Bulgaria – Unique Local Wines and Traditional Cuisine – 8 days

During the tour, you will taste some unique local varieties: Broad Leave Melnik – reportedly a favourite of Winston Churchill’s; Mavrud  ( southern Bulgaria ), Gamza, Dimyat, Misket, etc. And enjoy special dishes: Shopska salad ( voted Europe`s favourite food in 2016 at European Parliament’s Facebook page ), Bean soup, Thracian barbeque, Stuffed peppers, Tarator, Banitsa ( cheese pastry ), Bulgarian Yoghurt with honey…

Bulgaria grows over 3000 wine varieties and is a renowned exporter to more than 70 countries, ranking among the 15 leading wine producing countries in the world. It is the only country celebrating a wine growers day – Trifon Zarezan on 14th Feb.

 

Short itinerary:

Day 1: Sofia ( D )

Day 2: Sofia – Rila Monastery – Bansko ( B, D )

Day 3: Bansko – Melnik – Rojen Monastery – Bansko ( B, D )

Day 4: Bansko – Ustina – Plovdiv ( B, L, D )

Day 5: Plovdiv – Bachkovo Monastery – Brestovitsa – Plovdiv ( B, D )

Day 6: Plovdiv – Midalidare – Kazanluk – Veliko Turnovo ( B, L )

Day 7: Veliko Turnovo –  Liaskovets – Arbanassi – Sofia ( B, L, D )

Day 8: Sofia – departure

  • Meals included: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

Description

Package rates:

Minimum 6 persons: 890 EUR per person in double room

Minimum 8 persons: 775 EUR per person in double room

Single room supplement: 90 EUR

 

Package:

  • 7 nights with breakfast at 3+* and 4* hotels
  • 5 dinners ( fixed 3-course menu + mineral water+ 1 glass of wine )
  • 3 lunches ( fixed 3-course menu + mineral water )
  • 1 dinner with folklore performance in Sofia ( 4-course menu + 1 glass of wine and mineral water )
  • 7 wine-tastings along the itinerary
  • Tour guide in English
  • Deluxe transport, transfers
  • All entrances and visits
  • Pack with useful information

       An interesting fact: Some historic researches say, that the area of nowadays Bulgaria may claim property to the first vine protection decree in 2 c. AD as well as to the first prohibitionist laws implemented in history by the Bulgarian Chan Krum during his reign from 802 to 814 AD. The wine cellar may also be Bulgarian invention since Bulgarian monastic orders had first been reported to have stored wine in cool vaults deep under the ground level.