• Bulgaria Wine Tours - 3-day tour
  • Starosel wine tasting room
  • Bachkovo monastery
  • Vineyards
  • The Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv

Experience 5 days of complete sensory immersion during this exclusive wine and dine tour in Southern Bulgaria. An authentic wine tour in the “The Undiscovered Wine Country” of Bulgaria visiting four wineries in Plovdiv region while enjoying the hearty local cuisine and rich cultural heritage. Prepare to explore some of the most acclaimed wineries and some “hidden winery gems”. Learn more about the longstanding history of winemaking on these lands. Get familiarized with Bulgaria’s local wines and foods.

Dates

October 2-6, 2017

Group size

Min. 4 persons

Price

€490 per person

Status

Open for bookings
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Day 1.

Upon arrival to Sofia airport, there will be a group transfer from the airport at 14:00. Your chauffeur will transfer you and the group to the ancient town of Plovdiv, which will take around 1.5-2 hours. Check in to your centrally located hotel. After settling in, head out for a fascinating guided walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Town Plovdiv. The evening is free for you to wind down and explore the town. We would be happy to recommend restaurants in the town and to reserve a table for you. The heart of the town is vibrant with chic cafes, bars, beautiful architecture and wonderful restaurants.

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel in Plovdiv (3 star)

Day 2.

Our first stop for the day is the Thracian tomb of Starosel, where the ruins tell the story of how wine was made back in Antiquity. Not too far away is the charming Starosel Wine & SPA Complex, where you will tour the winery and taste a selection of the wines produced here. Lunch is served in the restaurant alongside the wine. Next on the programme is the historical town of Panagyurishte, where you get to visit the Panagyurishte museum to see the acclaimed treasure consisting of nine gold vessels for wine from the Thracian era. Next, a visit to the nearby Rumelia winery, where we tour the winery and enjoy a wine tasting in the dedicated tasting room. We then head back to the hotel in Plovdiv. Dinner is on your own this evening. We are happy to help with dinner reservations upon request!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel in Plovdiv (3 star)

Day 3.

Your day begins with a visit to the second largest monastery in Bulgaria – Bachkovo Monastery. Here, you will have time on your own to explore the monastery and surrounding grounds. Next up is the modern winery Villa Yustina, where the onsite wine guide will give a tour of the facility, explain the winemaking process, show the vineyards and end with a superb wine tasting accompanied with local appetisers. On the way to the next winery, we stop at the ruins of an old Christian church named after the colors of the dilapidated walls – The Red Church. We visit the Todoroff Wine Cellar located in the nearby village of Brestovitsa. This village has gained a nationwide reputation for having the highest concentration of wineries. Here, we enjoy a wine tasting followed by dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel in Plovdiv (3 star)

Day 4.

We enjoy a tasting of eloquent wines and delicious appetizers at a local enoteka around lunch time. Enjoy some free time to explore the city center even further or relax in your hotel room. Tonight marks our last night together. In order to celebrate and commemorate this tour, a wine paired dinner will be held in the evening to share our experiences and stories over a few glasses of Bulgarian wine.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Centrally located hotel in Plovdiv (3 star)

Day 5.

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and say goodbye to Plovdiv. Your chauffeur will be there for your private transfer to Sofia Airport. Or to any other address in Sofia, if you wish to extend your stay in Bulgaria with a few extra nights.

Meals included: Breakfast

Included in the price of the tour:
✓ Transportation from and to Sofia/Sofia airport
✓ All ground transportation with a minivan/car included in the tour’s itinerary
✓ 4 nights at a centrally located hotel in Plovdiv (3 stars) in shared ensuite doublerooms
✓ Guided walking tour of Plovdiv
✓ Visit to Starosel Thracian tomb
✓ Wine tasting at Starosel winery
✓ Lunch at Starosel
✓ Visit to Panagyurishte musem
✓ Wine tasting at Rumelia winery, incl. water and appetisers
✓ Visit to Bachkovo monastery
✓ Wine tasting at Villa Yustina, incl. water and appetisers
✓ Visit to the Red Church
✓ Wine tasting at Todoroff wine cellar, incl. water and appetisers
✓ Dinner at Todoroff
✓ Wine tasting at a local enoteka, incl. water and appetisers
✓ Wine paired dinner on Day 4
✓ Breakfast on all days except for Day 1
✓ Tour leader from Bulgaria Wine Tours
✓ Guided tours of wineries by onsite winemaker
✓ Tour operator insurance from Groupama Insurance in case of non-provision of services
Not included in the tour price:

  • Flight tickets
  • Private transfers
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the tour description
  • Travel and medical insurance (please, consult your insurance provider)
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Extras and incidentals
  • Tips

Price of the tour: 

  • € 490 per person (*)(**)

* The BGN/EUR exchange rate is fixed at  1 EUR = 1.95583 BGN (http://www.bnb.bg/?toLang=_EN)

** Price per person is based on double occupancy e.g. two persons sharing a room

Payment:

  • A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total tour cost is required to be paid within 7 days of the invoice issue date unless otherwise agreed with the Company.
  • The balance of the amount due to the Company must be paid no later than 45 days before departure unless otherwise agreed with the Company.
  • In the event that the Client makes a booking within 45 days of departure of the tour, the full tour price must be paid up-front.

Payment method:

Payments are made in Euros or Bulgarian Leva.

  • Bank transfer to:

Bulgaria Wine Tours Ltd.

