Explore Bulgaria like a local, using public transport to travel between towns and the beautiful coastline. Visit Rila Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, wander the cobbled streets of Plovdiv and discover the Hellenistic frescoes on the 3rd century BC Thracian Tomb. Take the opportunity to relax on the coast for a few days or explore further - speak to a Travel Specialist for our top recommendations.
Arrive in Sofia and transfer to the hotel in the heart of the city.
Take a local bus to Rila Monastery - one of the greatest centres of scholarship and religion in Bulgaria during the National Revival Period. Founded in the middle of the 10th century it played a key role in preserving Bulgarian culture and language over the centuries, and is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the monastery church with its amazing frescoes and the monastery museum. (B)
Today, take the train or bus to Plovdiv. Explore one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Bulgaria. It is Europe’s oldest continuously-habited city and voted the European Capital of Culture for 2019. Wander through the cobbled streets of the Old Town and take in the beautiful architecture preserved from the Bulgarian Revival period. Visit the Amphitheatre, which dates back to Roman times, the Ethnographic museum and the Church of St. Konstantine and Elena. (B)
Take the bus to Kazanlak, centre of the Valley of the Roses. Explore the UNESCO-listed Thracian Tomb with its Hellenistic frescoes from the 3rd century BC. Take another local bus to Veliko Tarnova. (B)
This morning explore Veliko Tarnova, one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria before taking a local bus (around 4 hours) to the coastal city of Burgas. (B)
Today explore or relax in Burgas. We recommend taking a local bus to Nesebar (it takes around 45 mins and buses run every 40 minutes or so) and explore this walled city and UNESCO Heritage Site. (B)
Take a local train (6 hours) or local bus (5 hours) back to Sofia for the flight back to the UK. (B)