The Rose Festival Duration: 7 days  

Sofia, Plovdiv, Hisarya, Veliko Tarnovo


Every year at the beginning of June, just before the summer is about to start, Bulgaria turns into a rose garden. People from all over the world come here to the Rose valley to celebrate the blooming season and take part in the famous Rose festival. This tour is not only dedicated to this event. It is a great chance to see Bulgaria in its most vivid colors. Our itinerary includes not only the must-sees of Sofia, Plovdiv and Veliko Turnovo but also features many other natural and cultural sights around the Rose valley and central Bulgaria.

The Rose Festival
Day 1

After arrival we start our sightseeing tour of Sofia. Visits include Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the 4-th century St. George Rotonda, the Mosque, the Synagogue. After a short rest we drive to the foot of Vitosha Mountain to visit Boyana church with astonishing 13-th century frescoes (UNESCO Site). Dinner at a traditional restaurant.

Day 2

In the morning we drive to Rila Mountains to see the magnificent Rila Monastery. After lunch we continue our journey to Plovdiv. On arrival we go up the Old Town of Plovdiv for some sightseeing and a nice dinner at a famous traditional restaurant. 

Day 3

Today we go on a city tour of Plovdiv. Here we enter some of the old houses, the Ethnographic Museum, the Ancient Theatre. After lunch we drive through the Rose valley to the town of Hisarya - a famous Spa resort and ancient Roman settlement. Overnight in one of the Spa hotels.

Day 4
Veliko Tarnovo

Today we wake up very early to take part in the traditional rose picking. Here we taste traditional Bulgarian pastries, learn about the process of making rose oil and join the colourful Rose festival parade. Also visit the Rose museum and the famous Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak. After a barbeque lunch we continue to Veliko Turnovo. On the way we stop at Open Air Ethnographic Complex Etura and the town of Gabrovo. Overnight in Veliko Turnovo.

Day 5
Veliko Tarnovo

After breakfast we visit the medieval Tsarevets stronghold, St. Petar and Pavel's church. Later we go for a walk around the Old town where we take a lunch at a traditional restaurant. In the afternoon we drive to the 15-th century museum village of Arbanasi and the beautiful Transfiguration Monastery.

Day 6

Today, on the way to Sofia we visit Koprivshtitsa - museum town of architectural and historical significance with plenty of history, and many house-museums containing fascinating collections of décor and implements from the past. Evening arrival in Sofia to spend the last night before departure.

Day 7

Free morning. Depart hotel for Sofia Airport (time to be advised).

Hotel Marinela Sofia   , Sofia  

Hotel Marinela Sofia, is a member of Victoria Group Hotels, with great experience in hospitality, service and luxury accommodations. All 442 air- conditioned and central- heated rooms, including Executive, Superior and Presidential suites, enhanced by personalized services. The rooms are well furnished in modern style with Italian furniture.

The hotel has a very nice Fish Restaurant - offering exellent seafood dilicasies and rich selection of wines. Ristorante Colline Toscane is a tipical restaurant with variety of Italian dishes, desserts and drinks. Restaurant Panorama offers international cuisine and high level of servies with a breadtaking panorama of the capital. Kempinski Hotel Marinela Sofia also has well equiped sports Centre, an indoor swimming pool, massage, solarium, gym facilities, bowling and Sport Club


Grand Hotel Plovdiv   , Plovdiv  

Grand Hotel Plovdiv is located on the northern bank of the Маritsа river, in close vicinity to the International Plovdiv Fair, the centre of the town and the Ancient Town.

The hotel disposes of 330 rooms and suites with an impressive view, equipped in line with the most modern standards for comfort, style and elegance. On the first floor is located a vast foyer housing restaurants, cafe-halls, conference halls, sports facilities and shops, offering goods under trade names made known for their elegance and superior taste. The two parking lots of the hotel provide over two hundred and fifty parking places. Grand Hotel Plovdiv has two restaurants “a la carte”, a ball hall, a Vienna hall, cafeterias and a lobby bar. For the comfort of its guests the hotel offers indoor swimming pools for adults and children, fitness, bowling, SPA complex with relaxing and refreshing procedures, steam bath. Swimming pool – 6 corridors, 25 m., swimming lessons: individual and in groups.


Spa Hotel Hisar   , Hisarya  

SPA Hotel Hissar is situated in a beautiful parks in the town of Hissar 160 km from and 40 km away from Plovdiv. The hotel disposes 166 rooms situated in standard and deluxe part. The Spa centre is equipped with the most contemporary modules for relaxation, entertainment, prophylaxis and treatment. All devices use the healing power of the Hissar mineral water, and the procedures are conducted under the cares of high qualified medical staff. Besides classic massages, the Spa centre offers to the guests a huge variety of massages and body treatments. Wellness center has Roman bath, Turkish bath - hamam, ice room, Kneipp walk, infrared sauna, heated swimming pool, adventure showers, cold showers, heated benches, relaxing zone. The hotel has outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Hotel Hisar has Panorama restaurant, The Prestige restaurant, Bar “Bistro”, Wet bar, night club and a cafe bar


Hotel Meridian Bolyarski   , Veliko Tarnovo  

Hotel Bolyarski is perfectly located in the very heart of the Old City of Veliko Turnovo, just off the major historical and cultural landmarks of the town. The hotel has unique architecture of 15 floors, which amphitheatrically ascend from the picturesque Gurko up to the City Central Street, to grant guests a quick access to the city. 

Bolyarski Hotel features 57 elegantly-designed single and double rooms, 3 studios, 7 suites and 2 VIP Suites, with splendid Old City and Yantra River views. Guest rooms are furnished in pastel color combinations of yellow, tranquil green, brownish and red hues. Each room is equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, direct telephone line and free internet access. Sports facilities include: Indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, Two saunas and Turkish bath, Fitness hall, Solarium, Traditional and special massages, acupuncture, acupressure.

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