An exciting full day trip revealing the secrets and splendor of Bulgarian rose oil production, the ancient Thracian tomb of Kazanlak and the breathtaking mountainous area of the Freedom monument in Shipka where we will visit the Shipka Memorial church.Important! The Damascus Rose blooms for only about 22 - 25 days - from the second half of May to mid June. Rest of the year you will NOT be able to observe blossoming rose fields.
An early start from Sofia will take us on the picturesque mountain road winding between the Balkan and Sredna Gora mountains. 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 emblematic Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ, built between 1885 and 1902 in Russian Moskovite style, a beautifully located Eastern-orthodox architectural jewel.Meeting point: Backside of Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the parking lot in front of restaurant La CattedraleDeparture: 07:00 amDuration: 9-10 hours; 5 hrs of transfer time. English-speaking driver throughout the trip and local English-speaking guide.Drop off: Alexander Nevski CathedralWHAT'S INCLUDED: • English-speaking driver • English-speaking local guide throughout the tour • Transport in modern vehicle (car/minibus) with air conditionWHAT'S NOT INCLUDED: • Food and beverages • Personal expenses • Gratuities • Entrance fees (Kazanluk Thracian Tomb (copy), Damascena Rose Rafinery)PLEASE NOTE:Wear comfortable shoes suitable to walk on cobbled streets; The tour is not suitable for disabled peopleChildren under the age of 6 years old will not be permitted on this tour!