Bulgaria Venus Tour : Wine and Roses (June 2019)
Bulgaria Venus Tour
Wine & food and Rose Festival.
30 May - 3rd June - exact dates tbc
This Venus tour is a great place to relax, heal with beauty and enjoy the great food and local wine.
The tour combines wine tastings, winery visits, cultural heritage sites and the sensational annual Rose Festival of Kazanlak. The festival that takes place every year during the first week of June is one of the most celebrated festivals of the year. Bulgaria is famous for its vast plantations of rose fields and its achievement inbeing the world’s largest rose oil producer. The festivalshowcases the history and tradition of rose growing and rose oil production in the region. The culture, food and music of Bulgaria is celebrated during the festival that is visited by people from all over the world. The ancient city of Plovdiv is the base of the tour.
We will start our tour with a walking tour in Plovdiv that combines a little bit of everything. Get off-the-beaten tourist track and experience the second largest city in Bulgaria like a local. We will sample Bulgarian dishes from the eclectic Bulgarian kitchen. You’ll try traditional pastries, cured meats, local chutneys, Bulgarian cheeses and yogurts. Bulgarians are fond of strong spirits like rakia and heavy red wines. Expect a little something that is guaranteed to warm you up even on a colder day in Plovdiv.
Day 1 - 30 May
Arrival to Sofia at latest 2 pm. Meet & Greet with your Tour Leader. Group transfer to Plovdiv. Arrival to centrally located hotel in Plovdiv. Check-in.
Guided food and wine tour around Plovdiv and Old Plovdiv.
Day 2 - 31 May
Plovdiv - Winery Tasting - Bachkovo Monastery - Plovdiv
Visit to a winery in the Plovdiv area. Guided tour of the winery by an onsite representative. Tasting of 5 wines in the tasting room (white, rosé, red). A traditional Bulgarian lunch.
Visit to Bachkovo Monastery - the second largest winery in Bulgaria.
Return to Plovdiv. Free evening to further discover Plovdiv at your own pace.
Dinner in town.
Day 3 - 1 June
Plovdiv - Rose Valley - Terra Tangra Winery - The Wild Farm of Gorno Pole
Visit to the Starosel Thracian Tomb & Cult Centre to gain a little historical insight into who the Thracians were. Not too far away, the Starosel Winery welcomes us for a show-around and tasting in the spectacular underground tasting room. Lunch at the onsite restaurant.
Return to Plovdiv. Free afternoon.
Day 4 - 2 June
Plovdiv - Kazanlak - Plovdiv
Early departure from hotel at 8 am. Arrival to the Rose Harvest Festival (2h) in the Kazanlak area. Free time at the rose fields to pick roses, watch traditional dancing, take pictures and sample Bulgarian foods. We continue to the town of Kazanlak, where you will have free time to enjoy the many activities going on in Kazanlak. On the main square, the international folklore festival will be taking place and you will have the opportunity to see unique folklore dances and national costumes from the Balkan region. The small streets in and around the centre of Kazanlak are full with street vendors selling local products. At the Iskra Theatre, a festival for Bulgarianrosé wine will be taking place. Spend some time trying the best Bulgarian rosé.
Return to Plovdiv after a fun day in Kazanlak. Farewell dinner in Plovdiv.
Day 5 - 3 June
Transfer to Sofia airport (2h).
Please note: This retreat will run with 4 people signed up. The group is limited to 12.
Euro 1250 per person - last minute prices payed after 15 May.
Euro 990 per person - standard prices
Euro 750 per person - early bird prices for payments 90 days before the event start
20% discount is offered for 2nd person when booking together and sharing a room.
Pick-up & Drop-off from/to Sofia
All ground transportation mentioned in itinerary
Accommodation in 3-star hotel
Meals as per itinerary
Tours and tastings at 2 wineries
Guided walking tour of Plovdiv and Old Plovdiv
Visits to Bachkovo Monastery & the Starosel Thracian Cult Centre
Full day at the Kazanlak Rose Festival 2018
Local tour leader/guide
Bookings and contact:
Thomas White Eagle