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Sofia Rila Monastery Plovdiv Kazanlak Gabrovo Veliko Tarnovo Arbanassi Sofia 01 June 06 June 2023 Colorful Celebration with the warm touch of the June wеаther the fruitful Bulgarian . .
Country: Bulgaria
City: Kazanlak
Duration: 6 Day(s) - 5 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
Package Itinerary

Sofia – Rila Monastery – Plovdiv – Kazanlak – Gabrovo – Veliko Tarnovo – Arbanassi – Sofia

01 June – 06 June 2023

Colorful Celebration with the warm touch of the June wеаther – the fruitful Bulgarian soil produces the best rose oil worldwide and why not create your own colorful getaway with the sunrise amongst the rose fields


- Escorted tour with fixed departure dates

- Dedicated to the annual Rose festival in Kazanlak which attracts thousands of people from all over the world.

- Accommodation in first-class hotels

Most Important Sights and Attractions:

- Join the local people for the rose-picking in the rose fields

- Take part in the colorful carnival procession in Kazanlak

- Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia – is one of the oldest cities in Europe

- Replica of UNESCO-listed Thracian Tomb in Kazanlak

- Old town of Plovdiv – 19th-century houses and Roman ruins, including an Antique Theater in use today

- UNESCO-listed Rila monastery – the biggest Bulgarian spiritual center

Day 1 – 01.06 – Sofia (D)

Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer and accommodation at the hotel. Welcome dinner and overnight.

Day 2 – 02.06 – Sofia – Rila Monastery – Sofia (B)

After breakfast – a panoramic tour around the Bulgarian capital and visit the most interesting historical sights: the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the St. Sofia Church, which had given the name of the city, and the historical and cultural center of the capital.

Set off to Rila monastery (X c.)- the biggest Bulgarian spiritual center since the Middle Ages till nowadays, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is located in a picturesque mountain area. The Monastery has a rich collection of icons and wall paintings. Its museum keeps a real treasure: a wooden cross of just 81 cm in height, carved with 104 religious scenes and 650 figures.

Return back to Sofia for overnight in the same hotel.

Day 3 – 03.06 – Sofia – Plovdiv (B, L)

After breakfast – depart to Plovdiv - the “City of the seven hills’’. Plovdiv is the oldest city in Europe and still exists today. It was called Philippopolis in the IV century B.C. in honor of King Philip II of Macedonia. Today Plovdiv is a cultural center of Bulgaria and selected European Capital of Culture for 2019.

A walking tour of the Old Town of Plovdiv is impressive with the houses-museums of the Revival period like the Ethnographical Museum; the Ancient Theater, the Fortress walls, the oldest church in the city – “St. Constantine and Helena”, etc. We will see the Muslim temple Dzhoumaya Mosque and the Roman Stadium on the main street of Plovdiv.

Lunch at a local restaurant in the old town.

In the afternoon – free time at leisure or the possibility to book optional tours:

Optional tour 1: Visit Asenova Fortress and Bachkovo monastery – one of many beautiful places in Rhodopy Mountain. The monastery is famous for its miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary and the beautiful frescoes in its refectory. We are going to visit the monastery, see the church and have a relaxed day.

Optional tour 2: Wine tasting in a reputed winery from Thracian Lowlands

Overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 4 – 04.06 – Plovdiv – ROSE FESTIVAL – Veliko Tarnovo (B, D)

After breakfast – depart to Kazanlak - the capital of the Rose Valley. We will join the local people in the rose-picking in the rose plantations near Kazanlak. Visit of authentic operating rose distillery and introduction to the technology of production of rose oil (a highly esteemed component in the perfume and cosmetics industry), tasting rose products. Visit the traditional for this festival town carnival - a big attraction for tourists.

In the afternoon - visit the replica of the Thracian Kazanlak Tomb, dating back to the 4th C. BC (listed in the world natural and historical heritage of UNESCO).

Next is Etara - a unique open-air museum that reproduces the way of life of the Bulgarians in the 19th c. It is a great attraction for tourists, one of the most visited places in the country.

Departure to Veliko Tarnovo. Accommodation, dinner, and overnight.

Day 5 – 05.06 – Veliko Tarnovo – Sofia (B, D)

After breakfast – a city tour of the old capital of Bulgaria – Veliko Tarnovo. Visit the historical hill Tsarevets with the Fortress, the Patriarchal church, and Emperor Baldwin’s Tower. You will walk along the old Trade Street – “Samovodska Charshia”.

Next is the visit to Arbanassi village, famous for its ancient rich decorated churches and magnificent architecture. It used to be a residence of the Bulgarian kings.

Departure to Sofia. Accommodation, dinner, and overnight in Sofia.

Day 6 – 06.06 – Sofia

After breakfast – free time. Transfer to the airport and flight back home.

Hotels in the program (or similar):

Sofia – St. George 3* or Rosslyn Thracia 4*

Plovdiv – Park Hotel Plovdiv 3* or Alliance 4*

Veliko Tarnovo – Family Hotel Akvaya 3* or Grand Hotel Yantra 4*

Included Services:

- Accommodation for 5 nights in 3* or 4* hotels on BB base.

- 9 meals – 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners, and 1 lunch

- Throughout transportation by a comfortable car, van, or minibus. for groups of up to 6 passengers, the guide is also a driver

- Entertainment program in Kazanlak

- Parking fees and road taxes.

- All entrance tickets for the tour objects visited

- Professional tour guide speaking your language* throughout

* for some languages a supplement may be applied

- Detailed map of Bulgaria

Tour Prices Don’t Include:

- Other meals than mentioned.

- Beverages.

- Porterage in the hotels.

- Flight tickets to Bulgaria

- Seat places for the carnival procession at Kazanlak central square – upon availability at the moment of booking – Please contact for the price.

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