Grand Balkan Wine Tour

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Itinerary - Grand Balkan Wine Tour 


Day 1: Bucharest       
Arrival at Bucharest Airport. Meet and greet by your local guide. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation and orientation walk. Free evening. Overnight in Bucharest.

Day 2: Bucharest      
Breakfast. City tour of Bucharest, including Free Press Square, Arch of Triumph, Victory Square and Avenue, Royal Palace, Revolution Square, a visit to the Village Museum, one of the most impressive open-air museums in Europe and the Palace of Parliament. Next, you will have free time in the Old Town. After that proceed to Dealu Mare, where we will have wine tasting. Overnight in Bran.

Day 3: Bran – Brasov
After breakfast, we will drive to Bran Castle, famous as Dracula’s castle. After that we will have the chance to try some of the best wines and cheese in the region. In the afternoon, we will continue to Brasov, one of the most important medieval handcraft centers in Romania. Free evening. Overnight in Brasov.

Day 4: Brasov
Breakfast. Today we’ll have a city tour of Brasov and the Old town. Highlights of the tour are the Black Church, the Council Square, the Hirsher House, the many old Saxon houses, and the White and Black Towers. Rest of the day is free. Overnight in Brasov.

Day 5: Brasov – Rasnov -  Bucharest          
Breakfast. After that we will continue to Rasnov where we will try some of the most famous drinks in Romania – palinka. You will have the opportunity to visit the distillery, where the owner will show you the basics of palinka distilling. After that, head back to Bucharest for overnight.

Day 6: Bucharest – Veliko Turnovo – Lyaskovets  
After breakfast we will continue to Bulgaria. Our first wine tasting stop for today will be at Lyaskovets, where the winery has a big variety of white, red and sparkling wines. After that we will have accommodation in the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Turnovo. City tour including the old town, Samovodska chershia and the Tsarevets fortress. Overnight in Veliko Turnovo.

Day 7: Veliko Turnovo – Plovdiv    
After breakfast, we will head to Plovdiv. But our first stops will be visit of the impressive Bachkovo monastery and the village of Brestovitsa for another visit in a winery. There you will have the opportunity to taste wines from the fruitful Thracian lowlands. After that city tour of Plovdiv including The Old Town and Roman Theatre. Overnight in Plovdiv.

Day 8: Plovdiv – Sofia          
After breakfast, we will head to Bulgarian Capital. City tour including the historical centre: Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the National Theatre, the Archaeological Museum, St.George Church, Roman ruins and Medieval settlements. Afternoon walk to Boyana Church and free time for shopping. Overnight in Sofia.

Day 9: Sofia - Melnik           
After breakfast we will head to Melnik. Our first stop will be the Rojenski monastery-the biggest monastery in the area of the Pirin mountain. Continue to Melnik, the smallest town in Bulgaria and one of the famous wine regions in Bulgaria in the spirit of the place, you will have the chance to taste the wines from the Melnik region. Overnight in Melnik.

Day 10: Melnik – Rila Monastery    
After breakfast we depart to Rila monastery - a significant historical-cultural monument and is under the protection of UNESCO. The tour continues to Damyanitsa, where we will have wine-tasting. Damyanitsa is famous producer of red wines, mainly in the Premium category. Overnight in The area.

Day 11: Skopje         
Breakfast. Continue to Skopje. A half-day sightseeing tour of Skopje with a local guide – a visit to the old railway station, the statue of Mother Teresa, the Stone Bridge, the Daut Pasha Baths National Gallery, The church of St. Spas, the Fortress Kale. Overnight stay in Skopje.

Day 12: Skopje - Stobi - Bovin        
We will start with a visit of an ancient Roman city of Stobi, where we will have a tour around its ruins with a local guide. Very close to these cities is situated one of our biggest wineries, Stobi winery. We will visit its rolling hills with never ending vineyards and learn about the charming Museum of Wine. After our few ours tour with lunch in this winery we will head to our next destination, the most famous Macedonian winery, Bovin. Overnight in Bovin.

Day 13: Bovin - Popova Kula          
After breakfast, we have a wine tour in Bovin wine basement. It has won a lot of medals in many European and world wine awards. After this we will head to our next winery and great tourist destination, Popova Kula in the city Demir Kapija. We will have an official tour in this temple of wine, with wine testing and diner in its restaurant. Overnight in Popova Kula.

