Wine Tour

The Grand Wine Tour 12 days

: Bulgaria
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Bulgaria: The Grand Wine Tour

Experience the culture and flavours of Bulgaria through regional cuisine and local wines. On the Grand Wine Tour, you will discover the best that Bulgaria has to offer. Delectable Balkan cuisine, breathtaking vineyards, world class wineries and award-winning wines. See unique cultural heritage sites and natural wonders that are sure to impress. Sofia the eclectic capital will capture your fascination and Plovdiv the cultural heart of the country 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 - Pleven

Breakfast. Check out of your hotel in Sofia. Pick-up by tour bus at fixed times. Departure for Chateau Burgozone at latest 10:00. Arrival at 14:00, where we are welcomed in typical Bulgarian style with a warm smile, freshly baked bread and local spices. Lunch is served at the Chateau with our first glass of Burgozone wine. Show-around of the winery followed by a more formal tasting where the winemakers reveal the secrets of the wines from the Danube River Bank. At 18:00, we depart for Pleven. Arrival and check-in to hotel. Casual dinner in the hotel restaurant to relax, socialize and get to know each other.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Pleven

Day 2. Pleven - Chateau de Bergers

Breakfast. Check out. Departure for Pleven Wine Museum at 10:00. Guided walk through the halls of the museum including a tasting of wines accompanied by bites. Traditional Bulgarian lunch in Pleven. Arrival to Chateau. Check-in to rooms. Wine tasting and winemaker dinner with our host in the Chateau. Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Chateau

Day 3. Chateau de Bergers - Tsarev Brod - Chateau de Bergers

Breakfast. Departure for Tsarev Brod Winery. Tour of the winery following by a tasting and lunch. After lunch, a visit to see the famous Madara Rider - a rock relief that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. Return to Chateau de Bergers for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Chateau de Bergers

Day 4. Chateau de Bergers - Villa Yambol - Plovdiv

Breakfast. Departure from Chateau de Bergers at
10:00. Arrival at the town of Yambol for a light lunch. Tour of Villa Yambol followed by a tasting of their wines. Departure for Plovdiv. Arrival in Plovdiv around 19:00. Check-in to 4-star hotel. Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Plovdiv

Day 5. Plovdiv - Chateau Copsa - Villa Yustina - Plovdiv

Breakfast. Departure for Chateau. Tasting of Chateau wines accompanied with gourmet tapas. Continue to Villa Yustina for a walk through the vineyard park and a spectacular tasting in the charming tasting room. Return to Plovdiv. Guided walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Plovdiv. Wine dinner at Hotel 3*-4*.

Meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Plovdiv

Day 6. 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. Hear the stories of the winemaking 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 7. Plovdiv - Neragora - Karabunar - Plovdiv

Breakfast. Departure for wine country. A day full of wines and wonders. Taste the organic wines from Neragora and the eclectic variety of wines from Karabunar winery. Tapas-style lunch will be served. Return to Plovdiv. Free evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: 4-star Hotel in Plovdiv

Day 8. Plovdiv - Blagoevgrad (Logodaj) - Melnik/Sandanski/Gotse Delchev

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: 4-star hotel in Melnik, Sandanski or Gotse Delchev

Day 9. Melnik/Sandanski/Gotse Delchev - Villa Melnik - Rupel - Melnik/Sandanski/Gotse Delchev

Breakfast. Departure for Villa Melnik. 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: 4-star hotel in Melnik, Sandanski or Gotse Delchev

Day 10. Melnik/Sandanski/Gotse Delchev - Orbelus - Melnik/Sandanski/Gotse Delchev

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-style lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Melnik, Sandanski or Gotse Delchev

Day 11. Melnik/Sandanski/Gotse Delchev - Sofia

Breakfast. Check-out. Transfer to Sofia. Check-in to hotel. Free afternoon. Farewell dinner in Sofia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Accommodation: 4-Star Hotel Sofia Day 12. Departure or extension
Breakfast. Check-out, or extend your stay in Sofia with a few extra nights. Accommodation in Sofia is available upon request.

End of tour - 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 1 night at 4-star hotel in Pleven in ensuite double room

o 2 nights in Chateau de Bergers Hotel & Winery in ensuite double room

o 4 nights in 4-star hotel in Plovdiv in ensuite double room

o 3 nights in 4-star hotel in the
Melnik/Sandanski/Gotse Delchev
ensuite double room region in
o 1 night in 4-star hotel in Sofia in ensuite double room

o Visits and tastings at: Chateau Burgozone, Chateau de Bergers, Tsarev Brod Winery, Villa Yambol, Chateau Copsa, Villa Yustina, Chateau Kolarovo, Bratanov Family Winery, Neragora, Karabunar, Villa Melnik, Rupel Winery, Orbelus

o Visit to Pleven Wine Museum and the Madara

o Guided walk of Plovdiv and Old Plovdiv

o Meals: Daily breakfast. Lunch on all days except day 11 (Tapas-style lunch on days 3 &
10) and Dinner on all days except day 6 & 7

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 Transfer to Sofia Airport at end of tour (available upon request)

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)
1690 per person
Single Supplement: 385

For more info:

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 or contact the respective institutions in your

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.