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Rose Festival Kazanlak Epic Tour 2020

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Duration

7 days/6 nights

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

52 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Why Kazanlak Bulgaria Rose Festival is NOT to Be Missed?

Rose Festival Kazanlak is one of the most famous rose festivals in the world. It preserves the Bulgarian spirit, culture, and traditions in an excellent manner. That’s why thousands of travellers gather every year in the Valley of Roses in Bulgaria to explore it. Moreover, Rose Festival Kazanlak 2020 is an amazing opportunity to discover the Valley of Roses in Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Rose, as well as the rose-picking ritual and rose oil distillation. Learn also about the Bulgarian rose oil history. Meanwhile, have a reserved seat in the colourful Rose Parade in Kazanlak. Enjoy the coronation ceremony of the Rose Queen and her breathtaking beauty. So, get ready for your journey in the Valley of Roses in Bulgaria.  You have so much more to experience. Isn’t it exciting?

The Rose of Bulgaria and History of the Bulgarian Rose Oil

Bulgaria is well known as the “land of Roses” and one of the worldwide leaders in the production of rose oil. The Rose of Bulgaria is one of the major symbols of the country. Moreover, it has a deep connection with Rosa Damascena. The history of the Bulgarian rose oil starts in 17th when Rosa Damascena found home in Bulgaria. Nowadays, the oil flower grows in the Valley of Roses in Bulgaria. Additionally, the production of the famous rose oil also happens in the Bulgarian rose valley. It includes the towns of Karlovo, Kazanlak, Strelcha and Pavel Banya. Furthermore, the valley is surrounded by the beautiful Balkan mountains and Sredna Gora. Once the Bulgarian Roses start blossoming, the Valley of Roses become alive with authentic Bulgarian songs and dances of the rose-pickers. This year the Rose Festival in Kazanlak 2020 is on 5-7 June.

Who should visit the Rose Festival Kazanlak?

The Rose Festival Kazanlak 2020 is a great opportunity for all aromatherapists. Learn the history of the Bulgarian rose oil and rose traditions. If you are interested in sightseeing, culture and authentic traditions, you’ll be certainly satisfied. Looking to get social and meet with locals? Kazanlak Bulgaria Rose Festival offers it all.  Feel the authentic vibes of the Rose Valley which is running for centuries. Hence, this is a unique opportunity to spend a couple of nights in the Rose Valley. Blend in with locals.  and welcome to Rose Festival Kazanlak 2020.

What to expect during the Festival in the Valley of Roses Bulgaria?

The Rose Festival Kazanlak takes place on June 5th, 6th, 7th (Rose Festival & Carnival Parade). It has a very cultural, active and artistic Program. Visit the valleys of the Bulgarian festival, as well as one of the leading rose-oil distillery in the world. Furthermore, learn about Rose of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian rose oil history. Moreover, there are three main events represent the festive celebration of the Kazanlak Rose Festival 2020:

  • Early morning rose picking ritual in the rose fields.
  • Carnival Parade (7th June 2020) in the city of Kazanlak.
  • Election of the Rose Queen 2020.

Attractions near Kazanlak

Explore the hidden gems of the Valley of Roses in Bulgaria. So, visit the Valley of the Thracian Kings. Discover the Thracian Tombs, Shipka monument and Shipka Monastery. Moreover, you can visit the museums around or explore the beautiful nature of the Valley of Roses in Bulgaria.

Tour Details

If you like legends, beautiful nature, authentic architecture, spa and roses we invite you to visit the Rose Festival Kazanlak 2020. The departure is certainly guaranteed. We offer private and guided groups up to 8 people with a private guide in Bulgaria. He is fluent in English.

Book now and join our best-selling Rose Festival Tour in Bulgaria. You can take advantage of an additional 20% OFF for early booking. The seats are only 8.  Hurry up! 

