Treasures of Bulgaria: Ancient Ruins, Roses and Revival

If you are looking for a place to explore off-the-tourist path, then join us in Bulgaria, a nation rich with ancient wonders, natural beauty and people eager to show you their land.
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Program No. 19207RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Home of the world’s most exquisite roses, Europe’s oldest civilization and seven outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Bulgaria is a land of superlatives in an unspoiled region of the Balkan Mountains of Eastern Europe. Join us for a special opportunity to experience a land unknown to outsiders and get to know the warm and hospitable people who have remerged onto Europe’s stage after decades of seclusion.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking over hilly terrain, cobblestone streets, standing at museums, unavoidable stairs. Elevations up to 3,763 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about recent breathtaking archaeological finds in the Kazanlak region, and Thracian culture at the replica site of the world-famous, fourth-century B.C. Thracian tomb — a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • At a rose oil distillery in the Valley of the Roses, discover centuries-old traditions of rose oil production and its modern development.
  • Take an expert-led field trip in the majestic city of Plovdiv, the oldest city in Europe.

General Notes

Give us a call to combine this learning adventure with select dates of "Treasures of Romania: Enchanting Castles and Painted Monasteries" (#19208) for even more learning in Europe! We’ll even transfer you for free between locations.
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Kamen Metchkov
Kamen Metchkov is a group leader and translator who has been a part of Road Scholar programs since 2013. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Central Arkansas and his master's degree from Michigan State University. A fan of classical and jazz music, Kamen has worked as a clarinet instructor in Michigan as well as a stage manager for the National Opera and Ballet in his native Bulgaria. He speaks Bulgarian, English and Italian, and aims to hike all of Bulgaria's 40 mountains.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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