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The Wine Path of Bulgaria Duration: 8 days  

Sofia, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv, Bansko, Sandanski

Description:

This is a complete tour of Bulgaria and a great chance to try some unique local flavours and wines. Bulgaria is famous for its traditional grape varieties. The country’s climate, landscape and soils are exceptional for vine growing and wine making. According to the different soils and climate conditions, the country is divided into several regions, each with particular grape varieties and wines. SITA offers complete travel arrangements for wine connoisseurs who wish to take a journey through wine and culinary centres of Bulgaria.

The Wine Path of Bulgaria
Days
Cities
Description
Day 1
Sofia

After arrival we start our sightseeing tour of Sofia. Visits include Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the 4-th century St. George Rotonda, the Mosque, the Synagogue. In the evening we drive to the foot of Vitosha Mountain for a traditional Bulgarian dinner and a folklore music show.

Day 2
Pleven

Morning departure to Pleven via Troyan - a town in central Bulgaria famous with the production of premium quality plum brandy. After lunch (plum brandy tasting included) we continue to Pleven - the town is located in the heart of a major vine growing region, the Danubian Plain. Here we visit the Wine museum and do some wine tasting. Dinner and overnight in Pleven.

Day 3
Veliko Tarnovo

Departure to Veliko Tarnovo - Bulgaria’s medieval capital. Visit Tsarevets Fortress, the church of St. Petar and Pavel. Wine tasting at Lyaskovets Winery. Also visit the nearby museum village of Arbanassi and the Church of Nativity. Dinner and overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

Day 4
Plovdiv

Departure to Kazanlak, cross the Balkan Mountains through the spectacular Shipka pass, see the famous Thracian Tomb of Kazanlak and taste some Rose specialties including Rose liqueur. After lunch we proceed to Starosel winery - also known as the Thracian temple of wine. Late afternoon arrival to Plovdiv for dinner and overnight stay. 

Day 5
Bansko

Guided walking tour of  Plovdiv, including Ethnographic Museum, St. Constantine and Helena Church and Roman Amphitheatre. After lunch we proceed to the village of Bresotovitsa for wine tasting. The region is known as the producer of the unique for Bulgaria Mavrud wines. Afternoon transfer to Bansko - a town in the Pirin Mountains famous for its unique cuisine specialties. Dinner and overnight in Bansko.

Day 6
Sandanski

Morning departure to Melnik - the smallest town in Bulgaria. Visit Kordopoulova House with its impressive architecture and unique wine cellars carved into the stone. Wine tasting in Melnik - dry red wine from the region. Drive to the nearby Spa resort of Sandanski for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7
Sofia

Morning departure to Sofia. En route visit the 10-th century Rila Monastery, the biggest and most spectacular in Bulgaria, one of Europe’s oldest and included in UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List. After lunch we proceed to Sofia for a farewell dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8
Sofia

Free morning. Depart hotel for Sofia Airport (time to be advised).

Ramada Sofia   , Sofia  

Ramada Sofia Hotel is a luxurious 4-star property conveniently located near the centre of Sofia. It is 12 kilometers from Sofia Airport, 500 meters from the train station and just a 15-minutes walk form Sofia city center. Local tourist attractions such as Banya Basha Mosque, Sofia Public Mineral Baths and Central Sofia Market Hall are aslo not far.

Ramada Sofia Hotel offers 600 superior rooms, a health centre and spa, Meridian restaurant, two bars and a casino. There is also an indoor swimming pool at the hotel. Guests can also enjoy the following spa and wellness facilities: sauna, steam room. Beauty services as well as body and facial treatments on request. The hotel features a well-equipped business centre and a grand casino. High-speed wireless access is complimentary.

 

Park Hotel Gardenia   , Bansko  

Park Hotel Gardenia is located in the center of Bansko, one of the best and modern ski resorts in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. The hotel complex is situated next to the town park with more than 100 hectares of different varieties of trees and a lake; there are special walking and cycling paths in the sunny areas. Town centers, as well as the old part of Bansko with all the museums, monuments, old buildings, and the famous church “St. Trinity” are at only 5 minutes walking distance.

The hotel offers 84 double rooms, 4 Luxury rooms and 1 President apartment. Park Hotel Gardenia has an Italian restaurant and superbly decorated Kukeri Traditional restaurant with capacity of over 400 seats. There is a Spa center and a free transportation to the First Gondola station during the winter season.

 

Grand Hotel Plovdiv   , Plovdiv  

Grand Hotel Plovdiv is located on the northern bank of the Маritsа river, in close vicinity to the International Plovdiv Fair, the centre of the town and the Ancient Town.

The hotel disposes of 330 rooms and suites with an impressive view, equipped in line with the most modern standards for comfort, style and elegance. On the first floor is located a vast foyer housing restaurants, cafe-halls, conference halls, sports facilities and shops, offering goods under trade names made known for their elegance and superior taste. The two parking lots of the hotel provide over two hundred and fifty parking places. Grand Hotel Plovdiv has two restaurants “a la carte”, a ball hall, a Vienna hall, cafeterias and a lobby bar. For the comfort of its guests the hotel offers indoor swimming pools for adults and children, fitness, bowling, SPA complex with relaxing and refreshing procedures, steam bath. Swimming pool – 6 corridors, 25 m., swimming lessons: individual and in groups.

 

Interhotel Sandanski   , Sandanski  

Interhotel Sandanski is conveniently situated in the town of Sandanski, at the foot of the Pirin Mountain, 160km  south from Sofia and only 20km away from the Greek border. The hotel has a perfect central location at the entrance of the picturesque city park. The hotel has a 76°С mineral water spring on site providing water for all hotel rooms and both outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Here you will find excellent conditions for treatment of locomotory system problems, asthma, allergies, prophylaxis for children and adults as well as indulging procedures for body revitalization and stress-relief, slimming and stimulation.

The hotel has 180 Double Standard rooms and 82 Double Luxury rooms with a Queen-sized bed or twin beds. Sandanski Restaurant is the biggest restaurant in Sandanski with a capacity of up to 320 seats. The hotel also has Mediterranean  Restaurant and Bulgare Tavern ofering home-made traditional delicacies. There are pool bar, lobby bar and a snack bar.

 

Hotel Meridian Bolyarski   , Veliko Tarnovo  

Hotel Bolyarski is perfectly located in the very heart of the Old City of Veliko Turnovo, just off the major historical and cultural landmarks of the town. The hotel has unique architecture of 15 floors, which amphitheatrically ascend from the picturesque Gurko up to the City Central Street, to grant guests a quick access to the city. 

Bolyarski Hotel features 57 elegantly-designed single and double rooms, 3 studios, 7 suites and 2 VIP Suites, with splendid Old City and Yantra River views. Guest rooms are furnished in pastel color combinations of yellow, tranquil green, brownish and red hues. Each room is equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, mini-bar, direct telephone line and free internet access. Sports facilities include: Indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, Two saunas and Turkish bath, Fitness hall, Solarium, Traditional and special massages, acupuncture, acupressure.

 
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