Welcome to Kazanlâk


Modern Kazanlâk has a working mosque and sizeable Turkish and Pomak Muslim populations, making it one of Bulgaria’s more multicultural cities. The town itself doesn’t compete with the loveliness of its surrounding valleys, with a jumble of Soviet-style buildings and shabby marketplaces flowing from the well-groomed main square. But it has pockets of beauty, especially in the 19th-century buildings along its riverbank.


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$62.24 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kazanlak, Valley of the Thracian Kings Full-Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Shipka Monument, Shipka, Stara Zagora ProvinceWe start our visit with Shipka Memorial Church, built after the Liberation from Turkish occupation in 1878 in honour of the Russian and Bulgarian victims in a rich and beautiful 17th century Russian style. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple, Shipka, Stara Zagora ProvinceIt is a Bulgarian Orthodox church built near the town of Shipka in Stara Planina between 1885 and 1902 to Antoniy Tomishko's design in the seventeenth-century Muscovite style, under the direction of architect Alexander Pomerantsev. It is, together with the other parts of the Shipka Monument complex, dedicated to the Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian soldiers that died for the liberation of Bulgaria in the Russo-Turkish War, 1877-78.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Tomb of Seuthes III, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora ProvinceThen we go to Goliama Kosmatka - the tomb of Seuthes 3rd. he Tomb of Seuthes III is located near Kazanlak, Bulgaria. Seuthes III was the King of the Odrysian Kingdom of Thrace from c. 331 to c. 300 BC and founder of the nearby Thracian city of Seuthopolis. It is one of the most elaborate tombs in the Valley of the Thracian Rulers.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora Province After a quick lunch in a nearby restaurant, we go to Kazanlak for a visit of the UNESCO world heritage tomb. The monument dates back to the 4th century BC and its murals are memorable for the splendid horses and especially for the gesture of farewell, in which the seated couple grasp each other's wrists in a moment of tenderness and equality.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Damascena Ethnographic complex, Pavel Banya, Stara Zagora ProvinceOn the way back we will make a visit of a local rose garden and distillery (Damascena or other), where you will see how rose essence is extracted and you will be able to buy some rose-scented souvenirs. We come back to Sofia around 18:30hDuration: 1 hour

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Rose Festival 2019

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora ProvinceDiscovered in 1944, this tomb dates from the Hellenistic period, around the end of the 4th century BC. It is located near Seutopolis, the capital city of the Thracian king Seutes III, and is part of a large Thracian necropolis. The tholos has a narrow corridor and a round burial chamber, both decorated with murals representing Thracian burial rituals and culture. These paintings are Bulgaria’s best-preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Shipka Monument, Shipka, Stara Zagora ProvinceNational Park Museum Shipka is located on top of Shipka Peak (1,326 m) in the Balkan Mountains, 28 km from the town of Kazanlak and 22 km from the town of Gabrovo. The park comprises of 26 monuments, the reconstructed battle positions, artillery batteries and dugouts of the defenders of Shipka Pass during the Russo-Turkish War from 1877 - 78. The Liberty Memorial is among the largest of the monuments in the park. Its outline resembles a medieval Bulgarian fortress and can be seen from dozens of kilometres. It was built with donations from the people from all over Bulgaria and was inaugurated on 26 August 1934. It is 31.5 m tall and 890 steps lead up to it. The powerful bronze lion – symbol of the Bulgarian state – guards the entrance to the Memorial.Duration: 1 day 6 hoursStop At: Old Enio Bonchev Distillery & Family Museum, Pavel Banya, Stara Zagora ProvinceAt the old distillery people are able to observe the traditional ways of distillation dating back to hundreds of years ago while at the same time learn about the new trends and production practices.Duration: 2 hours

