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Rose Aroma Tour 2020

Welcome to our first Rose Aroma Tour 2020! 

Come explore Bulgarian Rose oil production with us at the height of the season!

Tentative dates: June 1 - 8.

We are in the process of organizing an unique Aroma Tour to the heart of Bulgarian Rose and Lavender oil production – the  town of Kazanlak in the Valley of the Roses. This ancient town, which means 'place of the stills,' has been producing the world's finest rose oil and rosewater for well over four centuries – 1610 according to some experts. This is a unique opportunity to discover the source of this special oil in its many dimensions and witness the whole production process from collection in the fields through extraction of the precious oil in the Florentine vase.

The final program will include:

• An extensive visit to a top-notch distillery at the actual time of Rose oil and Rosewater distillation – during their busy three-week window.

• Early-morning visits to local fields of Damask roses to witness and optionally take part in rose picking with local families – the real thing, not a reconstruction!

• Breakout lectures with Peter Holmes LAc, MH on many aspects of Rose, Lavender and other native oils and hydrosols – including their historical context, production details and therapeutic uses as topical, aromatic and internal medicine.  

• The Rose Festival itself on June 6 and 7, highlighted by election of the new Rose Queen of the year, followed by the world's ultimate rose parade.

•Visits to historical attractions in the area, including nearby towns with traditional old quarters, buildings, etc.

We are considering an optional add-on at the end (1-2 days): a visit to the Black Sea Coast and then the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul – a superb ending to an already packed trip! (We strongly recommend Turkish Airlines, a four-star airline and Europe's no. 1 rated airline, for all travel in this part of the world as well as to/from JFK, New York, and SFO, San Francisco).

Full accommodation will be provided. We are currently researching the best hotel and spa combined.