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Bulgaria, Western Thrace – Food & Wines of Bulgaria

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From AUD: $1,989

Duration: 6 Days

Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2020

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Home to some of the best boutique wineries in the country is the Western Thrace region – one of the most famous wine regions in Bulgaria. Combine your stay with traditional foods and warm hospitality for a truly unique wine touring experience.

Western Thrace is the birthplace of one of the main local varieties – Mavrud, which is present in the tastings of almost each winery visited. All the wineries are enchantingly picturesque and located in the broad, rolling terrain of the Rhodopean Collar wine region situated at the foot of the Rhodope Mountains. On the tour, you get to stay in the quaint village of Brestovitza, which is probably the village in Bulgaria with the highest concentration of wineries. You will also visit Plovdiv - the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe, Bachkovo monastery – the second largest monastery in Bulgaria and Asen’s fortress – a Byzantine fort that guarded the entrance to the Thracian valley. Meet the custodians of the vineyards and let them tell the story behind Mavrud. Sample the local dishes. Broaden your knowledge on the Thracian tribes that once ruled these lands. Sense the buzzing atmosphere in Plovdiv. Taste the noteworthy wines. This tour offers a great combination of wine, food, nature, culture and heritage as well as providing a small village experience and a city experience. Join us on the discovery of the wines of the Western Thrace.

Day One Arrival to Sofia
Transfer from Sofia airport to Todoroff Wine & Spa Hotel in Brestovitsa – a village located just outside Plovdiv in the so-called Yakata (the Collar) area. Check-in. Winery show-around by onsite oenologist followed by a wine tasting. Time for spa and relaxation, including a possibility for wine SPA and wine-based beauty procedures. Organised dinner in Todoroff’s restaurant.
Overnight Todoroff Wine & Spa Hotel
Meals T,D

Day Two Ustina 
Breakfast. Transfer to Villa Yustina in the village of Ustina. Winery tour by onsite winemaker followed by tasting of five wines accompanied by appetisers and water. Visit to vineyards followed by informal bbq-style lunch. Transfer to Todoroff Wine & SPA Hotel. Overnight Todoroff Wine & Spa Hotel
Meals B,T,L

Day Three Plovdiv
Breakfast at Todoroff. Transfer to Landmark Creek Hotel in Plovdiv. Check-in. Guided tour of Plovdiv and Old Plovdiv. Free time including time for lunch. Transfer to Dragomir Wine Cellar in Plovdiv. Show-around and wine tasting accompanied by appetisers. Free time in the evening.
Overnight Landmark Creek Hotel
Meals B,T

Day Four Bachkovo Monastery
Breakfast at hotel. Today, we visit Asen’s fortress and Bachkovo monastery. We will have lunch in a local restaurant close to Bachkovo. On the way back to Plovdiv, we stop at the charming Starata Izba (the Old Cellar) for a show around and wine tasting session with the manager of the cellar.
Overnight Landmark Creek Hotel
Meals B,L,T

Day Five Bessa Valley Winery
After breakfast, we make our way to Bessa Valley Winery. Here we will tour the winery and taste the splendid wines produced here. Return to Plovdiv. Free time in the evening to explore the city.
Overnight Landmark Creek Hotel
Meals B,T

Day 6
Breakfast. Departure for Sofia airport or Sofia centre from Landmark Creek Hotel
Meals B

Arrival transfer Sofia Airport/Sofia hotel
Departure transfers to Sofia Airport
Private car with driver
Two nights at Todoroff Wine & SPA Hotel (4 stars) in Brestovitza
Three nights at Landmark Creek Hotel (4 stars) in Plovdiv
Tasting of five wines at Todoroff Wine Cellar, including appetisers and water
Dinner at Todoroff Wine Cellar
Tasting of five wines at Villa Yustina, including appetisers and water
Lunch at Villa Yustina
Guided tour of Plovdiv
Wine tasting at Dragomir Wine Cellar, including appetisers and water
Visit and entrance fees Bachkovo Monastery and Assen’s Fortress
Lunch in or around Bachkovo
Wine tasting at Starata Izba Parvenetz
Wine tasting at Bessa Valley, including appetizers and water
Breakfast daily
Tour leader from Bulgaria Wine Tours
Guided tours of wineries by onsite winemaker
Tour operator insurance from HDI Insurance in case of non-provision of services

Departure Dates
This tour operates year round, on a date to fit in with your plans. Please check with us for availability at the time you wish to travel.

$1989 based on twin share per person.

Please note prices are indicative only and are subject to availability and exchange rates.

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