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Country: Bulgaria
Location:
  • Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Melnik
Duration: for 6 day(s)
Physical strain: Low
Tour starting point: Sofia,Bulgaria
Tour ending point: Sofia,Bulgaria
Min age: 18 year(s)

Description:
An authentic 6-day tour of Bulgaria that combines the best the country has to offer: Delicious food, Fabulous Wines, Breathtaking Nature and Fascinating Culture. On the Wine and Culture tour, you will visit five unique wineries that are all producing amazing, award-winning wines and are part of the new wave of artisanal fine wines of Bulgaria. Experience the best of the many local specialties through wine tastings and culinary delights. The wines from the Melnik region are unique and the regional pride is the native red grape variety Shiroka Melnishka Loza (Broadleaf Melnik). This tour also includes visits to two famous Bulgarian monasteries – Rila Monastery (the largest monastery in Bulgaria and featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1983) and Rozhen Monastery. Sofia is the perfect way end to this memorable tour. Join us!

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Internet Not included
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Transport in mini-bus/bus included Not included
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Breakfast 5 Included Daily breakfast, except on arrival day
Dinner 2 Included Dinner on day 1 & 2
Lunch 3 Not included Lunch on day 2 (light lunch), 3 & 4

Day 1

6-Day Wine and Culture Tour

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Accomodation: Unspecified Rural Guesthouse

Arrival to Sofia.Check-in to your shared ensuite room. Wine tasting, followed by dinner at the hotel restaurant serving traditional cuisine. In the case of an early arrival, there will be time to walk to the nearby Rozhen Monastery before dinner.

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Day 2

6-Day Wine and Culture Tour

Location: Melnik

Accomodation: Unspecified Rural Guesthouse

After breakfast, we start our day of wine tasting at the acclaimed Villa Melnik. Here, we are warmly welcomed by a winery representative, who will give us a behind-the-scene tour of this vibrant and modern winery. A highlight of this tour is the labyrinth-like underground wine cellar where wines rest in bottles and barrels in order to age and reach their full potential. A tasting of six wines accompanied by appetizers in the charming tasting room follows before we bid our hosts at Villa Melnik farewell and move on to the next unique winery of the day. Orbelus is a winery located not too far from Villa Melnik. It is unique for several reasons. Firstly, the architecture of this winery is original and innovative to say the least. The shape of the winery resembles a large oak barrel buried into the ground on the top of a hill. It is also one of Bulgaria’s few certified 100% organic wineries. Here, we learn about the difference between organic and conventional wines and taste a selection of five fine wines. Does organic wine taste differently than conventional wine? Many questions will be answered during this tour and tasting. We move on to the small town of Melnik – Bulgaria’s smallest town. Visit to the Kordopulov House – a mansion once owned by a rich merchant in the 1700s. The house is built in national Revival style and boasts of an impressive underground wine cellar typical for this region in this time period. Walk around the charming town before dinner is served in a traditional restaurant in Melnik. Return transfer to hotel.

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Day 3

6-Day Wine and Culture Tour

Location: Melnik

Accomodation: Unspecified Rural Guesthouse

Today’s program takes us to the border of Bulgaria and Macedonia. Here, we visit the exquisite Orbelia. Orbelia winery is built in traditional-style and located in the very southwest of Bulgaria at the foot of the Belasitsa Mountain, close to where the borders of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Greece meet. Orbelia is the Thracian name of the mountain. It means White Mountain and is derived from the fact that the mountain peak is covered by snow all year round. Here, we taste four interesting wines followed by lunch in the Orbelia Restaurant. Before heading back for the day, we visit the Rupite area and tell the tales of Baba Vanga [Grandma Vanga] – a famed blind prophet that lived in the area who could foretell past, present and future. Return transfer to hotel. Visit to Rozhen monastery, if not already visited during Day 1. Free evening.

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Day 4

6-Day Wine and Culture Tour

Location: Melnik

Accomodation: Unspecified 4-star hotel

After breakfast, we check-out of Zlaten Rozhen Wine Cellar & Hotel and head to the Medi Valley winery, named after the Medi Thracian Tribe that occupied the area a long time ago. Interesting fact about the Medi Thracian Tribe is that the legendary Spartacus was from the this tribe. Here, our winery guide will show us around this impressively modern winery. Tasting of five wines in the charming tasting room. Next, a visit to the famous Rila Monastery. Not only is it the largest monastery in Bulgaria, the Rila Monastery has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1983. Lunch on the way to Rila Monastery. Transfer to your hotel in Sofia. This is where we say goodbye as the last day in Sofia is self-guided. Your tour leader will be more than happy to give recommendations on what to do and where to eat in Sofia.

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Day 5

6-Day Wine and Culture Tour

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Accomodation: Unspecified 4-star hotel

Breakfast at your hotel. This day is for you to explore the eclectic capital of Bulgaria. We recommend taking the Free Walking Tour of Sofia, strolling down Vitosha Boulevard, drinking a glass of wine at Grape Central wine bar and tasting delicious food in one of the many restaurants.

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Day 6

6-Day Wine and Culture Tour

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Breakfast at your hotel before checking-out at latest 12:00. The hotel reception can help you get a city taxi to the airport.

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