Bulgaria is recognised worldwide as the country of roses. The rose is our national symbol. Bulgarian rose oil with over 350 years of history and tradition is a key ingredient in the flavours and fragrance industry. It has also found its place and has growing impact in the aromatherapy, cosmetics, foods and pharmaceutical industries.
During our 6 days journeys in the peak of the rose or lavender seasons, you, together with other knowledgeable F&F industry people and aromatherapists from a variety of countries will dive into the Bulgarian essential oil processing industry.
You will get the chance to visit the oldest fully functioning factory in Bulgaria, visit various fields where you will pick roses or lavender, talk to local farmers, see a typical picker’s village and learn all about the secrets of the Bulgarian rose and lavender from dedicated industry specialists.
The majority of the oil producers in Bulgaria are growing and distilling other essential oil crops as well. Did you know Bulgaria has become the biggest producer of Lavender oil in the world? And Melissa oil — with growing production over 1 ton?
Harvest of 2019
The people who will meet and greet you, talk and drink a glass of wine or rakiya (a typical local alcoholic beverage) with you are professionals who have dedicated their entire life to this industry.
You will have the opportunity to ask and learn directly from source, acquiring first hand authentic knowledge and experience with only a week away from the office.
Climate-wise late May – early June (for the Rose Tour) or July (or the Lavender Tour) is a very good time to visit Bulgaria. The usually dry weather conditions facilitate mobility.
During our tours, you will have the chance to be part of different WORKSHOPS exploring the many different possibilities to use rose, lavender and other essential oils, as well as hydrofoils in the cosmetic and food industries.
Seeing Bulgarias’s nature and its beauty is another part of our program. Bulgaria has numerous places to be unveiled, like mountains, plains, rivers, waterfalls, and many more.
You will have the opportunity to learn about Bulgaria’s fascinating culture while staying at the best hotels Bulgaria can offer.
And last, but not least, you will be enjoying traditional homemade local country cuisine during the entire trip.
Peeled tomatoes with pesto, avocado, pine nuts and bruschetti
The food in Bulgaria is an exquisite experience you won’t be able to forget. It can be so delicious so that the cuisine alone can be enough reason to visit us.
Baked goat cheese with honey and walnuts
Lamb with rice and potatoes
Baklava and tumblers
Visas to Bulgaria, an EU country, are either not necessary or easily obtainable (see visa requirements)