Bulgaria is one of the Balkans' most exuberant nations in virtually every possible way.
From its mist-shrouded mountains and shimmering coastline, to its lively folk soundtrack and intriguing ancient mythology - there's an unexpected surprise at almost every turn. And, while it has experienced an at-times-too-quick growth spurt in the last decade, visitors will find Bulgaria to be a country of fascinating culture, impressive sights and extremely gracious hospitality.
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Bulgaria travel highlights
Sample delicious local cuisine in the mountain town of Bansko
Marvel at the colourful frescoes that adorn the walls of Rila Monastery
Discover Bulgaria's captivating capital, Sofia, one of Europe's oldest cities
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At a glance
Best time to visit Bulgaria
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Top 5 Famous Bulgarians
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Bulgaria travel FAQs
While most larger hotels will include a gratuity, restaurants rarely add a service charge and a 10% tip is the custom.
Travellers should be able to access the internet at cyber cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots in Bulgaria's major cities and towns. Remote and rural areas will have less internet availability, so be prepared for this when travelling out of the city.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Bulgaria, but patchy in some remote places. Travellers should activate global roaming before leaving home.
Western-style, flushable toilets are mostly the standard in Bulgaria, however squat toilets can be found in some public restrooms.
Cup of coffee in a cafe = 1-2 BGN
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 2-3 BGN
Basic, takeaway lunch = 6-8 BGN
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 10-15 BGN
Tap water is chlorinated but generally considered safe to drink (unless otherwise marked), however some travellers may not enjoy the taste and should stick to using a water bottle.
Major credit cards are accepted in large cities, mostly in shops and hotels. Smaller vendors may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are commonly found in Bulgaria's cities and urban areas, however not all bank machines accept overseas cards. Access may be difficult in some remote areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 3 Mar Liberation Day
- 14 Apr Orthodox Good Friday
- 15 Apr Orthodox Holy Easter
- 16 Apr Orthodox Easter Sunday
- 17 Apr Orthodox Easter Monday
- 1 May Labour Day
- 6 May Saint George's Day / Army Day
- 24 May Culture & Literacy Day
- 6 Sep Unification Day
- 22 Sep Independence Day
- 24 Dec Christmas Eve
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec 2nd Day of Christmas
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Bulgaria go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/bulgaria/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Bulgaria
1. Be considerate of Bulgaria’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with tap or filtered water.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.