$137.15 Cultural & Theme Tours

Best of the Rose Festival and the Valley of Roses and Thracian Kings

ItineraryDay 1: In the footsteps of the Thracian KingsPass By: Sofia History Museum, Sofia, Sofia RegionSofia – Starosel – KazanlakOur first day will be dedicated to Thracian civilization which is the oldest one among all European civilizations with the most impressive examples of the perception regarding the afterlife.The tour starts at 08:00 am when our tripvam representative will pick you up from your hotel.We depart for Starosel village, where we’ll visit the Thracian tomb-temple and Starosel Winery which is strongly related to the wine rituals of immortality from the past. During our tour there we’ll learn about the Thracians’ holy drink and why they used to worship wine.Later on, we’ll visit “Chetinyova mogila” tomb – one of the biggest mounds in Bulgaria. The open facility is not a traditional tomb, but a temple-tomb.In the afternoon we leave for Kazanlak where we’ll visit two unique Thracian tombs – the Kazanlak’s tomb which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites and Goliama Kosmatka – the tomb of the Thracian ruler Seuthes III.They will give us a good idea about the life and death of Thracian kings.Free time and overnight in Kazanlak.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Diamond 3* or similar – 1 night with included breakfast.Day 2: The "Rose picking" ritualPass By: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora ProvinceKazanlak – Shipka Memorial Church – Sofia / 300km and 4 hours driving timeEarly breakfast.Our day will start early morning because the tradition demands the rose pickers to get into the fields of roses before sunrise.We go straight to the Rose gardens where we will take part in the “Rose picking” ritual near Kazanlak. We’ll see how the tradition of rose picking was kept throughout the ages among the aromatic mystery of the secretive and romantic flowers.In this day we will explore unique rose distillery where we will see and explore a modern rose distillery where organic rose oil, rose water and lavender oil are being produced. We will have a guided tour at the place and a chance to try the original products made by Bulgarian roses.Afterward, we can visit the Museum of the Rose – with its unique exposition, dedicated to the Kazanlak’s rose oil, from which is produced the well-known Bulgarian rose oil.On the way back to Sofia we will see one of the most beautiful places in Bulgaria called the Shipka monastery “The Nativity” or also named as The Russian church. The monastery is located at the outskirts of Shipka city and is designated an architectural monument of the culture.Back to Sofia at around 6:00 pmNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$48.41 Cultural & Theme Tours

Home of the Bulgarian Rose and the Thracian Kings - Day tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv ProvinceThe tour starts at 07:30 am when our tripvam representative will pick you up from your hotel.We depart for Kazanlak and after 1-hour ride we’ll arrive at the unique rose distillery.Next, guided tour at the place, rose oil products degustation and rose-picking (optional). After this, we leave for Kazanlak city where we’ll be able to visit the only Rose Museum in the world which is telling the 350 years history of Bulgarian rose production (optional)There, nearby is also the Kazanlak Thracian tomb which is part of UNESCO.After lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll visit Golyama Kosmatka – the tomb of Thracian ruler Seuthes III.We’ll also visit the emblematic Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ – one of the most beautiful temple buildings in Bulgaria. It was built in the style of Czech churches of the 19th century and is dedicated to the memory of the people who lost their lives during the 1877 fights for Bulgarian independence.We depart for Plovdiv around 3:30 pm and are expected to arrive there at 5:30 pm.

$1532.86 Cultural & Theme Tours

The most essential Bulgarian highlights

ItineraryDay 1: Sofia and Boyana churchPass By: Boyana Church, Sofia, Sofia RegionThrough this combined (walking and bus) tour you will discover the present day capital Sofia, as well as its ancient history.By bus we will reach Boyana Church, renowned for its 13th-century frescoes and included in the list of UNESCOMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in downtownDay 2: Rila monastery and Melnik cityStop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia RegionIn this day you will see the next UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site – Rila monastery, center of learning and church power during the time of Medieval centuries. Duration: 1 dayStop At: The Melnik Pyramids, Melnik, Blagoevgrad ProvinceThen we continue to Melnik - the smallest town, natural and architectural reserve renowned for the unique Bulgarian kind of wine “Shiroka melnishka loza”Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Sandanski or MelnikDay 3: Bachkovo monastery and PlovdivStop At: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv ProvinceThe oldest town in Europe – magnificent Plovdiv, situated on seven hills, which will be the European Capital of Culture in 2019.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo, Plovdiv ProvinceThe largest and oldest Orthodox monasteries in Europe – Bachkovo monastery.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Plovdiv townDay 4: Valley of the Thracian Kings and KazanlakStop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora ProvinceThe 4-th day is dedicated to the most significant tombs of Valley of the Thracian Kings and Kazanlak Thracian Tomb, included in the list of UNESCO. Then we go to the ancient town Apolonia (present day Sozopol), the most charming place on the Black sea coast.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in the Black sea ancient town SozopolDay 5: Sozopol and areaStop At: Sozopol Old Town, Sozopol, Burgas ProvinceRelax on the beach, sightseeing, leisure time.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in SozopolDay 6: Depart to Sofia and transfer to the airport for flights homePass By: Hotel DowntownDepart to Sofia and transfer to the airport for flights homeMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

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Bulgaria Round Trip Itinerary - 12 days, 11 overnights on FB

