4 days / 3 nights
Including a fascinating journey through the famous Valley of Roses
1st - 4th June, 2018
The Rose Festival will take place on June 3rd, 2018 at Kazanlak
This year we celebrate 115 Years of the Rose Festival at Kazanlak
JOIN A SMALL GROUP UP TO 10 PARTICIPANTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
LOCAL ROSE FESTIVALS IN BULGRIA:
The Rose Festival in Strelcha - May 26th, 2018
The Rose Festival in Karlovo - May 26th, 2018
The Rose Festival in Pavel Banya - June 10th, 2018
Per person cost
€ 545.00 per person (double/twin room sharing)
Single Supplement: € 90.00.
Single supplement applies for single travelers or for those traveling together who would prefer a single room.
1. Accommodation at comfortable, centrally located, 4-star hotels as per itinerary
2. One lunch on a 3 course set menu.
3. Transportation by private minibus.
4. Full time English speaking guide.
5. Entrance fees as per itinerary
NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR HOLIDAY: Transfer to your hotel on arrival and departure is NOT included in
the cost of your holiday.
The Valley of Roses is majestic! It is the is the home of the exquisite and rare Bulgarian rose oil, also known as “attar of roses”, a well renowned world center for rose oil production and the source of many of the world’s finest perfumes. May and June are the most majestic months in the Rose Valley, as the rose fields are blossoming and the entire valley is enveloped with their fragrance. It is unique and rare experience to spend a night or two at Kazanlak in May or June- to breath, to immerse in the rose fragrance. Feel the roses as a resource for healing, creativity, balance, peace and beauty.Doreen Virtue writes:"Mother Mary is often called “Our Lady of the Roses” because these beautiful flowers are one of her symbols. When we’re in her sacred presence, we may smell the fragrance of roses without having any physical flowers nearby.In fact, the name Rosary means “a garland of roses.” Roses are considered the queen of flowers, and white ones symbolize Mother Mary. Red blooms are said to have blushed when she kissed them in heaven. In the Middle Ages, roses were used in purification ceremonies, and Mother Mary is the ultimate symbol of purity. White roses are associated with Mary’s joys, red with her suffering, and yellow with her glory."
The oil-yielding rose – Rosa Damascena - was brought to Bulgaria from India via Persia, Syria and Turkey. The Rose Valley is situated between the Balkan and Sredna Gora mountains . In the 19th century Rosa Damascena became the greatest wealth of the Kazanlak region.
The Valley of Roses, where the Bulgarian Rose Oil or rose attar is produced, has at all times amazed people with its beauty. The great Bulgarian writer Ivan Vazov gave vent to his emotions which the lush landscape of the Rose Valley evoked in him back in 1886.
"How beautiful this valley is! As far as eyes can see, glistening green meads and tender velvety swards, rose gardens in blossoms spelling fragrance, clear mountain springs murmuring through fresh meadows, tufts of chestnuts, walnuts, plum-trees, cherries, cornel-trees and apples in flowers and across this wonderful green panorama, among copses of willows and whispering elms, the young Toundzha meanders in wonderful curves. At the background one can see Balkan mountain: a range of giant peaks, basking in the blue sky... And fifteen days later, some enchantress will sprinkle dewy roses upon these tender greens and the air will be flooded by this fragrance and by the songs of the dark-eyed women rose-harvesters with freshly-picked rose flowers on their heads..."
Today Rosa Damascenan is a symbol of Bulgaria. Rose picking lasts for about a month- from May 20 to June 20, but that depends on the spring weather conditions. Picking is done every morning from 5 a.m. till 9-10 a.m .
Some interesting facts about the Rose Valley and the Rose Festival in Bulgaria
The Valley of Roses is situated between the Balkan and Sredna Gora mountains. This area is Bulgaria’s most important centre of rose oil production, which is the main source for many of world’s finest perfumes.
The Rose Valley includes Karlovo , Kazanlak, Strelcha, Pavel Banya rose fields, as well as some parts of the Nova Zagora fields. The total area is about 3,300 square kilometers.
Strelcha is the biggest rose oil production region in Bulgaria. The rose fields in Strelcha spread around 4000 decares. The rose oil from Strelcha’s rose fields has the highest quality possible.
The first Rose Festival took place in 1903 in Kazanlak. In 1906 was organized a Rose Festival in Karlovo. Celebrations were held annually, at the beginning of the rose- harvesting period. Later Strelcha and Pavel Banya- also known for their rose production, started organizing local Rose Festivals, too. The local Rose Festivals also elect The Queen of Roses. Manufacturers from the whole valley gather dressed up in rose flowers, dance and sing the whole day along the local Rose Festival.
