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Kazanlak

Our most recommended things to do in Kazanlak

From Sofia: Buzludzha Monument and the Rose Valley

1. From Sofia: Buzludzha Monument and the Rose Valley

Join us on a guided trip to one of the most iconic communist monuments from the past in Eastern Europe. The UFO-like abandoned building is located on top of Buzludzha peak in the Central Balkan mountains. Today an empty structure stripped of its initial purposes, it has gained many admirers and popularity around the world and is considered a remarkable representation of this part of history. Another highlight of this day trip is the town of Kazanlak - the center of rose oil production in Bulgaria. We will make a short stop at the wonderful Ethnographic Complex of Damascena where you can learn more about the production of the famous Bulgarian rose oil. The tour starts at 7:00 AM at the back of the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. The transfer time is about 3.5 hours per direction and the tour is about 11 hours long. First, we will stop at the Complex of Damascena around 10:30. Then the town of Kazanlak where there will be a short lunch break. We will arrive at the Buzludzha monument around 13:30. Keep in mind that the Buzludzha monument is currently not open for visitors for safety reasons and cannot be seen from the inside. However, the views from the outside are well worth the time. The monument is atop the Buzludzha peak in the Balkan mountains (1.441m) so make sure you bring a jacket and comfortable shoes. The last stop will be at the Shipka memorial church. We leave for Sofia at around 16:00 and are back at the Alexander Nevski Cathedral around 19:30. The tour is offered as well with ONLINE, cloud-based audioguide in different languages (EN, ES, IT, FR, DE, RU). INTERNET required to download and use. The local tour operator, Traventuria, was awarded a “Business Which Supports Biodiversity” certification by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation for its “Tours with a Cause” initiative.

From Sofia: The Valley of the Roses Day Trip

2. From Sofia: The Valley of the Roses Day Trip

Explore the Valley of the Roses on this exciting day trip from Sofia. Visit a Thracian tomb, admire mountain landscapes and learn all about rose oil production. An early start from Sofia will take you on the picturesque mountain road winding between the Balkan and Sredna Gora mountains. Arrive in Kazanlak in about 3 hours and will visit the famous Thracian tomb dating back to the 4th century BC, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then 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. The local tour operator, Traventuria, was awarded a “Business Which Supports Biodiversity” certification by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation for its “Tours with a Cause” initiative.

From Sofia: Valley of the Thracian Kings: Hidden Treasures

3. From Sofia: Valley of the Thracian Kings: Hidden Treasures

During this day tour you will have the chance to learn more about the mysterious Thracians, best known for the mythical hero Orpheus (ancient musician and thinker), Spartacus (Roman slave and gladiator, and leader of the famous slave revolt), as well as for the oldest golden treasure in the world. You will visit the History Museum in Kazanlak. During our day of Thracian heritage exploration, you will have the chance to admire the picturesque landscape, which obviously was highly valued by the Thracians as well. You will have a stop in a rose distillery, as the Valley is famous for rose production as well. The region of the Valley of the Thracian Kings, also known as the Valley of the roses (center for the production of rose oil) which was the preferred burial ground for Thracian nobility. The most famous ground is the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, recognized as a masterpiece of Thracian artwork. The tomb dates from the end of the 4th century BC and due to its well preserved and original frescoes it has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Another site that you will visit is the Tomb of Seuthes III (Thracian king), known also as the Golyama Kosmatka mound. The tomb dates from 5th century BC. It consists of three chambers and one corridor. Many valuable artefacts and works of art were found at the site. It’s one of the richest Thracian burials found till now. The last stop will be Ostrusha tomb, which dates back to the 4th century. It’s mainly famous for its unique ceiling- a combination of relief and fine decoration - different portraits, colorful figures and floral ornaments.

