Wine Tour Of Bulgaria

We’ll visit some of the best wine cellars in Bulgaria located in the southwest, central and northern wine – producing regions, and will sample typical Bulgarian high – quality brands like Mavrud, Melknik and Gamza, along with the more popular wines.

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8 nights

date 01.01.2014

date 31.12.2014

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Price from 1136 euro per person

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

 

Program:

 

Day 1 – Arrive at Sofia airport. Transfer to your hotel in central area and check in for 2 nights.

Orientation walking sightseeing tour in downtoun area; St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and the adjoining renowned Orthodox Icons Museum in the he crypt of the cathedral.

 

Day 2 – All day in Sofia.

The National Museum of History; the Boyana Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Possible walk in Mt. Vitosha.

 

Day 3 -  Transfer Day: depart for the spa resort of Sandanski, located in the southern part of the country, just 20 km away from Greece - 220km drive.

En route: visit to the gorgeous Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the majestic Rila Mountains.  Arrive in Sandanski and check in at your hotel for the next 2 nights.

 

Day 4 – All day in the area. Explore in the picturesque village of Melnik, situated in the unique natural surroundings of “sandy pyramids”. The whole region is famous for its long lasting traditions in winemaking. Visit one of the many local cellars for a guided tour and wine-tasting session.

 

Day 5 – Transfer Day: depart Sandanski for Plovdiv - 250 km drive.

En route:  visit Bansko, another typical Bulgarian town – museum, famous for its National Revival (18-19 century) architecture, a renowne winter ski resort, situated on the foot of the impressive Mt. Pirin National Park. Arrive at the ancient city of Plovdiv and check in for two nights in your hotel in down town area.

 

Day 6 – All day in Plovdiv and surrounding area.

Explore the ancient city of Plovdiv: Thracian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman landmarks, beautiful 18-19 century National Revival houses, located in the architectural reserve of the Old Town, with plenty of nice art galleries and artisan shops.

Plovdiv is also famous as centre of important winemaking region in the vast Thracian lowlands. Visit Brestrovitsa wine cellar in the area for a guided tour and wine tasting session.

 

Day 7 – Transfer Day: depart Plovdiv for the medieval capital city of Veliko Tarnovo – 250 km drive. En route: Visit to another famous grape growing and wine producing region in the Thracian lowlands, in the area of the city of Stara Zagora, ancient Roman Agusta Trajana.

Later during the day we’ll cross the Balkan Mountains and will head on to North Bulgaria.

Arrive in the historical town of Veliko Tarnovo, the medieval capital of Bulgaria (1185 – 1396), and check in at your hotel for the last two nights.

 

Day 8 – Full day in Veliko Tarnovo and the surrounding area.

Sightseeing in Veliko Tarnovo and in the nearby historical village of Arbanassi: 12 – 14 century beautiful  churches and monasteries, fortresses and museums; National Revival architecture and a nice 19 century Market Place Street with lots of artisan shops, and with plenty of opportunities for taking pictures.

Visit the nearby small town of Lyaskovats for visiting the wine cellar, where wine tasting is performed in a most artistic and amusing way.

 

Day 9 – Transfer Day: direct tranfer to Sofia Airport – 240 km drive. Check in for departure flights.

 

The price is per person and includes:

 -  8 nights accommodation at 3 stars hotels, all centrally located

 -  Breakfasts included

 -  All transfers included as per itinerary by private English speaking guide-driver.

 

Tour prices don’t include:

 -  Air tickets to/from Sofia;
 -  Food and beverages not mentioned in the program;
 -  Personal expenses, tips for driver and guide;