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 great beauty, especially in the 19th-century buildings along its riverbank.


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$76.36 Tours & Sightseeing

Kazanlak, Valley of the Thracian Kings Full-Day Tour

Kazanlak is located in the very central part of Bulgaria, right in the heart of the Valley of Roses or also known as the Valley of the Thracian Kings. The oldest settlement in the area of the modern-day city dates back to the Neolithic era (6th-5th millennium BC). During the 4th-3rd centuries BC, the Thracian ruler Seuthes 3rd took an important place in the historical development of Thrace during the Hellenistic era. The Thracian city of Seuthopolis was discovered near Kazanlak and thoroughly studied at the time of the construction of the Koprinka Reservoir.Kazanlak is the center of rose-oil extraction in Bulgaria and the oil-producing rose of Kazanlak is one of the most widely recognizable national symbols. Bulgaria is the major supplier of rose oil in the world for the cosmetic industry and Kazanlak's rose gardens are the largest rose gardens in the whole world. It is one of the very little places in the entire world that can grow this particular rose (Rosa Damascena or Rose from Damascus).Your Day In Kazanlak:Kazanlak is located 200 kms east of Sofia along the Balkan range so we should start around 8:30am. The recently renewed road takes you there in a 3-hour scenic drive. We start our visit with Shipka Memorial Church, built after the Liberation from Turkish occupation in 1878 in honor of the Russian and Bulgarian victims in a rich and beautiful 17th century Russian style. Then we go to Goliama Kosmatka - the tomb of Seuthes 3rd. 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. On the way back, we will make a visit of a local rose garden and distillery, 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 6:30pm. Please note this is a fast-paced tour, so we kindly ask you to follow your guide close and prompt.

$68.26 Cultural & Theme Tours

Rose Festival 2019

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Thracian Tomb of KazanlakDiscovered 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 MonumentNational 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 MuseumAt 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

$2193.48 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Night Bulgaria Tour from Sofia

Day 1:Arrival. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Sofia.Day 2:Breakfast. Tour of Plovdiv – known for its Old Town and the ancient theater, considered to be one of the oldest cities in Europe. Your guide will show you the fabulous remains of the Ancient Roman Empire: the Roman Stadium, the Roman Forum, and the Amphitheater as well as the typical houses in the Old Town.Overnight in Plovdiv.Day 3:Breakfast. We start with a tour to Kazanlak and the Valley of the Kings. Kazanlak is world famous with its Thracian tomb, a UNESCO heritage and with its Thracian golden treasures (4-5 century B.C.). After lunch we continue our day with transfer to the loveliest Bulgarian art city on the seaside – Sozopol. Tour of Sozopol. Overnight in Burgas.Day 4:Breakfast. Full day tour of Nesebar, one of UNESCO’s World Treasures and one of the most ancient towns in Europe. You will visit also Aladzha Monastery, which is one of the few cave monasteries in Bulgaria, where the different premises and their functions are clearly distinguishable. The next stop will be The Palace in Balchik, the former summer residence of the Romanian Queen Maria Alexandrina Victoria de Edinburg (1875–1938) and The University Botanical Garden in Balchik, which was created as a park, part of the palace and accommodates collections with more than 3500 plant species. The last stop for the day will be Varna, a city often called the Sea Capital of Bulgaria because of its history and its economic and cultural significance. Day 5:Breakfast. Full day tour across the ages through the first Bulgarian capitals: Pliska, the first capital of Bulgaria; Madara Rider, a mystic UNESCO heritage site, which is chiseled in the rock; Preslav, the second capital of ancient Bulgaria; Arbanasi, a beautiful village with views of Veliko Tarnovo; Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the strongest Bulgarian kingsOvernight in Veliko Tarnovo.Day 6:Breakfast. Tour of Veliko Tarnovo which is the Town of Great Bulgarian.  Visit Etar, he ethnographic museum, situated on the outskirts of the town of Gabrovo. The open-air museum consists of 50 sites: houses with handcraft workshops, water installations and other buildings. Transfer to Sofia. Overnight in SofiaDay 7: Breakfast. Walking tour of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, which combines the ancient and the modern city in one. See the main sights: Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Parliament, Banya Bashi Mosque, The Synagogue, the National Theater, the Kings’ Palace. Visit Rila Monastery, which is the biggest monastery in Bulgaria and the second largest on the Balkans. Overnight in SofiaDay 8:Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

