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Bulgarian Wine tour

IN THE KINGDOM OF BULGARIAN WINES
8 days/7 nights tour

Wine producing in Bulgaria goes back to ancient times. The first producers were Thracians – the oldest local inhabitants of these lands. Most of Thracian world famous golden treasures consist predominantly of wine vessels.  Thracian wines were thick and very strong, later the Greeks and Romans diluted them with water as they themselves learned the tricks of wine making. In Bulgaria's Rhodope Mountain region is the site where the ancient Wine God, Dionysus' Main Temple and oracle once stood and where according to Roman and Greek sources wine was set to fire as a ritual to please the God.

Nowadays Bulgaria is a famous wine producer, being among the leading 15 wine producing countries and giving annually about 2% of the world wine production. Each year a Wine Fair is held in the city of Plovdiv and probably one of the most interesting wine traditions that comes from the ancient times is “Trifon Zarezan”, celebrated on the 14-th of February. In the tour you will taste predominantly Bulgarian makes of wine, made of grapes typical to Bulgaria only. 

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Bulgaria wine tours

bulgaria wine tour

  Day 1 -SOFIA
Arrival at Sofia airport. Panoramic tour around the 8500 years old city and visit to the most interesting historical sights: “Alexander Nevski” cathedral, “St. Sofia” church, which had given the name of the city, “St. George” Rotunda and the historical and cultural center of the capital. Accommodation in a 4* hotel in the centre of the city. Dinner in a typical Bulgarian folk style restaurant. Overnight in Sofia.

Optional: Visit of the "Boyana" church - in the UNESCO list, famous for its unique wall paintings, which initiate the Renaissance in Europe.

Day 2 – STRUMA VALLEY REGION
After breakfast – departure for Rila Monastery. Located in 120 km southwards from Sofia, in the heart of Rila Mountain, this is the largest Bulgarian monastery, founded in 10th century AD. A visit to the monastery and possibility to have lunch in a very good restaurant nearby, famous with its dishes of fresh trout. In the afternoon – departure for Melnik – the town of the sand pyramids, the smallest one in Bulgaria. This is a unique place you will never forget. Melnik is famous for its red wines, you will be able to taste in a castle-winery in Hotovo village, situated nearby, where you will taste a wine made from “Shiroka Melnishka Loza” grape sorts. Later you will visit Rozhen monastery. Accommodation, dinner and overnight in a 4* SPA hotel in Sandanski – one of the largest SPA centers in Bulgaria, famous for healing mineral water.

Day 3 – THRACIAN LOWLANDS REGION
After breakfast – a short trip to Bansko – the most prospering mountain resort in Bulgaria. Set off for the “Thracian Winery Cellar – Pamidovo”. Visit to the winery and tasting of wines made from “Pamid” grape sorts. Late in the afternoon – arrival in Plovdiv. Accommodation in a 3* hotel in the centre of the city. Dinner in a good local restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 4 - PLOVDIV
After breakfast – city tour of Plovdiv – the city of the seven hills, built in IV century before Christ from the King Philip of Macedonia. Visit of the Old Plovdiv with the two most remarkable museum-houses – the Balabanova’s house and the house of Hindlian. Also visit of the Antique theatre, the Roman stadium, and the oldest church “St. Constantine and Elena”.
In the afternoon – departure for Bachkovo monastery – the second largest monastery in Bulgaria. Guided tour around monastery. Next comes tasting of wines, made from “Mavrud” grape sorts in a wine-cellar at the near by village of Brestovica. This is one of the most famous wine regions in Bulgaria, producer of red wines of high quality. Return to Plovdiv. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 5 – ROSE VALLEY REGION
After breakfast – morning drive to the Banya village which is located in Karlovo district for tasting of wines made from “Karlovski Misket” grape sorts. The tasting is in the “Rose Valley” Royal Winery famous with its high quality wines. Next is Kazanlak – the capital of the Rose valley and the Thracian Kings. In Kazanlak the tourists will visit the Ethnographical museum, where they can see how the famous Bulgarian rose oil (used in the perfumery) is made and the Thracian Kazanlak tomb dating back to the 4th c. B.C. It is listed in the world natural and historical heritage of UNESCO.
Set off for Veliko Tarnovo – the capital of the second Bulgarian kingdom. Accommodation, dinner and overnight in 4* hotel in the center of the city.

Day 6 – DANUBIAN PLAIN REGION
After breakfast – sightseeing tour of Veliko Tarnovo: the historical hill Tsarevets with the Fortress, the Patriarchal church and the Emperor Baldwin’s  Tower. Panoramic tour of the town, stroll along the old Trade Street – “Samovodska charshia”. Next comes tasting of sparking wine and “Pelin” in Liaskovets winery. In the afternoon – a visit to the village of Arbanassi. It is famous for its ancient rich decorated churches. The dinner will be in a private guest house in Arbanassi, where you will have dinner with local home made meals. Return to Veliko Tarnovo. Overnight in the hotel.

 Day 7 - SOFIA
After breakfast – a drive to Suhindol for tasting local “Gamza” grape sorts of wine. Departure for Sofia, accommodation, dinner and overnight in the hotel

 Day 8
After breakfast – free time and possibility for shopping. Transfer to the airport and flight back home.

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Tour prices include:

·         Accommodation for 7 nights in hotels 4* on HB base. The hotel in Plovdiv is 3* hotel in the top cente of city.

·         One of the dinners in Arbanassi is in a private guest-house.

·         Dinner with folklore show in Sofia.

·         Visit of 6 wineries with wine tasting (according to the program).

·         A/C vehicle with driver during the whole trip.

·         Parking fees and road taxes.

·         All entrance fees for the museums and churches.

·         Professional guide throughout.

Tour prices don’t include:

  • Other meals than stated.

  • Beverages.

  • Photo/video fees at sites, museums, etc.

  • Gratuities of any kind.

Optional:

  • The biggest icon collection in Bulgaria at the crypt of the “Alexander Nevski” cathedral – 10 EUR per person.

·         Visit of the "Boyana” Church – 12 EUR per person

 

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