  • Dates: 4 June – 10 June 2020
  • Duration: 7 days/6 nights
  • Departure from: Sofia
  • Interest: Festivals, Spa & hot springs, Culture & Traditions, Food & Drinks
  • Travel Style: Active Holidays, Guided Groups, Solo Travellers, Friends & Family
  • Min group size: 4
  • Max group size: 52
  • Activity Level: Moderate (classic mix of driving, walking, time spent enjoying the sights and relax with spa)
  • Driving distance: 940 KM /584 MI

Tour Landmarks

You will firstly explore the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia. Then, our guide will take you to Plovdiv. It’s famous as the City of the seven hills and the European Capital of Culture. Another amazing experience is the visit to the Kazanlak Rose Festival 2020. You will have the rare opportunity to participate in the traditional rose picking ritual. Learn the Bulgarian rose oil history. Watch the Carnival Parade in Kazanlak (on 7th June 2020). Relax with Spa in the famous mineral waters of Starozagorski Bani. Veliko Turnovo is another stop of your amazing journey.  During your stay day, discover the Mediaeval capital of Bulgaria, famous as the “City of the Tsars”.  Last but not least, take the chance to photograph the quaint streets of Koprivshtitsa. It’s one of the most amazing city-museum in the country.

If you have any special preferences, reach out to us. We’ll be happy to customise a tour for you within your budget and needs.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the capital of Bulgaria – Sofia, a city with a 7000-year-long history
  • Visit the European Capital of Culture for 2019 – Plovdiv, the City of the seven hills
  • Enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Rose Festival, participate in rose-picking and the Carnival Parade in Kazanlak
  • Relax with spa in the famous mineral waters of Starozagorski Bani
  • Discover Veliko Tarnovo – the Mediaeval capital of Bulgaria, famous as the “City of the Tsars”
  • Walk and photograph the quaint streets of Koprivshtitsa, the only city-museum in the country

Itinerary

4th June 2020/Day 1: Arrival at Sofia Airport & Welcome drink
4th June 2020/Day 1: Arrival at Sofia Airport & Welcome drink

Our representative will welcome you upon your arrival at Sofia Airport and accompany you to your hotel.

At 21:00, the group will meet up in the hotel lobby and go for a welcome drink with your tour leader. This is a perfect occasion to meet up with your fellow travel companions for the next 6 days.

Tonight, you dine on your own, before the drink meets up.

Included:
• Overnight stay: Central Hotel Sofia 4* or similar, Sofia
• Meals included: N/A

5th June 2020/Day 2: Explore the capital Sofia and the European Capital of Culture - Plovdiv
5th June 2020/Day 2: Explore the capital Sofia and the European Capital of Culture - Plovdiv

After breakfast, at 09:00 you will explore the capital of Bulgaria - Sofia, a city with a 7000-year-long history. A 3-hour sightseeing tour includes one of the symbols of the Bulgarian capital city the 4th-century rotunda of St. George, the remains of the ancient city of Serdica, Banya Bashi Mosque and the mineral baths. You will have a short break at the fountains next to the famous Ivan Vazov National Theatre. You will pass by the National Assembly and take a photo with the monument of King Liberator. Your tour will end with one of the most popular places in Bulgaria – the impressive Alexander Nevsky Memorial Cathedral.

Your journey continues to Plovdiv – the “City of the seven hills’’. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Today’s Plovdiv is a cultural centre of Bulgaria and European Capital of Culture for 2019. The unique Old town boasts beautifully decorated houses, fortress walls, ancient Roman Theatre and magnificent churches. You will walk through the buzzing pedestrian street, which is the longest one in Europe. You will take a photo with the Ancient Roman Stadium, the Ethnographic Museum and you will end up visiting the fashionable Kapana art district.

Finally, you enjoy the stunning views from the top of the Archaeological Complex Nebet Tepe.

Included:
• Overnight stay: Clepsydra Residence 4* or similar, Plovdiv
• Meals included: breakfast

6th June 2020/Day 3: Visit Bachkovo Monastery, the remarkable Asen’s Fortress & relax with spa
6th June 2020/Day 3: Visit Bachkovo Monastery, the remarkable Asen’s Fortress & relax with spa

Today you will head towards Bachkovo Monastery – this is the second largest Bulgarian monastery, founded in 1083. You can learn about the miracles attributed to the UNESCO-listed monastery’s icon of Saint Mary, with gorgeous views across the Rhodope Mountains.

