Bulgarian Wine Tour - Guided Coach Tour
Why not combine rich cultural experiences with tasting some of the finest Bulgarian wines? Over the last several decades, Bulgaria has successfully evolved from budget wine producer 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 on the following dates - May: 30 • June: 13, 27 • August: 29 • September: 5
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 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, monument of the First Bulgarian Kingdom with inscriptions and sculpture of a horsemen, protected by UNESCO. Visit to Lyaskovets and tour of "Vinprom" - one of the largest wineries in Bulgaria. After wine tasting, continue to the town of Veliko Tarnovo - former Bulgarian capital. Enjoy a visit to the famous "Tsarevets" fortress. Dinner and overnight in the nearby village of Arbanassi.
Day 4, Thursday: Veliko Tarnovo – Kazanlak – Plovdiv
Depart for the Kazanlak region and the valley of the Thracian kings. Visiting another UNESCO historic site, the Kazanlak Tomb and sampling some original Bulgarian Rose products - Bulgaria is known as the 'country of roses' and most popular products include: rose liquor, brandy, jam and perfume ingredient. In the afternoon, enjoy the wine-tasting at the "Royal Cellar" in the charming town of Banya. Dinner and overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 5, Friday: Plovdiv – Bachkovo – Plovdiv
Morning sightseeing of the Roman-built city of Plovdiv, including the Old town and the Amphitheatre. Visit to Bachkovo Monastery, the second most famous monastery in Bulgaria that is still in operation. In the evening, there is wine tasting and a gourmet dinner at the nearby village of Brestovitsa. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 6, Saturday: Plovdiv – Perperikon – Haskovo
On the way to Perperikon, Bulgaria's ancient ramparts equivalent to Delphi, we visit the temple of Greek's God of Wine - Dionysus. In the afternoon, we 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 of the tour is spent traversing the wine region between Sliven and Karnobat, where "Slavyantsi" winery is based. Enjoy discovering unique tastes of local wine varieties before heading to Bourgas. Time at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Bourgas.
Day 8, Monday: Bourgas
Transfer to Bourgas Airport for a homeward journey or Black Sea cost hotel of your choice for second week.
Please note: This tour requires minimum number of participants in order to operate. 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: £75.90 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 numbers of 6 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 the Sunny Beach. 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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