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Discover Bulgaria

Across Bulgaria’s beautiful landscapes, monasteries, monuments, and museums mark thousands of years of historic heritage. From the Rila Mountains to river valleys and Black Sea shores, this beguiling tour visits stately cities, intriguing towns, and tiny villages

An enthralling journey through Bulgaria’s history and haunting landscapes, the tour is bookended by its capital, Sofia, where parks, boulevards, and romantic river bridges complement onion-domed churches and the Ottoman mosque. From here, a circling of the country visits the secluded mountain monastery of Rila; Byzantine Bansko, amid the lakes and pine woods of Pirin National Park; and a medieval church in the village of Dobarsko; and includes a scenic, ‘slow-mo’ journey on the old-world carriages of the Rhodope Railway. One of the oldest cities on earth, Plovdiv has its roots in Neolithic times, its focus on Roman ruins, and its spirit firmly in the present; while nearby Bachkovo Monastery is big and beautiful, architecturally and artistically; and Stara Zagora, in ancient Thrace, exhibits 9,000 years of history in its streets and museums. On the Black Sea shore, Burgas is a smart city and busy fishing port, in contrast to UNESCO listed Nessebar, its cobbled streets cloaking the coastal peninsula. Turning inland, we tour the Rose Valley, visit Thracian tombs, and travel the Shipka mountain pass to the ‘living museum’ of Etara; the country’s 13th century capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and the picturesque, plateau hamlet of Arbanassi.  

Overview

  • Sofia  - 1 night
  • Bansko  - 1 night
  • Plovdiv  - 2 nights
  • Burgas  - 2 nights
  • Veliko Tarnovo  - 1 night
  • Sofia  - 1 night
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Tour Highlights

  • Cultural & Countryside Tour
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • 5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
  • Local Expert Guide

Across Bulgaria’s beautiful landscapes, monasteries, monuments, and museums mark thousands of years of historic heritage. From the Rila Mountains to river valleys and Black Sea shores, this beguiling tour visits stately cities, intriguing towns, and tiny villages

Notes:

This is a busy itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines. 

Accommodation

Crystal Palace Hotel - Sofia

A contemporary and stylish 4-star boutique hotel offering fine views to Mount Vitosha, ten minutes' walk from Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Restaurant, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 63 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena - Bansko

Luxurious 5-star hotel situated at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, close to the gondola station. Restaurants, bar, gym, pools, sauna, spa and WiFi (free). 157 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

DoubleTree by Hilton Plovdiv Center – Plovdiv

This modern 4-star hotel is on the Mosaic Path in the heart of Plovdiv and 800 metres from the Roman Theatre. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 162 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Grand Hotel Primoretz - Burgas

A contemporary, charming 5-star hotel, two minutes' walk from the beach. Restaurants, bar, gym, pools, spa, sauna and WiFi (free). 109 air-conditoned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Hotel Bolyarski - Veliko Tarnovo

A central 4-star hotel on Samovodska Charshia Square in the historic part of Veliko Tarnovo. Restaurants, bars, gym, pool, sauna, spa and WiFi (free). 69 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Yantra Hotel – Veliko Tarnovo

A modern 4-star hotel in the heart of the old town of Veliko Tarnovo, with panoramic views of Tsaravets Hill. Restaurant, bar, café, gym, pool, sauna, spa and WiFi (free). 71 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Sofia before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Crystal Palace Hotel
(per night) £80
Single supplement £58

Crystal Palace Hotel - Sofia

A contemporary and stylish 4-star boutique hotel offering fine views to Mount Vitosha, ten minutes' walk from Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Restaurant, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 63 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Bulgaria Air from Heathrow (October - British Airways to Heathrow)

September
September 14 (Saturday)
  • Sold out
October
October 5 (Saturday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 8 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Oct 05
  • £365
  • 2025: Jun, Sep, Oct
  • £395
Flight Options
  • Bulgaria Air Business Class
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £48

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