Trips in Bulgaria
Bulgaria: Rose picking in the Valley of roses - program 2
Route: Sofia, Kazanlak, Nesebar, Plovdiv
8 days / 7 Nights
Transport: Coach
Price from: 709 €

Sofia   Kazanlak   Nesebar   Plovdiv  
 
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That program is identical with “The Rose festival – program 2”, but could be carried-out in the period between 20.05.2018–20.06.2018, because that is the time when rose buds are picked and it is possible for the tourists to visit the rose fields, to observe the whole process and even take part in it.

The program includes 7 nights on FB basis – 3 nights in Sofia, 2 nights in Kazanlak or surroundings , 2 nights in Nesebar; transfer with an air-conditioned coach; English speaking guide throughout the entire trip.


PROGRAM

DAY 1: Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay in Sofia.

DAY 2: 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. Dinner. Overnight stay in Sofia.
Useful links:
http://www.incomingbulgaria.com/i.php/cities/view.html?lid=657&cid=72
http://www.incomingbulgaria.com/i.php/world_heritage/boyana_church
http://www.flickr.com/photos/incomingbulgaria/sets/72157626139590239/


DAY 3: Breakfast. Departure to Kazanlak – the capital of the Rose Valley. Arrival. Visit to the Rose Museum, which has unique exhibits relevant to the production of rose oil from the year 1660 until today. Lunch. Visit to Iskra Museum of History (the most recently discovered gold, silver and bronze findings from the Thracian mounds are on display in the new treasury) and 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. Dinner. Overnight stay in Kazanlak.
Useful link:
http://www.incomingbulgaria.com/i.php/cities/view.html?lid=614&cid=72


DAY 4: Breakfast. Visit to the rose fields where rose picking rituals take place. Departure to the rose fields. Arrival at the parking lot in front of the Rose gardens. 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 rosedistillery. 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). Lunch. Visit to a dairy farm in the vicinity of Kazanlak where tourists will be initiated into the secret of making Bulgarian yoghurt. Many people love yoghurt but only few of them know that it was the Thracians who discovered the process of making yoghurt out of milk. And that is not accidental, on the contrary, well known fact is that the bacterium that transforms milk into yoghurt is called Lactobacillus Bulgaricus and it exists only in Bulgaria. Our tourists will have the possibility to become familiar with the knowhow of making yoghurt – a skill inherited from the Thracians. Apart from learning how to prepare yoghurt tourists will learn how to prepare banitza (sheets of pastry with feta cheese filling which is a traditional dish for all regions in Bulgaria). Dinner and overnight in Kazanlak.
Useful link:
http://www.incomingbulgaria.com/i.php/traditions/june


DAY 5: Breakfast. Departure for Nesebar or Sunny Beach. On the way – stop in the town of Sliven. Visit to the city center - the monument of the national hero Hadzhi Dimitar, the clock tower, the old elm. Lunch. Continuing our road to Nesebar or Sunny Beach. Arrival. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay in Nesebar or Sunny Beach.
Useful link:
http://www.incomingbulgaria.com/i.php/cities/view.html?lid=650&cid=72


DAY 6: Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Nesebar – the old town, included in the (churches from the 10th, 11th, 13th and 14th centuries). Lunch. Free time in Nesebar. Dinner. Overnight in Nesebar or Sunny Beach.
Useful link:
http://www.incomingbulgaria.com/i.php/cities/view.html?lid=643&cid=72

DAY 7: Breakfast. Departure to Sofia. On the way there will be a stop in Plovdiv. Lunch. 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. Continuing our road to Sofia. Arrival. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay in Sofia.
Useful links:
http://www.incomingbulgaria.com/i.php/cities/view.html?lid=636&cid=72
http://www.flickr.com/photos/incomingbulgaria/sets/72157626474926586/

DAY 8: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure

Price per person in double room on FB basis
Group 10/15 pax – 709 EUR
Group 16/20 pax – 626 EUR
Group 21/25 pax – 595 EUR
Group 26/30 pax – 569 EUR
Group 31/35 pax – 545 EUR
Group 36/40 pax – 537 EUR
Group 41/45 pax – 527 EUR
Single supplement – 169 EUR


Price includes:
  • 7 nights (7 nights on FB basis – 3 nights in Sofia, 2 nights in Kazanlak or surroundings, 2 nights in Nesebar or Sunny Beach) on FB basis in 3 or 4 star hotels;
  • All entrance fees for museums, listed in the program (National Museum of History and Boyana Church in Sofia; Rose Museum, Iskra Museum of History and Thracian Tomb in Kazanlak; old town in Nesebar; Saints Constantine and Helena Church, Roman Theater and Regional Ethnographic Museum in Plovdiv);
  • Half day program in the rose fields – rose picking;
  • Visit of a dairy farm;
  • All transfers and transport with a luxurious coach (air-conditioning, video, mini-bar);
  • English speaking guide throughout the entire trip.
  • Porterage in the hotels.
  • for 25 paying pax - 1 free of charge

Rual Travel can provide prices on request for groups of more or less than 10 persons. For any inquiries please contact us on the following e-mail - rual@incomingbulgaria.com