5 Days Food, Culture and Wine Tour in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Wine and Culinary Holiday in Thracian Valley

Experience 5 days of complete sensory immersion during this exclusive wine and dine tour in Southern Bulgaria -an authentic wine tour in the undiscovered wine country of Bulgaria. Visit four wineries in the wine region surrounding the town of Plovdiv called “The Thracian Valley,” which was recently selected one of the Top 10 Best Wine Travel Destination of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Enjoy the hearty local cuisine and rich cultural heritage of this Balkan country. 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 culture, local wines and foods.

Highlights

  • Visit to 4 wineries
  • Wine-paired dinner
  • Cultural heritage sites
  • Taste over 20 different Bulgarian wines from local and international grape varieties
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • Bulgarian, Danish, Italian, English
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A centrally located 3-star hotel is home for all 4 nights in Plovdiv. Within a short distance to the busy pedestrian street of Plovdiv, the carefully-selected hotel offers comfortable rooms, friendly service and breakfast buffet. You will stay in shared ensuite double rooms.

Day 1

  • Upon arrival to Sofia airport, there will be a group transfer from the airport at latest 14:00.
  • Your chauffeur will transfer the group to the ancient town of Plovdiv, which will take around 1.5-2 hours.
  • Check in to your centrally located hotel.
  • Head out for a fascinating guided walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Town Plovdiv with a little culinary surprise at the end of the walking tour.
  • The evening is free for you to unwind and explore the town on your own. The main street of Plovdiv is full of shops, restaurants and cafes.

Day 2

  • Breakfast.
  • Your first stop for the day is the historical site of the Thracian Tomb of Starosel.
  • Next 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 onsite restaurant.
  • You continue to the historical town of Panagyurishte, where you get to visit the Panagyurishte museum and see the acclaimed treasure consisting of nine gold vessels for wine from the Thracian era.
  • Visit to the nearby Rumelia winery, where you tour the winery and enjoy a wine tasting in the dedicated tasting room.
  • You then head back to the hotel in Plovdiv.
  • Dinner is on your own this evening.

Day 3

  • Today features a visit to the second largest monastery in Bulgaria - Bachkovo Monastery. Time on your own to explore the monastery and surrounding grounds. Grab some excellent Bulgarian street food at one of the many restaurants or street food vendors surrounding the monastery. Grilled foods are popular in Bulgaria, and your tour leader will let you know what are the must-try dishes.
  • Next is the modern winery Villa Yustina, where the winery 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 appetizers.
  • Visit to the ruins of The Red Church - an old Christian church.
  • You end the day at Todoroff Wine Cellar located in the nearby village of Brestovitsa. Enjoy a wine tasting in the cellar followed by dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Day 4

  • Breakfast.
  • If there was no time during day 1 for a guided walking tour around Plovdiv, you spend the morning exploring the ancient town of Plovdiv together.
  • Enjoy a tasting of eloquent Bulgarian wines and delicious appetizers at a local enoteca around noon.
  • Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to explore the city even further or relax in your hotel room.
  • Tonight marks your last night together and you celebrate this tour with a wine-paired dinner at a local enoteca to share your experiences and stories over a few glasses of Bulgarian wine.

Day 5

  • Breakfast.
  • Check out of hotel.
  • Transfer to Sofia Airport (2 hours) or Sofia Centre.
  • End of tour.

Throughout this wine holiday, you will visit four cultural heritage sites, which include Bachkovo Monastery, Asen’s fortress, the ruins of the Red Church, and Old Plovdiv. You will also visit the following wineries:

Dragomir

It is rare to find a wine estate in a big city, but Dragomir will surprise you in many ways. The winery is located in the southern part of the ancient city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city. Dragomir is more than a wine estate, it is a manifestation of the love for wine, but also for each other of the oenologists Nataliya and Konstantin. The winery is built in 2006 and not long after, it received prestigious international recognition at Vinalies Internationales in Paris in 2010 and 2011. A unique feature of Dragomir is the digestive made from the local variety Mavrud. Dragomir offers elegance and class inside the borders of the city and it is a must-see for any wine enthusiast who visits Plovdiv.

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.

Villa Yustina

Villa Yustina is located in the village of Ustina, about 25 kilometers 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 first 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. If you are lucky enough to meet the owner, Milko Tsvetkov, you will also make a lifelong wine friend.

The base for the tour is the Plovdiv region. All four nights will be spent at the ancient town of Plovdiv, European capital of culture 2019. Plovdiv is an eclectic city with wine bars, restaurants, cafes, and cultural activities. It is also Europe's oldest continuously inhabited city. This tour involves a lot of culture. What is wine without culture and what is culture without wine?

Prepare yourself for a true foodie discovery of the Bulgarian cuisine. Bulgarian cuisine is diverse, hearty, fresh, and traditional. The cuisine is influenced by Turkish and Greek cuisine, but also has many Slavic and Balkan elements. There is, of course, influence from traditional Bulgarian recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.

It is highly recommended to find a local "mehana" and sample some of the most popular traditional dishes such as shopska salad, hotchpoth, kavarma, kapama, kyufte, and kebapche. Vegetarian meals are also available. Please specify dietary or allergic information upon booking.

