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Buzludzha Monument and the Rose Valley Guided Day Tour

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    What to Expect
    Your journey starts with an early pick up from your hotel or address. Meet your guide and get on-board your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan for a day to remember! Three hours’ beautiful drive through Sredna Gora Mountain and the Thracian Valley will lead you all the way to the top of the Balkan Mountains and the Buzludzha Monument.

    The “Ghost of communism” that’s how we call Buzludzha in Bulgaria! But actually, this is a monument in the mountains of Bulgaria, and indeed one of the greatest such structures from the communist era anywhere in the world. Incredibly bizarre and beautiful, Buzludzha is listed among the creepiest abandoned monuments on earth. An absolutely stunning concrete edifice in a shape resembling a flying saucer stranded high on a mountain summit, the monument attracts hundreds of photographers and adventure seekers. Enjoy the beautiful and a little creepy communist art, the fascinating mosaics, showing us all the communist leaders and the famous communist symbols and slogans. Your guide will explain all the interesting details around the foundation of the communist party, about the economy and the lives of ordinary people during the communist period in Bulgaria.

    After the monument of Buzludzha, you are going down in the valley among the roses. The area around the city of Kazanlak and in the foothills of the Balkan Mountain we call “The Valley of Roses and Thracian Kings”. Driving through the rose fields you will reach the small, charming village of Skobelevo where you’ll visit a private, family rose oil distillery with a beautiful ethnographic museum next to it.

    Here next to the modern distillery there is an old one, called "gulapana" which is arranged the same way as our ancestors did the installations for extracting rose oil more than 340 years ago. You are going to see a demonstration of rose oil production throughout the season and feel the spirit of the old tradition. When your tour in the fragrant rose garden is finished, you can taste traditional rose products, like rakia (brandy) and traditional Bulgarian dishes in the restaurant from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the mountains.

    At the end is the gift shop! Here you can find all kind of rose products, essential oils and products appropriate for your aromatherapy and great souvenirs.

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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your hotel in Sofia or Plovdiv
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • All transportation and parking costs.
    • Licensed English-speaking guide
    • VAT and all local taxes
    • meals, tips and personal expenses
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • The tour is not suitable for disabled people
    • Buzludzha monument is located high in the mountain (1441 MASL) so be prepared, bring some warm clothes and comfortable shoes
    • Don’t forget your camera
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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    By: ExploriA
    30 reviews
    Pheng L
    Winter day trip to Rila Monastery
    Alex was the perfect tour guide. He had a PhD in history and easily shared his knowledge with the group. The
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    Frankfurt, Germany
    Everything Great!
    Thanks Alexander for the Tour! All the tour was great, he takes his time and explains everything during the way to
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    Full-day Rila Monastery, St. Ivan Cave and Boyana Church
    Overall pleased with the trip. Rila Monastery was very impressive and worth the drive. However, we went with a
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    Day trip
    This was time well spent. Guide was knowledgeable. Helps to better understand the religious background of Bulgaria.
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    Modiin, Israel
    emazing place to visit
    It takes less then 1 hour to stroll around. The wall painting are extraordinary.Dont forget to taste the Makitza.
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    Nelson D
    trip to rila monastery,the cave and boyana church
    we had a private tour to the rils monastery and the boyana church.its worth the cost .we also went to the caves
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    Katharina L
    Great day
    We had a lovely tour to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church. Our guide Wenzelslav (hopefully I spelled that
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    Rila monastery and boyana church
    Vincent the driver and guide drives safely, speaks english fluently and explains very well. Rila monastery is a
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    The only tour you want to take - excellent day out
    I emailed ahead to say I needed to be on a flight later that day, so I got a separate bus to make sure I was back
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    Melbourne, Australia
    Great visit to Rila monastery
    We visited Rila monastery and the Boyana church with George at Exploria. It was a small group of just 7 tourists,
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    Strasbourg, France
    Highly recommended
    A great tour with a knowledgable and friendly guide. Arrived before almost all other tourists, and included scenic
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    Great way to discover Sofia region
    It is truly a wonderful guided tour to explore significant spiritual and cultural sites in Sofia region. The tour
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    Montreal, Canada
    Most beautiful sights of Bulgaria
    The guide was very friendly and we had a small group of 4 people, which was amazing and provided with a very
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    Leesburg, Virginia
    Unbelievable art in both the Monastery and Boyana Church.
    The Rila Monastery is a few hours outside of Sofia. We booked the tour through Trip Advisor as a minivan tour.
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    Marlene O
    Amazing views and guidance
    I had an amazing time on this trip. I received a historical background to all the visited sites and the guide was
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 10h
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    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English
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