Day Trip | Buzludha + Rose Valley + Shipka and Tracian tomb

4. Day Trip | Buzludha + Rose Valley + Shipka and Tracian tomb

Rose Valley: Nestled in the heart of Bulgaria, amidst rolling hills and verdant landscapes, lies the enchanting Rose Valley, a place of natural splendor and cultural richness. Located near the town of Kazanlak in central Bulgaria, this picturesque valley is renowned worldwide for its vast fields of fragrant roses, which have been cultivated for centuries to produce the finest rose oil, an essential ingredient in perfumery and cosmetics. Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak: Nestled in Bulgaria's Rose Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the 4th century BCE. Adorned with vibrant frescoes depicting scenes of Thracian life and mythology, the tomb offers a captivating glimpse into ancient culture. Visitors can explore the intricate murals inside the tomb, showcasing rituals, feasts, and symbolic motifs. Surrounding the tomb are remnants of Thracian settlements and burial sites, providing further context to Bulgaria's rich history. This archaeological gem is a must-visit for those seeking to uncover the mysteries of the ancient Thracian civilization and its enduring artistic legacy. Shipka Church: Perched majestically atop the Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria, Shipka Church, also known as the Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ, is a striking symbol of national pride and resilience. Built in the late 19th century, this magnificent Orthodox church commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of Bulgarian and Russian soldiers who fought together for Bulgaria's liberation from Ottoman rule. Shipka Monument: Perched atop Shipka Pass in the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria, the Shipka Monument honors Bulgarian and Russian soldiers who fought for Bulgaria's liberation from Ottoman rule. Constructed in the late 19th century, it blends Bulgarian Revival and Russian Orthodox styles. Adorned with mosaics and reliefs depicting scenes of battle, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. More than a memorial, it symbolizes national identity and resilience, reminding visitors of sacrifices made for freedom and the enduring bond between nations. Buzludzha Monument: The Buzludzha Monument, perched atop the Buzludzha peak in the Bulgarian Balkan Mountains, is an imposing structure commemorating the socialist movement in Bulgaria. Constructed in the 1970s, its futuristic design and grandeur once symbolized the power and ideology of the Communist regime. Despite its abandonment, the monument still stands as a haunting reminder of Bulgaria's socialist past, adorned with striking mosaics and communist symbolism. Today, it attracts visitors intrigued by its history and architectural significance, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountain landscape.

Plovdiv: Valley of the Thracian Kings Guided Day Trip

5. Plovdiv: Valley of the Thracian Kings Guided Day Trip

At 08:00 your guide will pick you up from your hotel and your journey will start. You will have around 2 hours drive until you reach the Valley of the Thracian kings. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to numerous Thracian tombs and burial mounds dating back to the 5th century BC. As you travel to the site, imagine the grandeur and splendor of the Thracian civilization that flourished in this region over 2,000 years ago. Envision the powerful kings and queens who were buried in these tombs, surrounded by their wealth and treasures. Upon arrival, your highly educated guide will lead you on a tour of the site, bringing the history of the Thracians to life. You'll see the impressive 5 tombs, and learn about the customs and beliefs of this ancient civilization. As you explore the Valley of the Thracian Kings, you'll be struck by the beauty of the natural surroundings. The valley is surrounded by lush green forests, offering a peaceful and serene setting for your visit. After exploring the Kazanlak region, we will continue our journey toward Stara Zagora where we will observe the layers of human history between the Stone age and modern times. But first, we will walk in the beautiful city center where we will have lunch. When we regain our strength we will start our exploration. Augusta Trayana was founded in the 2nd century AD and was an important center for trade and culture. The city was named after the Roman emperor Trajan and was a thriving metropolis during the Roman Empire. You will walk on the original streets from those days and will see where the city council has gathered for its meetings. We will visit the remains of a Roman house where you will see amazing mosaics in perfect condition, and will get the feeling of the way of living in the city in the days of the Roman empire. During your walk in Stara Zagora, your guide will show you a unique place- the Museum of Religions. It is situated in one of the oldest Mosques in the Balkans- Eski Mosque from the early XV century. Our last stop of the day is the furthest that we will get back in time- to the Neolithic age. You will visit the ruins of 2 houses from those times. They were part of a big Neolithic settlement. These houses are one of the best-preserved prehistorical buildings in Europe. The exposition will bring you back to the VII Millennium BC and your guide will do his best to explain who those people were and how they lived. In addition to the houses, you will also see, an archaeological collection of objects, related to the culture and the religion of the Stone age people, discovered in the Stone age settlements. After this incredible visit, we will start our journey back to Plovdiv.

