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Bulgaria 6-day Wine Tour
Enjoy a 6-day wine tour in the undiscovered wine country of Bulgaria. Taste unique local wines such as Mavrud and Rubin, and discover the stories behind the wines. Learn more about the wines, terroir, winemaking and history of Bulgaria in the traditional wine region surrounding Plovdiv – the Thracian Valley Region. The Thracian Valley is Bulgaria’s largest wine region. It is an under-the-radar wine region that was selected as Best Wine Travel Destination of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast.
Explore Plovdiv and its many layers of history from the Thracian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman eras. Plovdiv will be European Capital of Culture in 2019. Enjoy the city and discover its magical atmosphere. Sample local Balkan foods. Discover cultural gems. Have an unforgettable experience!
Winemaking in Bulgaria dates to Thracian times more than 5 000 years ago. In the 1970s, Bulgaria became one of the largest wine exporters in the world. However, demand for Bulgarian wine declined after the fall of the Soviet Union. Since 2007, numerous small and medium-sized wineries have been established, focusing on quality rather than on quantity. They have consistently won awards at prestigious international competitions. These wineries continue the centuries-old tradition of winemaking on these lands and tell the stories of the skillful Thracians in a modern and unique way. Discover Bulgaria’s many local grape varieties. Grab the chance to try many interesting wines from old and modern wineries. Discover the rich tradition of winemaking in Bulgaria.
All ground transportation mentioned in itinerary
Meet & Greet at Sofia Airport upon arrival
5 nights in 3-star Plovdiv hotel in standard ensuite double room
Meals as per itinerary
Tours and tastings at 6 wineries + local enoteca/urban wine cellar in Plovdiv
Guided walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Plovdiv
Visits to Asen’s Fortress, Bachkovo Monastery & Starosel Thracian Tomb (incl. entrance fees)
Tour leader from Bulgaria
Tour operator insurance from Groupama Insurance in case of non-provision of services
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Travel and medical insurance (please, consult your insurance provider)
Visa fees, if applicable
Extras and incidentals
Single room supplement
Minimum 4 people. Ask us about your travel dates - this tour may be a private one to suit you
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Arrival in Sofia / Plovdiv
Arrival at Sofia Airport. Meet & Greet with private tour leader. Transfer to Plovdiv (2h). If time permits, your Tour Leader will lead a guided walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Town Plovdiv. If there is no time for a walking tour due to a late arrival, the walking tour will be moved to Day 2. Check-in to 3-star hotel. Tasting of a selection of typical Bulgarian wines at enoteca. Free evening. Accommodation: 3-star hotel, standard double room. Meals: None
Wine Tasting in the Yakata Micro-Region
Visit to the modern winery Villa Yustina, where the winery guide will give a tour of the vineyards, explain the winemaking process, and end with a superb tasting in the charming tasting room. Visit to the Todoroff Wine Cellar for lunch and a wine tasting. Return to Plovdiv. The evening is free to enjoy on your own. Accommodation: 3-star hotel, standard double room. Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Wines from The Valley of Roses and The Thracian Kings
Our first stop for the day is the charming Starosel Wine & SPA Complex, where you will tour the winery and taste a selection of the wines produced here. Lunch is served in the restaurant alongside the winery. Not too far away is the Thracian tomb of Starosel, where the ruins tell the story of how wine was made back in Antiquity. We head back to the hotel in Plovdiv. The evening is on your own. Accommodation: 3-star hotel, standard double rooms. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Bachkovo Monastery, Bulgarian Cuisine and Wines
We start the day at a 100% organic winery for a tour and a tasting before continuing to the Asen’s Fortress - a medieval fortress located on a high, rocky ridge in the Rhodope Mountains close to the town of Asenovgrad. We continue to the second largest monastery in Bulgaria - Bachkovo Monastery - and take some time to explore this spiritual centre for the Orthodox church. Lunch is served in a local restaurant, where we get to taste fresh, rustic, wholesome, flavourful food that Bulgaria is known for. Return to hotel. Free evening. Accommodation: 3-star hotel, standard double rooms. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Exploring the Thracian Valley
After breakfast, we head out to the high-quality, boutique wine producer Dragomir Estate for a tasting of 5 wines with the owner/winemaker. We visit a second winery in the Thracian Valley wine region followed by another tasty Bulgarian lunch. Return to Plovdiv. Your last evening in Plovdiv is again a free evening. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Sofia (2h).
Tours marked with are special prices.
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