• Tour code: 8728P120
  • Location: Varna, Bulgaria
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Get to know the wine and equestrian culture of Varna during this 8-hour excursion. Journey to the Madara Rider, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a large medieval rock carving from the 8th century. Learn about the rich equestrian history of the area through visits to several farms, then taste some local wines and have lunch in a vineyard with views of the Stara Planina. Lunch and wine tastings are included.


  • 8-hour tour of the Varna countryside, well-known for its horses and wine
  • See the Madara Horseman, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stop at several equestrian centers to see horses and other exotic animals
  • Taste Bulgarian wine varietals in a local cellar
  • Have lunch in a vineyard with scenic views
  • See the 'Stone Desert', Bulgaria's only desert, populated by unusual rock formations
  • Round-trip transportation from downtown Varna

What You Can Expect

Varna Horses and Vines Tour


Meet your tour guide in front of the Tourist Information Center downtown, near Varna's Cathedral. 

In a comfortable tour vehicle, set off into the countryside that surrounds Varna. Take a coffee break at a nearby farm where you can view some of the region's horses and other exotic animals. 

Continue to the Madara Plateau to view the Madara Horseman, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This rock carving was made in the 8th century on a sheer vertical cliff, depicting a nomadic equestrian warrior of the time in almost life size. 

At an equestrian center and wine cellar, taste some of the local varietals before departing for a lunch among the vineyards with wonderful vies over the Stara Planina. After lunch, watch a dressage training session.

Visit a small Orthodox Church, then stop at the 'Stone Desert' (Pobiti Komani). Explore the only desert in Bulgaria, which is punctuated by stone columns between 16 and 22 feet (5 and 7 meters) high. 

After your 8-hour tour, return to downtown Varna.

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