Tour highlights: The Rose Festival is unique for Bulgaria. It is a celebration dedicated to the Kazanluk oil-bearing, beauty, youth and creativity. The Rose Festival has the following events – Selection and crowing of the Rose Queen, International Folklore Festival, Rose picking ritual, Festive rose parade, the bread of the Bulgarians, Children’s show spectacle and a memory of Rose Valley.
Description: The ROSE, being the symbol of beauty and youth, at the same time known as the Queen of Flowers, has attracted people since ancient times. In 1903, the citizens of the small town of Kazanluk organized for the first time a Festival of Roses, dedicated to flowers, beauty and grace. The Rose festival has come to be a symbolic reflection of the lifestyle, the spirit and the cultural patterns, typical for Kazanluk region. The Valley of Roses doesn’t exist as a geographical notion, the aroma exhaling from the rose plantations and the rose essence distilled all around, has given this valley huddled between the mountains, the great renown of its “rose” name. The rose grown in the villages around Karlovo and Kazanluk. The rose has an important role in the history of Kazanlak region and is an unchangeable part of the life style of the local people. As a capital of the rose – growing region, Kazanlak hosts the annual Festival of Roses, always the first week of June.
The tour starts early in the morning. After aproximately 3 hours you will reach the Valley of roses. You will have the chance to participate in the rose-picking ritual or just to have a walk in the field of roses. Visit to an authentic and a modern rose oil distillery factory. Treat with Rose liqueur, rose jam, traditional Bulgarian banitsa (homemade cheese pastry). Natural ethereal oils tasting.
After this ritual you will be transferred to the town of Kazanluk and visit of the Kazanluk Thracian tomb /replica/ – UNESCO site and the Historical Museum. At 12:00h you will see the Street parade – carnival procession. After an hour you will go for lunch picnic-barbecue with rich folklore program. After lunch you will visit the Museum of the rose and will go back to Sofia.
Itinerary: The tour starts from your hotel. You will take part in the rose picking ritual and walk in the fields of roses. After that you will taste rose liqueur, rose jam and banitsa. At noon time you will see the Street parade and after that you will have time for lunch. After the lunch you can visit the Kazanlak Thracian tomb, Kazanlak Museum and Museum of Roses. After that you will be transferred back to Sofia.
Starting time: 06:45
Finishing time: 19:00
Duration: 10 hours
Minimum participants: no minimum participants
- Free pick up from your hotel
- Transfers as per programme with comfortable and modern vehicle
- English speaking guide
- Visit to the rose fields and rose-picking ritual
- Visit to the Street parade – carnival procession
- Visit to the Kazanluk Thracian tomb / replica – UNESCO site in Kazanluk (entrance fee is not included)
- Visit to the Kazanlak history museum (entrance fee is not included)
Price does not include:
- Personal experience
- Seat for the town festival parade in Kazanluk – 15 EUR (recommended, with full payment 14 days after the reservation, nonrefundable)
- entrance fees during the tour, which includes: Kazanluk tomb / replica – 8 BGN (4 EUR) , Kazanlak history museum – 6 BGN (3 EUR) Gratuities to the guide and driver
Price for 1 person: 365.00 euro
Price for 2 – 4 persons: 205.00 euro (per person)
Price for 6+ persons: 100.00 euro (per person)