Wine tasting - Bachkovo monastery - Asen's fortress
Bulgaria is world-wide renowned for its fine and unique wines. The wine producing tradition began from very ancient times and is connected with the glorious Thracian civilization.
First we head towards Brestovitsa - a small village in the outskirts of the Rhodope Mountains, famous for its wine producing traditions. There we are to visit the well known wine house of Todoroff where will attend a lecture on how the actual process of wine making takes place. Then we will be taken to a specially designed chateau where will taste five types of local red wine including the unique Bulgarian red wine sort 'MAVRUD that is to be found only in this region.
Next we head towards the Rhodope Mountains passing through the pretty town of Asenovgrad. Nearby we will see the remarkable remains of King Ivan Asen's fortress - a wise ruler of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. There we are to find an ancient church dating from the 12th century rich in authentic pieces of iconography as well as the stone made inscription carved by King Ivan Asen.
Having left the fortress we go deeper in the Rhodope Mountains. Following the river of Chaya we head towards Bachkovo Monastery, second largest in Bulgaria, founded in the 11th century - one of the most sacred places in our history, a symbol of Christianity.
Then we have some lunch near by the monastery.
We go on a little hike in the Red wall reserve near by where will see a beautiful waterfall, chapels, the miraculous icon as well as drink holy water out of the sacred well of the monastery.
We go back from Bachkovo Monastery to Plovdiv.
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