Bulgarian Wine Tour - Guided Coach Tour
Why not combine rich cultural experience with tasting some of the finest Bulgarian wines? Over the last several decades, Bulgaria has successfully evolved to a refined source of world-class red wine. This region is characterised by two large sun-drenched areas, with Danubian Plain to the north and Thracian Lowlands to the south. Bulgaria's winemaking has largely been transformed not only by the investment in modern technologies, but also by replanting of vineyards that are generously subsidised by the EU. As a result, new family-run and corporate wineries are popping up across the country, with great new generation of winemakers re-emerging from post-socialist era.Today, Bulgaria has more than 150 wineries producing fantastic signature grapes like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, but also Mavrud and Gamza - indigenous varieties that make well-flavoured red wines with generous fresh, bright fruit and good acidity. This fascinating tour is designed to acquaint you with Bulgaria’s superb wine and most significant historical sites by visiting the popular wine regions and wineries. Bulgarian Wine Tour operates from Bourgas and can be enjoyed either as a stand-alone holiday or twined with a relaxing week on the magnificent Black Sea coast.
The tour operates Monday on the following dates - May: 28 • June: 11, 25 • August: 27 • September: 3
Day 1, Monday: Bourgas
Arrival at Bourgas airport. Transfer to Bourgas town for dinner and overnight.
Day 2, Tuesday: Nessebar – Varna
After breakfast depart for Nessebar for a guided tour of the picturesque Old Town that is proudly featured in the UNESCO's World Heritage list. Continuing to Varna for short sightseeing, with a visit to the "House of Wine" boasting a selection of possibly the best Bulgarian wines including “Melnik" and "Gamza" - two outstanding indigenous reds. Dinner and overnight in Varna.
Day 3, Wednesday: Varna – Shumen – Lyaskovets – Veliko Tarnovo
Depart for the Madara, significant monument of the First Bulgarian Kingdom, followed by visit to "Lyaskovets" - one of the largest wineries in Bulgaria. After wine tasting, continue to the town of Veliko Tarnovo - former Bulgarian capital. Enjoy a tour of the famous "Tsarevets" fortress. Dinner and overnight in the village of Arbanassi.
Day 4, Thursday: Veliko Tarnovo – Kazanlak – Plovdiv
Visit to another UNESCO historic site, the Kazanlak Tomb, located in the "Thracian Valley of Kings". Bulgaria is known as the 'country of roses', so here we taste original Bulgarian Rose products including: rose liquor, brandy and jam. On the final leg towards Plovdiv we stop in the town of Banya for wine tasting in the "Royal Cellar". Dinner and overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 5, Friday: Plovdiv – Bachkovo – Plovdiv
Tour of the Roman-built city of Plovdiv, including the Old town and the Amphitheatre. Visit to Bachkovo Monastery, Bulgaria's second largest. Wine tasting in the evening and a gourmet dinner at the nearby village of Brestovitsa. Overnight stay in Plovdiv.
Day 6, Saturday: Plovdiv – Perperikon – Haskovo
On the way to Perperikon, Bulgaria's ancient ramparts equivalent to Delphi, you will visit the temple of the Greek's God of Wine - Dionysus. In the afternoon, you will tour "Haskovo" winery where Bulgaria's outstanding full-bodied wines are produced. Dinner and overnight in Haskovo.
Day 7, Sunday: Stara Zagora – Slavyantsi – Bourgas
Final day is spent traversing the wine region between Sliven & Karnobat, where "Slavyantsi" winery is based. Enjoy discovering unique local grape varieties before heading to Bourgas. Time at leisure, dinner and overnight.
Day 8, Monday: Bourgas
Transfer to Bourgas Airport for a homeward journey or hotel of your choice in Sunny Beach or Nessebar for second week.
Please Note: This tour requires minimum number of participants in order to operate and is not suitable for people with reduced mobility or walking difficulties. Proposed itinerary is subject to amendments or alterations, sometimes without prior notification.
Prices are per person sharing a twin room with shower.
Supplements (per person per night)
Single room: £97.50 per person per week.
Please call our Tailor Made department on 020 7543 5569 for all travel options and flight details. For full details of this holiday, flight supplements, booking conditions and essential holiday information (all of which must be read before booking), please see relevant brochure or website pages.
Important note: Tour requires minimum number of participants in order to operate. In the event of tour cancellation, guests will be offered an alternative departure date with most bookings. Proposed itinerary is subject to amendments or alterations, sometimes without prior notification. The tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility or walking difficulties.
BULGARIAN WINE TOUR EXTENDED STAY
We would be happy to offer you the opportunity to extend your stay by booking several nights accommodation from our selection of hotels in Sunny Beach or Nessebar. Please call our Tailor-Made department on 020 7543 5569 for prices and further details.
What's included in the price
Return flights, transfers and accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels • Half Board includes breakfast and dinner accompanied by a glass of local wine • Wine tasting as per itinerary • All entrance fees & taxes • Services of Tour Manager
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