 Day 14: Tikves         
After our breakfast we will head to the artificial lake Tikves Lake and we will absorb its beautiful natural surroundings. Today we will have Tikves winery full wine tour. Here we will have our lunch and late afternoon we will head back to Skopje. Overnight in Tikves.

Day 15: Tikves – Ohrid        
After breakfast, we will continue to Ohrid. City tour through the Old part of Ohrid, including the Covered market, the Antique theatre, the Monastery Holy Mother of God, Peribleptos, the Fortress of Tsar Samuil, the Monastery of St. Clement in Plaoshnik, the Church of St.John the Theologian in Kaneo, the Ohrid National museum Robevci Family House, the Cathedral Church St. Sofia and the Paper museum. Overnight in Ohrid.

Day 16: Ohrid – Skopje        
Breakfast. Head back to Skopje. Rest of the day is free. Overnight in Skopje.

Day 17: Skopje – Nis
After breakfast we head to Nis, the third largest city in Serbia. Niš has long been a crossroads between East and West and would serve as the birthplace of three Roman emperors: Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor and the founder of Constantinople; Constantius III; and Justin I, for which is known as The Emperor's City. We’ll have a city tour and overnight stay. 

Day 18: Nis – Aleksandrovac – Krusevac – Belgrade        
After breakfast, we will visit two of the most famous wineries in Serbia – winery Budimir in Aleksandrovac and Rubin winery in Krusevac. After some nice spend time there, we will continue to Belgrade. Overnight in Belgrade.

Day 19: Belgrade – Novi sad            
Breakfast. City tour of the white city, located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. You will visit Kalemegdan Fortress, Church of Saint Sava, which is one of the largest Orthodox churches in Europe, the geographical centre of the city - Knez Mihailova, Belgrade’s Bohemian Quarter – Skadarlija, Museum of Yugoslavia and the House of Flowers. In the late afternoon we will head to Novi Sad. Overnight in Novi Sad.

Day 20: Novi Sad      
Breakfast. City tour of Novi Sad. After that we will explore the heart of Vojvodina valley with a glass of wine in our hands. We will visit two of the most famous wineries in this region - Winery Kovačević and Vinarija Deurić in Mala Remeta. In the afternoon we will vist the Mala Remeta monastery. After that we will return in our hotel in Novi Sad. Overnight.

Day 21: Novi Sad – Zagreb  
After breakfast, we’ll continue to Zagreb. City tour including take a funicular, which connect the Gornji and Donji grad. At Upper Town (Gornji Grad), we’ll visit the St Mark’s Church with its striking roof and sculptures in the south portal. Drop in at the St. Étienne Cathedral, the stone gate and Kaptol Hill as well. Free time for shopping. Overnight in Zagreb.

 Day 22: Zagreb – Pula – Porec        
After breakfast, we will visit the city of Pula, the biggest in Istria and a cultural and historical hotspot of the region. We will visit the first winery for today and try amazing wines made by the traditions of istrian wine making. After that, we will head to the town of Saint Vincent for a visit to the Grimani Castle and find out more about the amazing history of the place. The next destination is the village of Gračišće for a visit to one more winery. Afterwards, we’ll continue to Porec, where we will have overnight.

Day 23: Porec – Motovun – Zagreb 
After breakfast, we will have tour of the city of Porec, which is almost 2,000 years old, and is set around a harbour protected from the sea by the small island of Sveti Nikola. After that, we will head to one of the most famous hilltop towns of Istria – Motovun. There you will have time to discover the narrow cobbled streets on your own. You will have wine-tasting after lunch. After that we will head back to Zagreb and after that the rest of the day is free. Overnight in Porec.

Day 24: Zagreb departure     
Free time after breakfast. Transfer to the airport. End of our services. 
 

Rates for Grand Balkan Wine Tour 2020

   2 pax  4 pax  6 pax
3* Hotels  2 360 euro  1 610 euro    1 310 euro
4* Hotels  2 470 euro  1 720 euro  1 420 euro
5* Hotels   2 800 euro  2 050 euro  1 750 euro
 

What is included in the Grand Balkan Wine Tour?

Price is per person
23x hotel accommodations
BB board, private tour with personal guide/driver
Transport with air-conditioned modern car or mini-van
Road taxes and parking

 

What is excluded from the Grand Balkan Wine Tour?

Tipping (no fixed amount)
Entrance fees 
Personal expenses

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