Bulgaria, Thracian Valley – Ancient Lands Wine Tour
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Travel Type: Food and Wine, Private Touring, Wine Tours
Location: Bulgaria, Plovdiv, Sofia, Thracian Valley
From AUD: $1,325
Duration: 5 Days
Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2020
For something completely different, experience five days of complete sensory immersion during this exclusive wine and dine tour in Southern Bulgaria. For the wine tourist who thinks they've seen it all, or the novice looking for a great value wine destination.
• Visit to four wineries
• Wine-paired dinner
• Cultural heritage sites
• Private English speaking tour leader
An authentic wine tour in the undiscovered wine country of Bulgaria. Visit four wineries in the wine region surrounding the town of Plovdiv called “The Thracian Valley”. The Thracian Valley was recently selected one of the Top 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Enjoy the hearty local cuisine and rich cultural heritage of this Balkan country. Prepare to explore some of the most acclaimed wineries and some “hidden winery gems”. Learn more about the longstanding history of winemaking on these lands. Get familiarised with Bulgaria’s culture, local
wines and foods.
Recommended Travel Period - The best time to travel to Bulgaria for a wine tour is in the spring (March-June) or fall (September-November).
Wine Country - Wine making 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 skilful 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.
Day One Arrival & Plovdiv
Upon arrival to Sofia airport, transfer from the airport at latest 2 pm. Your chauffeur will escort you to the ancient town of Plovdiv, which will take around 1.5-2 hours. Check-in to your centrally located hotel. Head out for a fascinating guided walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Town Plovdiv with a little culinary surprise at the end of the walking tour. The evening is free for you to unwind and explore the town on your own. The main street of Plovdiv is full of shops, restaurants and cafes.
Breakfast. Our first stop for the day is the historical site of the Thracian Tomb of Starosel, next 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 winery restaurant. We continue to the historical town of Panagyurishte, where you visit the Panagyurishte museum and see the acclaimed treasure consisting of nine gold vessels for wine from the Thracian era. Visit to the nearby Rumelia winery, where we tour the winery and enjoy a wine tasting in the dedicated tasting room. We then head back to the hotel in Plovdiv. Dinner is on your own this evening.
Today features a visit to the second largest monastery in Bulgaria - Bachkovo Monastery. Time on your own to explore the monastery and surrounding grounds. Grab some excellent Bulgarian street food at one of the many restaurants or street food vendors surrounding the monastery. Grilled foods are popular in Bulgaria, and your tour leader will let you know the ‘must-try’ dishes. Next is the modern winery Villa Yustina, where the winery guide will give a tour of the facility, explain the winemaking process, show the vineyards and end with a superb wine tasting accompanied with local appetisers. Visit to the ruins of The Red Church - an old Christian church. We end the day at Todoroff Wine Cellar located in the nearby village of Brestovitsa. Enjoy a wine tasting in the cellar followed by dinner at the hotel restaurant.
We enjoy a tasting of eloquent Bulgarian wines and delicious appetisers at a local enoteca around noon. If there was no time during day one for a guided walking tour around Plovdiv, we spend the morning exploring the ancient town of Plovdiv together. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore the city even further or relax in your hotel room. Tonight marks our last night together and we celebrate this tour with a wine-paired dinner at a local wine bar to share our experiences and stories over a few glasses of Bulgarian wine.
Breakfast. Check-out of hotel. Transfer to Sofia Airport (2h) or Sofia Centre.
Transfer from/to Sofia Airport
All ground transportation mentioned in itinerary
Four nights central hotel in Plovdiv (4 star) twin/double share
Lunch on Day 2
Dinner on Day 3 and 4 (wine-paired dinner)
Tours and tastings at 4 wineries & 1 enoteca/urban winery
Guided walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Plovdiv
Visit to Bachkovo Monastery, Panagyurishte
Museum and The Red Church incl. entrance fees
English speaking guide/host
Meals and beverages not mentioned in the tour
Travel and medical insurance
Visa fees, if applicable
Extras and incidentals
Single room supplement
This tour is available as a private tour all year round as long as the group consists of minimum four persons.
$1325 per person based on twin share
$155 single supplement