Bulgaria Highlights

5 days from $985 per person*
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Rila Monastery.
  • Discover the ruins of the ancient Roman Theater in Plovdiv.
  • Embark on a private guided city tour of the highlights of capital, Sofia.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected premium hotels.
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Dive deeper into Europe for a truly enriching experience as you discover Bulgaria with a private guide, a gem of the Balkans, boasting exceptional landscapes and traditions.

As with the rest of the Balkans, Bulgaria is known for its stunning landscapes, deep traditions, medieval towns, and unique architecture. On this journey you'll discover Bulgaria, one of the oldest inhabited places in Europe, boasting one of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters on earth. With the capital Sofia as your home base, there's plenty of experiences within reach at all times. Set out with a private guide to uncover the sites and history of Sofia - learning about its imperial occupations from ancient Greeks and Romans to the Soviets of the modern era. Branch out to Plovdiv, one of the oldest cities in the world, where you'll visit its medieval core, and remarkably well preserved Roman amphitheater. A private guided day tour will bring you to one of the most recognizable visuals in all of Bulgaria; The Rila Monastery. Rightfully placed among the top of the country's nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Monastery is an exceptional piece of architecture - and a highlight of the Balkans as a whole. ... Show More »

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Day 1: Sofia

Enjoy a private transfer to the airport. 

Accommodation: Crystal Palace Boutique (4*)

Crystal Palace four star-rated Boutique Hotel was opened in 2004. It is a part of the Bulgarian hotel chain FPI Hotels & Resorts. Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel is located in the downtown of Sofia next to St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University, St. St. Kiril and Methodius National Library and Alexander Nevski Cathedral. The hotel is situated near important government and financial institutions and the commercial area of the city. The distance between the hotel and Sofia International Airport is 8 km. Crystal Palace four star-rated Boutique Hotel offers 53 luxury rooms and 10 stylish apartments with high-speed Internet connection and all modern and leisure facilities. Most of the rooms have a view to the Doctor's Garden and the Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

Sofia
Sofia
Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Sofia

Enjoy a walking tour with a private guide along the main tourist attractions in Sofia. View the Roman walls of ancient Serdika, St. George Rotunda, one of the oldest fully preserved churches in Europe dating from 4th century AD. Also see the most important religious buildings such as the Mosque, the Synagogue, St. Joseph Catholic church, and the Orthodox churches of St. Nedelya, St. Petka, St. Sophia, and St Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Admire the former Royal Palace, the National Theatre, the Mineral Baths, the Parliament, the statue of Tsar Liberator, and the Sofia University. End your private tour with a visit to the Crypt of St Alexander Nevski Cathedral with the best collection of icons in Bulgaria or the National Museum of Archaeology.

Accommodation: Crystal Palace Boutique (4*)
St. George Rotunda
St. George Rotunda

Day 3: Sofia

Enjoy a full day tour to Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria and one of the oldest towns in Europe. It was inhabited by the Thracians, Romans, Goths, Slavs, and Ottomans whose traces have turned the town into a museum. The Ancient Plovdiv Architectural Reserve is of special interest. Brilliant examples of the Bulgarian National Revival Period are preserved here. One can sit among the ruins of the ancient Roman Theater and feel the atmosphere of the extinct world. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.

Accommodation: Crystal Palace Boutique (4*)
Plovdiv
Plovdiv

Day 4: Sofia

Enjoy a full day tour to Rila Monastery, the biggest monastery in Bulgaria and one of the most remarkable monuments on the Balkan Peninsula. The monastery was founded in the l0th century by the Bulgarian monk St. John of Rila and was rebuilt in the l3th -l4th century. Since 1983 it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entrance fees and lunch are included.

Accommodation: Crystal Palace Boutique (4*)
Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery

Day 5: Sofia

Enjoy a private transfer to the airport. 

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Crystal Palace Boutique (4*): Sofia

Crystal Palace four star-rated Boutique Hotel was opened in 2004. It is a part of the Bulgarian hotel chain FPI Hotels & Resorts. Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel is located in the downtown of Sofia next to St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University, St. St. Kiril and Methodius National Library and Alexander Nevski Cathedral. The hotel is situated near important government and financial institutions and the commercial area of the city. The distance between the hotel and Sofia International Airport is 8 km. Crystal Palace four star-rated Boutique Hotel offers 53 luxury rooms and 10 stylish apartments with high-speed Internet connection and all modern and leisure facilities. Most of the rooms have a view to the Doctor's Garden and the Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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