ROSE STUDY TOUR 2021
23 May - 28 May 2021

2020 has been an extremely challenging and difficult year for everyone. We believe 2021 will give us the breath of fresh air we all long for! Let us infect you with the ROSE disease and at the same time offer you our fragrant vaccine!
Looking forward to an all–in–one experience...

This year (2021) we want to do everything we can to help you book your trip to the Bulgarian Rose Valley with certainty and ease of mind. So in regard to the raging pandemic, we have adjusted our booking terms for tour packages for your benefit. If canceled 14 days or more before the tour arrival date, you will receive a 100% refund.

ITINERARY

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 traveling 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 Pavel Banya, 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 skincare products with precious essential and carrier oils.
    DETAILED ITINERARY OF THE WORKSHOP (PDF)
  • Transport to the hotel in Pavel Banya, free time
  • Dinner
DAY 4 26 May 2021
DAY 4 26 May 2021

DAY 4 | 26.05.2021 | Wednesday

  • Breakfast and check-out
  • Visit the biggest Thracian King’s tomb
  • Visit 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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