7-Day Private Boutique Tour: Wine and History of Bulgaria

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By this, carefully selected itinerary, you will stay a bit out of the most touristic places of Bulgaria and get deeper in the atmosphere of our history, culture, the way of living in different time periods and, of course, the wine, which is seriously involved in it. We can say that this tour is more like a boutique one because it is a wonderful combination of nature, sightseeing, traditions with 2 overnights in some of the best chateau in Bulgaria, where you will enjoy great food, served with the appropriate wine. The rest of the evenings you will enjoy beautiful towns and cities, like Tryavna, the Medieval capital of Bulgaria Veliko Tarnovo and the pearl on the Danube river - Ruse.
ItineraryDay 1: The Central Balkan RangeStop At: Municipality KoprivshtitsaIn the morning your guide will pick you up from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia or from Sofia airport and the journey begins. We will drive on one of the most beautiful and scenic roads in Bulgaria. Our first stop will be a place of respect to the Bulgarians heroes from the struggle against the Ottomans, which has a wonderful view to the Central Balkan mountain. After that, we will visit an architectural reserve called Koprivshtica, with its amazing buildings from the late 18th and 19th century. It is like a time machine because it is perfectly preserved. You will learn a lot for our Revival period and uprisings against the foreign rule. We will have lunch in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant. Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Chateau Copsa ComplexOur journey will continue toward the place where we will overnight- chateau Copsa, with it’s very good restaurant. You will be able to taste the wines that they are making and enjoy the nature around the place. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at chateau CopsaDay 2: The Rose ValleyStop At: Municipality KazanlakAfter breakfast, we will check out and continue our trip. Our stop will be the capital of the Rose valley – Kazanlak. We will visit the museum of Rose production, where you will learn about the process of making this precious oil. After that, you will be introduced to the history of the Thracians and the heritage which they have bequeathed to us from the Antiquity. We will visit one royal tomb from IV century BC, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Shipka Memorial ChurchThe building is dedicated to those soldiers—Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian—who lost their lives fighting to free Bulgaria in the Russo-Turkish War from 1877-78 Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Tryavna ArtOur final stop will be Tryavna, a town from the Revival period, where we will overnight and enjoy the authentic atmosphere. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at a 3-star hotel in TryavnaDay 3: The Medieval CapitalStop At: Veliko Tarnovo municipalityThis day is dedicated to the exploration of the city of Veliko Tarnovo. First, we will visit the main Medieval Fortress, then we will move in time and see the development of trade streets and craftsmen’s workshops from 18th – 19th century. We will visit a monastery outside of the city with amazing view and paintings then we will explore the hill of Arbanasi, where we will have lunch and a nice walk around the old houses. Then we will go back to Veliko Tarnovo and you will have a relaxed afternoon. Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3-star hotel in the central part of Veliko Tarnovo Day 4: Danube valleyStop At: Nicopolis ad Istrum, Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo ProvinceAfter breakfast, our journey will continue north. Our first stop will be one of the best preserved Roman cities in Bulgaria.The remains of a cannonade, a small theater, public buildings and shops were found around the central square – the agora. There were also public baths, and the remains of floor heating in some of the buildings had been found. There are suppositions that there was even a heated path for walks during the winter.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ivanovo Monastery Our next site will be a bridge from the middle of 19th century, built by a very interesting and famous Bulgarian architect. In the plan for the day is a visit to a beautiful cave. Then we will get back in the Middle Ages by visiting another UNESCO site – Ivanovo cliff monastery – an example of 14th-century Bulgarian art with a beautiful view of nature.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Винарски комплекс „Седем поколения" / Seven Generations WineryOur next stop will be the place, where we will overnight – chateau Seven generations, situated close to the Danube river. You can have a good massage and a great dinner at the restaurant, enjoying the nice view of the Danube. This chateau is producing wonderful wines, which you can taste. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at chateau Seven generationsDay 5: The Small Vienna Stop At: "Anna Palace"After a good breakfast, we will have a short ride to Ruse – the most beautiful city on the Danube river, called in 19th century the small Vienna. We will visit the Regional History Museum, the city’s pedestrian boulevard to enjoy the monumental architecture, the river site alley, National Museum of transport and much more. In the evening you will have dinner in the old Ottoman fortress, guarding the Danube, where you can taste some of the good regional wines. We will overnight in the city’s historical center.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3-star hotel in the center of Ruse Day 6: Going back to Sofia Stop At: Krushunskiye Waterfalls, Krushuna, Lovech ProvinceAfter breakfast, we will start our journey back to Sofia. On the way we will visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls – Krushuna falls. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Devetashka Cave, Devetaki, Lovech ProvinceWe will also visit a cave – Devetaki cave, which was used during the cold war for secret fuel storage and nowadays it is a movie site (Expendables II was shot there).Duration: 1 hourStop At: The Covered Bridge, Lovech, Lovech Province After that we will stop in a town called Lovech, to see the famous covered bridge, medieval fortress and a lot of old beautiful houses. We will have our lunch there and we will continue back to the capital. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at 3-star hotel in Sofia city center Day 7: Farewell Stop At: Sofia Airport Transfer, Sofia, Sofia RegionYou will have a transfer to Sofia airport. If you are flying on another date you can still use this service. Duration: 40 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 7x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entrance fees
  • 6 overnights at recommended hotels
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Municipality Koprivshtitsa
  • Entry/Admission - Chateau Copsa Complex
  • Entry/Admission - Municipality Kazanlak
  • Entry/Admission - Veliko Tarnovo municipality
  • Entry/Admission - Nicopolis ad Istrum
  • Entry/Admission - Ivanovo Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - "Anna Palace"
  • Entry/Admission - Krushunskiye Waterfalls
  • Entry/Admission - Devetashka Cave
  • Entry/Admission - The Covered Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Sofia Airport Transfer

