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Rose Festival - Bulgaria

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Activities

    Private Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    €220 EUR per trip
  • Duration

    One day

  • Avg Distance

    150 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Any time of the year, preferably in May-June

  • Starting Location

    Stara Zagora

  • Price Includes

    Guide services, transportation

  • Notes

    The excursion can be carried beyond the season of rose blossoming with the visits to all mentioned sites, excluding the rose carnival.

Highlights

  • A visit to some of these tombs in the region of Kazanlak will bring you closer to the amazing cosmogony of the most numerous ancient people after the Indians as Herodotus describes them. In 2015 1,628 golden items, among them the head of Seutes, were on display in Louvre, Paris during the exhibition "Ancient Thrace. The Odrysian Kingdom", insured for the sum of EUR 165 million.
  • So, my proposal is to start this excursion from the town of Stara Zgora – some 30 km to the south of Kazanlak. Located at the cross-roads of multiple civilizations, Stara Zagora is an important piece in the European cultural routes mosaic. At present the Roman forum restored remains are accessible in the centre of the town, along with the rich exposition in the building of the Archeological museum. The two Neolithic dwellings, exhibited in situ, are the best-preserved in Europe from this period. Kitchens, fireplaces, hand grain mills, and ceramic vessels comprise the richest inventory of 6th millennium BC prehistoric house life in Europe. The Museum of religions and the Orthodox church of st.Demetrius are among the other remarkable sites to be visited.
  • Finally, the Shipka Memorial Church near Kazanlak will charm you with its seventeenth-century Muscovite style and tell you a fragment of the ever dramatic Bulgarian history.

Trip Info

Rose Festival in the Balkan valleys runs throughout the month of May, reaching its culmination from the 1st to June 3rd, when the carnival procession passes through the center of the town of Kazanlak. It’s just that time of the year when oleaginous rose blossoms. The “Rose of Damascus”, as it is known, blooms only once a year, and its petals distillation product is called “liquid gold”, not in vain – one gram of rose oil costs equally to a gram of real gold.

The second name the famous “Rose Valley” is widely known by is “The valley of the Thracian Kings” – and not in vain too: During the period between 1992 and 2006 over 200 mounds, which represent funeral practices of the Thracians during the Iron and Roman Eras in the Kazanlak Valley, were studied with the Tomb of King Seutes being the most famous among them.

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