Explore some beautiful wine regions in Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia. Arriving in Sofia we will make a short city tour before continuing to Serbia and visit Nis, Belgrade and Sremski Karlovci. Here we will visit the Malca and Vrbica Winery and explore the beautiful small town of Sremski Karlovci in the Serbian Province Vojvodina. Then we will continue to Croatia and explore the capital, before continuing to the Moslavina Regiona and taste some good quality Croatian wine.
Day 1Sofia (20 KM) (D)
Welcoming you at the Sofia airport and transport to Sofia, Bulgaria's capital. Check-in to our hotel. Sofia is a city of very long history, a city full of orthodox churches, Ottoman mosques, Roman ruins and old communistic monuments, museums, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. In the afternoon we start an easy group walk covering the central part of the city, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the ancient ruins of Serdica (the ancient name of the city), St. Nedela Church. In the evening we have organized diner in a national Bulgarian restaurant. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 2 Sofia - Nis (240 km) (B, L)
In the morning we depart to Serbia, in its second largest city Nis. After the city panoramic sightseeing, we visit Malča Wine Cellar, representing a unique centuries-old synthesis of the wine routes that have been crossed, bypassed, pervaded and combined into a fairy tale in these regions. Listen to the story of this extraordinary blend of tradition and culture of Roman emperors, Serbian rulers, and ancient wine masters. The site extends over about 2 hectares of land and is located between the river Malčanska and the road Niš-Svrljig. A visit to Malča gives the visitor a true wine journey through time by visiting four wine houses: The Roman house, The Nemanjic House, The Serbian house, and the Contemporary Winery (Modern House). Free evening and overnight in Nis.
Day 3Nis - Oplenac - Belgrade (244 km) (B, L)
We take a morning ride to the central part to visit the region of Shumadija and once a royal town of Topola. First we visit Vrbica Winery with magic view over the Royal vineyards and wine tasting. Than we have a sightseeing of the Royal Mausoleum and the Saint George Church, featuring wonderful mosaics. Next is visit to the Aleksandrovic Winery and delicious wines of Oplenac region tasting, with traditional lunch. In the afternoon we drive on to Serbia’s capital, Belgrade for a panoramic sightseeing. Orientation walk, free evening and overnight in Belgrade.
Day 4Belgrade - Sremski Karlovci – Novi Sad (109 km) (B, L)
We leave Belgrade and drive to the most famous Sremski Karlovci wineries and wine tasting in authentic wine cellars with traditional brunch. We give a visit to the Honey Museum and short lecture of life quality when honey products used. Free time for shopping and individual sightseeing program. Afternoon departure to Novi Sad, the capital of the Serbian province Vojvodina. We walk through Dunavska (Danube) and Zmaj Jovina street, which are the main walking zones of the city, City Hall, Freedom Square, The Name of Mary Church, Katolicka porta, the house of Mileva Einstein – the wife of Albert Einstein, and finish at Petrovaradin Fortress, built by the Austrians in the 17th and 18th century as pillar of defense against the invasion of the Turks. They call it the “Gibraltar of Danube”, because of its position. Today the fortress is famous for the most prestigious European music festival “Exit”. Overnight in Novi Sad.
Day 5Novi Sad – Zagreb (378 km) (B)
After the accommodation in Zagreb, we take a relaxing short tour starting from the modern Donji Grad, or Lower Town, whose well-designed street grid was laid out in the 19th century. This area is home to many of city civic and historic monuments. We will continue to Gornji Grad, or Upper Town. In this older part of the city, there are two medieval settlements, Gradec and Kaptol. Among the highlights of Upper Town are the tall twin spires of the Cathedral of St. Stephen, an ancient church dedicated to the Assumption. Free evening and overnight in Zagreb.
Day 6 Zagreb – Moslavina region - Zagreb (120 km) (B, L)
After the breakfast, we drive to Moslavina region, southeast from Zagreb, full of picturesque small towns, family farms and amazing wildlife. In local vineyards everything revolves around the native white variety called Škrlet, a light and crisp dry wine with floral aromas. There are also the usual continental varieties typical for central Croatia: Graševina, Chardonnay, Pinot blanc, Furmint, Muscat, Pinot noir, Blaufraenkisch. Today’s tour is for curious wine enthusiasts seeking new experience off the beaten path, but also for those who love countryside peacefulness. Specialties you can taste on this tour include: Moslavina version of orange wines, especially Škrlet, homemade brandies (cherry, honey, peach, strawberry, cornelian cherry), combined with cheese and meat. Back to Zagreb and overnight in a hotel.