What’s not included

  • Lunches, dinners & beverages

Itinerary

Day 1: The Central Balkan Range Stop At: Municipality Koprivshtitsa In the morning your guide will pick you up from your hotel/accommodation in Sofia or from Sofia airport and the journey begins. We will drive on one of the most beautiful and scenic roads in Bulgaria. Our first stop will be a place of respect to the Bulgarians heroes from the struggle against the Ottomans, which has a wonderful view to the Central Balkan mountain. After that, we will visit an architectural reserve called Koprivshtica, with its amazing buildings from the late 18th and 19th century. It is like a time machine because it is perfectly preserved. You will learn a lot for our Revival period and uprisings against the foreign rule. We will have lunch in a traditional Bulgarian restaurant. Duration: 5 hours Stop At: Chateau Copsa Complex Our journey will continue toward the place where we will overnight- chateau Copsa, with it’s very good restaurant. You will be able to taste the wines that they are making and enjoy the nature around the place. Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at chateau Copsa
Day 2: The Rose Valley Stop At: Municipality Kazanlak After breakfast, we will check out and continue our trip. Our stop will be the capital of the Rose valley – Kazanlak. We will visit the museum of Rose production, where you will learn about the process of making this precious oil. After that, you will be introduced to the history of the Thracians and the heritage which they have bequeathed to us from the Antiquity. We will visit one royal tomb from IV century BC, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Shipka Memorial Church The building is dedicated to those soldiers—Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian—who lost their lives fighting to free Bulgaria in the Russo-Turkish War from 1877-78 Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: Tryavna Art Our final stop will be Tryavna, a town from the Revival period, where we will overnight and enjoy the authentic atmosphere. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Tryavna
Day 3: The Medieval Capital Stop At: Veliko Tarnovo municipality This day is dedicated to the exploration of the city of Veliko Tarnovo. First, we will visit the main Medieval Fortress, then we will move in time and see the development of trade streets and craftsmen’s workshops from 18th – 19th century. We will visit a monastery outside of the city with amazing view and paintings then we will explore the hill of Arbanasi, where we will have lunch and a nice walk around the old houses. Then we will go back to Veliko Tarnovo and you will have a relaxed afternoon. Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3-star hotel in the central part of Veliko Tarnovo
Day 4: Danube valley Stop At: Nicopolis ad Istrum, Veliko Tarnovo, Veliko Tarnovo Province After breakfast, our journey will continue north. Our first stop will be one of the best preserved Roman cities in Bulgaria. The remains of a cannonade, a small theater, public buildings and shops were found around the central square – the agora. There were also public baths, and the remains of floor heating in some of the buildings had been found. There are suppositions that there was even a heated path for walks during the winter. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Ivanovo Monastery Our next site will be a bridge from the middle of 19th century, built by a very interesting and famous Bulgarian architect. In the plan for the day is a visit to a beautiful cave. Then we will get back in the Middle Ages by visiting another UNESCO site – Ivanovo cliff monastery – an example of 14th-century Bulgarian art with a beautiful view of nature. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Винарски комплекс „Седем поколения" / Seven Generations Winery Our next stop will be the place, where we will overnight – chateau Seven generations, situated close to the Danube river. You can have a good massage and a great dinner at the restaurant, enjoying the nice view of the Danube. This chateau is producing wonderful wines, which you can taste. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at chateau Seven generations
Day 5: The Small Vienna Stop At: "Anna Palace" After a good breakfast, we will have a short ride to Ruse – the most beautiful city on the Danube river, called in 19th century the small Vienna. We will visit the Regional History Museum, the city’s pedestrian boulevard to enjoy the monumental architecture, the river site alley, National Museum of transport and much more. In the evening you will have dinner in the old Ottoman fortress, guarding the Danube, where you can taste some of the good regional wines. We will overnight in the city’s historical center. Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3-star hotel in the center of Ruse
Day 6: Going back to Sofia Stop At: Krushunskiye Waterfalls, Krushuna, Lovech Province After breakfast, we will start our journey back to Sofia. On the way we will visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls – Krushuna falls. Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Devetashka Cave, Devetaki, Lovech Province We will also visit a cave – Devetaki cave, which was used during the cold war for secret fuel storage and nowadays it is a movie site (Expendables II was shot there). Duration: 1 hour Stop At: The Covered Bridge, Lovech, Lovech Province After that we will stop in a town called Lovech, to see the famous covered bridge, medieval fortress and a lot of old beautiful houses. We will have our lunch there and we will continue back to the capital. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at 3-star hotel in Sofia city center
Day 7: Farewell Stop At: Sofia Airport Transfer, Sofia, Sofia Region You will have a transfer to Sofia airport. If you are flying on another date you can still use this service. Duration: 40 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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