Most of the rose oil - Rosa damascena produced in the world comes from the Valley of the Roses in Bulgaria. On this unique tour you will enjoy the excitements of the Rose Festival, take part in the rose harvest, see the rose distillation process and more importantly buy the freshest rose otto oils and related products at manufacturer price. The superb qualities of Bulgaria’s variety of grapes are also famous to the world. Wine production in Bulgaria goes back to the ancient times and Thracian’s wines are well-known of their delicious tastes. Wine tasting is another highlight of this tour.Beautiful Bulgaria has a traditional rural heart containing medieval cities and exquisitely preserved towns, providing a window onto a Europe that has all but vanished.Beside roses and wines, you will visit the beautiful medieval city of Plovdiv with its romantic old town and the capital city of Sofia;visit the most magnificent Thracian tombs in Europe;experience an eco-trek walk and the traditional village living.
Day 1 Arrive in Sofia and meeting on the Airport around 13.00! Head onto the village of Kalofer and transfer to Cucovata House. In the evening, hear a talk on “The History of the Rosa Damascena” and enjoy a welcome dinner at the house with traditional home cooked food.
Day 2 Rise early to join the rose harvest in the rose fields.Afterwards, a workshop on Bulgarian Roses and in the afternoon you will join a workshop with Nikolay to prepare rose jam and rose syrup.Dinner with live music.
Day 3 Join local guide Nikolay for a full day hike along the Biala Reka eco-path, examining local flowers and herbs on the way with a picnic lunch en route. This specialist walk received the Conde Nast Traveller Award for best eco-destination in the world in 2005.Later, visit the men’s monastery and hear a liturgy.
Day 4 Spend the following morning at the Rose Festival in the nearby village of Pavel Banja, watching locals dressed in colourful traditional costumes performing live music and folk dances In the afternoon, drive to Tarnichene and visit its active rose distillery, the Enio BonchevDistillery, where you will learn first-hand about the painstaking process used for harvesting and producing this precious substance, and the use of rose oil in a variety of products from oils to rose jam and rosewater. In the evening, enjoy dinner back at Cucovata House.
Day 5-Plovdiv-Capital of Culture 2019 -city tour. It is declared an architectural museum reserve with over 150 monuments of culture - houses from the National Revival period. Its magnificent houses are turned into museums, galleries, workshops, restaurants. There are also parlors and studios of painters and wood-carvers. Families from Plovdiv own many of those houses. The most distinguished examples of the Baroque of Plovdiv are the house of Koiumjioglu (now an ethnographical museum), the house of Georgiadi (now the Rennaissance museum of the national struggle), the house of Nedkovich (the municipality), the gallery of the renowned Bulgarian painter Zlatyo Boyajiev, the house of Balabanov (now a gallery of modern painting, as well as a concert hall). UNESCO awarded Plovdiv a gold medal for architecture in 1979. In the afternoon wine tasting in “Starossel Winery
Day 6-Kazanlak -Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Thracian Tombs at Kazanlak, which are famous for their unique mural paintings, as well as the newly opened Thracian Tombs of Golamo Kozmitska. In the afternoon, visit the Church of St Nikolay.
Day 7 Spend the next day in Kalofer, starting with a visit to the traditional laundry. Over lunch at Cucovata House,visit the Women’s monastery, the 200year old mill and the Church of the Archangel Mikhail. In the afternoon, take a gentle walking tour with wine and raki tasting, before a Farewell Dinner at Cucovata House.
Day 8 Next morning, drive to Sofia for your flight
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