Your next stop will be the remarkable Asen’s Fortress. Throughout its history, Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Bulgarians and Ottomans controlled the fortress. The Medieval fortress is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the region. Your journey continues to the famous mineral water springs of the village Starozagorski Bani.

Enjoy your afternoon at leisure and take advantage of the spa at the hotel.

Included:
• Overnight stay: Calista SPA Hotel 4* or similar, Starozagorski Bani
• Meals included: breakfast

7th June 2020/Day 4: Visit Rose Festival Kazanlak and immerse in the traditional Bulgarian spirit
7th June 2020/Day 4: Visit Rose Festival Kazanlak and immerse in the traditional Bulgarian spirit

Early drive to one of the oldest distilleries in the region. You will learn interesting facts about the cultivation of Rosa Damascena, the rose harvest and the rose distillation process itself. At the end of the tour, you may purchase rose oil, rose water, drinks and souvenirs with the aroma of roses. You will participate in the traditional rose picking at the rose fields near Kazanlak. You will enjoy the Carnival Parade in the city centre and feel the unique atmosphere of the Rose Festival in Kazanlak.

Taste the special celebration lunch with delicious Bulgarian meals and wine.

The region is famous as the valley of the Thracian Kings and dozens of ancient Thracian tombs represent it. You will discover the most spectacular one – the replica of the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, followed by a visit to the Rose Museum. This the only museum in the world, dedicated to the oil-yielding plant – rose.

Enjoy your afternoon at leisure and relax with spa.

Included:
• Overnight stay: Calista SPA Hotel 4* or similar, Starozagorski Bani
• Meals included: breakfast and lunch

8th June 2020/Day 5: Discover the unique Etar and conquer the mighty hill-fortress of Tsarevets
8th June 2020/Day 5: Discover the unique Etar and conquer the mighty hill-fortress of Tsarevets

You will depart for Etar – a unique open-air museum, reproducing the way of life of the Bulgarians in the 19th century. This is a beautiful complex of traditional Bulgarian architecture and crafts.

Your next site is Veliko Tarnovo, the mediaeval capital of Bulgaria from the 12th to the 14th century. Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", it attracts thousands of travellers with its unique architecture. You will enjoy the great view from the hill-fortress of Tsarevets. There you will take some great photos before you reach the Baldwin's Tower. Then you take a stroll through Samovodska market place, with its narrow winding cobbled streets, where every stone tells a story.

You will drive to nearby village of Arbanasi, to immerse yourself in the uniqueness of the Bulgarian spirit and traditional cuisine. You will learn how to prepare the famous Bulgarian homemade yogurt and learn more details of its history. Of course, you will have a chance to taste it along with a delicious cheesy pastry (banitsa).

Included:
• Overnight stay: Park Hotel Asenevtsi 4* or similar, Veliko Tarnovo
• Meals included: breakfast and afternoon snack

9th June 2020/Day 6: Walk the quaint streets of Koprivshtitsa and have a Farewell party
9th June 2020/Day 6: Walk the quaint streets of Koprivshtitsa and have a Farewell party

You will continue our journey with a drive to the charming town of Koprivshtitsa. It is famous for its fascinating history and authentic 19th-century architecture. This is the only city-museum in the country also recognised as a national architectural reserve. You will visit the original houses of the heroes of the April Uprising and learn about the dramatic Bulgarian history. You will visit the beautiful Lutova House with its woollen exhibits, rugs and blankets. You will cross the Kalachev Bridge, where the April Uprising in 1876 broke out. After lunch, you can take lovely photos with the monument of the legendary Georgi Benkovski.

You will have the rest of the afternoon to explore Sofia at your leisure. You can do some shopping, relax at a café on Vitosha street or buy souvenirs.

Then, in the evening at 21:00, you will have a farewell party with your travel companions, a chance to share your favourite memories from your Rose Festival tour.

Included:
• Overnight stay: Central Hotel Sofia 4* or similar, Sofia
• Meals included: breakfast

10th June 2020/Day 7: Transfer to Sofia Airport and Departure
10th June 2020/Day 7: Transfer to Sofia Airport and Departure

When it is time for your Bulgaria adventure to end, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer about three hours before your flight.

