Tour Cost: 1 790 Euros per person
Minimum number of people: 2 people
Tour cost includes: 8 nights accommodation at 3 stars hotels and nice village houses, all centrally located, breakfasts and all taxes included, all transfers by private English speaking guide -driver included.The guide will drive. Please note our guide-drivers are only English speaking.
This is a joyful trip, aimed at acquainting you with traditional Bulgarian hospitality, unspoiled countryside, delicious national cuisine and famous Bulgarian wines. There is a centuries-old tradition of winemaking in these lands.
We'll visit some of the best wine-producing regions in the country and will taste typical Bulgarian high-quality wines like the Mavrud, Melnik and Gamza brands, and will also sample some excellent brands of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Traminer and Chardonnay.
There will be also a chance for walking in the mountains to admire natural scenery and beauty, as well as for visiting historical sites.
And you should definitely try the original local grape and plum brandies (‘rakiya'), usually served as a starter (‘aperitif') combined with abundant salads of fresh vegetables and white cheese, another solid Bulgarian tradition.
ITINERARY : Arrive Sofia, 2 nights; drive to Bansko, 2 nights; drive to Smolyan, 2 nights; drive to Plovdiv, 2 nights; drive to/depart Sofia
Day 1. Arrive in Sofia. Transfer to your hotel in central area and check-in for 2 nights. Guided sightseeing tour by foot: introduction to landmarks in downtown Sofia. Visit St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.
Day 2. Guided visit to the National Museum of History and to the Boyana Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit The Wimne House in Sofia. This is th e oldest wine cellar in the city of Sofia, built in 1882 6 metrse underground. Free time in town.
Day 3. Transfer Day: Depart for the Region of the Pirin Mountains. Approximate mileage: 220 km.
En route: guided visit to the Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and walk in the vicinity area. Late afternoon arrival in the town of Bansko and check-in at your hotel for the next 2 nights.
Day 4. Half-day walk in the impressive Mt. Pirin National Park (altitude of 1,800 - 1,950 m). Guided sightseeing tour of Bansko in the afternoon. Free time in town. Enjoy dinner in a national style restaurant in town and sample wines which are typical for the southwestern region, like the local sort “Shiroka melnishka”, as well as some sorts of “Cabernet sauvignon” and “Merlot”. These wines are characterised by rich taste with hot southern tones.
Day 5. Transfer Day: Depart for the Region of the Rhodope Mountains. Approximate mileage: 220 km. We'll drive all day through the gorgeous scenery of the Rhodopa Mountains and will spend a few hours exploring in the spectacular Trigrad karst region with its beautiful caves and gorges, and will sightsee in the architectural and ethnographic reserve village of Shiroka Lucka. Late afternoon arrival in the guesthouse picturesquely located in the vicinity of the Smolyan lakes, and which will be our base for the next two nights. Lunch will be provided in a restaurant en route, and dinner will be enjoyed in the cosy tavern of the house, where the housekeepers will prepare for us some delicious local culinary specialities, combined with wine.
Day 6. All day for walks and explore the area of the Pamporovo mountain resort (1,650 - 1,925m), to enjoy scenic beauties and breathtaking views, and get introduced to the turbulent history of the region. Legend says the enchanting beauty of these mountains inspired mythological Orpheus, who tamed wild beasts with the heavenly music of his lyre. At dinner we'll sample a variety of wines, and enjoy the authentic Rhodopean folk songs.
Day 7. Transfer Day: Depart for Plovdiv. Approximate mileage: 100 km. En route we'll visit the 11 century Georgian Bachkovo Monastery, the second in Bulgaria, and will walk to reach Assenova fortress, which has been built in the 12 century as an important military fort. In the afternoon we'll drive to the wine cellar of Brestovitsa village for a guided visit and tasting wines, typical for the south Bulgarian region and the Thracian plain, among these is the famous local “Mavrud”. Late in the afternoon we'll arrive in Plovdiv and will check in at your hotel, located in downtown area for the last two nights
Day 8. All day for walks and explore in the ancient city of Plovdiv. We'll take guided visits to the Roman Forum, Stadium and Amphitheatre (2 century), and will be attracted by its beautiful 18 - 19 century National Revival houses, located in the architectural reserve of the Old Town. And you'll have the afternoon free to stroll around by your own, for shopping, etc.
Day 9. Transfer Day: Direct transfer to Sofia Airport. Approximate mileage: 150 km. Check-in for departure flights. End of Program.
Tags: Bulgaria Tourism, Bulgaria Wines, Bulgaria wine and country, Travelling in Bulgaria.