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BULGARIA – LUXORY SPA,WINE and CULTURE TOUR

Our Bulgarian wine tours offer а once in a lifetime opportunity to taste the famous wines of the most renowned wine producers in the country. You’ll be among the first to taste the most recent vintages still in the barrel, and also sample fine older vintages. It is the best way to learn more about Bulgarian prestigious estates with expert guidance.
GRAND WINE TOUR
– The GRAND wine tour around Bulgaria  (12 days following the traces of the wine.) In these 12 days we will cross the whole country to reach all different wine regions. There is a detailed introduction of local variety of grape and wine making. We will meet wine technologists and barrel makers, vine-growers and visit private wine cellars. Together with the wine we will have a chance to taste traditional Bulgarian dishes, the famous local drink “rakia” and Bulgarian white cheese & yoghurt. This tour is a great opportunity not only to taste the wines but also to feel the spirit of the country.

-The Struma valley region -trip to the town of Melnik . Located near the border with Greece this area has been famous for wines since ancient times, especially the exported Melnishko vino. The wine was kept in the Melnik cellars, a network of tunnels carved into the ground with a constant temperature of between 10 and 12 C (50-53 F) throughout the year. The Wine was transported abroad in huge caravans and carried in goatskin wine bags. Now from this area we have some of the most attractive wines in Bulgaria
Day 1.Melnik – trip to the town of Melnik.Wine testing with lunch in Melnik.Vist to Rozhen Monastery.Dinner and overnight stay in Sandanski –

Day2. Trip to Rila monastery,combined with visit  in Medi Valley wine celler – wine testing. In this tour we will visit the biggest monastery in Bulgaria located in Rila mountain. Wine testing – Medi Valley.Overnight stay in Sandanski.
Day3.Travel to Starosel Estate.After check in, you’ll find free time to enjoy the spa, followed by wine tasting and welcome dinner at Starosel Complex.

– The Thracian valley region ( trip across the wineries of the Rhodopi mountains).The favorite God of the Thracians was Dionysus, perhaps because the celebration allowed the people to eat, drink and be merry in his honour. His cult spread throughout Ancient Thrace and many archaeological treasures survive attesting to the cult’s widespread appeal. Monuments were erected depicting vines, bunches of grapes, vintage scenes and various aspects of the winemaking process. This wine tour will show us a great variety of soil types and the favorable climatic conditions for the best grapes & some of the best red wines in Bulgaria. Thracian valley region is famous with the most fine vintage wine produced from the grape “Mavrud”. This tour includes the towns of Plovdiv, Assenovgrad, Ivailovgrad (very close to the border with Turkey), the wine-village of Brestovitca and many other unexpected stops in the natural resources of Southern Bulgaria & the mountains of Orpheus.

Day4.Visit Starosel Tracian cult Complex.Lunch in Plovdiv. Visit Todoroff Wine cellar.TODOROFF wine cellar is the first boutique cellar in Bulgaria which paves the way for a new style in wine making. It features:

  • production of small batches of high-quality red and white wines
  • strict technology control and preliminary quality analysis of the raw material
  • individual approach to each client.

(1 hour). Tasting of 5 wines followed by dinner.

Day5. Check out of hotel at 10 am and drive to Plovdiv (1 hour). You’ll enjoy a guided tour of Plovdiv and its old town. As well as free time for lunch to sample traditional dishes. The afternoon and the rest of the day is free to enjoy  Plovdiv where you can taste  delicacies from local food restourants. Sleeping in Plovdiv – Landmark Creek Hotel.

Day6. Depart Plovdiv at 10 am to visit the Bachkovo Monastery. You’ll enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant close to the monastery. After which, there’s transfer to Villa Yustina for a tasting of 5 wines. Followed by a visit to the ruins of an early Christian Red Church.  Finally, you’ll return to Landmark Creek Hotel.Free evening in Plovdiv.

