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Duration

6 days

Tour Type

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Languages

English

About this tour

In the heart of Bulgaria lies a land veiled in myth and perfumed allure – the Rose Valley. Nestled between rolling hills and whispered legends, this enchanted realm reveals its secrets to those who dare to wander its fragrant pathways.

The Rose Valley is a renowned region famous for its production of roses and the world-famous rose oil. The Thracians played a significant role in shaping the cultural landscape of the region. Their advanced societies were known for their craftsmanship, goldsmithing, and unique religious beliefs. The Valley of the Thracian Kings, near Kazanlak, contains numerous tombs adorned with intricate frescoes depicting scenes from Thracian life and mythology.  The Valley’s fame stems from the cultivation of the Damask rose (Rosa damascena), which has been grown in the region for centuries. The unique climate, soil conditions, and expertise of local farmers have made this area ideal for rose cultivation. The rose fields typically bloom in late spring, usually in May and June, transforming the landscape into a sea of fragrant pink blossoms. The primary product derived from these roses is rose oil, also known as Bulgarian “attar of roses”. It is highly prized in the perfume and cosmetic industries for its exquisite scent and therapeutic properties. The production of rose oil involves a meticulous process of hand-picking the delicate petals early in the morning when their fragrance is the strongest, followed by a steam distillation process to extract the essential oil. The Rose Festival in Kazanlak, held annually in early June, celebrates this rich tradition of rose cultivation. From folk dancing procession to crowning of the Rose Queen, the festival is a true authentic experience.

The Tracian plain has a long history of winemaking, dating back thousands of years. Today, the plain remains one of Bulgaria’s most important wine-producing regions. The area is home to numerous vineyards and wineries. Grape varieties grown in the region include both indigenous Bulgarian varieties and international ones such as Mavrud, Rubin, Pamid, and Cherven Misket, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and others. Winemaking in the Thracian Plain encompasses both traditional and modern techniques to produce high-quality wines that reflect the region’s terroir. The wines of the Thracian Plain range from crisp, aromatic whites to robust, full-bodied reds, as well as rosés and sparkling wines.

So, raise your glass to the Rose Valley, where the beauty of the roses is matched only by the richness of the wine. Here, amidst the blooms and the vines, you’ll find a paradise for the senses, where every sip is a celebration of life, love, and the timeless magic of this enchanting land.

Highlights

  • Rose picking experience in the heart of the Tracian land- the Rose valley
  • Wine tastings in local wineries

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel
  • Private transport
  • Private guide
  • Wine tastings
  • Rose picking experience
  • Meals
  • Insurance

Itinerary

Arrive in Sofia and settle into your accommodations for the evening. Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, where you can sample traditional Bulgarian dishes paired with local wines.

After breakfast, embark on a guided tour of Plovdiv, one of Europe's oldest cities with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Explore the city's historic Old Town, marvel at its well-preserved Roman amphitheater, and visit the ancient Roman Stadium. In the evening, check into Hotel Visualiza and enjoy a wine-tasting dinner featuring a selection of wines from the region.

Today, venture into the picturesque Thracian Plain, home to some of Bulgaria's most renowned wineries. Visit Midalidare and LonaEstVia Wineries, where you'll have the opportunity to tour the vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and sample a variety of wines. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the wineries before continuing your exploration. Later, check into Kings Valley in Kazanlak, where you will indulge in luxurious spa heaven. Lose yourself in the timeless beauty of nature, find solace and renew your spirit.

Today, experience the the charming village of Shipka, known for its stunning views and historical significance. Explore the village and visit the remarkable Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the 4th century BC. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of the Rose and then return to Kings Valley Hotel for another night of relaxation and indulgence.

In the early hours of the morning, before the sun fully rises, the time-honored ritual of rose picking begins. Prepare to embark on a journey into the sea of fragrant blossoms. By noon, the Rose Festival begins. Amidst the backdrop of ritual folk dances, the Rose Queen is crowned following by the procession of the rose harvest. Led by horse-drawn carts laden with freshly picked blooms, the parade winds its way through the streets of Kazanlak, a kaleidoscope of color and fragrance that enchants all who behold it. In the evening, enjoy the welness rituals in the hotel.

Today, on the way to the airport, explore the scenic countryside and visit Starosel necropolis- a masterpiece of the Tracian culture. Sparkling architecture, mysterious rituals and promise of eternal life..This is how we can describe the cult complex, dating from the beginning of the 4th century BC, one of the most incredible monuments from the Antiquity era. Farewell, Tracia!

Durations

Multy-day

Language

English

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Kazanlak, Bulgaria
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