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The Rose festival

Valeo Travel Ltd.

DAY 1 WEDNESDAY, 01. 06. 2011: Arrival at Sofia airport. Transfer to The hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay in Sofia.

DAY 2 THURSDAY, 02. 06. 2011: Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Sofia – St. Nedelya Cathedral, St. George Rotunda, Russian Church of St. Nicolas, St. Sophia Church, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Ivan Vazov National Theater. Lunch. A visit to The National Museum of History and The Boyana Church. The Boyana Church is included in The UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage and has preserved frescoes of an unknown artist, which date back to The year 1259. The frescoes impress with The spirituality and expressiveness of their images, created 7 years before The birth of Giotto di Bondone, considered The first Renaissance artist. Dinner. Overnight stay in Sofia.

DAY 3 FRIDAY, 03. 06. 2011: Breakfast. Departure for Rila Monastery – The biggest monastery in Bulgaria, founded in The 10th century by The monk and hermit St. John of Rila, patron and protector of Bulgaria. The monastery served as The center for cultural and spiritual life of The Bulgarian people, during The centuries of foreign enslavement. Visit to The monastery, The main church and The monastery museum. Lunch. Departure for Plovdiv – one of Europe’s most ancient cities, older than Athens, Rome and Constantinople. Arrival. Accommodation at The hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay in Plovdiv.

DAY 4 SATURDAY, 04. 06. 2011: Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Plovdiv – a tour of The old town which consists of one of The most spectacular ensembles of town houses from The period of The Bulgarian National Revival. Visit to The Saints Constantine and Helena Church, Roman Theatre, Regional Ethnographic Museum. Lunch. Departure for Kazanlak – The capital of The Rose Valley. Arrival. Visit to The Rose Museum, which has unique exhibits relevant to The production of Rose oil from The year 1660 until today; visit to Iskra Museum of History (The most recently discovered gold, silver and bronze findings from The Thracian mounds are on display in The new treasury) and to The Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak. The tomb is part of a great Thracian necropolis that dates back to The 4th century BC. It has been part of The UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage since 1979. Accommodation at The hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay in Kazanlak.

DAY 5 SUNDAY, 05. 06. 2011: Breakfast. Visit to The Rose fields where Rose picking rituals take place. Carnival parade of The Rose festival 2011. Official lunch with traditional folklore program. Free time. Dinner and overnight in Kazanlak.

DAY 6 MONDAY, 06. 06. 2011: Breakfast. Departure for The village of Skobelevo. Arrival at The parking lot in front of The Rose gardens in The village of Skobelevo. All tourists will be welcomed by young girls wearing typical national costumes and live folklore music. The girls will then accompany tourists into The Rose gardens showing them personally how The Rose buds are picked. For that purpose each one of them is caring a wicker basket. Baskets will be distributed among tourists too so they can pick some Rose buds by themselves. 15-20 min free time in The gardens is provided for that purpose. A visit to The rose-distillery. Tourists will be welcomed at The entrance with homemade bread and salt which is a typical Bulgarian tradition. A specialist will then introduce visitors to The old way to extract oil from roses, The modern way of extracting oil in The rose-distillery. Ethereal oil testing. Examination of a wide collection of decorative roses. After The visit of The rose-distillery, tourists will be offered to try Rose liqueur, Rose jam and mineral water. The whole tour will end-up with a short folklore program (about 15 – 20 min). Departure for Koprivshtitsa – pretty little town at The heart of Sredna Gora. Arrival. Lunch. Visit to Koprivshtitsa - Oslekov’s House, Todor Kableshkov’s Memorial House, Dimcho Debelianov’s House and The Church of The Dormition of The Theotokos. Continuing our road to Sofia. Arrival. Accommodation at The hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay in Sofia.

DAY 7 TUESDAY, 07. 06. 2011: Breakfast. Transfer to The airport. Departure.

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