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. It is a settlement showcasing over 200 different Bulgarian Renaissance types of mansions. An early start from Sofia will take us across the fertile Thracian Plane. You will arrive in Kazanlak in about 3 hours and you will visit the famous Thracian tomb dating back to the 4th century BC. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then you will 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 Mountain. A planned stop in Koprivshtitsa will give the advantage to explore this Revival Period architectural gem.
12 hours (approx.)
DAYS OF OPERATION: Tuesday & Thursday
PRICING: 50 euro per person
– English-speaking driver
– English-speaking local guide for the sights in the Rose Valley
– Transport in modern vehicle (car/minibus) with air condition
EXCLUSIONS & EXTRAS:
– Admission tickets (optional)
– Hotel pick-up
+ 5/10 euro (depending on location) per reservation (not per person). The pick-up must be reserved during the process of reservation.
– Meals & beverages
– Gratuities (optional)
WHAT TO BRING ON THE TOUR
Wear comfortable shoes suitable to walk on cobbled streets; The tour is not suitable for disabled people.
7:00 am (hotel pick-ups are prior this time)
DEPARTURE & RETURN POINT
From the parking lot in front of “La Cattedrale” restaurant located at the south-east corner of Al. Nevski square (behind Al. Nevski Cathedral).