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BULGARIA ROSE STUDY TOUR  2020 

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 – 31.05.2020

⊕   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 centre
⊕   Welcome Dinner
⊕   Transport back to the hotel

DAY 2 – 01.06.2020

⊕   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 – 02.06.2020

⊕   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 premisses 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 skin care. Making of skin care product with precious essential and carrier oils.
⊕   Transport to the hotel, free time
⊕   Dinner

DAY 4 – 03.06.2020

⊕   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 in cooking
⊕   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 – 04.06.2020

⊕   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 MONASTERY
⊕   Transport to Plovdiv
⊕   Sightseeing tour of the old town of Povdiv
⊕   Dinner in the old town
⊕   Transport back to the hotel

DAY 6 – 05.06.2020

⊕   Breakfast, check-out
⊕   Transport to the airport

Looking forward to seeing you in Bulgaria!


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