Special offer: The Valley of the Roses & Koprivshitsa
THE VALLEY OF THE ROSES (11 HRS)
- Immerse yourself in the blossom and tender fragrance of the Rose Valley (Roses bloom once annually!)
- See the notorious Kazanluk Thracian Tomb (UNESCO; 4th century BC)
- Learn about the technology of the rose oil (and rakia (Bulgarian brandy) as well) production and sample some rose products
- Visit the iconic Eastern-orthodox memorial temple "The Nativity"
Meeting point: Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the parking lot in front of restaurant La Cattedrale at 7:00 am.
Duration: 11 hours; 5 hrs of transfer time.
English-speaking driver throughout the trip and local English-speaking guide.
Drop off: Alexander Nevski Cathedral
OFFERED EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM THE 15TH OF MAY UNTIL THE 15TH OF JUNE
An exciting full day trip revealing the secrets and splendor of the Bulgarian rose oil production, the ancient Thracian tomb of Kazanlak and the breathtaking mountainous area of the Freedom monument in Shipka. AS a bonus on the way back to Sofia you will have free time to explore on your own the charming town of Koprivshtitsa showcasing over 200 different Bulgarian Renaissance types of mansions. An early start from Sofia will take us accroos the fertile Thracian Plane. We will arrive in Kazanlak in about 3 hours and we will visit to the famous Thracian tomb dating back to the 4th century BC, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then we continue east to the Ethnographic Complex Damascena, located in the heart of the Valley of Roses, where you will learn why Bulgaria is famous for rose oil production. The next stop is the iconic Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ, built between 1885 and 1902 in Russian Moskovite style, a beautifully located Eastern-orthodox architectural jewel. If time allows we can "venture" further up the Balkan Mountains for great views from the Shipka peak. On the return journey to Sofia we will use a different route via the road between the majestic Balkan Mountains and the gentle hills of Sredna Gora Moutains. A planned stop in Koprivshtitsa will give the advantage to explore this Revival Period archtectural gem.
PRICE: 50 Euro/pp.
- English-speaking driver
- English-speaking local guide for the sights in the Rose Valley
- Transport in modern vehicle (car/minibus) with air condition
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
- Food and beverages
- Personal expenses
Wear comfortable shoes suitable to walk on cobbled streets; The tour is not suitable for disabled people
Children under the age of 6 years old will not be permitted on this tour!