BULGARIA DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Bulgaria in a way like no other. Set on the edge of Eastern Europe, Bulgaria is a bewitching blend of ancient history and landscapes. At first glance, you’ll be captivated by the soaring mountains, glacial lakes and protected forests filled with bears and wolves. Delve deeper, and you’ll discover a story that dates back further than Rome. It’s one of the oldest countries in Europe, with nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and our Bulgaria tours take it all in. See the mesmerising stripes of the 10th-century Rila Monastery and the Tsarevets Fortress from the Middle Ages. Discover the tombs of the Thracians and remnants of Neolithic settlements in the Bulgarian wilderness. Explore the churches of the City of Tsars and the mansions of Arbanasi. From the vibrant cities to the tiny mountain villages, you’ll feel the Bulgarian spirit, preserved in folklore traditions and joyous music and dance. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.

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Balkan Adventure

The Balkans reveal their rare beauty, warm culture and colourful history for all to enjoy. Explore ancient crossroads and delve into the revival of a region once scarred by conflict and communism.

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Visiting

  1. Albania

    Tirana

  2. Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Mostar Sarajevo

  3. Bulgaria

    Arbanassi Sofia Veliko Tarnovo

  4. Macedonia

    Skopje

  5. Montenegro

    Budva Kotor

  6. Romania

    Bran Brasov Bucharest Poiana Brasov

  7. Serbia

    Belgrade

"Bulgaria is always a welcome surprise for our guests, as they discover one of Europe's oldest countries and some of the region's most stunning natural wonders."

Travel Director
Bulgaria at a glance
A bewitching blend of ancient history and beautiful landscapes, Bulgaria will leave you spellbound by the soaring mountains, glacial lakes and forests filled with bears and wolves. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and discover one of Europe's oldest countries with a story that dates back further than Rome.
Currency
Bulgarian Lev
Winter avg temp
-1°C
Summer avg temp
31°C
Time Zone
GMT+3
Capital City
Sofia
Language
Bulgarian
Good morning
Dobro utro
Good evening
Dobŭr vecher

What to pack for Bulgaria

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Bulgarian phrasebook

Bulgarian is the official language and they use the Cyrillic alphabet, so it will be useful to learn a few phrases, particularly if you’re travelling outside of the major cities.

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Bulgarian lev

The official currency of Bulgaria is the Bulgarian lev, and you’ll need to bring some cash for smaller restaurants, markets and outside cities.

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Comfortable shoes

From hiking the spectacular mountains to walking the cobbled laneways, you’ll need a sturdy pair of shoes for your Bulgaria trip.

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Adaptor plug

In Bulgaria, the power plugs and sockets are of type F, with standard European 2-pin plugs. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

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Layered clothing

The weather can be unpredictable with freezing winters, rainy springs and a scorching Bulgarian summer. It’s best to bring versatile clothing and layers to cover your knees and elbows when visiting monasteries.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.