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DATES


5 - 11 June 2008
7 Days / 6 Nights


HIGHLIGHTS


Troyan Monastery
Oreshak Village
National Arts & Crafts Exhibition
Arbanassi
Veliko Turnovo
Tsarevets Fortress
Etura open-air museum
Shipka Pass
Shipka Memorial Church
Valley of the Roses
Goliana Kosmatka Thracian Tomb
Kazanluk Thracian Tomb
Kazanluk
Rose Fields & Cosmetics Distilleries
Festival of Roses

Koprivshtitsa
Plovdiv
Plovdiv Amphitheatre
St. Helena & Constantine Church
Hindlian House
Rhodope & Rila Mountains
Rila Monastery
Sofia



FLIGHTS


We can can offer several flight options including regional departures;
extended stay in Veliko Turnovo
or Sofia available on request.

Suggested flight schedules:

British Airways
Heathrow 08:40; Sofia 13:50
Sofia 14:40; Heathrow 16:00

Alternative airlines and
additional nights on request



Festival of Roses Bulgaria 2008
The ultimate cultural and scenic tour of Bulgaria - from only £ 689.00

A unique, comprehensive cultural tour combining this famous festival in the Valley of the Roses
with the historic towns of Veliko Turnovo and Plovdiv, the renowned Bachkovo, Troyan and Rila Monasteries,
and the dramatic scenery of the Stara Planina, Rhodope and Pirin Mountains.
One of the best Bulgarian highlights tours at a particularly beautiful time of year.


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The Valley of the Roses VALLEY OF ROSES

Historic Veliko Turnovo VELIKO TURNOVO

Plovdiv & the Rhodopes PLOVDIV



Flights to Bulgaria FLIGHTS

BEYOND THE FOREST CAR HIRE


DAY ONE: 5 JUNE 2008

Scheduled flight from UK to Sofia. Meet & Greet; transfer by air-conditioned coach to the village of Oreshak near Troyan Monastery (2 hours), the third largest in Bulgaria. Vist to the monastery and the halls of the National Arts and Crafts Exhibition in Oreshak if time permits. Dinner and check-in at Villa Terra Verde or similar 3-star hotel.


DAY TWO: 6 JUNE 2008
THE FESTIVAL OF ROSES

Breakfast. Continue to the romantic, ancient town of Veliko Turnovo - the mediaeval capital city of Bulgaria. Tour of the town including the vast fortified citadel and fortress of Tsarevets, perched high on the 'Royal Hill' above theYantra River. Lunch in the museum village of Arbanassi with its distinctive architecture and fascinating Nativity church. Continue via the Etura open air village museum and the dramaticShipka Pass over the Balkan Range, scene of the resitance of the Bulgarians and Russians against a much larger Turkish Army, to the Valley of Roses. Check in at your hotel near Kazanluk. Lesson in Bulgarian folklore dances with a professional choreographer before dinner and the official opening of the Festival of Roses in the evening.
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DAY THREE: 7 JUNE 2008

Early breakfast to enable you to witness rose picking in the fields (roses must be harvested before the heat of the sun evaporates the precious oils). Visit to a modern and traditional distillery producing rose oil and see the production process (small gift for all visitors). We can also sample rose jam, Banitsa (typical Bulgarian pastry), and Rosaliika liqueur. Join the carnival procession on the main square in Kazanluk. Lunch. Visit the Goliama Kosmatka Thracian Tomb and the replica Kazanluk Thracian Tomb (UNESCO heritage site), and the spectacular Shipka Memorial church, with its vibrant colours and golden onion-dome. Continue up the Valley of Roses into the Sredna Gora Mountains to reach the beautifully preserved museum village of Koprivshtitsa. This is real highlight of any tour with its half-timbered National Revival style architecture and pastoral setting amidst wooded hills. Overnight in a 3-star hotel. Dinner.
DAY FOUR: 8 JUNE 2008

Breakfast. Continue to Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second city, an attractive place steeped in history. Tour of old Plovdiv with its steep cobbled streets and characteristic National Revival architecture, in particular dozens of colourful mansions with timber-framed oriels enabling them to expand outwards with each storey. Visit the Hindlian Mansion, the Roman amphitheatre and the St. Helena and Constantine Church. Lunch. Continue to Bachkovo Monastery in the Rhodope Mountains. Wine-tasting at a boutique wine-cellar in the village of Brestovita, an area best-known for its red Mavrud wines. Overnight in Koprivshtsa. Own arrangements for dinner.

DAY FIVE: 9 JUNE 2008

Breakfast. Morning tour of Koprivshtitsa. Continue to Sofia, Bulgaria's capital. Panoramic city tour including the Alexander Nevsky cathedral, St.Sofia Church, Parliament Square, National Theatre and St. George Rotunda. Lunch included. Overnight at a comfortable 3-star hotel in the city centre. Own arrangents for dinner.


Thracian Tomb, Kazanluk

ROSES - Bulgaria's Gold

Roses are sometimes considered as
Bulgaria's "gold" with 70% of the world's rose extract
- "attar" - being produced here at a value of
US$ 45 million. 3000-6000 kg of blossom
are required to make just one litre
or the precious attar.





The remaining rosewater and pulp are used in
medicines and for making jam and the rosaliika
liqueur which may be tasted in Kazanluk.

DAY SIX: 10 JUNE 2008

Breakfast. Morning visit to the Boyana church in the suburbs of Sofia. Drive into the spectacular Rila Mountains to visit Rila Monastery. This is Bulgaria's most visited tourist attraction, famed for both its architectural beauty and its mountain setting. Rila Monastery with brightly frescoed church and fortified walls is recognized by UNESCO as an important part of the World's Cultural Heritage. Tour of the monastery, lunch, then an evening drive back to Sofia. Overnight at a comfortable hotel. Own arrangents for dinner.


DAY SEVEN: 11 JUNE 2008

Free time inSofia then transfer to the airport for your flight home



Inclusive Holidays from the United Kingdom

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICES INCLUDE

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  • Return British Airways Flights from United Kingdom to Bulgaria
  • Airport Taxes and Passenger Facility Charges
  • Travel throughout by deluxe air-conditioned coach or minibus
  • Accommodation in comfortable 3-star hotels
  • Meals as per itinerary (usually breakfast, lunch and/or dinner)
  • Small bottle of mineral water per person per person/ day
  • Activities during the Festival of Roses
  • Professional English-speaking Tour Guide
  • All applicable entrance fees and tastings


    All prices are valid until further notice and subject to availability
    Prices are based on British Airways scheduled departures
    from London Heathrow to Sofia; Regional departures and alternative
    airlines may be available on request
    Flight tickets are issued on receipt of your deposit to secure your price.
    They are Fixed dated and non-refundable.
    Travel Insurance is highly recommended



HOLIDAY PRICE FOR 2008:
>Tour
Airline
Dates
Adult
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>Festival of Roses - 7 days / 6 nights
British Airways
5 - 11 JUNE 2008
695.00
57.00
Adult Prices are per person per night sharing a double room in £ Sterling (GBP)
Additional nights can be added in Sofia at the end of the tour, or in Veliko Turnovo at the beginning


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