– The Valley of the Roses (tour in the central part of the Sub Balkan region). This tour is a great opportunity to visit the town of the roses and to taste Misket wine. Let’s go together to the wine cellar in Oriahovitsa where are the biggest old Bulgarian barrels (over 100 years). There we can taste the prestigious “Old red from Oriahovitsa” and learn more about the local varieties of grape. On the south is located the “Blue ridges” town of Sliven. There is built the most modern factory in the Balkan peninsula. “Domaine Boyar”- Estates. The towns of Stara Zagora, Yambol, and the old capital of Veliko Turnovo are part of this wine challenge.
Day7. Check out of hotel at 10 am and drive to Midalidare Estate .Stay in Midalidare with winetesting and SPA.

Day 8.Edoardo Miroglio Winery.Wine testing. Lunch at E.Miroglio Winery.Depart to The Minkov Brothers Wine Cellar .Back to Midalidare.

 

– The Danube plane region ( tour along the Danube river & Northern Bulgaria).This region is well known for the best quality white wines. Near to Vidin in the Magura cave is created the one and only natural Bulgarian sparkling wine – “Magura BRUT”. The lands of the Northwest are the kingdom of “Gamza” another local grape variety. The towns of Vidin, Pleven, Rousse & Veliko Turnovo are only a few of the stops on the way to the Wine knowledge.

Day9. Going to Gabrovo –  Excursion to Etara – Ethnographic open-area museum , Socolski Monastery and free time in Gabrovo.Dinner and overnight stay in Bozhentsi architectural reserve – Local food and wines.

Bozhentsi – village with a history more than 600 years.

Day 10. Travel to Veliko Tarnovo.Guided tour of Tarnovo. Afternoon – wine testing in Ljaskovets winery.Dinner and free evening in Tarnovo.

Day 11. Going to Russe.  Wine testing – Russe Vinprom or Seven Generations Winery.

Visit Ivanovo Rock Churches:The frescos of the Ivanovo churches reveal an exceptional artistry and a remarkable artistic sensitivity for 14th century painting and Bulgarian medieval art; they are an important achievement in the Christian art of South-Eastern Europe. Posterior to the Khora monastery mosaics (Karia Djami) of 1303 – 10, these frescoes, by their very expressiveness surpass any other historical monuments discovered, characteristic of the Palaeologues style. Neo-classical in spirit and in elements of their subjects, the frescoes represent a departure from the canons of Byzantine iconography. They show close ties with expressive Hellenistic art and a clear preference for the nude, the landscape, an architectural background in a composition, drama, an emotional atmosphere – qualities which combine to make an exceptional masterpiece of the Tarnovo school of painting and monumental art.

The five historical monuments in this group (chapels, churches, etc.), dating from the 13th and 14th centuries, serve as examples that pave the way for the distinctive character development, and mastery in the art of the Second Bulgarian State /1187-1396/. The richness, the variety of the cells, chapels, churches, monastery complexes, the original architectural solutions – all set in a magnificent natural environment – confirm the value of this extraordinary historical grouping.

Many churches, chapels, monasteries and cells were cut into the natural rock along the Rusenski Lom river, during the 13-14th centuries. The „Church“ frescoes reveal an exceptional artistry and a remarkable artistic sensitivity for 14th century painting and Bulgarian medieval art; they are an important achievement in the Christian art of South-Eastern Europe.

Overnight in Russe or Seven Generations Winary.

 

Day 12. Travel to Magura Winery.

The Magura winery was established in 1967 in the village of Rabisha, Vidin district, in the North-western part of Bulgaria. The location is known as one of the mysterious and most picturesque areas of Bulgaria enclosed between the Danube and the reddish sand cliffs of the town of Belogradchick with the nearby unique Magura cave, considered to be a nature wonder. The idea behind the setting up of the winery came about to fulfil the increasing demand of the home and international market for high quality wines and champagne. The so called Bat gallery in the Magura cave, has been utilised for decades for specially selected wines to mature in natural conditions.

The Rabisha region boasts soil and favourable growing conditions of grapes similar to those of the Champaine Region in France. It is, therefore, no wonder that the best natural sparkling wine in Bulgaria is produced here following the classical technology. The wine is stored and gradually matures deep underground in the Magura Cave. The constant temperature of 12-C, the darkness and air humidity in the depths of the Bat Gallery create the best conditions for the natural fermentation and sparkling of the sparkling wine.Overnight in SPA hotel ATA,Varshets

Day13. Going to Sofia.Departure from Bulgaria/or overnight in Sofia and departure on the Day 14.