Bulgaria holidays & tours
Bulgaria holidays reveal one of Europe's hidden jewels - think hillside castles, buried treasure, Black Sea beaches and wild landscapes home to hundreds of bird species.
Nestled in the continent's south-eastern corner, the mighty River Danube forms much of the border between Bulgaria and its northern neighbour, Romania. On the Bulgarian side, you'll find the historic town of Vidin, watched over by its well-preserved medieval castle, and the elegant city of Rousse (also spelled Ruse), known as ‘Little Vienna’ for its grand neoclassical architecture. From here you can take excursions to the wild Rusenski Lom Nature Park and Bulgaria’s medieval capital, Veliko Tarnovo, still dominated by the impressive Tsarevets fortress.
Travel to Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast and you’ll find the historic port city of Varna. There’s a seafront park and sandy beach here, but the star attraction is the Archaeological Museum. It’s home to the ‘Varna gold’ – 6,000-year-old jewellery from a forgotten civilisation, unearthed in a nearby necropolis in the 1970s.See All Holidays to Bulgaria
Tipping is customary for obtaining good service. For service in restaurants etc. 10% is usual .
Bulgarian Lev (BGN) 1BGN= 100 stotinkas
"The most popular Bulgarian dishes include shopska salata (chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and peppers sprinkled with Bulgarian white cheese), kyopulo salad (roasted aubergines, peppers and garlic), and kavarma (meat and vegetable stew).
Bulgaria offers excellent, world-famous red and white wines, as well as grape and plum brandy (rakia). Food in Bulgaria tends to be served warm rather than piping hot."
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EHIC/GHIC - Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is being replaced by the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). UK-issued EHICs are still valid and offer the same cover as GHICs in the EU. Once your EHIC has expired, you’ll be able to replace it with a GHIC and you can apply online. You should beware of unofficial websites that may charge if you apply through them. An EHIC or GHIC is free of charge.
Either card lets you get medically necessary state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes free of charge, however it isn’t a replacement for travel insurance, you should have both before you travel. Some European countries don’t accept either card (including the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Alderney and Sark, Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland). To access up-to-date details for the country you’re visiting, please refer to this information
No visa is needed for British citizens to enter Bulgaria. A standard 10 year British passport is required for all holidays, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned date of return travel.
From London to Burgas is approx 3 hours 20 mins
Our holidays in Bulgaria are part of longer cruises that take you along the Danube or Black Sea coast. Sail the Danube's eastern stretches on a laid-back river cruise, visiting Budapest, the wildlife-filled Danube Delta and a host of historic, tradition-rich towns along the way. Or opt for a round-trip ocean cruise from Athens, stopping at the likes of Odessa, Istanbul and Kusadasi - we combine it with a short tour in Greece, allowing you time to explore the Acropolis in Athens and the ancient hilltop sanctuary at Delphi.
Whichever holiday you choose, you'll enjoy an expertly planned itinerary and a selection of handpicked excursions, plus our signature door-to-door transfers to ensure your trip is effortless from start to finish.
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