A tasteful journey – Bulgarian wines, cuisine and lifestyle
Any date at your convenience from April to October!
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
• Tastings of wines from Bulgaria’s best vine-growing regions
• Visits to modern (but not entirely) wineries
• Getting to know the national cuisine, the traditional Bulgarian specialties and high-quality wines
• Getting acquainted with the Bulgarian way of life, culture, history and traditions in wine-production far back to Thracian times
• Visits to some of the most popular tourist sites in Bulgaria
1. Day: Sofia
Arrival in Sofia. Transfer to the hotel.
Sightseeing tour of Sofia including the “Alexander Nevski” cathedral and other sights in the city centre – the remains from the ancient Serdika fortress, one of the oldest towns in Europe, the buildings of the Parliament, the National Theater “Ivan Vazov”, “St. Kliment Ohridski” University, the rotunda “St. George”, “St Sofia” church and more.
If there is enough time and at the group’s will we can also arrange visits to the National Museum of History and the Boyana Church – one of the most remarkable monuments of the Bulgarian medieval painting art, included in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list.
Dinner and overnight.
2. Day: Sofia – Belogradchik
After breakfast we depart for Belogradchik.
Visit to the unique natural phenomenon Belogradchik Rocks and the Roman Fortress. The rocks have most bizarre shapes, resembling people, animals, buildings, etc., associated with curious legends and stories. The Belogradchik Rocks have been nominated for the competition “The New 7 Wonders of the World” and took one of the front places during the voting round.
In the afternoon you visit one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Bulgaria – Magurata, famous for its prehistoric drawings. The program continues with the culmination for the day – an unforgettable tasting of natural sparkling wine from wine-cellar “Magura” in a unique atmosphere – deep in the cave’s womb.
Accommodation in a hotel in Belogradchik. Dinner in a local restaurant, offering a panoramic view over some of the most interesting rock compositions.
3. Day: Belogradchik – Pleven
Breakfast and depart for Pleven city – a main centre for the wine industry in Bulgaria.
A walk in the city and in the park “Kailaka”, where the Museum of Wine can be found – unique on the Balkan Peninsula. Here can be seen old barrels, various vessels for wine-drinking and wine-production, as well as a rich collection of wines from all brands and regions in the country. During the visit you will get acquainted with the history of wine, the production technologies and you will take part in a short sommelier course, led by a lecture-specialist.
Dinner and overnight in a hotel in the city.
4. Day: Pleven – Veliko Tarnovo – Lyaskovets – Arbanassi
After breakfast you depart for Veliko Tarnovo.
On the way you will visit a greenhouse, where you will learn how to prepare by yourselves the famous “Shopska salad”.
After that you proceed to Veliko Tarnovo – the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom and one of the oldest towns in the country. Here you will visit the Tsarevets medieval fortress and the “Samovodska Charshiya” (the street of the crafts), which is an original ethnographic complex.
After a short transfer to Lyaskovest a visit and a wine-tasting in winery Lyaskovest will follow. The winery is one of the oldest and most preferred places for wine-tasting. It offers opportunity for tasting of natural sparkling wines, sparkling herbal wines, aerated must, sweet wines, wormwood wine, dry white and red still wines from different harvests, collector’s and enotecal wines, as well as some of the best Bulgarian brandies (called “rakiya”).
Drive to Arbanassi.
Dinner with folklore show and traditional Bulgarian meals. Overnight.
5. Day: Arbanassi – Zheravna – Pomorie – Nessebar
Breakfast and a walk in Arbanassi village-museum. The tour includes a visit to the church “Nativity of Christ” – the oldest church in Arbanassi. It is a solid stone building preserving a unique wall-painting ensemble, impressive with the great number of scenes.
Depart for the Black Sea.
On the way you will have a beak at the village of Zheravna. Here time stopped in the distant
XVII c., when the village was a big craft and cultural centre. The mountainous hamlet keeps alive the spirit of the Revival Period (the Bulgarian Renaissance) with its well-preserved houses in the typical renaissance architectural style, its beautiful wood-carving and cobbled alleys.
Depart for the Black sea resort Pomorie – a prominent balneological centre.
Visit and wine-tasting in wine-cellar “Black Sea Gold”, which preserves an old tradition in wine-making of high-quality wines, brandies and rakiyas.
After a short transfer you will reach Nessebar.
Accommodation and dinner in a hotel.
6. Day: Nessebar
After breakfast you enjoy a walk in Nessebar – picturesquely situated on a small island connected to the land by a 10-meter-wide and 300-meter-long strip of land. The history of the town can be traced back to more than 3200 years ago, as early as the time of the Thracians. Because of its rich history and cultural heritage today the old town of Nessebar is included in the list of UNESCO.
7. Day: Nessebar – Kazanlak – Starosel
You head for the heart of “The Rose Valley” – Kazanlak town, where you visit the famous Kazanlak tomb – another site under the protection of UNESCO. The tomb is one of the most remarkable monuments of the Thracian culture and art in Bulgaria and is dated back to ІV-ІІІ century BC.
Next visit is in a rose-distillery, producing the world-famous Bulgarian rose oil. A demonstration of the rose-distilling process and a tasting of rose honey.
Depart for Starosel and the big Thracian temple-tomb nearby.
Accommodation in a hotel.
Wine-tasting and dinner.
8. Day: Starosel – Bachkovo monastery – Assenovgrad – Plovdiv
Leisure time till noon, during which you have the opportunity to get acquainted with the art of wine-therapy in the SPA centre of Starosel complex.
Depart for Bachkovo monastery. Near Assenovgrad is located one of the oldest monasteries on the Balkan peninsula – Bachkovo monastery. Throughout the centuries three cultures interacted on the territory of the monastery – Byzantine, ancient Georgian and Bulgarian. There can be seen unique architectural and artistic monuments, particularly valuable for the Eastern Orthodox religion and culture.
Visit and wine-tasting in winery “Assenovgrad”, founded in 1947. The winery processes “Cabernet Souvignon”, “Merlot”, “Mavrud”, “Ruby” and “Pamid” grape kinds from the regions of Assenovgrad and Plovdiv. Besides here are produced also high-alcoholic drinks such as “rakiya”, brandy, “mastika” (anisette) and whiskey.
Drive to Plovdiv. Accommodation and dinner in a hotel.
9. Day: Plovdiv – Ognyanovo – Sofia
After breakfast – a sightseeing tour of Plovdiv. Being one of the oldest cities in Europe Plovdiv is impressive with its rich history and culture. During the walk you will see some of the most significant historical monuments – the ancient theater and stadium from Roman times, the Ethnographic museum, as well as the architectural reserve “Old Plovdiv”.
Drive to Ognyanovo village, where you visit a modern winery, specialized in the production of red wine. During the walk in the complex you follow the way of the wine – from the vineyards, through the fermentation premises and to the cellars, where you taste a special selection of wines.
After that you depart for Sofia.
Accommodation and dinner in a hotel in Sofia.
10. Day: Sofia
Breakfast and transfer to Sofia airport.
Accommodation 9 nights in good 3 and 4 stars hotels Board Half board – 9 breakfasts, 8 dinners and 1 dinner with folkloreshow Tour guide Guide in English Entry fees Entry fees for the visits according to the program Tastings 7 wine tastings
1x tasting of rose honey
Transportation Bus or minibus for the whole trip from/to Sofia airport
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