PROFESSIONAL ROSE STUDY TOUR

ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY STUDY TOUR HELD IN THE ROSE VALLEY OF BULGARIA. JOIN A TEAM OF ORGANIC OIL PRODUCERS DURING ROSE HARVEST, PARTICIPATE AND LEARN FROM THE SOURSE. BECOME AN EXPERT WHILE ENJOYING A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY.

   


ITINERARY AND LEARNING ACTIVITIES:

01 SOFIA Arrival at Sofia airport, pick up and transfer to 4* hotel for check in. All the participants gather in the lobby for a welcome drink, meet our tour guide and a representative from Enio Bonchev - the oldest rose oil destillery in Bulgaria. A short meeting dedicated to tour chedule, details etc. In the afternoon join us for sightseeing tour of Sofia, visit: Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Sofia church, the 4-th century St. George Rotonda, the Mosque, the Synagoguethe old market etc. Special traditional welcome dinner and folklore show. 

02 SOFIA – ROSE VALLEY After breakfast we travel to the heart of Bulgaria and The Rose Valley. Hotel check in followed by authentic Bulgarian lunch in a nearby village. Start with field activities and lecture on rose harvesting, yields and quality, specifics of the Bulgarian essential oils, agricultural practices, statistics. We do a little rose picking contest straight at the field. In the afternoon we drive to lake Koprinka near the town of Kazanlak for dinner in a garden fish restaurant. 

   
 

03 ROSE VALLEY Morning transfer to Enio Bonchev - the oldest destillery in Bulgaria. Here we learn about manifacturing and components of  destillations process, petals deliveries, loading, technology and equipment, automatic controls, collecting, filtration and packaging. Today we visit both a new and an old organic rose oil destilleries to better understand the differences in the actual process of rose oil production. We learn about the classic and the modern methods of manufacture, visit fileds with rose laba and centifolia. Lunch in the garden premises of the distillery followed by a smelling session and skincare and aromatherapy workshop. Dinner and overnight. 

04 ROSE VALLEY After breakfast we explore the Rose valley and visit the UNESCO listed Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak and Shipka Memorial Church. Transfer to Kazanlak - the biggest city in the Rose valley to visit The Rose Oil Museum. Here we take part in a dedicated workshop "Understanding the benefits of using essential oils and making natural products". In the afternoon we visit the Rose picker's village and meet families from the local minority groups, learn about their lifestyle. 

   
 

05 ROSE VALLEY – PLOVDIV – BACHKOVO MONASTERY – ROSE VALLEY After breakfast we gather in the garden to do a summary of the course and discuss everything we've learned in the past three days. All participants will be awarded a certificate of completion. Transfer to Rhodope Mountains for lunch. Here we visit Bachkovo Monastery - the second biggest and one of the oldest and most important monasteries in Bulgaria. Transfer to Plovdiv in the afternoon for full sightseeing tour : Roman Theatre and Ethnographic Museum, Dinner in the old town. Transfer back to our hotel in the Rose Valley. 06 ROSE VALLEY – SOFIA Transfer to Sofia airport according flight schedule.   


TOUR DETAILS AND INCLUSIONS:

ACCOMODATION: 4 nights in 4 * hotel in the heart of The Rose valley + 1 night in 4 * Sofia city center hotel  
TRANSPORT: 18 seater Mercedes Sprinter  
MEALS: 5 hotel breakfasts, 4 special local lunches, 4 local dinners in specially selected restaurants with varied menu and great service.
1 traditional dinner with folklore programe in Sofia
ENTRANCE FEES: Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, Bachkovo Monastery, Roman Theatre Plovdiv, Ethnographic Museum Plovdiv
TRIP STAFF: 1 Professional licenced English speaking guide + 1 representative from Enio Bonchev rose oil destillery.  
 * THE TOUR CAN BE MODIFIED ON REQUEST  
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