Kazanlak Full-Day Tour - Sofia

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:30am Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Your hotel/accommodation
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point

Overview

Kazanlak is the center of rose-oil extraction in Bulgaria and the oil-producing rose of Kazanlak is one of the most widely recognizable Bulgarian national symbols. Kazanlak is also in the area named The Valley of the Thracian Kings, because of the concentration of noble tombs, one of which is an UNESCO site. See sites that date back to the prehistoric era, and experience this hidden treasure of Bulgaria.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • All entrance fees included
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour

Know More about this tour

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 200 kms east of Sofia along the Balkan range so we should start around 8:30am. The recently renewed road takes you there in a 3-hour scenic drive. We start our visit with Shipka Memorial Church, built after the Liberation from Turkish occupation in 1878 in honor 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, 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 6:30pm. Please note this is a fast-paced tour, so we kindly ask you to follow your guide close and prompt.

Inclusions

  • Entrance fees
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Small-group tour

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required