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altBulgarian Rose Festival Kazanlak

This festival was held for first time in 1903 from the citizens of Kazanlak and was dedicated to the beauty and charity. The rose cultivation and rose industry have been kept by generations of enterprising people from the valley. Every year, during the first weekend of June, local community organizes the annual Festival of Roses. Today the Rose Festival is an international event, visited and enjoyed by thousands of tourists and guests of Kazanlak. Nowadays the Rose Festival in the unique Valley of the Roses has come to be a symbolic reflection of the lifestyle, the spirit and the cultural patterns, typical for Kazanlak region.

The festival program includes the traditional rose-picking ritual and rose - distillation that gives you a true feeling of authenticity and the coronation of Queen Rose. The festival ends with a street procession in which the main role is allotted for the participants of the International Folklore Festival. There are other interesting events, taking place during the festival weekend - choir a cappella and folklore concerts, art shows, exhibitions, wine-tasting and shows. From 2012 on it will grow into an Arts and Traditions Festival during which not only this fragrant flower, a symbol of Bulgaria, but all the gifts of nature in the valley will be honored, too.

Programme of the Festival of Roses:

•Morning departure to the rose fields to take part of the rose picking.

•Visit a private rose distillery to learn more about the traditions of rose oil productions.

•A chance to attend the Carnival procession, you can see the partcipants from varios countries.

•Festive lunch - barbeque.

•Tasting of different rose products in "Tomi show cosmetics".

•Visit to the Museum of Roses and The Thracian Kazanlak Tomb - from the late 4 century B.C., in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The frescoes are the finest masterpiece of the Thracian art discovered to date.

Highlights: There are some options regarding the festival program. If you cannot visit the Rose Festival in June, do it in May, where is paralleling festival. The tour includes the most significant Bulgarian treasures included in the UNESCO World Heritage.


These tours are customizable guided cultural tours tailored upon request. Price may vary depending on the type of hotel accommodation, transportation and guide service. Special discounts apply for tour groups.