8 days / 7 nights
Arrival in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital. Accommodation and dinner
Breakfast. Departure to the Royal city of Veliko Tarnovo. Sightseeing of Veliko Tarnovo, including Tsarevets Hill - an impressive sight with its imposing Medieval fortifications and dramatic architecture and the well-preserved Revival Shopping Street. Drive to the museum town of Arbanassi, boasting a genuine gallery of art in its Church of Nativity. Lunch in a local restaurant in Arbanassi. Departure for Lyaskovets to visit a traditional wine cellar, the museum of wine-growing and wine-production. Wine-tasting of pure Bulgarian sorts of wine as well as well-distinguished brands. Back to Veliko Tarnovo – dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast tour proceeds to The Madara Rider near the city of Shoumen – an unique bas-relief hewn into the sheer rock, included in UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage. The journey through the early Middle Ages continues to Preslav - one of the capitals of the First Bulgarian Kingdom/681-1018/ and major center of material and spiritual culture in Eastern Europe during 9th and 10th centuries. Tasting of the famous Preslav’s cognac and the traditional Bulgarian grape brandy – obligatory served with shopska salad. Lunch with folklore in the city of Veliki Preslav. Departure to Varna - the largest and the most important destination on the Black Sea Coast, major tourist center, pretending to have the oldest gold in the world. Free time in Varna. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. Visit of The Historical museum with its rich collection of more than 6,000 objects, nearly 30,000 icons and unique golden items from the Varna Chalcolithic Necropolis. Drive to the ancient city of Nessebar - situated on a rocky peninsula, linked with the mainland by a narrow stripe – another UNESCO’S site in Bulgaria. Lunch in a local restaurant in Nessebar. Walking around well-preserved Medieval churches and typical for the National Revival housing ensembles, enjoying the left by different civilizations marks of their history. Continue to Pomorie to taste some of best white wines, produced in The Black Sea Region and Bulgaria. Dinner in the local winery. Departure to Bourgas. Overnight stay.
After breakfast departure to Plovdiv. Follows visit of a local winery in the village of Brestovitsa near Plovdiv to taste quality wines from South Thracian Region. Lunch. Departure to Plovdiv – ranking second in importance after Sofia. Walking tour in The Old town of Plovdiv with its 4000 years long history, National Revival architecture and excavations from Roman times. Visit of the situated therein ancient Roman Amphitheater with impressive marble statues, decorative columns and arcades and Ethnographical Museum. Dinner in a local restaurant in the Old Town, accompanied by the unique Bulgarian Mavrud wine. Overnight stay in Plovdiv.
Breakfast. Drive to the museum town of Melnik, located amidst the fantastic scenery of high sandstone pyramids, stopover in one of the best winter resorts Bansko. Lunch in a local restaurant in Bansko. Visit of a local vineyard, situated in The Strouma valley winegrowing region. Typical Bulgarian cuisine accompanied by wines for dinner. Continue to the famous spa resort Sandansky. Overnight stay at Sandansky.
After breakfast departure to The Rila Monastery/10th c./ , included in UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage, the largest and the most admirable Bulgarian monastery. Tour of the monastery complex, church and museum with its lavish collection of precious old manuscripts, icons, jewelry, masterpieces of woodcarving, an ethnographic exhibition of fabrics and carpets. Lunch in a local restaurant near Rila Monastery. Sightseeing tour of Sofia – a city with a 7000 years long history, concentrating numerous cultural and historic monuments from different periods. Visits of The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with the richest collection of icons on the Balkan peninsula, The St. George Rotunda from the 4 century, St. Sofia Basilica and The Ruins of Serdica. Farewell dinner with folklore show in a typical Bulgarian restaurant. Overnight stay in Sofia.
Breakfast. Departure flight.
Small Bulgaria is one of the world’s largest wine producers, together with France, Spain, Italy and Greece. Take this opportunity to taste the delicate aroma of Bulgarian wines, produced from fine grape varieties. Well-known labels to be experienced are pure Bulgarian sorts of grapes and wines of indisputable qualities like Misket and Dimyat from the white wines or Gamza and Mavrud from the red ones. And more… well-distinguished brands, superb Bulgarian fruit brandies, piquant traditional Bulgarian cuisine.