Dear friend, we know that you like wine and extremely beautiful nature. Just like us! Via Vino & Odysseia-In offer you a memorable trip to north-western Bulgaria – it is just what you are looking for… In the late afternoon on Friday** we depart to the north. Within 3 hours drive we reach our accommodation “Han Madona” – a small charming hotel, certified as Green Lodge® and surrounded by nature. If the weather conditions are good we may have a bonfire in the yard and a nice chat with our very friendly hosts under the stars or enjoy a typical local meal in the cozy “mehana” (not included in the price).
On Saturday after breakfast we will take an easy walk to the closest cave, situated near the hotel (the whole region is famous for the numerous and various caves!). The cave is newly open and you can see different rock formations – stalactites, stalagmite and even helicitites (a formation that grows sideways, not up and down as usual). Then we will hike on one of the eco trails, spending the day walking around the nature. We will see the natural rock phenomenon, the Belogradchik fortress (built in I-III AD by the Romans) and more. In the meantime we will have a stop for a wine tasting in BOROVITSA – an artisan winery, producing distinctive, even memorable wines by experimenting bravely with famous international and less known indigenous varieties, capturing successfully the unique local terroir… Only 2 Bulgarian wineries are being sold in Berry Bros. & Rudd – Britain’s legendary wine and spirit merchant, est. in 1698 and one of them is Borovitsa! In the late afternoon we are going back to our hotel for a rest and overnight.
On Sunday morning we are going to visit Magurata cave – one of the best preserved in Bulgaria. Thanks to the prehistoric paintings, it is among the essential extended European post-Paleolithic decorated caves. But that’s not all! The constant temperature of 12 C˚, the darkness and air humidity in the depths of the cave create the best conditions for the natural fermentation and storing of the natural sparkling wine. In an unique ambiance – the so called Bat Gallery we will savor the excellent wines (not only sparkling) of MAGURATA WINERY. It is a rare experience as the place is steeped in history of thousands of years, myths and legends of ancient times… From there we will depart back to Sofia in the late afternoon.
*The program is quite suitable for MOUNTAIN BIKING as well! Ask us for this option and prices.
**It is a wine weekend getaway but on request the tour could be organized in a different time frame!
Price in DBL per person (for a group of 6 persons): € 249,- Price includes:
- English/German speaking guide and wine expert
- Transportation, driver*
- Accommodation for 2 nights (BB)
- 1 packed lunch
- Entrance fees for Belogradchik fortress, Magurata and Venetsa caves
- 2 wine tastings with water and local appetizers
* For group up to 6 participants the guide will drive Price excludes:
- personal expenses