Bulgaria for connoisseurs – a perfect after Covid-19 tour

After a long time at home, we offer you the perfect trip – a combination of fresh air, nature & hot spring waters, wine tastings and cultural experiences. A great way of natural strengthen the health and at the same time to enjoy Bulgaria.

Day 1 Arrival

Our tour guide meet you at the airport and we start the tour driving south-west to Kyustendil. Also known as the “City of Springs” , Kyustendil looks over a 20 centuries of history back. The mineral water has a unique structure. Its healing properties are based on its mineral composition since ancient times. The city is also known for the greatest Bulgarian painter – Vladimir Dimtirov “The Master”.

Day 2 Kyustendil – Art & Hot springs

In the morning sitghseeing tour of Kystendil – the mosque from the 15th century, the uncovered remains of theRoman thermal baths, the church of St. Georgi from the 10th century. In the art gallery dedicated to the Bulgarian painter Vladimir Dimitrov-Maistora, we meet the director of the gallery. Enjoy the free time in the afternoon in the SPA & Wellness area of the hotel.

Day 3 The southern wine region

Heading south along the Struma River and the Kresna Gorge we reach the smallest town of Bulgaria – Melnik, known of its bizarre sand pyramids that surround the place and also with the cultivation of vines. While the area is good for growing international varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah, there are two significant local grape varietals you should aim to try while visiting Melnik. A wine tasting in the family winery “Villa Melnik” says more than a thousand words, but first we will do a sightseeing tour of the town. In the late afternoon we drive over the picturesque Popovi Livadi pass with wonderful views over the southern Prirn Mountains to the Uva Nestum winery and hotel complex.

Day 4 In the river Mesta valley

After a relaxing breakfast we will visit the winery and Biofarm Uva Nestum. Our guide today will be the owner himself. 90% of the products used in the restaurant are produced in the own farm. We will finish the tour with a wine tasting. Enjoy the free time in the afternoon in the SPA & Wellness area of the hotel.

Day 5 Authentic mountain villages

In the morning we will do an excursion to the museum village Kovatchevitsa. Kovachevitca has kept its’ authentic spirit and it’s one of the most famous and beautiful bulgarian villages in the West Rhodope. The houses are built by rocks, including the roofs, as only at the highest houses the last floor is made of wood. In 1977 the village was announced an architectural reserve. Lunch in an authentic local restaurant. Return to the hotel. Free time.

Day 6 Local life

Today we travel northwards along the Mesta river to the village Dobarsko. Visit the ancient church of the village, which is an unique sanctuary and is in the UNESCO’s World heritage list. Among the beautiful nature we will come in contact with the Bulgarian spirit and traditions and take part in the demonstrations of old local customs and songs, taste delicious homemade meals served with wine or hot rakia and see the craftsmen workshops in the house of Deshka in the village Gorno Draglishte. After short bus transfer to a small railway station, you will catch the narrow gauge railway „ The Rhodpe Railway”. Due to the characteristics of the route through the mountains, the narrow gauge line is also known as the Alpine railway in the Balkans. After a short ride with the train we will continue by bus to Sofia.

Day 7 Sofia

Sightseeing tour of the city.          The Sofia highlights:The Alexander Nevsky GoldenDomed Cathedral. Visit the St.Sofia church, one of the oldest churches in Europe that is still operating. Visit the 4th century Church of St. George –the earliest and best reserved building in inner old Serdica. Farewell dinner.

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast transfer to the airport.