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Top vacation destinations in Bulgaria

Bulgaria Vacation & Tour Packages

One of the largest Balkan countries, Bulgaria is proud of its rich culture. This makes it an ideal destination for a unique vacation. Art, music, cuisine, and wildlife: Bulgaria has something for every traveler’s taste. Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007. It isn't yet in the Schengen Area. You won't find the Euro here either. The country's currency, the Lev, is pegged to it though. Bulgaria’s central location in the Balkans makes it an ideal starting point for exploration. Romania and Macedonia are two other countries to see while visiting Bulgaria.

Bulgaria's best destinations

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, has distinct districts. It's perfect for seeing on foot. You'll find many sights to enjoy, such as grand churches and Habsburg-style buildings with stunning architecture. You'll find something around every corner. Plus, the culinary scene is cutting-edge, yet affordable. The Rila Monastery is a top destination in Bulgaria. It's an easy day trip from Sofia. Plovdiv is another scenic city to explore, making the overnight excursion after visiting Sofia, with its Greek ruins and Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Veliko Tarnovo makes an ideal stop between Bucharest and Sofia or Plovdiv. Bulgaria's medieval capital, the city offers an impressive fortress, but we think you'll fall in love with its cliffside homes, striking views, and wine.

Old world charm and outdoor options

The cities of Bulgaria combine history with romance. They offer enough sights and activities to keep you busy for a long stay. Sofia mixes Old World charm with modern convenience. It's a destination that caters to many interests. The countryside is also inviting. The hiking is great and the terrain is diverse. Explore mountains, rivers, and coastline.

Get your customized Bulgarian trip plan

Hotels in Bulgaria are comfortable and affordable. Our local guides will be on-hand to assist all vacationers. Wherever you want to travel in Bulgaria, we can make it happen. Visit Sofia, Plovdiv and more. Contact us for a free travel consultation and we'll start preparing the perfect Bulgaria vacation package for you.

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Popular Bulgaria Vacation Itineraries

Our suggested itineraries in Bulgaria and neighboring countries allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our vacation packages make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Bulgarian vacation packages
Based on 5 reviews
Review by Carol, Tim, Kendall & Gloria

Carol, Tim, Kendall & Gloria

California

I would highly recommend JayWay Travel to anyone planning to travel in Eastern Europe. Jared was very helpful in the planning stages, all of the hotels were charming with central locations and unique rooms. Guides were on time and knowledgeable. Transfers also on time and efficient.

I would highly recommend JayWay Travel to anyone planning to travel in Eastern Europe. Jared was very helpful in the planning stages, all of the hotels were charming with central locations and unique rooms. Guides were on time and knowledgeable. Transfers also on time and efficient.

Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Cluj, Sibiu, Bucharest, Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv, Sofia
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Brasov, Sighisoara, Cluj, Sibiu, Bucharest, Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv, Sofia
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Todd & Jennifer

Todd & Jennifer

Ontario

The JayWay Travel experience is customized and personalized. Each trip will be unique to you and it is a wonderful way to ensure you focus on what matters most while travelling (sights, activities, etc.) rather than booking hotels, transfers, etc. that take up so much of your time and energy.

The JayWay Travel experience is customized and personalized. Each trip will be unique to you and it is a wonderful way to ensure you focus on what matters most while travelling (sights, activities, etc.) rather than booking hotels, transfers, etc. that take up so much of your time and energy.

Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Sibiu, Belgrade, Kotor, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Sofia, Burgas, Constanta
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria
Itinerary : Bucharest, Sibiu, Belgrade, Kotor, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Sofia, Burgas, Constanta
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Review by Dale, Anne & John

Dale, Anne & John

Arizona

You are the kings and queens of travel!

You are the kings and queens of travel!

Year : 2018
Visited : Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania
Itinerary : Ljubljana, Rovinj, Plitvice, Sarajevo, Trogir, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Sofia, Bucharest, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania
Itinerary : Ljubljana, Rovinj, Plitvice, Sarajevo, Trogir, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Tirana, Ohrid, Skopje, Sofia, Bucharest, Brasov, Bucharest
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Bulgaria

When is the best time to visit Bulgaria?

Bulgarian summers are fairly warm and sunny, with highs generally in the upper 80s in Plovdiv, and low 80s in Sofia and along the coast (Sofia’s elevation and the coast’s breezes help keep things cool). Winters are cold and generally snowy. Spring and fall often mean large temperature shifts, with fall being drier. Thunderstorms are fairly common in late spring and early summer. We tend to recommend visiting from late April to mid-June, or from early September to mid-October.

Is Bulgaria safe?

Bulgaria is generally safe, but exercise caution when crossing the street, and check cab prices before entering. Violent crime is rare, but beware of pickpockets on public transportation. Car theft is relatively common, so do not leave anything valuable in a rental car, and if possible, park in a garage or hotel parking area, instead of on the street.

Can I pay with a card in Bulgaria?

Although many businesses in city centers take cards, Bulgaria is still primarily a cash economy, so we recommend having cash on hand, especially if going to a restaurant. It’s best to get local money at an ATM, so ask your hotel staff for a nearby ATM that is safe and doesn’t charge unreasonable fees.

What is Bulgarian cuisine like?

Bulgarian cuisine is diverse, with Balkan, Persian, Turkish, and Greek influences. Bulgarians are fond of dairy, especially yogurt and cheese similar to feta. The country is famous for its heaping salads, especially Shopska salad, which combines tomatoes, diced and salted vegetables, vinegar and sunflower oil dressing, and plenty of salty cheese akin to feta. Bulgarians are creative with their vegetables, especially when it comes to stuffed cabbage or grape leaves, or cold cucumber soup. Grilled meat is popular, as is lamb roasted on a spit.

Bulgaria has diverse, excellent wines. Many villages have communal grape vines, which can run for blocks at a time. Rakia (fruit brandy) is also common. Often homemade, different regions are known for using different fruits, with the Valley of the Roses naturally distilling unique rose Rakia. The tap water is generally drinkable in cities.

What is transportation like in Bulgaria?

As drivers charge low rates, we recommend the private transfers we offer, which can include stops along the way. Bulgarians tend to travel by bus, although online timetables are often out of date, ticket agents and bus drivers rarely speak languages other than Bulgarian or Russian, and signs are almost always only written in Cyrillic. There are some modern trains, but generally trains are old and in poor shape, especially in terms of toilets. Road signs are almost exclusively written in Cyrillic, roads can be in bad shape, and there are problems with car theft, so we recommend against a rental car.
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