Private & Small Group Tours to Bulgaria
Exploring Bulgaria during a small group tour is an unrivalled way to indulge in the country’s most popular and boasted destinations, whilst also uncovering the authentic and hidden aspects of the country that you may not otherwise get an opportunity to experience. And with the expertise of your own knowledgeable local tour guide, this will also make your visit to Bulgaria as meaningful and memorable as possible.
Here at Undiscovered Destinations, our Bulgaria group tours and Bulgaria guided tours are expertly composed of our raw passion for the country and our dedication to creating itineraries tailored to everything that our clients could want and desire, making for some of the most exclusive and unforgettable of experiences in this breathtaking corner of the world.
Our Bulgaria small group tour offers all of this and more, alongside fantastic accommodations, and entrance to captivating sites as part of its itinerary, alongside other inclusions, to give you an unrestricted and unfiltered view into the fascinating history, culture and nature of Bulgaria.
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Bulgaria Holiday Destinations You’ll Visit on Our Bulgaria Excursions
Travel to Bulgaria: History and Cultural Gems
Exploring Egyptianesque Hellenistic necropolis valleys, unwinding amidst ancient seats in Roman amphitheatres with jaw-dropping views, gazing at frescoes in ornate and picturesquely isolated mountain monasteries and sharing Bulgarian bagpipe lessons with locals all await those willing to step foot into the heart of this captivating country on your next trip visiting Bulgaria.
The peaceful rolling mountain slopes, green gorges, sultry pine forests and idyllic Black Sea shores all speak of a land where languor and warm hospitality have always been the order of the day. Indeed, Bulgaria is, above all, a land which oozes wide open spaces, where its 7¼ million inhabitants are scattered sparingly across the fertile plains and highlands, with over 40% of the nation being mountainous.
And yet it has been coveted and invaded by an endless tide of hostility, from its very earliest times as the tribal heartlands of the Thracian peoples. Gold, copper and bronze created early trade and such grave goods adorn burials from 6,000 years ago. This early culture gave birth to hugely significant sites like the 4th century B.C. Valley of the Thracian Kings near Kazanlâk and its 1,000 royal tombs. Inevitably, the wealth brought rivals, and the Greek settlements around the Black Sea, Bulgaria’s first democracies, were precursors to the arrival of Philip of Macedon in 335 B.C.
Having conquered the region, he established Philipopolis as his new capital at modern-day Plovdiv: today, this city on seven hills boasts evidence of the next aggressors, the Romans, who left an aqueduct, stadium and the acoustic marvel of the iconic amphitheatre on its spectacular perch above the city.
In the 1st century A.D., the Romans moved the capital to Sofia. With Christianity came churches, with the delightful Sveti Georgi Rotunda Sofia dating back to this period. When the empire fractured, Bulgaria went with Byzantium’s eastern half and the practices of orthodoxy became entrenched, raising churches like Sveta Sofia, the capital’s eponymous saint.
Turkic Bulgar nomadic horsemen came down from Central Asia, settling and dominating the region by 632 A.D., and establishing an astoundingly enduring Bulgarian Empire until the 11th century. The Khans constantly feuded with the Byzantines, but by 870 had adopted Orthodox Christianity and established the hugely powerful monasteries, such as at Rila, amidst the mountains, where this fiercely independent religious order flourished.
Their fresco paintings knew little parallel and it was here that Bulgarian culture survived during the Ottoman period of lowland Christian oppression. From 1362, the Bulgarians were subject to Ottoman rule, bringing their brand of the Islamic religion with their superb building skills. But, alongside this, a powerful intolerance of infidels and a period of persecution, characterised by the murder and enslavement of 50% of ethnic Bulgarians, which only truly subsided with the nationalistic uprisings of the 1800s.
In the meantime, cities like Sofia and Plovdiv had thrived in monetary terms, evidenced in their opulent, colourful, and wooden-fronted townhouses. With Russian and Ukrainian support, independence was won in 1878, and the Golden Church of Shipka commemorates the appalling losses that won this prize. It’s cities like these that are now some of the most exceptional holiday places in Bulgaria, and Europe, to visit.
Modern, independent Bulgaria has seen Princes, Kings, Tsars and then soviet-style dictatorships come and go, leading to the current democracy, but beneath all this, a proud and vibrant culture imbues everything.
It is a land which has so many tales to tell, and so is a paradise for those with a willing heart to hear them for themselves during a trip to Bulgaria.
FAQs About Travel to Bulgaria
Is Bulgaria a Good Place for a Holiday?
The breadth of opportunity in Bulgaria means that you’ll never be bored, or short of things to do, whilst venturing within its borders. From dazzling beaches to verdant forestry, towering mountainous scapes and charming village settlements, there’s a wealth of opportunity that is awaiting you on your next visit to the country.
Bulgaria’s main cities, such as Sofia and Plovdic, are two of the most easily accessible settlements in the country from some of Europe’s top destinations by direct flights, and if you’re on a budget, these flights are also not particularly costly.
How Safe is Bulgaria for Tourists?
Bulgaria is generally regarded as a safe place for travellers to visit. Its crime rates are generally low, particularly amongst tourists.
However, it is advised, much like in any foreign country you may be visiting, that you stay away from poorly lit areas, particularly at night, and be aware of pickpockets in busy, heavily-populated tourist areas where pickpockets may be more frequent. Ensure that you keep your valuables with you at all times in a safe place.
Is it Cheap in Bulgaria?
Bulgaria is often considered to be one of the cheapest destinations to visit in Europe, with its hotels, eateries, and other services offering more than affordable prices, even in some of the most popular of Bulgaria destinations.
To put it into perspective, you likely won’t have to pay more than a couple of Bulgarian Levs to have a beer, which roughly equates to a pound or a single euro.
Therefore, if you’re wanting to stretch your budget on your next holiday, Bulgaria is an ideal destination to do so.
What are the Best Holiday Places in Bulgaria?
Holidays to Plodvic in Bulgaria and the country’s capital, Sofia, come out on top as the most popular and best Bulgaria holiday destinations that you should definitely consider placing on your list when visiting Bulgaria.
Filled with vibrant, ancient streets, captivating monuments and sights, and breathtaking local scenery, each destination is a gem in its own right for those looking to experience some of the best locations in Bulgaria, whether you’re on your first trip to Bulgaria, or you’re visiting once more, because, let’s be honest, it’s so interesting it’ll likely have you coming back for seconds…