If you would like to have an overnight in Kazanalak just before the start of the Rose Festival please contact us. If you would like to visit the local Rose Festivals in Strelcha, Karlovo or Pavel Banya – please contact us.
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Itinerary: Sofia (1 night) - Plovdiv (1 night) - Sofia (1 night)
1st June, 2018
Arrive Sofia. It is your responsibilty to arrive in Sofia on time and to arrange the transfer to your hotel in Sofia Best Western Premier Collection City Hotel
Web Site: http://sofiacityhotel.com/en/contact-us/
Address: 6 Stara planina Street, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
2nd June, 2018
Breakfast at the hotel.
9:00: We’ll start the day with sightseeing tour in downtown area: we’ll see some of the most famous historical, architectural and cultural landmarks of the city: Alexander Nevski Memorial church, a masterpiece of 20th century architecture; the remains of Roman Ulpia Serdica Fortification /3rd – 5th century/; St. George’s Rotunda /4th century/, famous for its original structure and unique frescoes.
13:00 depart from your hotel in Sofia for Plovidv.
Bulgaria’s second city. Arrive and settle at your hotel in downtown area. We’ll take a walking tour in this ancient city, which has astonishing historical and cultural heritage and an amazing Old Town, applying for UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage.
Overnight Plovdiv at 4 star hotel.
Hotel in Plovdiv: Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium Website: www.ramadaplovdiv.com
Address: 2 Kapitan Raicho Street, Plovdiv
3rd June, 2018 - THE ROSE FESTIVAL DAY
7:00 leave Plovdiv for Kazanlak. The distance Plovdiv- Kazanlak is 120 kilometres/ 75 miles (about one hour and thirty minutes drive). Breakfast will be in boxes.
We visit Rose oil distillery in the vicinity of Kazanlak. We practice some rose picking in the rose plantations. Then drive to Kazanlak. We stroll along the streets of Kazanlak and feel the unique atmosphere of the Rose Festival Day.
We enjoy the incredible Festival Parade Carnival. In the Festival Parade Carnaval participates the Queen of Roses. The Carnival procession takes place in the streets of Kazanluk. The parade is led by a group of kukers (kukers are costumed men performing traditional Bulgarian rituals to scare away evil spirits). The festival continues with the sounds of Bulgarian folk music accompanied by lots of traditional dances. Folk groups reproduce scenes of the traditional atmosphere after 'a hard day's work' in the rose gardens. Young girls and boys dressed in traditional folk costumes meet the guests of the feast. We immerse in the majestic Rose Carnival Parade and see the participants from various cities and nations, who march in the streets of Kazanlak. People sing and dance in the streets of Kazanlak. For our guests Magic Tours have reserved chairs for the Carnival Parade, from where you can see the whole Carnival Parade and make your unique pictures.
Lunch at Kazanlak.
Afternoon depart for Sofia. The distance between Sofia and Kazanlak is 200 kilometres/ 124 miles (2 hours and thirty minutes drive). Arrive in your 4 star hotel in Sofia and check-in for one night.
Best Western Premier Collection City Hotel Web Site: http://sofiacityhotel.com/en/contact-us/
Address: 6 Stara planina Street, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
Breakfast in the hotel. End of Program.
Cancellation policy (penalties):
- From the day of booking -31 days – loss deposit
- 30-0 days – loss of full cost of the tour
BOOKING PROCEDURES AND TERMS OF PAYMENT:
A 20% nonrefundable deposit is required upon booking. Balance payment is due one month before the tour starting date.
Magic Tours accepts bank money transfers, and also payments by credit cards Visa and MasterCard via our online internet secure form..
CANCELLATION: if you or any member of your party has to cancel your booking, we must be informed by telephone or e-mail immediately. The cancellation only takes effect from the date at which the notification reaches us, and the following cancellation penalties apply:
Cancel fewer than 31days prior to program start date: loss of full cost of the tour.
REFUND OF UNUSED SERVICES
Once a service has commenced, no refunds can be made for any specific tour accommodation, sightseeing and other services not taken.
Health, accident, luggage, trip cancelation, trip-interruption and travel delay insurance is strongly recommend.
EU and EFTA citizens need an ID card or passport for entry to Bulgaria.
For travelers from USA, Canada, Japan and Australia a passport is required for entry. The passport must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the tour.
Entry conditions for third-country nationals find more inforamtion at
Regulation (EU) 2016/399 on a Schengen Borders Code
For current information on visa requirements for Bulgaria, please check the following link: http://www.mfa.bg/en/pages/109/index.html.
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