Wines & Wonders of the Wild North-West

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  • Belogradchik Rocks
  • Vineyards at Borovitza
  • Wine Safari Picnic Basket
  • Bortovitza Winery
  • Guesthouse
  • Grape-picking truck
  • Baba Vida Fortress
  • Vineyards
  • Belogradchik
  • wines at Belogradchik
  • Belogradchik rock formations
  • Danube River
  • Breakfast
  • Guesthouse
  • Orange wine

Wild and Scenic. Breathtaking and Adventurous. The Northwest corner of Bulgaria is a true rural paradise. This small region borders the majestic Danube River to the north and Serbia to the west. Northwest Bulgaria is so far off the tourist track that only the true intrepid travellers venture into this rural area. Prehistoric caves, medieval forts, natural sandstone and rock formations, rock-sewn fortresses, terroir-driven wines, rustic food, timeless villages and the pleasures of a simple life are just a few unique experiences to be found in the wild northwest of Bulgaria. There is no better time to visit this unexplored region than the present before the crowds discover its beauty. This region is a well-kept secret even to Bulgarians, and we invite you to explore it with us on a 5-day wine and cultural tour that will leave you with everlasting memories.

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Wines & Wonders of the Wild North-West

    Day 1.

Arrival to Sofia Airport. Welcome by tour leader. Group transfer at latest 2 pm. Transfer to the village of Borovitsa (3h). Coffee break in the town of Vratsa (2h). Arrival to the Borovitza. Check-in to guesthouse. Traditional dinner.

Accommodation: Rural guesthouse
Meals included: Dinner

    Day 2.

A unique experience awaits you today. After breakfast, embark on a Wine Safari in the Belogradchik rocks in a 4×4 vehicle. The off-road trail will take you to the top of the Belogradchik rocks, where the view of the rugged, natural phenomena is spectacular. Enjoy a glass or two of local wine and indulge in local delicacies. Light lunch followed by a tasting at Borovitza winery. Free evening.

Accommodation: Rural guesthouse
Meals included: Breakfast, Light lunch

    Day 3.

Today, the tour continues to Vidin (1h). After breakfast, visit the Kaleto fortress – a rock-sewn fortress in the Belogradchik mountains. Lunch at Belogradchik. Next is a wine tasting at Magura winery and a visit to the Magura cave. Arrival to Vidin. Dinner in Vidin.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 4.

After breakfast, head out on a walking tour of the Baba Vida fortress followed by a unique joint tasting of regional wines inside the medieval fortress. The rest of the day is free to explore Vidin and take a stroll along the magnificent Danube River.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 5.

Breakfast. Check-out of hotel. Return transfer to Sofia (3.5h).

Meals included: Breakfast

    Included in the price of Wines of the Wild North West:

✓ Transfer from/to Sofia Airport or Centre
✓ All ground transportation mentioned in itinerary
✓ 2 nights in a guesthouse in Borovitza in shared double rooms
✓ 2 nights in 3-star hotel in Vidin in shared double rooms
✓ Meals: Daily Breakfast, Lunch on Day 2 & 3, and Dinner on Day 1 & 3
✓ 4×4 Wine Safari in the Belogradchik Rocks (incl. wine and light lunch)
✓ Tour and tasting at Borovitsa Winery and Magura Winery
✓ Visit to Kaleto Fortress, Magura Cave and Baba Vida Fortress
✓ Joint tasting of regional wines in Vidin
✓ Tour leader from Bulgaria Wine Tours
✓ 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
✓ Single room supplement
✓ Tips

Price of the Wines of the Wild North West Tour:

€ 620 per person for a group of 4-5 persons**
€ 520 per person for a group of 6-9 persons**
€ 430 per person for a group of 10-12 persons**
Contact us for a quotation for groups over 12 persons

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

The BGN/EUR exchange rate is fixed at 1 EUR = 1.95583 BGN

Payment:
A deposit of 30% of the total tour cost is required to be paid within 7 days of the invoice issue date.The balance of the amount due to the Company must be paid no later than 45 days before departure. 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 BankBank address: 1 Knyaginya Mariya Luiza Str., Plovdiv 4000 BIC: RZBBBGSF
IBAN: BG09RZBB91551005461558

We will provide confirmation once the payment is received.

Credit or Debit Card Payment:

We accept credit/debit card payment. Information will be provided along with your booking.

Please, refer to the Booking Terms & Conditions for detailed information about payment.

Borovitsa

Borovitsa Winery is situated in the village of Borovitsa located close to the town of Belogradchik, the ‘Kaleto’ fortress in the rocks, the ‘Magura’ cave and the impressive Belogradchik rock formations. The winery is the brainchild of Dr Ognyan “Ogi” Tzvetanov and Adriana Srebrinova. The boutique winery is oriented toward highlighting the regional terrior in their wines and produces limited volumes of wine (sometimes as little as 250-400 bottles in a series). The major varieties grown are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Gamza, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The winery also owns vineyards planted with grape varieties like Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, and Gamet Noir. Unique points about this winery are the vineyards located amid the stunning Belogradchik rocks, a top-quality sparkling wine production and a very convincing orange wine.

Magura

Established in 1967, Magura winery is an old and very well-known winery. Across Bulgaria, Magura Winery is known for its sparkling wines. The location of the winery is unique and mysterious as it is located in and around the Magura cave. The Magura cave is one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Bulgaria but what makes the cave exceptionally special are the prehistoric cave paintings that have been found on the walls. The cave is estimated to have started forming about 15 million years ago. The naturally cool temperature in the cave makes it a perfect place for ageing of wines. A tasting in the Magura Cave Winery is an experience that will stay with you forever. Guaranteed.

  • Group transfer on Day 1 is from Sofia airport to Borovitza at latest 14:00.
  • A representative from Bulgaria Wine Tours will welcome you in the Departures Halls at Sofia Airport. The representative will have a Bulgaria Wine Tours sign.
  • To contact Bulgaria Wine Tours: call +359 888 487 113 or email: info@bulgariawinetours.com or contact us through the Facebook page – Bulgaria Wine Tours.
  • 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.
  • Transport time between Sofia airport and Borovitza is about 3.5 hours. There will be breaks along the way.
  • If the weather does not allow for off-road driving in the mountains, the 4×4 Wine Safari will be substituted with a winery tasting .
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Persons under 18 are not allowed on the tours unless accompanied by a parent or a family member. Persons under 18 cannot participate in the wine tastings during the tour. The price for such persons will be adjusted accordingly.
  • You are encouraged to purchase travel and medical insurance at your own judgement.
  • 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.

Additional services or surcharges

  • Single supplement: € 35

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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