This is an exciting full day trip revealing the secrets and splendor of the Bulgarian rose oil production and the ancient Thracian tomb of Kazanlak. An early 3-hour transfer from Sofia will take you to the town of Kazanlak. There you will meet our local guide and head east to the Ethnographic Complex Damascena, located in the heart of the Valley of Roses. This is the best place to learn how the rose oil is produced and why it is as expensive as gold. The guide will also take you to the elegant Russian style church of the Nativity and if time allows to the Shipka peak for great panoramic views. You will return to the town of Kazanlak and visit the notorious Thracian tomb (UNESCO) dating back from 4th century BC. We will leave our local guide in Kazanlak and will use a different route between the Balkan and Sredna Gora Mountain. Your English-speaking driver will stop you for a short break in Koprvishtitsa, a small town showcasing in the best way the Bulgarian Renaissance architecture.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia, Sofia Region07:00 - Departure from the parking at the back side of Alexander Nevski Cathedral (La Cathedrale Restaurant)Duration: 5 minutesPass By: Valley of Roses, Stara Zagora ProvinceMeeting with our local guide in Kazanlak.Stop At: Damascena Ethnographic Complex, Pavel Banya, Stara Zagora ProvinceVisit to the Damascena Ethnographic Complex, where you'll learn how the rose oil is produced.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Kazanlak, Stara Zagora ProvinceVisit to a UNESCO Thracian Tomb, dating back to 4th century BC and the iconic Russian Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Municipality KoprivshtitsaDeparture from Kazanlak and heading to Koprivshtitsa for a short stop.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Sofia, Sofia RegionDeparture from Koprivshtitsa and heading to the starting point of the tour.Duration: 1 minute