ROSE STUDY TOUR 2021
23 May - 28 May 2021

Participants arrive in Sofia on Sunday, May 31st, and will depart from Sofia the following Friday, June 5th. During the 6 days Study Tour delegates will travel by coach from Sofia to Kazanlak and around villages and cities in the Rose Valley. Daily distances and travelling times do not exceed 2 hours.

DAY 1 23 May 2021
DAY 1 23 May 2021

DAY 1 | 23.05.2021 | Sunday

  • Arrival at Sofia Airport
  • Check-in at a 4* hotel in Sofia city at a dedicated welcome desk and collection of the delegates bags
  • Transport from the hotel to the center
  • Sightseeing tour of the historic city center
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Transport back to the hotel
DAY 2 24 May 2021
DAY 2 24 May 2021

DAY 2 | 24.05.2021 | Monday

  • Breakfast and check-out
  • Travel by coach to the Rose Valley
  • FIELD ACTIVITIES – FIELD LECTURES ON HARVESTING, YIELDS & QUALITY,  SPECIFICS OF THE BULGARIAN ESSENTIAL OILS, AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES, STATISTICS, ROSE PICKING CONTEST, ETC.
  • Transport to a local village
  • Lunch at a traditional Bulgarian restaurant
  • Transport to the hotel
  • Check-in at a 4* hotel in Kazanlak, free time
  • Transport to the “Koprinka” lake
  • Dinner at a garden fish restaurant
  • Transport back to the hotel
DAY 3 25 May 2021
DAY 3 25 May 2021

DAY 3 | 25.05.2021 | Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Transport to Enio Bonchev‘s new distillery
  • ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW DISTILLERY – MANUFACTURING AND SPECIFICS OF THE DISTILLATION PROCESS (WATER AND STEAM DISTILLATION), PETALS DELIVERIES, LOADING, TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT, AUTOMATIC CONTROLS, COLLECTING, FILTRATION, AND PACKAGING.
  • Transport to Enio Bonchev‘s old distillery,  established in 1909
  • TOUR OF THE DISTILLERY AND ACTIVITIES – FAMILY MUSEUM, HISTORICAL FACTS, OLD AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES, AND EQUIPMENT, VISIT FIELDS WITH WHITE ROSE ALBA AND CENTIFOLIA
  • Lunch in the garden premises of the distillery
  • SMELLING SESSION
  • WORKSHOP SKINCARE AROMATHERAPY
    ROSE AND LAVENDER OILS
    – learning the healing and beautifying properties of essential oils, carrier oils, and floral waters. Applying aromatherapy for everyday skincare. Making of skincare products with precious essential and carrier oils.
    DETAILED ITINERARY OF THE WORKSHOP (PDF)
  • Transport to the hotel, free time
  • Dinner
DAY 4 26 May 2021
DAY 4 26 May 2021

DAY 4 | 26.05.2021 | Wednesday

  • Breakfast and check-out
  • Visit of the biggest Thracian King’s tomb
  • Visit of the Shipka Memorial Church
  • Lunch in a traditional Bulgarian Mountain village restaurant
  • VISIT OF THE KAZANLAK ROSE MUSEUM
  • WORKSHOP – understanding the benefits of using essential oils and making natural products – PART 2
    DETAILED ITINERARY OF THE WORKSHOP (PDF)
  • Transport to a picker’s village
  • VISIT A SMALL VILLAGE IN THE ROSE VALLEY WHERE PARTICIPANTS WILL MEET FAMILIES FROM THE LOCAL MINORITY GROUPS (ROSE PICKERS) AND LEARN ABOUT THEIR LIFESTYLE
  • Transport to Plovdiv
  • Dinner at the hotel
DAY 5 27 May 2021
DAY 5 27 May 2021

DAY 5 | 27.05.2021 | Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • ROUND TABLE – SUMMARY AND OVERVIEW OF THE TOUR, QUESTIONS, AND ANSWERS, DISCUSSION ON THE BULGARIAN ESSENTIAL OILS INDUSTRY
  • Transport to the Bachkovo Monastery, near Plovdiv
  • Lunch in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant
  • VISIT OF A HERBAL MARKET AND TOUR OF THE BACHKOVO MONASTERY
  • Transport to Plovdiv
  • Sightseeing tour of the old town of Plovdiv
  • Dinner in the old town
  • Transport back to the hotel
DAY 6 28 May 2021
DAY 6 28 May 2021

DAY 6 | 28.05.2021 | Friday

  • Breakfast, check-out
  • Departure*

* The Sofia airport is about an hour away from the hotel in Plovdiv.

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