Wine tour: Bulgaria and Northern Greece - Wine and History
Encounter with the magic of Bulgarian and Greek wines and enjoy the beautiful sights that these countres can offer!
- 2 persons and more: €1,096.00 per person
- 4 persons and more: €696.00 per person
- 6 persons and more: €562.00 per person
- 8 persons and more: €522.00 per person
- 10 persons and more: €476.00 per person
- 12 persons and more: €446.00 per person
- 14 persons and more: €425.00 per person
- 15 persons and more: €408.00 per person
- 18 persons and more: €396.00 per person
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- Visit Orbelia winery
- Taste some of the best Bulgarian and Greek wines
- Visit Naoussa, the most significant of the wine regions of Northern Greece
- Check out the largest Macedonian tomb Vaeni
Day 1: Departure from Sofia and transfer to Orbelia wine cellar - a family cellar in the sunniest and warmest part of Bulgaria. Situated at the foot of Belasitsa Mountain near the village of Kolarovo and bearing the ancient Thracian name of the mountain massif, meaning white, beautiful mountain, Orbelia winery preserves the local traditions in wine making and recreates the authentic charm of Bulgarian culture.
After tasting five specially selected wines of "Orbelia", among which the unique Melnik 55 and Sandanski Misket, the day ends with a rest time in the famous thermal center Marikostinovo, where the staff of the Mantar SPA Hotel are taking care of the comfort and pleasant emotions.
Day 2: After the energizing breakfast in Mantar, the route to Greece leads to the village of Dolno Spanchevo, where “Rupel” is located - a wine cellar inspired by the location perspiring traditions, facts, rebellious past, different peoples, empires ... At the foot of the high mountains and at the stunning sight over the nearby valley, Rupel's specialists will present five of their finest wines, including the famous Tamyanka and the special rose by the gorgeous name of "Anita".
The adventure continues on the southern side of our border with Greece, namely in the area Naoussa, the most significant of the wine regions of Northern Greece. Naoussa is the most important vine-growing and wine making area in the province of Macedonia. Besides producing the largest volume of wine in Macedonia, the area also boasts the greatest concentration of wineries open to visitors.
The picturesque town of Naoussa, center of the wine-growing region, welcomes with the warmth and hospitality of the Dalamara family cellar, a charming winery re-creating the local wine-making tradition. Whether in the cool tavern or in the lovely garden overlooking the vineyards, the tasting of eight of the magnificent Dalamara wines will satisfy even the most exquisite senses, while for dessert there is a sip of homemade tsipuro or miraculous brandy!
Yet, the splendor of the day will only be complete in the cozy “Esperides” SPA hotel after dinner and a stroll in the central part of Naoussa.
Day 3: The first stop of the day is the Vaeni Naoussa Wine Cooperative - an impressive winery that processes grapes from over 250 local vine growers. The location of the winery and its proximity to the producers allow for constant quality control so that all local traditions in wine production are respected. For the tasting in Vaeni the hosts choose five of their best wines with a reserved designation of origin.
The choice to visit Vaeni is not accidental - the largest Macedonian tomb is located in the immediate vicinity of the cellar. Discovered quite accidentally in 1954 and dated from the middle of the 4th century BC, the Tomb of the Judgment is the only one with a two-row façade in Dorian and Ionian style.
The afternoon hours belong to the Kiryianni wine cellar and the impressive view that opens to the surrounding mountains to the west and north and to the Aegean Sea to the southeast. The full potential of local Greek grape varieties is unleashed in Kiryianni 's wines: they incorporate the balance between the 100-year-old family tradition and the latest wine-making techniques, and the six stunning wines in the tasting reveal unexpected horizons ...
The area around Naoussa is actually rich in historical heritage and archaeological findings - there is Vergina, where it is believed to be the first capital of ancient Macedonia, and where the alleged grave of Alexander the Great's father was discovered. Close to Naoussa is Aristotle's School - the place where the ancient philosopher is believed to have taught Alexander the Great from and other Macedonian distinguished figures. And right next to the School is Nimfeon, a cloister dedicated to forest nymphs.
After dinner, Naoussa and its streets will reveal their joyful character for a relaxing evening.
Day 4: After a refreshing morning coffee on the terrace of "Esperides", the road leads northeast to the outskirts of the pretty village of Gumensa in the Chatzivaridi cellar. The Hatzivaridi family winery embodies the traditions and modern technologies in wine production - its quality is ensured by the constant control of the ripening of the grapes, the fertility of the land on which it is grown, and the organic ways of its cultivation. Of the 120 hectares of its own vineyards, Chatzivaridi produces really good wines, including local Xinomavro, Negoska, Roditis and Assyrtiko.
The tasting of seven of the cellar’s wines is a good preparation for the road back to Bulgaria where the Archaeological Museum in Sandanski with its rich collection will offer a pleasant educational break before the last stop of this trip - the cellar "Medi valley" in the village of Smochevo, bearing the name and spirit of the ancient Thracian tribe Medi.
- 1 overnight at hotel Mantar, Marikostinovo, breakfast included
- 2 nights at the hotel Esperides, Naoussa, breakfast included
- 3 dinners on a three-course menu with non-alcoholic drink included
- Wine guide (guide) that will accompany the group throughout the whole trip
- Tasting in 7 wineries (3 in Bulgaria and 4 in Greece)
- Orbelia - 5 wines
- Rupel - 5 wines
- Dalamara - 8 wines
- Waeni - 5 wines
- Kiryianni - 6 wines
- Hatzivaridi - 7 wines
- Medi Valley - 3 wines
- Entrance fees according to the program
- Medical insurance
- Transportation with a modern air-conditioned bus
- Road taxes
What's not included
- Lunch meals
- Travel Cancellation Insurance
- Other personal costs
- In case of cancelation until 40 working days before the starting date the penalty is 50% of the deposit.
- In case of cancelation less than 40 working days before the starting date, the penalty is 100% of the deposit and the tour is counted as canceled.