Villa Justina Vinyard in Bulgaria

Wine tour in Bulgaria 4th to 8th July 2018

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. Demand, however, 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.

Enjoy a 5-day wine tour in the relatively undiscovered wine country of Bulgaria. Taste unique local wines such as Mavrud and discover the stories behind the wine. Learn more about the wines, terroir, winemaking and history of Bulgaria in this traditional wine region. Sample some local foods and discover some cultural gems

    Outline itinerary

    Day 1 – Wednesday 4th July 2018

    We meet up at Sofia Airport to connect with the British Airways flight arriving around lunchtime. We join our coach and transfer to Plovdiv, about a two-hour drive. Check-in to our 4-star hotel and we then enjoy a walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Plovdiv, followed by a tasting at a local enoteca (or urban winery). Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

    Day 2 – Thursday 5th July 2018

    After breakfast we will transfer to the acclaimed Edoardo Miroglio Winery for a tour and tasting of 5 wines. This is followed by lunch and a visit to a second winery in the area for a further tour and tasting. We then return to Plovdiv where the evening is free. The tour leader will be able to help with restaurant recommendations and bookings.

    Day 3 – Friday 6th July 2018

    After breakfast we depart for a full day excursion in the Rose Valley region. There will be tastings at two local wineries, the Starosel Wine & Spa Complex with an included lunch at the onsite restaurant followed by a visit to the Rumelia winery. Return to Plovdiv for a free evening where the tour leader can again help with restaurant recommendations and bookings.

    Day 4 – Saturday 7th July 2018

    After breakfast we will enjoy a full day excursion in the Plovdiv area. There will be a tasting at one of the local wineries, the Villa Yustina including a wine paired lunch at the winery. We return to Plovdiv where the afternoon is free and we celebrate the last day with a farewell dinner.

    Day 5 – Sunday 8th July 2018

    After breakfast we check-out of our hotel for the transfer to Sofia Airport (around two hours) or the centre of Sofia for anybody that intends to stay on.

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    Tour cost

    £695 per person sharing a twin or double-bedded room (excluding flights)

    There is a supplement for single occupancy of £135.00 per person.

    What’s included

    • 4 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Plovdiv
    • Coach travel to all destinations from and to Sofia Airport
    • 3 lunches, and 2 dinners with good wines in good local restaurants
    • Five wine visits and tastings, one visit to an urban winery/enoteca
    • Visits to the Bachkovo Monastery and Starosei Thracian Tomb
    • The services of one of our own Wine Guides and a tour leader from Bulgaria

    Not included

    • Telephone calls and other items of personal expenditure
    • Drinks and meals not included in the itinerary
    • Travel to and from Sofia to your home destination

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