Have just returned from an excellent three day wine discovery trip with Bulgaria Wine Tours -and am extremely impressed.
A two night-three day tour packed in a lot of sightseeing, educational winery visits, trips into the countryside and plenty of delicious food and wonderful wine.
Zina and Vasil are accomplished hospitality professionals with a deep understanding of winemaking. Their knowledge of Bulgarian folklore and history is encyclopedic - prepare to learn a lot.
The three day tour is an excellent way to get a feel of Bulgaria in a very short time. We visited wineries and a craft beer brewery -took a historical tour of Plovdiv, visited a stunning fortress and chapel and a beautiful, peaceful monastery. Bulgaria has a really deep-seated connection with ancient traditions -and we visited at the beginning of March. I stumbled across a "kukeri" whilst taking an sunset stroll through Plovdiv town centre -a true spectacle with costumed men and women, festooned with bells and animal horns performing dances to scare away evil. Quite magnificent.
Zina and Vasil are highly educated and articulate -both with exceptional English. They can answer questions about pretty much anything - I am a professional food and wine writer, so was constantly asking about the history behind dishes we tried and asking for quite technical information about the winemaking -and they were more than up to the task. Both can fill you in on the history of Bulgaria (and it is long and rich) from 10 BC to the current day.
I thoroughlyl recommend Bulgaria Wine Tours. The team will customise tours to suit their guests. They are also excellent at dining and shopping recommendations.
We packed a tremendous amount into the three days without it feeling exhausting. This was supposed to be an educational visit for me -and I have learned a lot about Bulgarian food and wine, which I expected to do. What I didn't expect, was to feel like I have been on holiday for a week. Highly recommended.