From Sofia: Rose Valley Tour & UNESCO Site Kazanlak

6. From Sofia: Rose Valley Tour & UNESCO Site Kazanlak

Kazanlak is located in the very central part of Bulgaria, right in the heart of the Valley of Roses, 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 to the 5th millennium B.C.). During the 4th and 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). Kazanlak is located 200 kilometers east of Sofia along the Balkan range, so youshould start off your tour at around 8:30. The recently renewed road brings the journey down to a 3-hour scenic drive. You will start your visit with Shipka Memorial Church, built in a beautiful 17th century Russian style after the liberation from Turkish occupation in 1878, in honor of the Russian and Bulgarian victims. From there you will go to Goliama Kosmatka, the tomb of Seuthes 3rd. After a quick lunch in a nearby restaurant, you go to Kazanlak to visit of the UNESCO world heritage tomb. The monument dates back to the 4th century B.C. 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 you will make a visit to a local rose garden and distillery, where you will see how rose essence is extracted and be able to buy some rose-scented souvenirs. You will return to Sofia at around 18:30. Please note this is a fast-paced tour.

Sofia, Plovdiv, and The Rose Valley in 2 Days

7. Sofia, Plovdiv, and The Rose Valley in 2 Days

On the first day of your tour, you will explore Sofia and Plovdiv with your guide and learn about the history and culture of Bulgaria. Your tour will start once you are picked up in Sofia, and you will begin a 3-hour tour of Sofia. In Sofia, you will stop at the UNESCO site Boyana Church before heading towards the city center. Here you will visit several sites including the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Saint Sofia Church, The National Theatre, St. George Rotunda, amongst several other sites.  From Sofia, you will travel to Plovdiv where you will check into your accommodations and have a lunch in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant before you start your tour of the city. Plovdiv has several sites that will be explored on your tour of the city. You will see the Roman Theatre and the Roman Stadium that remain in the city, and as you explore the Old Town you will walk along narrow cobblestone streets passing Revival Period houses. After touring through Plovdiv you will return to your hotel and end the first day of your tour.  On day two of your tour, you will depart Plovdiv after breakfast and travel to the Rose Valley, passing picturesque landscapes of the region along the way. After an hour and a half transfer, you will arrive in the town of Kazanlak not only famous for its rose oil production but as an important place for the mythical Thracians. Here you will visit the Thracian Tomb of Kazanluk a masterpiece of Thracian artwork and UNESCO world heritage site. You will also enjoy a visit to the History Museum of Kazanluk, and Shipka Memorial Church allowing you to learn and experience the history of the region. Before heading back to Sofia you will stop at Damascena, a private family distillery located in the heart of the Rose Valley. Here you will have lunch in a rose garden and afterward learn about the rose growing industry and production of Bulgarian rose oil. From here you will travel back to Sofia and your tour will end once you are dropped off at your accommodations. 

Rose Valley: Shuttle Group Day-Trip

8. Rose Valley: Shuttle Group Day-Trip

Commence your tour at 8:00 AM, departing from the center of Sofia. After a short meet and greet with your driver/guide you will set off on a scenic 3-hour drive, heading down a beautiful road that passes through the Balkan mountains. Take in the spectacular views of this picturesque part of the world until you reach the Bulgarian Rose Valley. Upon arrival at Rose Valley, you will first be taken to visit a traditional rosary. Inside, soak in the smells and beautiful sights as you look out over glorious rose fields and learn some knowledge about the production of rose oil. Discover fascinating information about rose oil production in Bulgaria, and see why Bulgaria is the world's biggest rose oil producer in the world.  Continue on your tour to the small charming town of Kazanlak, in the heart of the Rose Valley, where you will be able to explore the ancient Thracian tomb, dating back to the 4th-century BC. This site is famous for its paintings and it is a UNESCO heritage site. You will have free time for lunch in the afternoon and you will also visit the beautiful memorial church “The Birth of Christ”. Relax on the return drive back as you say goodbye to this beautiful part of the world. You will be returned back to Sofia, arriving roughly around 7:00 PM. 

