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Best of Bulgaria - Explore!
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9 days

Best of Bulgaria

From Sofia to Sofia
Tour Operator:
Explore!
Max group size:
18
Age range:
14 to 85
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
124404
From
US $1,450
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Highlights

  • Learn about Bulgaria's famed rose production
  • See the colourful mansion houses in the old town
  • Relax on the coast of the Black Sea in Varna|
  • Gaze at the coloured frescoes of Rila Monastery
  • Discover the ancient murals in the Thracian Tomb

Itinerary

Start and end in Sofia! With the discovery tour Best of Bulgaria, you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Sofia, Bulgaria and 13 other destinations in Bulgaria. Best of Bulgaria includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Join trip in Sofia
    Start point Hotel Budapest, Hotel Reception, Budapeshta Street 92А, 1202 Orlandovtsi, Sofia, Bulgaria 18:00
  2. Day 2: Explore Sofia on foot; visit the Rila Monastery and Museum
  3. Day 3: Discover Dobarsko mountain village and take a train journey in the mountains
  4. Day 4: Plovdiv walking tour; free afternoon in the city
  5. Day 5: Visit a rose oil distillery and the Thracian Tomb of Kazanluk
  6. Day 6: Free time in UNESCO-Listed Nessebar; arrive in Varna
  7. Day 7: See Brutalist architecture in Shumen and ornate church frescoes in Arbanasi
  8. Day 8: Discover medieval Veliko Tarnovo; arrive back in Sofia
  9. Day 9: Trip ends in Sofia
    End point Hotel Budapest, Hotel reception, Budapeshta Street 92А, 1202 Orlandovtsi, Sofia, Bulgaria 09:00
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What's Included

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  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Additional Services
  • Flights
  • Insurance
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Customer Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    4.2
  • Itinerary
    Good
    3.4
  • Guide
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Transport
    Excellent
    4.2
  • Accommodation
    Good
    4.0
  • Food
    Good
    4.0
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  • A
    · December 23, 2019
    I used assistance on flights which Explore arranged..this worked perfectly
    Explore! commented on this review
    Great, thanks for the kind feedback
    Trip date: September 2019
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · December 23, 2019
    Should warn people that they need to pas the hat round for the driver as well as the guide. Lunches far less expensive than indicated in budgeting.
    Explore! commented on this review
    thanks for the feedback
    Trip date: September 2019
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · December 23, 2019
    The itinerary needs tweaking: too much time spend in places where there is little to see; not enough in others where one would need more time
    Explore! commented on this review
    thanks for your feedback, we'll pass your comments to our product team
    Trip date: September 2019
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · December 23, 2019
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    Trip date: September 2019
    Review collected by Explore!
  • Best of Bulgaria reviewer 5
    · September 23, 2019
    Pleasant cultural tour, but you need to be into churches and museums to really enjoy it. Itinerary needs a bit of re-work as there was not enought time for some of the places visited particularly on the final 2 days. Recommend extend in Sophia... Show more
    Explore! commented on this review
    thanks for your feedback, we'll pass it to our product team to review
    Trip date: September 2019
  • NC
    · June 25, 2019
    This tour covered many of the historical, cultural and geographical aspects of Bulgaria very well. The pace of the tour was well balanced until the last two days. Unfortunately we found the last two days were very rushed, having to cover almost 500km... Show more
    Trip date: June 2019
  • J
    · June 08, 2019
    Great overall view of a country not many know much about. This country was conquered by the Thracians, Greeks, Romans, Slavs, and Ottomans and their presence remains. The places we visited were amazing. The tour should have been a few days longer as it... Show more
    Trip date: May 2019
  • A
    · May 17, 2019
    enjoyed Bulgaria would have liked more time on the last day and suggest trying to regig the itinerary to reduce one of the two night stops to a one night stop, leaving more time at the end
    Trip date: May 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17, 2019
    Bulgaria was a great country to visit and this was a very enjoyable and interesting tour with a fabulous guide. I particularly enjoyed the tour of Plovdiv, the cultural experience with the grannies, the Neolithic houses in Stara Zagora, the rose... Show more
    Trip date: July 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17, 2019
    Drop Kleptuza lake - maybe extra hour on train instead. Drop rose oil distillery, allow time for climbing Shipka Pass monument. Need more time in Varna and Veliko Tarnovo (poss overnight here, and one less night in Kazanlak?)
    Trip date: September 2018
    Review collected by Explore!

Dates & Availability

9 days
Best of Bulgaria
From Sofia to Sofia
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Good to Know

  • About the country

    Currencies

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    Visa

    Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.

    Vaccines

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Bulgaria. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Tuberculosis - Recommended for Bulgaria. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Bulgaria. Ideally 2 months before travel.
  • Payment information
    • For any tour departing before 31 July 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 31 July 2020, a minimum payment of 30% is required to confirm your booking with Explore!. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 65 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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