General

PRICE FROM: 555 euro
DURATION: 5 days
ROUTE: Sofia, Kazanlak, Veliko Tarnovo, Sofia
INFO: This tour operates during the Festival of the Rose organized in the town of Kazanlak. Experience rose picking, visit rose distillery, see the big parade on the main street. Join the celebrations and be part of the festival!

Dates of the rose festival – June 2 – 4, 2017

DETAILED ITINERARY OF THE ROSE FESTIVAL 2017 TOUR:

The Rose Festival Tour is available only the first weekend of June 2017.

Day 1 – Friday – June 2, 2017

Arrival at Sofia Airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Walking tour in the center – visit the Saint Nedelya Church, the Statue of St Sofia – the symbol of the city, the Parliament square, the Presidency, the National Theater, the Ruins of Serdica and the Rotonda St George 4th c. AC, the Russian Church, the St. Sophia early Christian basilica, which has given the city its name, the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – the biggest and the most beautiful on the Balkan Peninsula, the Monument of Alexander II – Tzar Liberator, the Parliament. In the afternoon – time at leisure. Dinner. Overnight. Rose Festival 2017

Optional: Visit Boyana Church (UNESCO site) situated 8 km from the center of Sofia.

B Accommodation in Sofia at Best Western Thracia Hotel **** (centrally located)

Day 2 – Saturday- June 3, 2017

Departure to Kazanlak. Experience rose picking in one of the villages in the vicinity of Kazanlak. Attend the exhibition of Bulgarian traditional breads and taste different types and flavors. In the afternoon take photo with the Queen Rose – elected on the previous day in a glamorous ceremony. Visit the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlakthe monument dates back to the 4th century BC (UNESCO site). In the historical museum of Kazanlak –see original artifacts from the Thracia era that will give you complete information about the Thracian culture and civilization. In the evening – join the International Folklore festival.

B Accommodation in Kazanlak in hotel Diamant (or similar) *** 

Day 3 – Sunday – June 4, 2017 Rose Festival 2017

Two main events mark the celebrations – harvesting ritual in the rose gardens and the parade along the streets of the town. After breakfast take one of the off-roads around Kazanlak where is organized a big folklore concert. The highlight of the day is the carnival parade on the main pedestrian street starting at noon followed by official lunch with traditional folklore program. In the afternoon – visit one of the rose distilleries where you will be given interesting facts about the rose industry in Bulgaria. Before your eyes the rose petals will turn into rose oil. In the evening attend the closing festivities on the main square.

B Accommodation in Kazanlak in hotel Diamant (or similar) *** 

Day 4 – Monday – June 5, 2017 Rose Festival 2017

Departure to Veliko Tarnovo. On our way we will visit “Etara” – an open air museum. It is the first museum presenting the historic past, economic development and the way of living of the population in 18 – 19th c. The shopping street represents 22 crafts, the way they were practiced locally in the mid-19th century. Continue to Veliko Tarnovo – capital city of The Second Bulgarian Kingdom. After breakfast – tour of the city. Visit to “Tsarevets” – a mediaeval stronghold located on a hill with the same name. It served as the Second Bulgarian Empire’s primary fortress and strongest bulwark from 1185 to 1393, housing the royal and the patriarchal palaces. 47 churches and 400 residential houses have been discovered in the whole complex. Fortified walls and defensive towers surround the city. The tower of Baldwin is the most famous and is an evidence for the power of the Bulgarian Kingdom. Stroll on the old Marketplace Samovodska Tcharshia and visit some of the local work shops. Only 4 km from Veliko Turnovo is Arbanassi, a charming village with an eventful history and fascinating architecture. Thirty six of its 80 houses and the five local churches have been declared for national monuments of culture. Rose Festival 2017

B Accommodation in Veliko Tarnovo in hotel Gurko *** 

Day 5 – Tuesday – June 6, 2017

Departure to Sofia. Drop off at the airport. End of service.

Schedule is subject to change. You can choose your own departure time.

For more information about prices, booking and payment options please contact us.

 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • the St Alexander Nevski Cathedral
  • the Thracian tomb in Kazanlak
  • the Tsarevets hill in Veliko Tarnovo

INCLUDES:

  • 4 breakfasts, 1 festive lunch
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coach – WI-FI ON BOARD. All our vehicles see here
  • Professional tour guide
  • All tickets and admissions for the parade and the events Rose Festival 2017

EXCLUDES:

  • Meals and drinks other than stated
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional activity costs
  • Paypal fees, bank fees

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

This tour can be paid by credit card, paypal, bank transfer.

Please note paying by credit card will apply a supplementary fee of 2,5% for VISA card and 1% for Master Card. Paying by paypal will apply a supplementary fee of 4% for overseas transactions.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR THIS TOUR:

Our cancellation policy for the Rose festival tours has the following special conditions :

Upon booking we require 50% of the price which is non refundable. This is because of the fact that the hotels in Kazanlak request 100% non-refundable prepayment upon booking.

The balance is due 21 days before arrival

Cancellations :

21 to 14 days prior to departure – 50 % of the balance

14 to 7 days prior to departure – 70 % of the balance

7 to 3 days prior to departure – 80 % of the balance

3 to 0 days prior to departure – 100 % of the balance

After the departure or no-show – 100 % of the balance

Program of the Rose Festival June 2 – June 4, 2017

June 2 /Friday/
6 pm at the
Seuthopolis square
International Folklore Festival – opening
9 pm
at the
Seuthopolis square
Official opening of the Rose festival 2017, “Queen Rose 2016“competition. Election and coronation, fireworks, festive concert
June 3  /Saturday/
10 am
Rose picking ritual – village of Kanchevo and village of Razhena 
10 am at the
Seuthopolis square
City days of Kazanlak
Ceremony of raising the flag
11 am at the “Rosarium” park „The bread of the Bulgarian – rite, customs and faith“ – exhibition and bread tasting ceremony
5:30 pm
at the 
Seuthopolis square
International Folklore Festival 
June 4 /Sunday/
10 am
Rose picking ritual near Kazanlak
12 noon Festive Parade
8 pm
at the 
Seuthopolis square
Closing ceremony of the 113th Rose Festival, concert

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