Rose Valley & Valley of the Thracian Kings Day Tour

9. Rose Valley & Valley of the Thracian Kings Day Tour

Your first stop on this full-day tour is the small but charming Rose Museum in Kazanlak, featuring exhibits related to rose harvesting and rose oil production in Bulgaria. This is the only museum devoted to rose oil production in the whole world. Next you visit the local historical museum, dedicated to the rich cultural heritage of the Kazanlak region, including the tombs from the Valley of the Thracian rulers. Still in Kazanlak, explore the replica of the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, impressive for its unique frescoes dating from the 4th century B.C. The exceptionally well-preserved murals and the condition of the original structure reveal the high level of culture and pictorial art in Hellenistic Thrace. Enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant in Kazanlak where you'll taste some local dishes and wine.  Continue to the Golyama Kosmatka Thracian tomb, one of the largest mounds ever found on the Balkan Peninsula, dating from the end of the 5th century BC. Archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of the greatest Thracian king, Seuth III. The final stop on the tour is Shipka Memorial Church which is an outstanding Russian Orthodox temple built between 1885 and 1902 in Shipka town at the foothills of the Balkan Range. The Shipka Monument complex is dedicated to the Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian soldiers who died for the liberation of Bulgaria in the Russo-Turkish War from 1877-78.

UNESCO Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak and Buzludzha monument

10. UNESCO Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak and Buzludzha monument

Thracians and Communists?!? Could they have anything in common?!? Believe it or not – the answer is YES! - Strive for immortality of their leaders - Monumental temples decorated with frescoes of the lives of their chieftains - The status of their leaders as demigods and heroes Want to see and learn more? Join our tour to two of the most iconic Monuments of Immortality in Bulgaria: the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site - Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak and the iconic UFO-like abandoned communist building atop the Buzludzha mountain.

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Our most recommended things to do in Kazanlak

From Sofia: Buzludzha Monument and the Rose Valley

From Sofia: Buzludzha Monument and the Rose Valley

Join us on a guided trip to one of the most iconic communist monuments from the past in Eastern Europe. The UFO-like abandoned building is located on top of Buzludzha peak in the Central Balkan mountains. Today an empty structure stripped of its initial purposes, it has gained many admirers and popularity around the world and is considered a remarkable representation of this part of history. Another highlight of this day trip is the town of Kazanlak - the center of rose oil production in Bulgaria. We will make a short stop at the wonderful Ethnographic Complex of Damascena where you can learn more about the production of the famous Bulgarian rose oil. The tour starts at 7:00 AM at the back of the Alexander Nevski Cathedral. The transfer time is about 3.5 hours per direction and the tour is about 11 hours long. First, we will stop at the Complex of Damascena around 10:30. Then the town of Kazanlak where there will be a short lunch break. We will arrive at the Buzludzha monument around 13:30. Keep in mind that the Buzludzha monument is currently not open for visitors for safety reasons and cannot be seen from the inside. However, the views from the outside are well worth the time. The monument is atop the Buzludzha peak in the Balkan mountains (1.441m) so make sure you bring a jacket and comfortable shoes. The last stop will be at the Shipka memorial church. We leave for Sofia at around 16:00 and are back at the Alexander Nevski Cathedral around 19:30. The tour is offered as well with ONLINE, cloud-based audioguide in different languages (EN, ES, IT, FR, DE, RU). INTERNET required to download and use. The local tour operator, Traventuria, was awarded a “Business Which Supports Biodiversity” certification by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation for its “Tours with a Cause” initiative.

From Sofia: The Valley of the Roses Day Trip

From Sofia: The Valley of the Roses Day Trip

Explore the Valley of the Roses on this exciting day trip from Sofia. Visit a Thracian tomb, admire mountain landscapes and learn all about rose oil production. An early start from Sofia will take you on the picturesque mountain road winding between the Balkan and Sredna Gora mountains. Arrive in Kazanlak in about 3 hours and will visit the famous Thracian tomb dating back to the 4th century BC, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then 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. The local tour operator, Traventuria, was awarded a “Business Which Supports Biodiversity” certification by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation for its “Tours with a Cause” initiative.