$46.28 Day Trips & Excursions

Shuttle Group Day Trip to the Rose Valley

The tour departs at 8am from the center of Sofia. About 3 hours you will travel on a very scenic and beautiful road that goes along the Balkans mountain until you reach the famous Bulgarian Rose Valley. Your first stop will be a traditional local rosary where you will have the chance to see its rose fields and to learn more about the rose oil production in Bulgaria (Bulgaria is the world’s biggest rose oil producer). After that, you will continue to the small charming town of Kazanlak, in the heart of the Rose Valley, where you will be able to explore the ancient Thracian tomb, dating back to the 4th century BC, which is famous for its paintings and it is a UNESCO heritage site. You will have free time for lunch and in the afternoon you will also visit the beautiful memorial church “the birth of Crist”. The expected return in Sofia is at about 7pm.

$80.98 Day Trips & Excursions

Rose Valey Private Day Trip

The tour starts at 8am when the guide will take you from your hotel in Sofia. About 3 hours you will travel on a very scenic and beautiful road that goes along the Balkans mountain until you reach the famous Bulgarian Rose Valley. Your first stop will be a traditional local rosary where you will have the chance to see its rose fields and to learn more about the rose oil production in Bulgaria (Bulgaria is the world’s biggest rose oil producer). After that, you will continue to the small charming town of Kazanlak, in the heart of the Rose Valley, where you will be able to explore the ancient Thracian tomb, dating back to the 4th century BC, which is famous for its paintings and it is a UNESCO heritage site. You will have free time for lunch and in the afternoon you will also visit the beautiful memorial church “the birth of Crist”. The expected return in Sofia is at about 7pm.  

$63.63 Day Trips & Excursions

Buzludzha Monument and the Rose Valley Guided Day Tour

Your journey starts with an early pick up from your hotel or address. Meet your guide and get on-board your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan for a day to remember! Three hours’ beautiful drive through Sredna Gora Mountain and the Thracian Valley will lead you all the way to the top of the Balkan Mountains and the Buzludzha Monument.The “Ghost of communism” that’s how we call Buzludzha in Bulgaria! But actually, this is a monument in the mountains of Bulgaria, and indeed one of the greatest such structures from the communist era anywhere in the world. Incredibly bizarre and beautiful, Buzludzha is listed among the creepiest abandoned monuments on earth. An absolutely stunning concrete edifice in a shape resembling a flying saucer stranded high on a mountain summit, the monument attracts hundreds of photographers and adventure seekers. Enjoy the beautiful and a little creepy communist art, the fascinating mosaics, showing us all the communist leaders and the famous communist symbols and slogans. Your guide will explain all the interesting details around the foundation of the communist party, about the economy and the lives of ordinary people during the communist period in Bulgaria.After the monument of Buzludzha, you are going down in the valley among the roses. The area around the city of Kazanlak and in the foothills of the Balkan Mountain we call “The Valley of Roses and Thracian Kings”. Driving through the rose fields you will reach the small, charming village of Skobelevo where you’ll visit a private, family rose oil distillery with a beautiful ethnographic museum next to it.Here next to the modern distillery there is an old one, called "gulapana" which is arranged the same way as our ancestors did the installations for extracting rose oil more than 340 years ago. You are going to see a demonstration of rose oil production throughout the season and feel the spirit of the old tradition. When your tour in the fragrant rose garden is finished, you can taste traditional rose products, like rakia (brandy) and traditional Bulgarian dishes in the restaurant from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the mountains.At the end is the gift shop! Here you can find all kind of rose products, essential oils and products appropriate for your aromatherapy and great souvenirs.