Bulgaria Highlights

5 days from $1,345 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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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Day 1: Sofia

Enjoy your private airport transfer with vehicle, driver and assistant. For your added comfort, an English speaking assistant will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents, your itinerary and answer your questions.

A welcome package with your itinerary, a city map, event guides as well as any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Crystal Palace Boutique

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.

Bulgaria Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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
Bulgaria Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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
Bulgaria Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Plovdiv
Plovdiv
Bulgaria Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel

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
Bulgaria Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rila Monastery
Rila Monastery
Bulgaria Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sofia
Sofia

Day 5: Sofia

Enjoy a private transfer to the airport. 

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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: 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.

Bulgaria Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
Bulgaria Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel
Crystal Palace Boutique Hotel

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.
  • Sandra S — August 11, 2019 — Europe

    Fantastic tour that met all our special requests! Our anniversary celebration was perfect! Our grandchildren made so many memories from playing in the fields of the farm to sailing through the fjords and eating desserts at all the bakeries! A marvellous intergenerational experience!

  • Julie S — July 05, 2019 — Europe

    Thank you to Daniel for making our family’s trip to Greece so enjoyable and memorable. We asked him for an “Instagram” worthy trip, and he delivered! The hotels on the islands were stunning, and our private tour guides at each stop easily accommodated our individual wishes. Our trip was the perfect mix of relaxation and exploration.

  • Elizabeth B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was five stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kimberly E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    It was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my rooms, and tours, but after this experience, I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10), but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Lisa B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was 5 stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kim E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    This was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my own rooms, and tours, but after this experience I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10) but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Keith M — July 13, 2019 — Europe

    There is so much to say about this amazing family trip to northern Spain we just came home from, but in short, the trip was even more than we could have hoped for - From the planning to the tour guides, drivers and accommodations our needs were met and in most cases surpassed. There is no way the trip could have been as successful without the help of Maryanne from Kensington Tours and her team.

  • Sara L — June 29, 2019 — Europe

    Our Iceland trip was fantastic. From planning with Melissa (many times over until we had it right) to being greeted in Iceland and all of the wonderful tours we took, we had a fabulous time. Our guide, Sigga, was excellent. She guided us, told us tales of Iceland, was extremely accommodating with my elderly mom. We enjoyed being with her very much. Inke, our guide to the glacier, was also wonderful. We had a great time and felt Kensington did a fabulous job. Thanks!

  • Dawn K — July 18, 2019 — Europe

    The trip overall was amazing and all the activities and travel plans went so very smoothly. Our whole familiy really enjoyed every day of the trip. Patrick McCallion, the expert from your agency who helped us, was awesome! He not only set up everything perfectly for us but helped us with reservations for dinners at fine dining places and answered many questions we had in advance. We did leave our glasses in the van at one point in Barcelona and had to contact the local agent who quickly retrieved the glasses for us without any problem. We highly recommend this agency given the quality of the experience, the smoothness of the itinerary, and the flexibility to tailored the experience to our needs. Thank

  • Diana B — June 23, 2019 — Europe

    This was our 6th Kensington tour. We have gone as a couple on trips and taken our children sometimes to destinations all over the world. We have never been disappointed and have had the most personal and professional service. We would not even consider using anyone else. Thank you Alania for everything! Our most recent trip to Russia and Scandinavia was fabulous and perfectly planned!

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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