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SMELL AND SEE BULGARIA IN HER TRUE COLOURS

Bulgaria Professional Study Tour is a private project started by Filip Lissicharov, CEO and owner of Enio Bonchev Production Ltd., and partner Konstantin Tzvetanov, aiming to show the true production of 100% pure and natural Bulgarian rose and lavender essential oils from inside.

Our goal is to educate and benefit the essential oils industry, both local as well as international, aiming to turn this Professional tour into a traditional annual event. Successful business connections are made face to face and we would like to welcome all rose lovers to smell and see Bulgaria in her true colours.”

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Who we are

 

Filip Lissicharov, CEO and owner of Enio Bonchev Production Ltd., Bulgaria is responsible for marketing and sales, dealing with corporate, key customers and developing long-term business strategies. Born in March 1975 and father of two beautiful girls. Went to 7 different high schools in 3 different countries before graduating in 1993 from the English Language High

 School in Sofia, Bulgaria. Lived and studied in the USA (1989-1991 and 1993-1998), graduating from Knox College, Illinois, USA, in 1997 majoring in Integrated International Studies. Then he returned to Bulgaria, where he has dedicated his life to rose and lavender, re-building and expanding the original business, which was started by his great grandfather Enio Bonchev in 1909.

Enio Bonchev Production Ltd. is member of IFEAT and Filip is a regular attendee at IFEAT Conferences. He is also an active participant, essential member and Vice-Chairman of the Bulgarian National Association for Essential oils, Perfumery and Cosmetics.

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Konstantin Tzvetanov

Born in December 1974 and father of two girls and a boy. Lived and studied in Tunis, Tunisia (1980-1984), Paris, France (1987-1990) and Vienna, Austria (1992-1994) before graduating in 1992 from the 9th French language High School “Alphonse de Lamartine” in Sofia, Bulgaria. Continued with his studies in Russia (1994-2000), graduating in 2000 from the Moscow State University of Management, majoring with a Master degree in World Economy. Returned to Vienna in 2000 where he spent the next 5 years in implementing marketing and logistic strategies for FedEx Austria as well as consulting smaller local companies.

Konstantin Tzvetanov is a business savant, entrepreneur and visionary. Speaks fluently Bulgarian (native), English, French, German and Russian while uses freely Spanish and Italian. An experienced technologist, skilled communicator and accomplished business leader, he is the charismatic passion behind numerous endeavours and projects in various industries (CEO and owner of “Kolmax Solutions” – Real Estate; Managing Partner in “OfertoVET” – Group Buying Trade; Head of Sales at “ThyssenKrupp Bulgaria” – Steel Trade; Managing Partner in “Tenom Chairs” – Designer furniture manufacturing; CEO in “Eurobereg” – Real Estate; Owner of “Private Tour Bulgaria” – VIP Tours in Bulgaria).

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ABOUT OUR TOURS

 

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)