Things to do in Stara Zagora Province

Our most recommended things to do in Stara Zagora Province

Valley of the Thracian Kings: Hidden Treasures

1. Valley of the Thracian Kings: Hidden Treasures

During this day tour you will have the chance to learn more about the mysterious Thracians, best known for the mythical hero Orpheus (ancient musician and thinker), Spartacus (Roman slave and gladiator, and leader of the famous slave revolt), as well as for the oldest golden treasure in the world. You will visit the History Museum in Kazanlak. During our day of Thracian heritage exploration, you will have the chance to admire the picturesque landscape, which obviously was highly valued by the Thracians as well. You will have a stop in a rose distillery, as the Valley is famous for rose production as well. The region of the Valley of the Thracian Kings, also known as the Valley of the roses (center for the production of rose oil) which was the preferred burial ground for Thracian nobility. The most famous ground is the Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak, recognized as a masterpiece of Thracian artwork. The tomb dates from the end of the 4th century BC and due to its well preserved and original frescoes it has been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Another site that you will visit is the Tomb of Seuthes III (Thracian king), known also as the Golyama Kosmatka mound. The tomb dates from 5th century BC. It consists of three chambers and one corridor. Many valuable artefacts and works of art were found at the site. It’s one of the richest Thracian burials found till now. The last stop will be Ostrusha tomb, which dates back to the 4th century. It’s mainly famous for its unique ceiling- a combination of relief and fine decoration - different portraits, colorful figures and floral ornaments.

Sofia: Museum of Socialist Art and Buzludzha Monument Tour

2. Sofia: Museum of Socialist Art and Buzludzha Monument Tour

Start your tour with a pickup from your hotel. Jump in the car and enjoy the ride to the Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia. See over 70 monumental sculptures. Admire the large five-pointed star that sits on a special pedestal and once crowned the former Party House in the center of Sofia. Enjoy a 3-hour scenic drive as you continue your trip and head to the Buzludzha Monument, one of the most notable from the socialist period. This communist tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

From Sofia: Rose Valley Tour & UNESCO Site Kazanlak

3. From Sofia: Rose Valley Tour & UNESCO Site Kazanlak

Kazanlak is located in the very central part of Bulgaria, right in the heart of the Valley of Roses, also known as the Valley of the Thracian Kings. The oldest settlement in the area of the modern-day city dates back to the Neolithic era (6th to the 5th millennium B.C.). During the 4th and 3rd centuries BC the Thracian ruler Seuthes 3rd took an important place in the historical development of Thrace during the Hellenistic era. The Thracian city of Seuthopolis was discovered near Kazanlak, and thoroughly studied at the time of the construction of the Koprinka Reservoir. Kazanlak is the center of rose-oil extraction in Bulgaria, and the oil-producing rose of Kazanlak is one of the most widely recognizable national symbols. Bulgaria is the major supplier of rose oil in the world for the cosmetic industry, and Kazanlak's rose gardens are the largest rose gardens in the whole world. It is one of the very little places in the entire world that can grow this particular rose (Rosa Damascena or Rose from Damascus). Kazanlak is located 200 kilometers east of Sofia along the Balkan range, so youshould start off your tour at around 8:30. The recently renewed road brings the journey down to a 3-hour scenic drive. You will start your visit with Shipka Memorial Church, built in a beautiful 17th century Russian style after the liberation from Turkish occupation in 1878, in honor of the Russian and Bulgarian victims. From there you will go to Goliama Kosmatka, the tomb of Seuthes 3rd. After a quick lunch in a nearby restaurant, you go to Kazanlak to visit of the UNESCO world heritage tomb. The monument dates back to the 4th century B.C. and its murals are memorable for the splendid horses and especially for the gesture of farewell, in which the seated couple grasp each other's wrists in a moment of tenderness and equality. On the way back you will make a visit to a local rose garden and distillery, where you will see how rose essence is extracted and be able to buy some rose-scented souvenirs. You will return to Sofia at around 18:30. Please note this is a fast-paced tour.

From Sofia: The Valley of the Roses Day Trip

4. From Sofia: The Valley of the Roses Day Trip

Explore the Valley of the Roses on this exciting day trip from Sofia. Visit a Thracian tomb, admire mountain landscapes and learn all about rose oil production. An early start from Sofia will take you on the picturesque mountain road winding between the Balkan and Sredna Gora mountains. Arrive in Kazanlak in about 3 hours and will visit the famous Thracian tomb dating back to the 4th century BC, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then continue east to the Ethnographic Complex Damascena, located in the heart of the Valley of Roses, where you will learn why Bulgaria is famous for rose oil production. The next stop is the emblematic Memorial Temple of the Birth of Christ, built between 1885 and 1902 in Russian Moskovite style, a beautifully located Eastern-orthodox architectural jewel.

Sofia: Kazanlak & Damascena rose distillery Rose Tour

5. Sofia: Kazanlak & Damascena rose distillery Rose Tour

Early in the morning (at around 6:30 am departure from Sofia to the town of Kazanlak). The ride will take around two hours and 45 minutes. Arrive in the rose field in one of the villages around the town of Kazanlak (to be advised by the Kazanlak municipality prior the festival) and enjoy the rose picking activity and rose boiling ritual. Drive back to Kazanlak. Proceed to the Damascena rose distillery. Have lunch and witness the process of rose boiling and rose oil production. Admire more than 150 varieties of roses and get more information about the century-old tradition of rose oil production in Bulgaria. Program of the day: 6:30 - departure to Kazanlak 9:15 - arrive at the rose field. Enjoy the rose picking and taking photos. 12 o`clock - drive to Kazanlak and visit the Museum of roses 1 pm drive to the Damascena rose distillery 1:20 pm - arrive in the distillery. Here you will enjoy the big variety of roses and will get acquainted with the rose boiling process. You can have lunch in the restaurant of the distillery. 3:30 pm - departure to Sofia 6:30 - drop off in your hotel At 3 pm departure to Sofia. At 6:45 pm drop off in your hotel.

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Unknown world of the Thracians

It was an extremely successful trip. The history and remnants of the ancient Thracian culture are a little-known episode in the history of mankind. All the more, it is worth delving into this world of myths, warriors and ... tombs for a moment. The tour was led by a very competent guide, archeology expert and researcher, an exceptionally nice and specific person. He brilliantly introduced us to the secrets of the Thracian civilization. We also appreciate that he drove the car carefully.

Awesome !!

My guide, Methodi, was so kind and nice, and gave me a lot of information about the trip and the country. Thank you, Methodi! The trip is so wonderful! You see the valley of the roses (not flowers at the time I was there, pity) and we visited 6 thracian tombs, all diffent and spectacular. If you are interested in history, archaeology or just like to enjoy beatiful landscapes, this is a must!

We had an amazing time. Our tour guide, Miss Marija was so friendly, informative and kind. It was definitely a great experience. I definitely recommend!

Easy-going tourguide who shared a lot of perspective and insights as a bulgarian who's been through different historical moments in the country.

Great..Todor is a nice and very knowledgeable guide. Had a very good trip.