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1 - 6 Jun 2021
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

Most of the rose oil produced in the world comes from the beautiful Valley of the Roses in Bulgaria, an area famed for its exquisite Damascene rose. The best time to observe the rose-picking process and to see the rose fields is from the end of May to the end of June. Usually, the Rose Festival takes place across four weekends in June with rose picking rituals taking place in a different village every weekend. You will also visit the medieval city of Veliko Tarnovo and visit the most magnificent Thracian tombs in Europe.

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Picture of JBT tour leader, Nikolay Tsutov and Su Hagan

Nikolay Tsutov and Su Hagan

Nikolay Tsutsov is an experienced national guide and a graduate of the University of Sofia, as well as being the owner of historic Tsutsovi House, where you will stay in Kalofer. A gregarious guide with an excellent sense of humour, Nikolay runs Valley of the Roses tours that are both informative and lot of fun. He is also a wealth of information on Bulgaria, its culture and its history. Nikolay will join you in Bucharest and accompany you for the remainder of the tour.

Susan Hagan MIFPA MBTPA Cert ED. DipAy has been a tutor and practitioner of complementary therapies for 40 years. She was the International Chair of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists from 2002 to 2005. She piloted aromatherapy for people living with HIV in the UK, and due to its success was invited to America to introduce the techniques there at various NGOs. Su is the Director of the International Bowen Therapy Foundation in Bulgaria, where she has lived for the last 10 years, and the creator and owner of Cob in Bulgaria, building houses from natural materials. An experienced tour leader, she leads regular tours to Bulgaria. Su will join the group for the rose harvest in Kalofer.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: (Tues 1 June) Bucharest Arrive Bucharest and transfer to the hotel. Explore the old city of Bucharest. Dinner at Carul cu Bere restaurant.
  • Day 2: (Wed 2 June) Bucharest / Veliko Tarnovo Drive to Bulgaria, crossing the Danube into Bulgaria. Continue to Veliko Tarnovo via the 14th century rock-hewn churches of Ivanovo. Check into the hotel.
  • Day 3: (Thurs 3 June) Veliko Tarnovo Sightseeing in the medieval city of Veliko Tarnovo, where traditional red tiled houses cascade down a steep incline almost to the edge of the Yantra River. Visit the hilltop fortress Tsvarets Castle and wander in the cobblestoned old quarter. Visit the heritage village of Arbanasi with its beautifully restored Bulgarian Revival style houses. Visit Hotnitsa village and walk along its acclaimed eco trail.
  • Day 4: (Fri, 4 June) Veliko Tarnovo / Kalofer Cross the mountains to Etara, a superb working ethnographic village showcasing traditional Bulgarian life, to experience a day in a medieval Bulgarian village. After lunch in Etara, cross the Shipka Pass and visit the Church of St Nikolai on the way to the village of Kalofer in the beautiful Valley of the Roses.Dinner at a village house.
  • Day 5: (Sat, 5 June) Kalofer Visit the Thracian tombs of Kazanlak, the oldest in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, notable for their unique mural paintings. Continue to Tarnichene village in the Valley of the Roses and visit an active rose distillery, the Enio Bonchev Distillery. Learn first-hand about the painstaking process still used for harvesting and producing rose oil. Traditional Bulgarian farewell dinner.
  • Day 6: (Sun, 6 June) Kalofer / Sofia Transfer to Sofia airport. We can organise additional accommodation in Sofia, if required.

Tour cost

The cost of the tour is USD $1,337 per person sharing

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