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Excursion 1: Highlights of Nessebur and Wine Tasting
Tour Code: NES-001
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 1/2 hours)

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Meeting your guide on the pier, your city tour begins with a short walk to the Church of St. Stephen, a church built in the 12th century, although some sources date back as far as the end of the 10th century. This remarkably well-preserved medieval church has maintained most of its original form over the years and is a fascinating display of Nessebur's historical past. Along with numerous artistic and colorful murals, this basilica has an amazing collection of iconostasis icons.

Proceeding on through narrow cobble-stoned streets, you'll experience first hand the romantic atmosphere of this enchanting town with its colorful flower gardens and two-storied period houses, consisting of stone built ground floors and wooden upper floors. Small town squares and quaint shops enhance this walking portion of your tour which includes exterior stops at several other prominent medieval churches, including the remains of the Old Metropolitan Church. It is widely believed that the central plaza located around this church was the site of the ancient agora, or Roman Market. Today, the spirit of the agora lives on with a profusion of sidewalk vendors offering up a wide array of art work and handicrafts.

Leaving the historical old town, you'll travel by coach to a local Wine Cellar; famous for its broad range of local and international brands of wine and brandies. Take a walk in the cellar that features over 100-oak casks and which add to the cellar's pride for being the pioneer of wine production on the Black Sea coast. Guided by the wine-cellar supervisors, you can taste three white and three red wines. Afterwards, rejoin your coach for the drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking - at times on uneven ground. There are also a considerable number of steps to be negotiated and it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Caps and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

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