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  • Veliko Tarnovo Walking Tour

    1. Veliko Tarnovo Walking Tour

    Veliko Tarnovo is one of the oldest settlements in Bulgaria, with a history of more than 5 millennia. In the Middle Ages between the 12th and 14th-centuries, the city grew quickly to become the strongest Bulgarian fortification and the most important political, economical, cultural and religious center of the second Bulgarian empire. The old part of the city is situated on the 3 hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora, rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra river. You will visit Tsarevets, where the palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and the patriarchate are situated. On Trapezitsa, which was the former main royal residence, you will see many churches. Whilst in Veliko Tarnovo you will have the opportunity to enjoy a great view of the fortress and take some photos before setting off on a climb to Baldwin's Tower on the top of the medieval hill. On your way back to the vehicle, you...

  • From Sofia: Rose Valley Tour & UNESCO Site Kazanlak

    2. 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 on...

  • Valley of the Thracian Kings: Hidden Treasures

    3. 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 a...

    I throughly enjoyed this trip. My guide was extremely knowledgeable and the tombs are a fascinating part of a history which I knew nothing about. The Thracian culture is even older than the Romans and an important part of Bulgarian history. I would definitely recommend this tour, especially for all you fans of ancient history.

  • The Valley of the Roses

    4. The Valley of the Roses

    An early start from Sofia will take you on the picturesque mountain road winding between the Balkan and Sredna Gora mountains. You will 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.

    Great trip to the Valley of Roses. A well-designed program with visits to local places of interest. And at the end of a wonderful town Koprivshtitsa. Guide Martin is beyond praise. Thank you so much

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What people are saying about Kazanlak

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Awesome !!

My guide, Methodi, was so kind and nice, and gave me a lot of information about the trip and the country. Thank you, Methodi! The trip is so wonderful! You see the valley of the roses (not flowers at the time I was there, pity) and we visited 6 thracian tombs, all diffent and spectacular. If you are interested in history, archaeology or just like to enjoy beatiful landscapes, this is a must!

I throughly enjoyed this trip. My guide was extremely knowledgeable and the tombs are a fascinating part of a history which I knew nothing about. The Thracian culture is even older than the Romans and an important part of Bulgarian history. I would definitely recommend this tour, especially for all you fans of ancient history.

Great trip to the Valley of Roses. A well-designed program with visits to local places of interest. And at the end of a wonderful town Koprivshtitsa. Guide Martin is beyond praise. Thank you so much