decorative roses. After the visit of the rose-distillery, tourists will be offered to try rose liqueur, rose jam and mineral water. The whole tour will end-up with a short folklore program (about 15-20 min). Free time. Departure to Veliko Tarnovo or Arbanasi. Arrival, accommodation in hotel and overnight stay in Veliko Tarnovo or Arbanasi


6 day: Veliko Tarnovo - Tsarevets - Arbanasi

Breakfast. Sightseeing in Veliko Tarnovo - Tsarevets hill, Samovodska Charshia. A visit to the historical village of Arbanasi - the Konstantsaliev’s House – one of the biggest and most lavishly decorated houses of the Bulgarian National Revival and at the Church of the Nativity of Christ, the oldest church in Arbanasi, unique with its frescoes. Оvernight stay in Veliko Tarnovo or Arbanasi


7 day: Veliko Tarnovo - Dryanovo - Tryavna - Sofia

Breakfast. Departure to Sofia. On the way – visit of Dryanovo monastery, established in the 13th century and situated in the picturesque gorge of Dryanovo River. Visit of Tryavna – a beautiful small town famous with its architecture from the age of the Bulgarian National Revival. Visit of St. Archangel Michael Church, Slaveykov’s school and Daskalov’s house. In the late afternoon – arrival, accommodation and overnight stay in Sofia.


8 day: Sofia

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure.









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