Rose Festival in Kazanlak, Bulgaria, Bulgaria (5-7 June 2020)

Rose Festival in Kazanlak, Bulgaria (5-7 June 2020) celebrates our deep connection to the Rosa Damascena – the Bulgarian oil-bearing rose and all the gifts it has blessed the Rose Valley with for centuries. During the festival you can participate in various events like Rose-picking rituals, organised in various locations around the Valley, Rose Festive Parades (Carnivals), Festive processions of the Rose pickers. During the Rose Coronation the new Rose Queen will be crowned, accompanied by a magnificent triad of traditional dancing and singing from various folklore groups.

Basic Information

Type: one, two or three days tour from Sofia, Varna or other places to the region of Kazanlak and Karlovo, Bulgaria.
Duration: depends on how many days you would like to book. The festival itself is held on the week-end. You can combine the Festival with hiking in the mountains or sightseeing in the region. Depending on the time you have we will offer options, itineraries and activities you can have in the region. 
Minimum number of events to be visited: Rose Festival in Kazanlak, Bulgaria, Bulgaria (5-7 June 2020);
Price: We specialise in tailor-made travel to Bulgaria and our travel suggestions are individually designed to suit your personal requirements. If you would like us to contact you with a proposal for this tour, please use the form at the end of this page or the other communication channels on our contacts page.
Tour dates: The culmination of the Rose Festival 2020 will be held during the first week of June – 5th – 7th June in Kazanlak;
Tour mileage: 250 km from Sofia;
Minimum number of travellers: 1

More details

Karlovo and Kazanlak are the centre of rose-oil extraction in Bulgaria and the oil-producing rose is one of the most widely recognisable national symbols. Bulgaria is the major supplier of rose oil in the world for the cosmetic industry and Kazanlak’s/Karlovo’s rose gardens are the largest rose gardens in the whole world. Bulgaria is one of the very few places that can grow this particular rose (Rosa Damascena or Rose from Damascus).

The Festival has been organised annually since 1903 in Kazanlak. It celebrates our deep connection to the Rosa Damascena – the Bulgarian oil-bearing rose and all the gifts it has blessed the Rose Valley with for centuries.

Cultural, dance, music, artistic, social and sports events happen across Kazanlak and the surrounding villages in May-June.

The detailed program of the 2020 Rose Festival is not yet published by the Municipality of Kazanlak. You could expect events like the following based on the previous years: Contest-spectacle “the Queen of Roses”, Cheerleaders show, “Rose Princess” – children spectacle, Official opening of the Festival and Crowning of the Queen of Roses, International Folklore Festival, „The Bread of the Bulgarian“ an exhibition at the Rosarium park, Festival parade in the city centre of Kazanlak, Festive procession of the Rose pickers, Rose picking rituals by location.

Rose-picking rituals are organised in various locations around the Valley. Enjoy Bulgarian folklore dancing, traditional customs, crafts and taking pictures in a rose field. The most visited ritual event is the one near Kazanlak and happens on the first Sunday of June every year in the fields north of the city, near Kran village. Rose picking rituals happen at 10:00 AM in each respective village and are organised by local rose producers, local folklore groups and the local municipality.

We offer one, two, three or more days to the region of Karlovo/Kazanlak during the Festival in May/June. Additionally to the festival events your itinerary could include: 

– Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak discovered in 1944 (Hellenistic period, around the end of the 4th century BC). It is located near Seutopolis, the capital city of the Thracian king Seutes III, and is part of a large Thracian necropolis. The paintings inside are Bulgaria’s best-preserved artistic masterpieces from the Hellenistic period.

– Shipka Monument and the Park Museum Shipka, located on top of Shipka Peak (1,326 m) in the Balkan Mountains, 28 km from the town of Kazanlak. The park comprises of 26 monuments, the reconstructed battle positions, artillery batteries and dugouts of the defenders of Shipka Pass during the Russo-Turkish War from 1877 – 78. The Liberty Memorial is among the largest of the monuments in the park. Its outline resembles a medieval Bulgarian fortress and can be seen from dozens of kilometres. It was built with donations from the people from all over Bulgaria and was inaugurated on 26 August 1934. 

 – Buzludzha Monument;
  Rose oil distillery and a Family Museum
….and many others. Please ask!

If you book more than one day trip, we will include an accommodation in the offer as well. Please use the form at the end of the page or the other contacts (e-mail or phone) to make an inquiry. Please specify the dates, number of people and number of days you would like to attend the Festival, category of a hotel (if you would like an accommodation). Based on this information we will prepare and send to you an individual program/offer.

Depending on your arrival/departure schedule we can also offer additional tours in the region of the Rhodope Mountains, which is one of the most beautiful in Bulgaria. 

Guided and self-drive tours

A guided tour shall include: services of a professionally qualified tour guide; pickup and drop off from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia or Varna; transportation by A/C vehicle, fuel and parking expenses; hotel accommodation in Kazanlâk or other places nearby not far from the Festival venue; food; transfer from/to airport and all other services you might need.

A guided tour does not include: international air fares; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature.

A self-drive tour shall include: hotel reservations depending on your preferences; maps and detailed itinerary description + GPS coordinates of the places/hotels; information for places of interest; car rental depending on your preferences; extensive pre-arrival information and services and all other services you might need;

Typically a self-guided tour does not include: flights to/from Bulgaria; fuel, food; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature. 

Note: There will be a special place for tents in the area of the Festival.

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