Wine tourism

The Rose Valley & Valley of the Kings Wine Trail. 2 nights, from €250

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This tour is inspired by the Thracian heritage and it will take you to heart of the Rose Valley as well as the Valley of Tharacian Kings. The base for the tour is the Starosel Wine & SPA complex, where, apart from tasting wine, you can indulge yourself in the SPA and recreational centre. The trip includes a full day trip to Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019, where even more wine tasting awaits at the local winery – the Dragomir Winery Estate. 

Day 1
Transfer from Sofia at 12:00 to the Starosel Wine & Spa complex. Check-in to Starosel hotel, followed by a welcoming tour around the complex. The architecture of the whole place preserves the traditional folklor style of Bulgarian Revival. White walls, wooden windows and doors, greenary and colourful flowers around the pathways, will take you back in time. Places like this, where style, traditions, nature and good service balance each other so well are rarely found. Our stay at the complex includes also wine tasting of the finest selections. Evening at your own leisure will follow.
Accommodation: Starosel Hotel 

Day 2
After breakfast, we will head to Plovdiv. The city is one of the oldest, continuously inhabited settlements in Europe, which has witnessed the rise and fall of many civilizations. Nowadays, Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria and combines the contemporary spirit of a modern, vibrant city with spectacular monuments of the ancient times, such as the Roman Stadium, and the Roman Odeon. Time for lunch, enjoying the magnificent city view and local atmosphere. Transfer to Dragomir winery, where we will have the opportunity to degustate high-quality wine. Transfer to Starosel, our place for a well deserved rest by the swimming pool or maybe a nice massage. 
Accommodation: Starosel Hotel 
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3
After breakfast, we will head back to Sofia, check-out at 12:00. 
Meals included: Breakfast

The price includes:
Transfer from and to Sofia airport/Sofia. Pick-up/drop-off point to be advised.
All ground transportation with a minivan/car included in the tour’s itinerary
2 nights at Starosel Hotel & Spa complex
Wine tasting at Starosel Complex incl. water and appetizers
Guided tour of Plovdiv
Wine tasting at Dragomir Wine Cellar incl. water and appetizers
Breakfast on all days except for Day 1
Tour leader from Bulgaria Wine Tours
Guided tours of wineries by onsite winemaker 
Tour operator insurance from HDI Insurance in case of non-provision of services
Medical insurance with coverage up to 2000€

The price does not include:
Flight tickets
Private transfers
Meals and beverages not mentioned in the tour description
Visa fees, if applicable
Extras and incidentals

2 persons - €405 per person 
4 - 8 persons - €280 per person
8 - 14 persons - €250 per person 

During the tour we will visit the following wineries:

Starosel Wine & Spa Complex
The wine producing tradition in Bulgaria began with the Thracians. Just a few kilometers from the Starosel winery, you will find the biggest Thracian temple ever discovered, as well as one of the oldest wineries from those times. In unison with the cultural heritage of the area, Starosel’s tasting room resembles a Thracian temple and features a fascinating acoustic effect – when one is in the middle of the room and speaks out, he and only he could hear his words as an echo. In addition to the unique tasting room, Starosel offers a hotel part with relaxation facilities and a restaurant that specializes in traditional meals from the region.

It is rare to find a wine estate in a big city, but Dragomir will surprise you in many ways. The winery is located in the southern part of the ancient city of Plovdiv – Bulgaria’s second largest city. Dragomir is more than a wine estate, it is a manifestation of the love for wine, but also for each other of the oenologists Nataliya and Konstantin. The winery is built in 2006 and not long after it received prestigious international recognition at Vinalies Internationales in Paris in 2010 and 2011. A unique feature of Dragomir is the digestive made from the local variety Mavrud. Dragomir offers elegance and class inside the borders of the city and it is a must see for any wine enthusiast who visits Plovdiv.

Conditions, changes, cancellations:
Changes of the names of the participants conducted less than 45 days before the starting date of the tour are subject to 25€ administrative fee.
Change of the starting date needs to be approved by BG TRIP in written form.
In case of cancellations up to 45 days before the tour – full refund, 45-30 days before the tours – 70% of the total tour price refund, 30-14 days before the tour - 50% refund, less than 14 days before the tour – no refund. Mitkulishev Photography Ivan Mandevski © Photo: Svetoslav Todev

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