Wine Tasting tour in Bulgaria

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Day 1: Sofia
The first day of the tour will be spent in sightseeing in Sofia-the capital of Bulgaria. Today it is the biggest city in the country but it was also an important political and administrative center in the distant past. Some interesting objects will be visited-the cathedral Aleksandur Nevski, the National Assembly Square, the National archeological museum, the National theatre "Ivan Vazov", the Sofia university, the rotunda St. George etc. Overnight in Sofia.

Day 2: Rila monastery-Wine Tasting in Damyanitsa-Sandanski
After breakfast we depart to Rila monastery - a significant historical-cultural monument and is under the protection of UNESCO. It is located in the Rila mountain and was built by one of the most venerable Bulgarian saints-Ivan Rilski. The monastery complex has a tower, called Hreliova tower with a chapel on the top. Nowadays there are preserved different manuscripts, icons, documents from the 14th-19th century. The tour continues to Damyanitsa - a village in South-Western Bulgaria. In 1940 a winery was founded there and since then it produces different types of wine, made from the vineyards from the sunniest and the warmest region of Bulgaria. Damyanitsa is famous producer of red wines, mainly in the Premium category. Here you will have the chance to taste the wines that this area could offer. Departure to Sandanski spa resort and overnight.

Day 3: Rojenski monastery-Melnik-Kordopulos' House
The third day begins with visitation of the Rojenski monastery-the biggest monastery in the area of the Pirin mountain. It was found in the Medieval age and big part of it is preserved until today. The church is decorated with iconographic pictures and since the 18th century it owns an icon of the Holy Mother, which is believed to be miraculous. Near the monastery is the grave of a famous Bulgarian revolutionary-Yane Sandanski. Melnik is the smallest town in Bulgaria, located in the foothills of the Pirin mountain. An interesting object from the 18th century is the house of one representative of the famous Greek family Kordopulos. Here was produced and stored the well-known Melnik wine. In the spirit of the place, you will have the chance to taste the wines from the Melnik region. Departure to Plovdiv and overnight.

Day 4: Bachkovo monastery-Brestovitsa-Starosel
Not far from Plovdiv is located the second biggest monastery in Bulgaria-the Bachkovo monastery. It is surrounded by the beautiful hills of the Rodopi mountain and it is attractive destination for tourists. Since its foundation in the 11th century this monastery continues surprising its visitors. Seventeen km far from Plovdiv, in Brestovitsa there is a winery, where you will have the opportunity to taste the wines from the fruitful Thracian lowlands. It produces Merlot, Mavrud, Rubin, Cabernet Sauvignon. After that the tour continues with visitation in the Thracian tomb in Starosel. There is something in common between the ancient Thracian people and the people, who nowadays inhabit the region-the making of wine. In Starosel you will have another wine-tasting experience with Chardonnay, Rose, Muscat, Merlot, Syrah from the region. Overnight in winery hotel complex of Starosel.

Day 5: Sliven
The fifth day will take you to Sliven-a city in South-Eastern Bulgaria. Here the visitors can see the Regional Historical Museum, the House-museum of the Bulgarian everyday life in the 19th and the 20th century, the Museum of the Sliven prison. In the center of the city there is one proud remain from the Silva Magna Bulgarica-the great Bulgarian forest that once covered the area from the Rodopi mountain to the Black Sea coast. A tree about 1000 years old is one of the prominences in the city. The program includes wine-tasting in the most modern winery in Bulgaria, called "The Blue Rocks" and named after the rock ridges nearby. The winery uses classical and modern methods of wine production. There is also "House of the Wine", that could be visited. Overnight in Chateau Alpia near Sliven.

Day 6: Karnobat-Rosenovo
The sixth day will take you in the Eastern part of Bulgaria in Karnobat. Near the town there is an old fortress, called Markeli, dating from the Middle Ages. For that time it was the point with strongest fortification in the Eastern part of the Balkan mountain. Karnobat is a region with tradition in the wine-production. With traditions dating from the distant 1875 is the winery that you are going to visit. "Brothers Minkovi" winery is a desirable stop for wine tourism. Here you can try Chardonnay, Rose, Cuvee, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah. Another stop for wine-tasting of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz will be made at Chateau "Strandja" in Rosenovo. Proceed to Varna. Visit of the city-Roman baths, cathedral from 19th century, Historical museum. Overnight in Shumen.

Day 7: Osmar winery-Pliska-Preslav-Madara
The seventh day of the tour takes you to the North-Eastern part of Bulgaria. In this region are located the first Bulgarian capitals-Pliska and Preslav, which you will have the opportunity to visit. Another interesting historical monument in the area is the Madara horsemen-a rock relief, now symbol of Bulgaria. The tour continues with wine-tasting in Osmar-a village, which experience in the wine-making goes back with decades. Here you can try white and red absinthe, Chardonnay, Merlot and Muskat. Overnight in Shumen.

Day 8: Ruse-Ivanovki monasteries
The next day includes visitation of the Ivanovski monasteries-interesting temples, built in the rocks. They differ from the other rock church complexes with the conserved frescoes. Ruse is one of the biggest Bulgarian cities, located in the Northern part of Bulgaria on the Danube river. Here there is a nice winery house, called "Leventa", which offers wine-tasting of Merlot, Chardonnay, Traminer, Sauvignon. The winery was founded in 2005 by people with long experience in the wine-production. Proceed to Veliko Turnovo. Accommodation in hotel.

Day 9: Veliko Turnovo-Arbanasi-Lyaskovets
The wine-tasting continues in Lyaskovets, where the winery has a big variety of white, red and sparkling wines. Lyaskovets is near the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Turnovo, which you will have the opportunity to see. Nowadays the remains of the Medieval fortress on the Tsarevec hill could be seen and also a reconstruction of the Patriarchal church. The tourists in the city have the opportunity to visit the museum of the Bulgarian revival with the prison. Veliko Turnovo is crossed by the river Yantra and that gives a very beautiful view from the city center. Next to the city there is a small and interesting village, which is stated for an architectural-museum reservation. Overnight in Veliko Turnovo.

Day 10: Pleven
The next stop of the tour is Pleven. There you will visit the Pleven panorama, called "The Pleven Epopee 1877". It was inspired by the Liberation war and it is a unique monument for the area of South-Eastern Europe. It combines the glory of history and the beauty of nature and this makes it an attractive tourist destination. The program includes wine-tasting in the "Loviko Suhindol" winery which is a successor of the oldest wine-producing cooperation on the Balkans. Here you can try a big variety of wines such as Chardonnay, Traminer, Muskat, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the emblematic Gamza and Mavrud. Proceed to Vraca. Accommodation in hotel.

Day 11: Vraca-Magurata cave-Sofia
The last day of the tour takes you to the North-Western part of Bulgaria in Vraca. You will visit one of the most beautiful caves in Bulgaria-Magurata. It is 2500m. long and there are paintings of hunting scenes, dating from the Paleolithic and the Neolithic age. A part of the cave is suited for wine storage. The name of the cave gave the name of the local winery "Magura", where wine-tasting of red, white and sparkling wines will be made. Departure to Sofia and overnight.
 
Day 12 Sofia departure
Breakfast. Free time and transfer to Sofia airport. End of our services. 
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