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Kazanlak Tour

Kazanlak Overview

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 over 200 km east of Sofia along the Balkan range so we should start around 8:30h. The recently renewed road takes you there in about 3 hours' scenic drive. We start our visit with Shipka Memorial Church, built after the Liberation from Turkish occupation in 1878 in honour 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 (Damascena or other), 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 18:30h. Please note this is a fast-paced tour, so we kindly ask you to follow your guide closely and promptly.

Start: 8:30/End: 18:30h

Recommended period: All year round, best period 15th May- 15th June (rose picking)

Driving time: 6h 30m approximately

Walking time: 1h 30m approximately

Handicap accessible: Yes, fairly accessible

Special requirements: Comfortable shoes


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           9-18 persons


 179 Eur / 351 BGN

 89 Eur per person 175 BGN

 69 Eur per person 135 BGN

59 Eur per person 116 BGN

49 Eur per person 96 BGN

            The tour price includes: transfer to/from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia, guide in English, parking fees, entrance fees. Meals and personal expenses not included. Small group tour. Private option +30%. Children (1-16 years) 20% discount.

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