From Sofia: Valley of the Thracian Kings: Hidden Treasures

From Sofia: Valley of the Thracian Kings: Hidden Treasures

During this day tour you will have the chance to learn more about the mysterious Thracians, best known for the mythical hero Orpheus (ancient musician and thinker), Spartacus (Roman slave and gladiator, and leader of the famous slave revolt), as well as for the oldest golden treasure in the world. You will visit the History Museum in Kazanlak. During our day of Thracian heritage exploration, you will have the chance to admire the picturesque landscape, which obviously was highly valued by the Thracians as well. You will have a stop in a rose distillery, as the Valley is famous for rose production as well. The region of the Valley of the Thracian Kings, also known as the Valley of the roses (center for the production of rose oil) which was the preferred burial ground for Thracian nobility. The most famous ground is the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, recognized as a masterpiece of Thracian artwork. The tomb dates from the end of the 4th century BC and due to its well preserved and original frescoes it has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Another site that you will visit is the Tomb of Seuthes III (Thracian king), known also as the Golyama Kosmatka mound. The tomb dates from 5th century BC. It consists of three chambers and one corridor. Many valuable artefacts and works of art were found at the site. It’s one of the richest Thracian burials found till now. The last stop will be Ostrusha tomb, which dates back to the 4th century. It’s mainly famous for its unique ceiling- a combination of relief and fine decoration - different portraits, colorful figures and floral ornaments.

Day Trip | Buzludha + Rose Valley + Shipka and Tracian tomb

Day Trip | Buzludha + Rose Valley + Shipka and Tracian tomb

Rose Valley: Nestled in the heart of Bulgaria, amidst rolling hills and verdant landscapes, lies the enchanting Rose Valley, a place of natural splendor and cultural richness. Located near the town of Kazanlak in central Bulgaria, this picturesque valley is renowned worldwide for its vast fields of fragrant roses, which have been cultivated for centuries to produce the finest rose oil, an essential ingredient in perfumery and cosmetics. Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak: Nestled in Bulgaria's Rose Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back to the 4th century BCE. Adorned with vibrant frescoes depicting scenes of Thracian life and mythology, the tomb offers a captivating glimpse into ancient culture. Visitors can explore the intricate murals inside the tomb, showcasing rituals, feasts, and symbolic motifs. Surrounding the tomb are remnants of Thracian settlements and burial sites, providing further context to Bulgaria's rich history. This archaeological gem is a must-visit for those seeking to uncover the mysteries of the ancient Thracian civilization and its enduring artistic legacy. Shipka Church: Perched majestically atop the Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria, Shipka Church, also known as the Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ, is a striking symbol of national pride and resilience. Built in the late 19th century, this magnificent Orthodox church commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of Bulgarian and Russian soldiers who fought together for Bulgaria's liberation from Ottoman rule. Shipka Monument: Perched atop Shipka Pass in the Balkan Mountains of Bulgaria, the Shipka Monument honors Bulgarian and Russian soldiers who fought for Bulgaria's liberation from Ottoman rule. Constructed in the late 19th century, it blends Bulgarian Revival and Russian Orthodox styles. Adorned with mosaics and reliefs depicting scenes of battle, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. More than a memorial, it symbolizes national identity and resilience, reminding visitors of sacrifices made for freedom and the enduring bond between nations. Buzludzha Monument: The Buzludzha Monument, perched atop the Buzludzha peak in the Bulgarian Balkan Mountains, is an imposing structure commemorating the socialist movement in Bulgaria. Constructed in the 1970s, its futuristic design and grandeur once symbolized the power and ideology of the Communist regime. Despite its abandonment, the monument still stands as a haunting reminder of Bulgaria's socialist past, adorned with striking mosaics and communist symbolism. Today, it attracts visitors intrigued by its history and architectural significance, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountain landscape.

