The hidden gems of Europe – Rose Festival

When you are tired of seeing how the criteria of functionalism interfere even with art, your salvation is the past. It takes you to the age when people painted their monasteries with thoroughness and faith, Saxons were imposing their principles of a beautiful and well-organized architecture, and Tzars were building impressive palaces. Bulgarians pride themselves with Sofia, Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo, where the orthodox religious architecture dominates the remains of an architecture imposed by the Ottomans during the 500 years of domination. In Veliko Tarnovo, perhaps the most charming city in Bulgaria, Ottoman-style or traditional picturesque Bulgarian houses pile like in a hive on the mountains surrounding the city. From the Tsarevets Hill (Imperial Hill) one can admire a beautiful view of the former medieval capital and walk through the ruins of the imperial palace. If you drive north, Romania brings not only a change of scenery, but also a different heritage. Bucovina, an ancient Romanian land, is home to some of the most impressive monasteries. Legend has it that prince Stefan the Great swore to build a monastery after each victory against the Ottomans. The monasteries built by him do not
impress with grandeur, but through the beauty of detail, the scenes painted on exterior walls and the vivid colors. Beyond the Carpathians, in Transylvania, there are no painted churches and monasteries, but Saxon fortified churches and citadels instead. The German spirit is everywhere, from hidden inner courtyards, to tall houses with massive gates, and large squares and churches with high towers. On the narrow cobbled stone streets, in Sighisoara, near the Black Church in Brasov, or on a stroll through Sibiu, you will get the rare feeling that the present has faded away and you are in an old world, of centuries past. Even more than that, this itinerary includes the annual Rose estival in Bulgaria, where you will take part in the rose picking activities and will visit a rose perfume distillery.
Price: €1980 per person in twin/double share

Departures:  3rd of June

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