ItineraryDay 1: capital Sofia and Boyana churchStop At: Boyana Church, Sofia, Sofia RegionThrough this combined (walking and bus) tour you will discover the present day capital Sofia, as well as its ancient history. By bus we will reach Boyana Church, renowned for its 13th-century frescoes and included in the list of UNESCODuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in SofiaDay 2: Rila monastery, Bansko and SandanskiStop At: Rila Monastery, Rila, Sofia RegionOvernight in *** hotel in Sandanski or MelnikIn this day you will see the next UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site – Rila monastery, center of learning and church power during the time of Medieval centuries. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Archaeological Museum Sandanski, Sandanski, Blagoevgrad ProvinceThen we continue to Sandanski - one of the places in Bulgaria famous for its numerous mineral water springs. Duration: 1 dayStop At: The Melnik Pyramids, Melnik, Blagoevgrad ProvinceThe day will end in Melnik - the smallest town, natural and architectural reserve renowned for the unique Bulgarian kind of wine “Shiroka melnishka loza”Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Sandanski or Melnik Day 3: Melnik, Plovdiv and Bachkovo monasteryStop At: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv, Plovdiv ProvinceThe day starts with walking tour of Melnik. Then we continue to the oldest town in Europe – Plovdiv. It is also a European capital of culture.Duration: 1 dayStop At: Bachkovo Monastery, Bachkovo, Plovdiv ProvinceLast for the day is Bachkovo monastery, which is one of the largest and oldest Orthodox monasteries in EuropeDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Plovdiv Day 4: Alexandrovo Thracian Tomb, Perperikon and Tatul Stop At: Thracian tomb of AleksandrovoThis day you will see a Thracian burial mound and tomb famous for its well-preserved frescoes. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Perperikon, Kardzhali ProvinceThe archaeological complex Perperikon is one of the most ancient monumental megalithic structures, entirely carved into the rocks, which is as well as a rock of worship. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village, Momchilgrad, Kardzhali ProvinceFinally we will visit Tatul, the place where is believed, that Orpheus was buried.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel In Momchilgrad or Kardjali Day 5: Armira villa, antique town of Kabile and SozopolStop At: Vila Armira, Ivaylovgrad, Haskovo ProvinceArmira Villa is one of the most interesting monuments from the time of the Roman Empire. Then we continue to the antique town of Kabile with territory of the archaeological reservation more than 600 decares. The day will end with a walking tour in a very romantic town of Sozopol.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Sozopol Day 6: Varna and Aladzha monasteryStop At: Varna Archaeological Museum, Varna, Varna ProvinceIn this day you will discover present day town Varna, where we will visit Archaeological museum in Varna, which houses an extraordinary collection, including 6,000-year-old gold. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Aladzha Monastery, Varna, Varna ProvinceThe last place for visit in this day is Aladzha Monastery - one of the few cave monasteries in Bulgaria.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in St. Konstantin and Elena, Golden sands or Varna Day 7: Veliki Preslav and Sveshtari tombStop At: Madara Rider, Shumen, Shumen ProvinceWe will visit the Horseman of Madara, a huge proto-Bulgarian basrelief carved into a cliff. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Veliki PreslavWe continue to the Preslav, the capital of First Bulgarian Kingdom. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari, Sveshtari, Razgrad ProvinceThen we go to the most famous Thracian tomb in Sveshtari, which is built in the early 3rd century BC and is painted and lined with semi-columns of goddesses with upraised arms.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in ShumenDay 8: Veliko Tarnovo and ArbanasiStop At: Tsarevets FortressThe day is dedicated to the the capital of Second Bulgarian Kingdom – Tarnovo and the gorgeous town-museum Arbanasi.Duration: 1 dayStop At: ArbanassiGorgeous town-museum ArbanasiDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Arbanasi or Veliko Tarnovo Day 9: Etar, Buzludzha monument, Shipka, Karanovo and Stara ZagoraStop At: Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, Gabrovo, Gabrovo ProvinceWe will start with the lovely architectural and ethnographic complex Etar. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Buzludzha Monument, Kazanluk, Stara Zagora ProvinceThen we will continue to Buzludzha – the most important monument from communist era and Shipka National park-monument. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Shipka Monument, Shipka, Stara Zagora Province.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Neolithic Dwellings Museum, Stara Zagora, Stara Zagora ProvinceAt Stara Zagora we see a group of Neolithic dwellings, in Karanovo - the Thracian chariot tomb and the Karanovo Tell.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star hotel in Pavel bania or Kazanlak Day 10: Valley of the Thracian Kings and KoprivshtitsaStop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora ProvinceThis day we will visit the most significant tombs of Valley of the Thracian Kings. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Thracian Temple of Starosel, Hissarya, Plovdiv ProvinceTouring continues with the Thracian Temple Complex at Starosel - the oldest ever found royal Thracian complex with a mausoleum. Duration: 1 dayStop At: Municipality KoprivshtitsaThen continue to the wonderful architectural and historical reserve Koprivshtitsa townDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star SPA hotel in Hisarya or Pavel Bania Day 11: Hisarya - SPA dayStop At: HisaryaRelax day in the Late Roman Spa Town – Diocletianpolis, famous for its numerous healing mineral springsDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in 3-star SPA hotel In Hisarya Day 12: Arrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for flights homeStop At: Sofia International AirportArrival in Sofia and transfer to the airport for flights homeDuration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.