Forget France, ignore Italy and give Spain the shrug: for wine connoisseurs in search of a vino, Bulgaria can’t be beaten. One of the oldest wine-making countries in the world, this Balkan nation has been stomping grapes since the time of Thracians who, unsurprisingly, were big fans of Dionysus. Bulgaria was the world’s second-largest wine producer in the 1980s. The fall of Communism called “last drinks” on that party, but thanks to investment and innovation, they’re again rolling out the barrels.

2018 Land Cost Per Person (double occupancy):

4 travelers: $1,580 per person

Single Supplement: $150

For parties less or more than 4 people, rates available upon request. This tour can be customized to meet your schedule, travel and budgetary needs.

 

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • 5 dinners (including a glass of wine)
  • 1 lunch (combined with a wine tasting)
  • 1 dinner with folklore performance in Sofia (including a glass of wine)
  • 6 wine-tastings at selected wineries
  • Tour guide in English
  • Transportation throughout
  • All entrances and visits as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Packet with useful information

Price Does Not Include:

  • International Airfare
  • Departure and custom fees
  • Gratuities and individual daily expenses
  • Additional beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Trip cancellation
  • Tips for driver and guide
  • Medical and luggage insurance recommended for coverage against all unforeseen circumstances

Day 1: Sofia

Arrive in Sofia. Transfer from the airport to take a short panoramic tour of the city. Spend overnight at a hotel. (D)

Day 2: Sofia – Veliko Turnovo

Today is dedicated to tour the capital city of Bulgaria, Sofia, which Constantine the Great once called “My Rome”. Spend the half day tour visiting the Alexander Nevski Memorial Cathedral, St. George Rotunda, St. Sofia 6thCentury Basilica, the remains of the Roman fortification walls, the National Theatre, the Old City Garden, the Parliament square, and many more interesting sights. Free time for lunch. In the early afternoon, visit the Wine House of Sofia, the 130-year-old cellar that keeps over 150 different types of wines from 17 of the best wine producers in the country. Depart for Veliko Turnovo. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)                                                                                                                    

Day 3: Veliko Turnovo – Arbanassi – Liaskovets – Veliko Turnovo

Spend the morning touring the Veliko Turnovo, the Medieval capital city of Bulgaria, located on 4  picturesque hills above Yantra river. On the tour visit the Tsarevets Royal Hill with the fortress, Patriarch’s complex and, lastly, the Samovodska Charshia, a street filled of crafts and workshops. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon visit Arbanassi Museum Village, on a hill above Veliko Turnovo. Visit the nearby town of Liaskovets and tour one of the oldest wineries in Bulgaria, Vinprom Liaskovets. After wine tasting dinner at a traditional restaurant. Return to Veliko Turnovo to spend overnight. (B, D)

Day 4: Veliko Turnovo – Varna – Nesebur

In the morning, depart from Veliko Turnovo and head towards the Black Sea coast and Varna, the marine capital city of Bulgaria. Spend time touring the city. Lunch will be spent wine tasting at Darzalas Wine club. Continue south to the town of Nesebur (UNESCO). Evening is free to enjoy. Spend overnight at the hotel. (B, L)

Day 5: Nesebur – Pomorie – Mogilovo – Stara Zagora

In the morning enjoy a walking tour of Old Nessebur through the cobbled streets with many shops and quaint restaurants for lunch. After lunch depart towards Pomorie spa town and visit a local winery for some wine tasting. Continue to Central Bulgaria to the village of Mogilovo and visit the Midalidare Estate and Winery renowned at international competitions and wine festivals. Afternoon wine tasting. Depart to Stara Zagora, for dinner and spend overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 6: Stara Zagora – Plovdiv

After breakfast, continue to Plovdiv, the 2nd largest city in Bulgaria and one of the oldest. Plovdiv has a rich cultural heritage and impressive list of attractions including the still functioning Roman Amphitheater, ancient churches and mosques. In the old town, architecture is preserved in the restored national revival era houses. In the afternoon, visit two wineries in the nearby villages of Ustina and Brestovitsa. Return to Plovdiv for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 7: Plovdiv – Rila Monastery – Sofia

In the morning, continue to Rila Monastery, the most important monastery in Bulgaria (UNESCO). First built in 927, the monastery helped keep Bulgarian culture and language alive during the Ottoman Rule. Depart for Sophia in the afternoon. Check in at the hotel. Enjoy a farewell traditional dinner spent with a folklore performance. Overnight. (B, D)

Day 8: Departure:

Airport transfer and departure. (B)

Bulgarian Wine Tour melnik-winetasting

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