Plovdiv: Valley of the Thracian Kings Guided Day Trip

Plovdiv: Valley of the Thracian Kings Guided Day Trip

At 08:00 your guide will pick you up from your hotel and your journey will start. You will have around 2 hours drive until you reach the Valley of the Thracian kings. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to numerous Thracian tombs and burial mounds dating back to the 5th century BC. As you travel to the site, imagine the grandeur and splendor of the Thracian civilization that flourished in this region over 2,000 years ago. Envision the powerful kings and queens who were buried in these tombs, surrounded by their wealth and treasures. Upon arrival, your highly educated guide will lead you on a tour of the site, bringing the history of the Thracians to life. You'll see the impressive 5 tombs, and learn about the customs and beliefs of this ancient civilization. As you explore the Valley of the Thracian Kings, you'll be struck by the beauty of the natural surroundings. The valley is surrounded by lush green forests, offering a peaceful and serene setting for your visit. After exploring the Kazanlak region, we will continue our journey toward Stara Zagora where we will observe the layers of human history between the Stone age and modern times. But first, we will walk in the beautiful city center where we will have lunch. When we regain our strength we will start our exploration. Augusta Trayana was founded in the 2nd century AD and was an important center for trade and culture. The city was named after the Roman emperor Trajan and was a thriving metropolis during the Roman Empire. You will walk on the original streets from those days and will see where the city council has gathered for its meetings. We will visit the remains of a Roman house where you will see amazing mosaics in perfect condition, and will get the feeling of the way of living in the city in the days of the Roman empire. During your walk in Stara Zagora, your guide will show you a unique place- the Museum of Religions. It is situated in one of the oldest Mosques in the Balkans- Eski Mosque from the early XV century. Our last stop of the day is the furthest that we will get back in time- to the Neolithic age. You will visit the ruins of 2 houses from those times. They were part of a big Neolithic settlement. These houses are one of the best-preserved prehistorical buildings in Europe. The exposition will bring you back to the VII Millennium BC and your guide will do his best to explain who those people were and how they lived. In addition to the houses, you will also see, an archaeological collection of objects, related to the culture and the religion of the Stone age people, discovered in the Stone age settlements. After this incredible visit, we will start our journey back to Plovdiv.

From Sofia: Rose Valley Tour & UNESCO Site Kazanlak

From Sofia: Rose Valley Tour & UNESCO Site Kazanlak

Kazanlak is located in the very central part of Bulgaria, right in the heart of the Valley of Roses, 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 to the 5th millennium B.C.). During the 4th and 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). Kazanlak is located 200 kilometers east of Sofia along the Balkan range, so youshould start off your tour at around 8:30. The recently renewed road brings the journey down to a 3-hour scenic drive. You will start your visit with Shipka Memorial Church, built in a beautiful 17th century Russian style after the liberation from Turkish occupation in 1878, in honor of the Russian and Bulgarian victims. From there you will go to Goliama Kosmatka, the tomb of Seuthes 3rd. After a quick lunch in a nearby restaurant, you go to Kazanlak to visit of the UNESCO world heritage tomb. The monument dates back to the 4th century B.C. 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 you will make a visit to a local rose garden and distillery, where you will see how rose essence is extracted and be able to buy some rose-scented souvenirs. You will return to Sofia at around 18:30. Please note this is a fast-paced tour.

Sofia, Plovdiv, and The Rose Valley in 2 Days

Sofia, Plovdiv, and The Rose Valley in 2 Days

On the first day of your tour, you will explore Sofia and Plovdiv with your guide and learn about the history and culture of Bulgaria. Your tour will start once you are picked up in Sofia, and you will begin a 3-hour tour of Sofia. In Sofia, you will stop at the UNESCO site Boyana Church before heading towards the city center. Here you will visit several sites including the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Saint Sofia Church, The National Theatre, St. George Rotunda, amongst several other sites.  From Sofia, you will travel to Plovdiv where you will check into your accommodations and have a lunch in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant before you start your tour of the city. Plovdiv has several sites that will be explored on your tour of the city. You will see the Roman Theatre and the Roman Stadium that remain in the city, and as you explore the Old Town you will walk along narrow cobblestone streets passing Revival Period houses. After touring through Plovdiv you will return to your hotel and end the first day of your tour.  On day two of your tour, you will depart Plovdiv after breakfast and travel to the Rose Valley, passing picturesque landscapes of the region along the way. After an hour and a half transfer, you will arrive in the town of Kazanlak not only famous for its rose oil production but as an important place for the mythical Thracians. Here you will visit the Thracian Tomb of Kazanluk a masterpiece of Thracian artwork and UNESCO world heritage site. You will also enjoy a visit to the History Museum of Kazanluk, and Shipka Memorial Church allowing you to learn and experience the history of the region. Before heading back to Sofia you will stop at Damascena, a private family distillery located in the heart of the Rose Valley. Here you will have lunch in a rose garden and afterward learn about the rose growing industry and production of Bulgarian rose oil. From here you will travel back to Sofia and your tour will end once you are dropped off at your accommodations. 