Included:
• Overnight stay: N/A
• Meals included: breakfast

Find Out More About Our Extras

• Single room use for 130 EUR per person (If you are a single traveller and do not wish to share a double room with another traveller of the same gender, select Single room use available on our Extras)
• Add 6 dinners for 92 EUR per person (available on our Extras)
• Personal Medical Insurance for 10 EUR per adult up to 65 years (available on our Extras). For adults aged 65 and above, please contact us by email

Included/Exclude

  • 6 overnights in luxury 4-star hotels as per itinerary
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1-afternoon snack
  • Use of swimming pool with thermal water, sauna and steam bath
  • Visit the Rose Festival in Kazanlak on 7th June 2020
  • Take part of the rose picking ritual in the Rose Valley
  • Attend the Carnival Parade with reserved seating
  • Transfers from/to Sofia Airport on arrival and departure
  • Licensed English speaking guide for the whole tour (the guide will be also a driver for groups up to 8 people)
  • Transportation by A/C vehicle for the whole trip
  • Professional driver (for groups over 8 people)
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Bonus services:
  • Welcome drink and Farewell party
  • Tasting of homemade yoghurt and traditional banitsa
  • Tasting of rose-flavoured products
  • Special compliment of the company
  • Flight tickets
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Medical Insurance (available on our Extras)
  • Personal expenses

Tour's Location

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FAQs

Is Bulgaria safe country?
Bulgaria is completely safe. You will never feel in danger, especially in our hands. Take into consideration that you will be welcomed at Sofia Airport. During your whole holiday, you will be in touch with us. Our company representative will be available 24/7 for a chat on WhatsApp or emergency call at +359 8888 13 413.
What are our Payment Details?
All customers are required to pay the full amount of this tour in order to benefit from the special price available by 31.01.2020.

Alternatively, a non-refundable deposit or the full amount will be required at the time of booking, depending on when the booking is made, as in this case the General Terms and Conditions will be applied: https://spatoursbg.com/new/terms-conditions/
What are our Cancellation Policies?
Please note that the deposit you paid (150 EUR) is non-refundable, even if you take advantage of our special price and book by 31.01.2020.

No additional cancellation fees apply besides the deposit if you cancel the tour 40 or more calendar days prior departure. No refund applies for cancellations within 14 or fewer calendar days prior departure and we will retain all funds paid by you. For more information, please read our General Terms and Conditions: https://spatoursbg.com/terms-conditions/
Your Booking Confirmation?
By purchasing this tour online on our website www.spatoursbg.com or by the staff of the Company you are making a booking request. In both cases, an email confirmation along with an invoice for the ordered services will be sent to you. A booking will exist as soon as we issue our Booking Confirmation.
Is your Flight included?
Flights are not included in the tour price.

There are direct flights on affordable prices currently operating to Sofia with: Ryan Air, Wizz Air, Transavia, British Airways, EasyJet, Austrian Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Lufthansa, Air France, Scandinavian Airlines and many others.
Getting Visa & Travel Insurance?
For this tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend checking with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Spa Tours Bulgaria may take care of your travel insurance. It covers medical and personal accidents and it's available on our Extras. For more information, please read here: https://spatoursbg.com/medical-insurance/
Your Accommodation?
We carefully selected for you a 4-star hotel in order to assure your best experience. This accommodation offers a friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
All places have been carefully handpicked by us and their quality is regularly monitored.
Please note: Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates it will be replaced with a hotel of equal value and quality level. Exact accommodation details will be provided to you upon booking confirmation.
I am a Solo Traveller, is there a Single Supplement?
During your stay, you will share a double room with another traveller of the same gender. A single supplement is available on our Extras, if you want to have your own room.
What about the Pace and the Activity Level?
The pace will be standard for a sightseeing tours and our guide will wait for everyone, regardless of their age. Please note that the tour sometimes includes long-distance walking. This means you will be walking about 1-2 kilometres a day.

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  • Single room use(€130,00)
  • Add 6 dinners(€92,00)
  • Personal Medical Insurance(€10,00)

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