  • Spend some free time discovering the 19th century houses in Old Plovdiv
  • Take a walk in the Tsar Simeon Gardens (Central Garden) of Plovdiv by night and see the "Singing Fountains". Not sure what they mean by "Singing Fountains"? You will just have to visit to find out.
  • Try a glass of rakia (Bulgarian wine brandy)
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport meet and greet
  • All ground transportation mentioned in itinerary
  • Daily breakfast, lunch on day 2, dinner on day 3 and 4 (wine-paired dinner)
  • Guided walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Plovdiv
  • Private tour leader from Bulgaria Wine Tours
  • Tour operator insurance from Groupama Insurance in case of non-provision of services
  • Tours and tastings at 4 wineries and 1 enoteca/urban winery
  • Transfer from/to Sofia Airport or Centre
  • Visit to Bachkovo Monastery, Panagyurishte Museum and The Red Church including entrance fees
  • Extras and incidentals
  • Flight tickets
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the tour description
  • Private transfers
  • Single room supplement
  • Tips
  • Travel and medical insurance (please consult your insurance provider)
  • Visa fees, if applicable

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sofia Airport (SOF) before 2 pm. Group transfer at latest 2 pm from and to the airport is included. Bulgaria Wine Tours will pick you up from the airport. Please inform your host of your flight details (flight number, date and time of arrival).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Testimonials

  • Review by Daniel A
    10 out of 10

    "A visit to Starosel. It was a great experience to discover the methods of wine making from its infancy to the present methods. Tasting 5 different kinds of wine was great."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "What an utterly memorable and magnificent wine tour at Starosel winery. Vasil, our tour guide, was warm, enthusiastic and hugely knowledgeable, which made the day even better. The tour itself was exceptionally organised and the wine was excellent!"

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    "Zina and Vasil have created a wonderful tour experience, one that I highly recommend to anyone visiting Plovdiv."

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    "We had such a fantastic day, one that we will always remember."

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  • Review by Anne Mackay
    10 out of 10

    "I would not have thought that a wine tour could be so pleasurable! I went as part of a group of friends for a 5-day tour with an extension visit to the Black Sea. Every moment was perfect, owing to the incredible care and organisation shown by our host Vasil. I can't recommend this company enough!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "We spent a marvelous day visiting three vineyards south of Plovdiv. The three were all different from each other, but in each we toured the facility and tasted the wines the vineyard produced. Vasil was an excellent guide and was able to arrange a wide variety of tours in the region. In each case, he added something of interest: he took us to the Red Church, an exquisite ruin of a church well off the main road. We never would have found it on our own."

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  • Review by a traveler from Bulgaria
    10 out of 10

    "We had a very enjoyable day with Bulgaria Wine Tours. Zina and Vasil were extremely flexible in organizing something which catered to our needs and the day itself ran like clockwork. Vasil was an informative and interesting guide, happy to take questions and focused on making the day enjoyable for us and delivered more than we expected from the tour. The vinyard we were taken to - Villa Terres - is set in a lovely location and they looked after us well - great wines to taste and good food to follow the tasting."

    "All in all we can highly recommend Bulgarian Wine Tours - a wonderful way to learn more about Bulgarian wines, history and to see some of the countryside outside the city!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom

    "We have just come back from a 5-day tour of the Plovdiv area of Bulgaria. Every detail of the trip was well organised and you really felt like a V.I.P. Our guide was informative, very helpful, and the itinerary of both wineries and historic places was a real eye opener. Bulgarian wine is a secret that it too good to keep to ourselves. I would have no hesitation in recommending Bulgarian Wine Tours to anybody who is interested in wine and wants to know more about a fascinating and beautiful country."

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  • Review by Keith Halstead from Bulgaria
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you both. We all enjoyed the day, especially my mum, which made me happy of course!"

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  • Review by Christos Loannou from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I have just been to Bulgaria with 16 of my customers for a tailor-made tour which was organised by a local company Bulgaria Wine Tours and we all had a great time. Bulgaria Wine Tours is run by Vasil and Zina. They organised an excellent, varied and interesting four night / five day itinerary, and their service was professional and efficient. Vasil and Zina come with my highest recommendation."

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    9 out of 10

    "I would highly recommend signing up for one of their tours. The guides are very knowledgeable and happy to accommodate any questions or needs. The vineyards included in the tours were personally selected. You would definitely get your money's worth and learn about Bulgarian wines from people who are truly interested and invested in the topic. Not to mention that all wines we tried were great and the vineyards were so diverse that they have something for every taste."

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  • Review by Krassimira K from Bulgaria
    9 out of 10

    "Perfectly organized wine tour near Plovdiv. WonPerfectly organized wine tour near Plovdiv. Wonderful wines, great food, history and the most important thing for us - knowledgeable tour guide and wine lover like us - Vasil. Great experience, I highly recommend this trip. "

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  • Review by Mila from Croatia

    "This was an excellent private tour which was perfectly organized. As a wine lover, I got to experience a lesser known wine region but it wasn't any less impressive. We visited three authentic wineries, trying some local grape varieties...Our guide Vasil was really knowledgeable about the region, wines, and wineries and it was great to have him with us. I definitely recommend these guys...they know their stuff."

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  • Review by Louise from Australia

    "We had a wonderful day learning about the wine region and history of Bulgaria. Vasil was a very interesting and highly informative guide and the wineries we visited were all unique with interesting stories. Highly recommend for anyone visiting this region to not only learn about (and sample) the local food and wine but also to gain an insight into the history of the area."

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  • Review by Brad Smith
    10 out of 10

    " This is an excellent opportunity for people from the UK to experience true authentic wineries and also have the opportunity to experience the real Bulgaria. "

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  • Review by Trifon Vasilev
    10 out of 10

    " Very professional approach, quality boutique wineries(industrial, too) and supreme team behind this project! "

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  • Review by Isabella Avidar Adaskin
    10 out of 10

    " Wow! Really cool staff! Very recommended! Great tours. "

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Bulgaria Wine Tours organizes wine tours in Bulgaria that also focus on cultural heritage, traditions, cuisine, and nature.

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5 days / 4 nights

Availability

This holiday is available all year round for a group of 4. Please send your inquiry to Bulgaria Wine Tours.

Departure:
Friday October 6, 2017
(5 days / 4 nights)

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