Rose Valley: Shuttle Group Day-Trip

Rose Valley: Shuttle Group Day-Trip

Commence your tour at 8:00 AM, departing from the center of Sofia. After a short meet and greet with your driver/guide you will set off on a scenic 3-hour drive, heading down a beautiful road that passes through the Balkan mountains. Take in the spectacular views of this picturesque part of the world until you reach the Bulgarian Rose Valley. Upon arrival at Rose Valley, you will first be taken to visit a traditional rosary. Inside, soak in the smells and beautiful sights as you look out over glorious rose fields and learn some knowledge about the production of rose oil. Discover fascinating information about rose oil production in Bulgaria, and see why Bulgaria is the world's biggest rose oil producer in the world.  Continue on your tour to the small charming town of Kazanlak, in the heart of the Rose Valley, where you will be able to explore the ancient Thracian tomb, dating back to the 4th-century BC. This site is famous for its paintings and it is a UNESCO heritage site. You will have free time for lunch in the afternoon and you will also visit the beautiful memorial church “The Birth of Christ”. Relax on the return drive back as you say goodbye to this beautiful part of the world. You will be returned back to Sofia, arriving roughly around 7:00 PM. 

Rose Valley & Valley of the Thracian Kings Day Tour

Rose Valley & Valley of the Thracian Kings Day Tour

Your first stop on this full-day tour is the small but charming Rose Museum in Kazanlak, featuring exhibits related to rose harvesting and rose oil production in Bulgaria. This is the only museum devoted to rose oil production in the whole world. Next you visit the local historical museum, dedicated to the rich cultural heritage of the Kazanlak region, including the tombs from the Valley of the Thracian rulers. Still in Kazanlak, explore the replica of the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, impressive for its unique frescoes dating from the 4th century B.C. The exceptionally well-preserved murals and the condition of the original structure reveal the high level of culture and pictorial art in Hellenistic Thrace. Enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant in Kazanlak where you'll taste some local dishes and wine.  Continue to the Golyama Kosmatka Thracian tomb, one of the largest mounds ever found on the Balkan Peninsula, dating from the end of the 5th century BC. Archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of the greatest Thracian king, Seuth III. The final stop on the tour is Shipka Memorial Church which is an outstanding Russian Orthodox temple built between 1885 and 1902 in Shipka town at the foothills of the Balkan Range. The Shipka Monument complex is dedicated to the Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian soldiers who died for the liberation of Bulgaria in the Russo-Turkish War from 1877-78.

UNESCO Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak and Buzludzha monument

UNESCO Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak and Buzludzha monument

Thracians and Communists?!? Could they have anything in common?!? Believe it or not – the answer is YES! - Strive for immortality of their leaders - Monumental temples decorated with frescoes of the lives of their chieftains - The status of their leaders as demigods and heroes Want to see and learn more? Join our tour to two of the most iconic Monuments of Immortality in Bulgaria: the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site - Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak and the iconic UFO-like abandoned communist building atop the Buzludzha mountain.

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5.0
(12 reviews)

As a photographer, I dreamed for many years of being able to visit Buzldudza one day. This dream has now come true, even the overcast sky was quite photogenic. The photos were more than successful! Kamen was the best tour guide I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Personable, friendly, courteous, very educated. He conveyed interesting things without being the least bit didactic. Kamen was also able to be humorous in a very nice way. The trip with him was an experience that I will remember for a long time. Your tour company can consider itself lucky to be able to offer such a man to an interested travel public. I was also able to share a few interesting experiences from our childhood together with him. (I grew up in what was then communist Czechoslovakia.) All in all, a really fantastic trip! Please give Kamen my regards! Thanks again! Alexander Seizov, Vienna

It was amazing! Really really loved the guide. He was so knowledgeable not just with the Thracian king but where the Thracian period is in relation to the Roman and Greek periods etc. He was patient in re- explaining some of the bits ensuring we grasped everything. There’s a lot of information to absorb but he made it so easy to follow! Highly recommend this tour and guide! We came to Plovdiv just for this and boy was it worth it! Sincere thank you for arranging this tour so close to Christmas and giving us an amazing guide! Even the place we stopped for lunch was amazing!

We had such an informative day! Our guide Meeka clearly is passionate about the history of Bulgaria; and was a pleasure to spend the day with!

The tour guide's level is really high, his English is very good, and he takes good care of everyone.

Very good excursion with our guide, a real encyclopedia of Bulgarian history.