Bulgaria Wine Tour
9-13 May 2019

£780.00

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A fascinating tour of one of Europe’s lesser known wine regions, part of the Balkans. Taste wines from Bulgaria’s new wave winemakers both from local varieties like Mavrud and Rubin as well as from ‘international’ grapes. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Plovdiv, with its Roman ruins and art deco buildings. Visit the historic Bachkovo monastery. And the highlight of the trip – the Plovdiv Food and Wine Festival when you can wander through the streets of the Old Town and sample wines from several wineries amongst the historic buildings.

Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday 9th May
Bulgaria Wine Tour Arrival & Welcome Dinner
Arrival at Sofia airport at 13.15 with British Airways flight from London. Group pick-up from Sofia Airport and transfer to Plovdiv (2h). Tasting at Dragomir Winery. Check-in to 4-star Markovo Park & Spa Hotel. Welcome dinner at Bendida Enoteca paired with boutique wines from Bendida Wine Cellar, a 4th-generation family winery.

Day 2: Friday 10th May
Old Country, Modern Wines
Continue to explore Bulgarian wines at Chateau Copsa located in a small wine region called The Valley of Roses. This gets its name from the vast rose plantations and long history of producing rose oil and if we are lucky, we may be able to see rose plantations on the way to the winery. At the chateau, we will receive a short tour of the complex and then a tasting of five of their wines accompanied by lunch in their acclaimed restaurant. We continue to our next destination – Rumelia Wine Cellar. The manager of the winery will show us around the winery that continues to impress with its wines, especially its Mavrud and Mavrud Blends which have won multiple national and international awards. Return to Plovdiv (1.5 hours). Free evening. Your tour leader can help with restaurant recommendations and bookings.

Day 3: Saturday 11th May
Wine Tasting in the Yakata Micro-Region
Today, we start the day with a visit to the modern Villa Yustina Winery, where we will have a tour of the vineyards and winery ending with a superb wine-paired lunch in the charming tasting room. In the afternoon, we visit Bachkovo Monastery – the second largest orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. There will be free time to explore the churches and history of the charming monastery. Many street vendors set up shop outside the monastery walls making it possible to buy souvenirs such as hand painted ceramics, homemade jams and special Bulgarian herbs and spices. En-route to Plovdiv, we make a stop at Zagreus Winery – a 100% organic winery. The winemaker will show us around and tell us the story behind the family winery that now has established a strong brand due to its bold vision of sustainability, innovation and focus on the regional native grape: Mavrud! Return to Plovdiv. Free evening.

Day 4 Sunday 12th May
Plovdiv and The Wine & Gourmet Festival
We start the day with a guided walking tour of Plovdiv when we will see Romain ruins and Art Deco buildings! We will end up at Old Plovdiv which will be buzzing with activity as the annual Wine & Gourmet Festival takes place in the Old Town amongst charming 19th century houses. The Festival features wine tastings from over 20 Bulgarian wine producers, plenty of food from local restaurants and live music. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the Wine & Gourmet Festival walking from stand to stand exploring the wines and food of Bulgaria. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner.

Day 5: Monday 13th May Departure
After breakfast, check-out of hotel. Group transfer to Sofia Airport (2 hours).

END OF TOUR

TRAVEL

Please note that flights are not included in the cost of the tour so you will need to book your own travel to/from Sofia airport. The recommended group flights are with British Airways:

  • Thursday 9th May BA 890 Departs London Heathrow 08.05 Arrives Sofia 13.15
  • Monday 13th May BA 891 Departs Sofia 14.15 Arrives London Heathrow 15.45

Transfers by coach between Sofia airport and Plovdiv are included and will tie in with the above flights – so if you make alternative travel arrangements you will need to be at Sofia airport in time to meet the BA flight on 9th May. The tour will end at Sofia airport around midday on 13th May.

ACCOMMODATION

We will be based for all 4 nights of the tour at Markovo Park & Spa Hotel.

This hotel was completely refurbished two years ago and is situated 3 miles from the centre of Plovdiv which is a short taxi ride away. Guests can enjoy beautiful views of Rhodope Mountains or the city’s seven hills from their rooms.

Each room has free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, a sofa, a desk, a telephone and a refrigerator.

The bar and restaurant which serves European cuisine and a selection of fine wines has a panoramic terrace with views of the city.

The hotel’s spa area boasts an outdoor swimming pool, a Finnish sauna, an infra-red sauna, hot tub, cold room, steam bath, relaxation zone and contrast showers. There is also an indoor pool that guests can use free of charge. In addition, a fitness room and a tennis court can be found on site. Massages can be organised on request.

PRICING INFORMATION

Price Includes:

  • £780 per person sharing a double or twin room.
  • Group transport between Sofia Airport and Plovdiv.
  • All ground transportation mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Four nights in a 4-star Plovdiv hotel in a standard en-suite double or twin room.
  • Two lunches and two dinners with wine.
  • Tours and tastings at 5 wineries.
  • Guided walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Plovdiv
  • Visit to Bachkovo Monastery – the second largest monastery in Bulgaria.
  • Full day at the Plovdiv Wine & Gourmet Festival with over 20 wine producers exhibiting their wines for tastings.
  • English speaking tour leader from Bulgaria Wine Tours and a tour leader from Criterion Wine Tours.

Supplements:

  • Single occupancy of a double/twin room (limited number of single rooms available): £120

A non-refundable deposit of £195 per person is payable when booking. The remaining balance is due eight weeks before the start of the tour. Your money will be held in a secure Client Deposit Account and is therefore fully protected.

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