The magic of the wine

Bulgaria is famous for its traditional wine grape varieties. The country’s climate, landscape and soils are exceptional for vine – growing and winemaking.

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5 nights

date 01.03.2014

date 31.10.2014

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PRICE  FROM 365 € Per person

6 DAYS/ 5 NIGHTS TOUR

 

During the ancient times the Greek historian Xenophont describes a feast organised by the Thracian king Sevt (424 –410 BC) in which wine was served in animal horns as a ritual practise. Archaeological digs have resulted in the finding of numerous votive plates, decorated vessels and coins depicting scenes of wine drinking in the lives of the Thracians. Probably the best-known pieces are of Bulgarian gold and silver, which depict ritual wine drinking situations with the god Dionysus. ‘Plynius the Old’ stated that the first European vine grower was a Thracian named Evmolp.

 

Program:

 

Day 1- Meeting the group at the Sofia Airport by a professional guide. Departure to the Rila Monastery - the most exquisite example of the monastery art and architecture of Bulgaria. Founded by Ivan Rilski in the 10th century during the Bulgarian Revival period, the Monastery became one of the most significant in relation to cultural and religious centers. The monastery is the largest in Bulgaria and is part of the Cultural - Historical heritage of UNESCO. A visit to the church and the museum at the monastery. Free time. Departure for Sandanski – a famous spa resort. The city is known for its unique climate and mineral springs (temperatures of 33 ° C to 83 ° C). Accommodation in a 3 * hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Sandanski.

 

Day 2 - Breakfast. Departure for the smallest town in Bulgaria - Melnik. The climate is favorable for the cultivation of the famous Melnik red grape varieties. Visit to the “Kordopoulovata kashta” and tasting the famous Melnik wines stored in old technology in the sandy tunnels under the house. After wine tasting free time for lunch in one of the famous Melnik taverns with specialties from the Bulgarian national cuisine. Return to Sandanski. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in Sandanski.

 

Day 3 - Breakfast. Departure through the picturesque roads of the Rhodope Mountains and a short photo break at the Yundola pass. Visit to the Todorov Winery in the village of Brestovitsa where you will see the process of winemaking and tasting.

Departure to the second largest city in Bulgaria - Plovdiv, founded by Philip II of Macedonia and later conquered by the Romans and turned into an important cultural and administrative center. Accommodation in a 4 * hotel. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in Plovdiv.

 

Day 4 -  Breakfast. Sightseeing in Old Plovdiv - a place where you can get acquainted with the Roman past of the city and be amazed at the bright colors of the houses from the Bulgarian Revival. Visit the Ancient Theater, Gallery “Zlatyu Boyadjiev”, the “ Balabanovata” kashta / house /, kashta "Hindliyan" and kashta “ Nedkovich”. Optional - wine tasting in Plovdiv. Free time. Dinner. Overnight in Plovdiv.

 

Day 5 - Breakfast. Drive to Haskovo. A visit to the Thracian tomb in the village of Alexandrovo - with its unique murals. Departure from the village of Mezek. Wine - tasting in the famous wine cellar Katarzyna Estate. Return to Plovdiv. Dinner. Overnight in Plovdiv.

 

Day 6 - Breakfast. Transfer to Sofia Airport. Departure.

 

Price includes:

 -  Transport with comfortable bus *** (air conditioning, video, mini-bar);

 -  2 HB in a 3 * hotel in Sandanski;

 -  3 HB in a 4 * hotel in Plovdiv;

 -  A visit with the entrance fees to the Rila Monastery, Thracian tomb in the village of Aleksandrovo, Thracian cult complex in the village of          Starosel and Old Plovdiv with an expert guide;

 -  Winetasting;

 -  Guide services.

 

Price excludes:

 -  entrance fees and tickets to museums and sites visited on request and expenses of personal nature.

 

Supplements:

Single room: 80 euro

 

The price should be confirmed for each booking.