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Wine Tour Bulgaria 7 days

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7-Day Wine Tour of Bulgaria

Experience the culture and flavours of Bulgaria through regional cuisine and local wines. On this 7- day wine tour, you will discover the best that Bulgaria has to offer. Delectable Balkan cuisine, breathtaking vineyards, world class wineries and award-winning wines. Visit three distinct winegrowing regions: Thracian Valley, Sakar and Struma Valley and experience the ancient city of Plovdiv the cultural heart of the country that will amaze you. You will get a fuller picture of the regions wines, cuisine and culture. Join us for a memorable wine vacation in Bulgaria and let us introduce your senses to new experiences.

Tour Itinerary1

Day 0. Individual Arrivals to Sofia

Individual arrivals to Sofia. Airport transfers and hotel reservations are available upon request.

Day 1. Sofia - Karabunar - Neragora - Plovdiv

Breakfast. Check out of your hotel in Sofia. Pick-up from hotels at pre-determined times. Continue to Karabunar Winery for a tasting. Lunch in a nearby restaurant. Visit to Neragora for a magnificent tasting of organic wines. Continue to Plovdiv. Check-in a 4-star hotel. Wine dinner at Hotel Hebros.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Plovdiv

Day 2. Plovdiv - Chateau Copsa - Villa Yustina - Plovdiv

Breakfast. Departure for Chateau Copsa. Tasting of a selection of wines and lunch. Continue to Villa Yustina for a walk through the vineyard park and a spectacular tasting in the charming tasting room. Return to Plovdiv. Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Plovdiv

Day 3. Plovdiv - Chateau Kolarovo - Bratanov
Family Winery - Plovdiv

Breakfast. Departure for Chateau Kolarovo. Tasting of a selection of wines with commentary and explanation from the winemaker. Traditional, village-style lunch. Continue to Bratanovi Family Winery. Members of the Bratanov family will welcome you into their little wine production facility to taste their wines. Get to know the Bratanovi family and enjoy an exclusive tasting in the barrel room. Return to Plovdiv. Free evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Plovdiv

Day 4. Plovdiv - Blagoevgrad (Logodaj) - Melnik/Sandanski

Breakfast. Check-out. Departure for Blagoevgrad. Lunch in Blagoevgrad accompanied by Logodaj wines and comments from the owner/winemaker. Continue to a luxury rural resort. Check-in to hotel. Welcome wine dinner in the restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Luxury hotel in Melnik or

Day 5. Melnik/Sandanski - Villa Melnik - Rupel - Melnik/Sandanski

Breakfast. Departure for Villa Melnik. The Zikatanovi family give a warm welcome to their family winery. Tour of the modern facilities followed by a tasting of their wines. Continue to the quaint Rupel Winery. Tour of the facilities followed by a tasting and casual lunch. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Luxury hotel in Melnik or

Day 6. Melnik/Sandanski - Orbelus - Melnik/Sandanski

Breakfast. Departure for Orbelus Winery - a 100% Organic Winery. Tour of production process and tasting of wines in the charming tasting room with the winemaker accompanied by a selection of Bulgarian cold cuts and cheeses. Visit to the town of Melnik - a historical winemaking town. Walk around the town, visit the wine museum and enjoy the peaceful surrounding. Return to hotel. Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Tapas, Dinner

Accommodation: Luxury hotel in Melnik or

Day 7. Melnik/Sandanski - Sofia

Breakfast. Check-out. Transfer to Sofia Centre or Sofia Airport. Arrival in Sofia at 2 pm. Option to extend stay in Sofia.

Meals: Breakfast

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Included in the tour

o Pick-up from hotel in Sofia on Day 1 at pre- determined time

o All ground transportation mentioned in itinerary
o 3 nights in 4-star hotel in Plovdiv
o 3 nights in luxury hotel in Sandanski or Melnik

o Visits and tastings at: Karabunar, Neragora, Chateau Copsa, Villa Yustina, Chateau Kolarovo, Bratanov Family Winery, Villa Melnik, Rupel & Orbelus

o Meals: Daily breakfast. Lunch on all days except day 6 (Tapas-style appetizers) and Dinner on all days except day 3

o Selected wine included at dinners. All other alcoholic beverages are not included but can be purchased individually.

o Private Tour Leader from Bulgaria Wine Tours
o Tour Operator insurance from Groupama
Insurance in case of non-provision of services

Not included in the tour

o Flight tickets

o Private transfers

o Meals and beverages not mentioned in the tour description

o Travel and medical insurance (please, consult your insurance provider)

o Visa fees, if applicable
o Extras and incidentals

o Single room supplement

o Tips
(Minimum 10 people required)
510 per person
Single Supplement: 285

Additional nights in Sofia

(pre-or post-tour)
Extra overnights in Sofia are available upon request starting from 50 per person in a 4- star hotel incl. breakfast
Meet & Greet incl. transfer from airport-hotel is available upon booking of hotel in Sofia

Recommended Travel Period

The best time to travel to Bulgaria for a wine tour is in the spring (March - June) or fall (September - November).

Recommended Packing List

o Cash (BGN)

o Camera, mobile phone, chargers
o Sun lotion, sun hat, sun glasses
o Insect repellent

o Notebook for tasting notes o Comfortable walking shoes o Jacket for chilly evenings
o Passport and other important documents

Quick Travel Tips

o In Bulgaria, nodding ones head means No
and shaking it means Yes

o Most young people in Bulgaria speak some English. People of 40+ years of age usually do not speak English, but might speak Russian, German or French. If you need to ask something in English, it is better to approach a young person

o Tipping in restaurants is not mandatory, but usually people leave a tip of around 10% of the total bill

o Most places in the big cities take debit and credit cards, but it is advisable to take some cash with you, especially if you are traveling outside of bigger cities

o Most places do not take American Express credit cards. The most widely used debit/credit cards are Visa and Mastercard

o The exchange rate to Euro is fixed at: 1 BGN (Bulgarian lev) = 1.95583 EUR

o Some international banks such as: Unicredit, Raiffeisen, Societe Generale, Allianz Bank, TBI Bank, Procredit Bank, ING Bank, BNB Paribas have branches or are present in Bulgaria

o There are foreign exchange bureaus in all airports and larger towns

o Wi-Fi coverage is good in Bulgaria and almost any café, hotel or a restaurant (especially in big cities) will have free Wi-Fi.
o EU citizens do not require a visa for Bulgaria.
Schengen Area visa holders do not require
visas for Bulgaria for a stay of up to 90 days. For more information on visas, visit
http://www.mfa.bg/en/pages/109/index.html or
contact the respective institutions in your country.

Wine Country
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 Bulgarias 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.