ROSE FESTIVAL AND NESTINARY FIRE DANCE TOUR

28 May- 08 June 2019

Description

Bulgaria is world-wide famous as one of the biggest producers of rose oil. The tour offers our guests the opportunity to become part of the annual Rose festival, which takes place in May and June in the Bulgarian Rose Valley. Our program is specially designed to include another spectacular event, showing the fire dance of the Nestinari on the 3rd June. The route of this tour goes round the Eastern half of Bulgaria and reveals travelers the traditions in rose picking and rose oil distillation, wine-producing, hand crafts and everyday life of local people in the rural areas.

Itinerary

Day 1 (28th May)– arrival at Bucharest International Airport (Romania); transfer to Ruse (Bulgaria); overnight in Ruse (city hotel***); dinner included;

Day 2 (29th May)– Panoramic city tour Ruse; visit Ivanovo Rock Church- UNESCO monument- and the Rock Monastery of Bassarbovo; free afternoon in Ruse- explore the city center and visit interesting landmarks in the area; breakfast and dinner included;

Day 3-(30th May) Transfer to Kazanlak- the center of the Rose Valley- on the way stop in Veliko Tarnovo- the medieval capital of Bulgaria; walking tour in the Old Town; in the afternoon continue to the Rose valley; overnight in Kazanlak (city hotel***); breakfast and dinner included;

Day 4- (31st May) Participate in early morning rose picking- traditional events during the Rose Festival in Kazanlak; in the afternoon visit one of the rose-oil producing companies in the area; evening folklore show at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant; overnight in Kazanlak; breakfast and dinner included;

 Day 5- (1st June) Free program in Kazanlak- explore the historical side of Kazanlak and find out about the Thracian Kings- visit the emblematic for the region Thracian Tombs, one of which being UNESCO monument; useful for your free time planning: festival events in Kazanlak take place every day in May and beginning of June; official program available after April 2019; overnight in Kazanlak; breakfast and dinner included;

Optional whole day tour to Bozhentsi- unique ethnographical reserve presenting architecture and life style during the National Revival Period (18-19th Century); tour includes a visit to the historical mount Shipka, the spot of one of the major battles in the Russian-Turkish Liberation War 1877-1878; lunch included.

Day 6- ( 2nd June)– transfer to the Black Sea, the resort town of Primorsko; on the way enjoy a walking tour in the picturesque Old Town of ancient Apolonia- the town of Sozopol; overnight in Primorsko (resort hotel****); breakfast and dinner included;

Day 7- (3rd June)– transfer to the village of Bulgari- participate in the events of the Nestinari festival- the fire dancing is one of the most ancient rituals on the Balkans of a pagan origin, still performed in Bulgaria; afternoon free- options for hiking in the area; fire dancing in the evening, around 9:00pm; overnight in Primorsko; breakfast included;

Day 8- (4th June)– enjoy a free day at the Black Sea- beach area is located within a walking distance from the hotel; bike rental options; explore the beautiful area of Ropotamo Nature Reserve and the not-to-be-missed mystic Begliktash- a Thracian Stone Sanctuary, still being a subject of scientific research and discussions; overnight in Primorsko; breakfast and dinner included;

Day 9- (5th June)-Transfer to the village of Jeravna- architectural reserve from the 18-19th century  with over 200 monuments of culture; enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the atmosphere of the Bulgarian National Revival and taste traditional dishes from the area in the evening; overnight at local guest house in Jeravna (hotel**); breakfast and dinner included;

Day 10- (6th June)-Explore real rural Bulgaria on a morning tour to the village of Medven, revealing authentic architecture and marvelous natural phenomena; visit one of the local wineries and try wines and traditional Rakia (Bulgarian brandy); overnight in Jeravna; breakfast and dinner included;

Day 11- (7th June)– Transfer to Ruse; free afternoon; overnight in Ruse (city hotel***); breakfast and dinner included;

Day 12- (8th June)– transfers to the Bucharest International airport; or continue to explore Romania on a tour extension; breakfast included.

Prices 28 May-8 June 2019

GROUP SIZE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY SINGLE OCCUPANCY
group of 18 and more 840 Euro (1.643 BGN) 1.010 Euro (1.975 BGN)
group of 7-17 people 1.010 Euro (1.975 BGN) 1.180 Euro (2.308 BGN)
group of 3- 6 people 1.390 Euro (2.719 BGN) 1.560 Euro (3.051 BGN)
2 people 1.850 Euro (3.618 BGN) 2.020 Euro (3.950 BGN)

PRICES ARE PER PERSON IN EURO AND BGN, BASED ON DOUBLE OR SINGLE OCCUPANCY

Price includes:

  • Transfers from and to Bucharest International Airport
  • Accommodation with private bathroom- 11 overnights (3*city hotels);
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle, providing all transfers and tours from the itinerary;
  • English-speaking tour leader, accompanying the group during the whole tour;
  • English-speaking local guides;
  • Entrances to all tourist sites, part of the itinerary;
  • All meals stated on the itinerary, including table water, coffee/tea;
  • Participation in rose-picking and Nestinari festival;
  • A bottle of water (0,5l) per person, available every day of the tour;
  • Printed materials, maps, tourist information brochures.

Price does not include:

  • Airline tickets;
  • Meals, not stated on the itinerary and any additional beverages;
  • Optional tours;
  • Personal hotel services- room service, phone calls, laundry;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Gratuities for local guides, tour leader and driver.