Bulgaria hase a long history in wine making. Bulgaria was the world's fourth largest wine exporter in 1980s, but the industry declined after the collapse of communism. Wine production is growing again, and new wineries are opening. With this tour we will visit the best wine regions in Balgaria and taste several types of wine that are produced here. Also we will visit one Wine museum, and learn more about wine tradition in Bulgaria.
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 – Melnik - Marikostinovo (195 km) (B, L)
In the morning we depart from Sofia to the little town Melnik. We will visit Kordopulova house and we will have wine tasting and explanation of the house winery. Next stop will be the village of Kolarovo to visit Orbelia wine cellar, a family cellar situated at the foot of Belasitsa. The winery preserves the local traditions in wine making and recreates the authentic charm of Bulgarian culture. After tasting five specially selected wines of Orbelia, among which the unique Melnik 55 and Sandanski Misket, the day ends with rest time in the famous thermal center Marikostinovo in Mantar SPA Hotel. Overnight.
Day 3Marikostinovo - Pazardzhik - Panagyurishte - Starosel – Plovdiv (350 km) (B, L, D)
The first stop for the day is at Bessa Valley winery near Pazardzhik, producers of the famous Enira brand, whose red wines are truly an elixir for the souls and the senses. Continue to Rumelia Wine-Cellar, still keeping the ancient orthodox traditions of wine making. After the tasting session, depart to Starosel. This is another winery that also pays tribute to the original masters of the wine. In fact, the tasting room imitates the Thracian Tomb. After tasting the unique wines of Starosel Winery, depart to Plovdiv. Visit Dragomir Winery Tasting Room in the city and have dinner at the great restaurants in the charming old town of Plovdiv.
Day 4Plovdiv – Brestovitsa - Chirpan - Elenovo (180 km) (B, L, D)
Explore Plovdiv, whose history combines the legacy of many great civilizations. After sightseeing, take a short drive to Villa Vinifera Winery in Brestovitsa. Taste its finest wines and later continue to the boutique winery of Todoroff for tasting of their award-winning wines, including Mavrud, a grape vine proprietary not only to Bulgaria, but also to the Thracian Region. In the afternoon, depart to Midalidare Estate in Mogilovo near Chirpan. Enjoy and exclusive cellar tasting of old vintages as well as of new vintage wines which are currently barrel aging. Our last stop for the day will be at Edoardo Miroglio Wine Cellar next to the village of Elenovo. Vineyards spread on rolling hills, beautiful lake and endless green lawns surround the cellar and complete the excellent wine tasting experience. Some of the varieties cultivated by Edoardo Miroglio wine cellar are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Muscat Ottonel, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Mavrud, Rubin, and Melnik 55.
Overnight in Elenovo.
Day 5Elenovo - Karnobat - Sliven - Veliko Tarnovo (270 km) (B, L, D)
Leave to Minkov Brothers Winery near Karnobat, famous with its Minkov Brothers and Cycle brands of red and white wines. From there, continue to Domaine Boyar's Blue ridge Winery. Named for the bluish hue of the Balkan Mountains towering above it, this winery is a proud symbol of contemporary wine industry in Bulgaria and is one of the most modern and technologically advanced wineries in all Eastern and Central Europe. The wine tasting for the day wraps up at Windy Hills Winery. Later cross the majestic Balkan Mountain Range, on the way to Veliko Tarnovo, the history capital of Bulgaria. Spread across several hills with fantastic views, the city has a rich and long history. Walk the coble stone streets and soak into the city’s atmosphere, explore the medieval forest, visit the numerous churches and monasteries in the vicinities, dating back to the early centuries of Christianity. Overnight.
Day 6Veliko Tarnovo - Pleven - Sofia (299 km) (B, L, D)
In the morning we start with Veliko Tarnovo’s sightseeing and later after lunch, we depart to the wine museum in Pleven, a testament to the city as the first wine industry center in Bulgaria. Situated in a cave, you can taste vast types of wine, representing all wine regions of Bulgaria and the numerous pure Bulgarian grapes - Misket and Dimyat for the white wines, and Gumza, Mavrud, Red Muscat, Rubin and Pamid for the red ones. Early evening arrival in Sofia. Overnight.