Bank name: Raiffeisen Bank

Bank address: 1 Knyaginya Mariya Luiza Str., Plovdiv 4000

BIC: RZBBBGSF

IBAN: BG09RZBB91551005461558

We will provide confirmation once the payment is received

During the Wine and Dine tour we will visit the following wineries:

Starosel

The wine producing tradition in Bulgaria begins with the Thracians – numerous tribes who inhabited the area in ancient times. Just a few kilometers from Starosel winery, one finds the biggest Thracian temple ever discovered, as well as one of the oldest wineries from those times. In unison with the cultural heritage of the area, Starosel winery produces high-quality wines and emphasizes the connection with the Thracians who used wine in their most important rituals. In addition, Starosel Wine & SPA Compex features a hotel with relaxation facilities, natural mineral water pool and a restaurant that specializes in traditional meals from the region.

Rumelia

Apart from being famous for their wine, the Thracians were also skillful jewelry makers. The most exquisite Thracian gold treasure consisting of nine vessels for drinking wine, was discovered in the Merul area nearby the present town of Panagyurishte. Thus, naturally Merul became one of the brands for Panagyurishte’s newest winery – Rumelia. Established in 2006, Rumelia has gained significant international recognition for its wines and has played a major part in promoting the local variety Mavrud. Rumelia is meticulous about the quality of the wine and offers a wine experience inherited from the Thracians themselves.

Villa Yustina

Villa Yustina is located in the village of Ustina, about 25 km from Plovdiv. The name of the winery, as well as the village, originates from emperor Justinian I who was an emperor of the East Roman empire in the 1st century AD and who commissioned a fort to be built on the hills by the present village. Villa Yustina began its journey in the wine world in 2006 and soon after in 2011 its main oenologist received the price “Oenologist of the year”. Villa Yustina is a proud birthplace of one of the best cuvees of the local varieties Mavrud and Rubin. Villa Yustina will enchant you with warm hospitality, the beautiful vine park and other outdoor recreational possibilities and if you are lucky enough to meet the owner Milko Tsvetkov, you will also make a lifelong wine friend.

Todoroff Wine Cellar

Todoroff is a winery situated in the village of Brestovitza – one of the most famous wine producing villages in Bulgaria, as well as the place with one of the highest concentrations of wine cellars in the country. The modern winery Todoroff is the first boutique winery in Bulgaria and is a successor of a prestigious winery dating back to 1945. Todoroff emphasizes on the relationship between wine and art and in this way embodies the spirit of its current owner – Ivan Todoroff who is originally an artist. The modern winery also includes the first wine SPA in Bulgaria and boasts to be the pioneer of wine tourism in the country. At Todoroff, you will submerge into the artsy atmosphere, rich history and quality wines produced here.

Arrival/Departure

  • Group transfer on Day 1 is from Sofia airport to Plovdiv at 14:00. If you arrive in the early morning, you have the option of going into Sofia centre to explore.
  • A representative from Bulgaria Wine Tours will be by the information desk between the Arrivals and Departures Halls at Sofia Airport, Terminal 2 starting from 13:30 on Day 1. The representative will have a Bulgaria Wine Tours sign.
  • For arrivals at Sofia Airport Terminal 1, a representative from Bulgaria Wine Tours will meet you at the information desk in the main hall around 14:00. The representative will have a Bulgaria Wine Tours sign.
  • Group transfer on Day 5 is just after breakfast – 10:00. You may be dropped off at Sofia airport or Sofia centre. Please inform us of your preference when you book.
  • For late arrivals on Day 1 or early departures on Day 5, it is necessary to pre-book a private transfer or plan your arrival at the relevant location. We can assist you with that if you wish so.
  • Transport time between Sofia and Plovdiv is 1.5-2 hours.

Visa Requirements

  • In general, EU citizens do not require visas to travel to Bulgaria. Citizens of some other countries also do not need visas to travel to Bulgaria. For visa requirements to enter Bulgaria, please consult the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at: http://www.mfa.bg/en/pages/109/index.html or the respective institutions in your country of residence.

Insurance

  • You are encouraged to purchase travel and medical insurance at your own judgement.

Notes

  • The tour does not require any special medical condition or fitness level. The tour does not involve intensive walking, hiking, or other physical effort apart from the normal efforts for sightseeing.

Additional services or surcharges

  • Please contact us for prices and information on private transfers from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv
  • Single supplement: € 55

For any questions, please contact us at: +359 888 487 113 or email: info@bulgariawinetours.com or contact us through the Facebook page – Bulgaria Wine Tours.

Most importantly, we will do anything we can to make the tour a pleasant and memorable experience for you.

Enjoy Exploring! Enjoy Bulgaria!

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Why Choose Us

✓ Because we are the original tour operator in Bulgaria specializing in wine tours.

✓ Because we have visited each and every winery, hotel and place we offer on this tour in order to ensure the highest possible quality of the offered services.

✓ Because we work closely with the wineries and the hotels offered on this tour and we are flexible to accommodate your wishes.

✓ Because we have made academic research on the potential of wine tourism in Bulgaria: https://lup.lub.lu.se/student-papers/search/publication/4091904.

✓ Because we are promoting alternative tourism and helping the development of rural regions in Bulgaria

.✓ Because you will be supporting a young start-up.

✓ Because we will make sure you have fun and enjoy the tour!

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Tour map: Wine and Dine tour