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history • 10 days, 9 nights

Monuments of History: Journey Through Bulgaria

Bulgaria
history • 10 days, 9 nights

Monuments of History: Journey Through Bulgaria

Bulgaria
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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
    Easy
  • Travel Style
    Overland Adventure
from $4,370 USD per person
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Trip Overview
Overview

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Uncover ancient civilizations and otherworldly relics of an unrealized communist utopia. Explore Europe’s most southeasterly corner taking in jaw-dropping natural landscapes, wandering picturesque old towns, and feasting on hearty local cuisine. Immerse in the rich and often tragic history of a country that stands on the frontier between Europe and the Middle East. Along the way, your passionate and knowledgeable trip leader provides compelling insights and stories for a unique and memorable introduction to one of Europe’s oldest countries: Bulgaria.

Highlights
  • Otherworldly monuments and architecture
  • Ancient cities and powerful natural landscapes
  • Thousands of years of history
  • Fresh and flavorsome local cuisine

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
Bulgaria

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Pricing

The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

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Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $595. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll send a separate invoice for the cost.

Arrival & Departure

For flights in and out of Sofia Airport (SOF), we suggest you arrive anytime by 4 p.m. on Day 1. An arrival transfer is included to meet your arriving flight and take you to the group hotel. The group will be gathering at 7:00 p.m. on Day 1 for our first dinner, meeting in the lobby of the hotel. You may depart any time on Day 10 and a departure airport transfer is included.

Activity Level

This trip will not be particularly physically demanding. Some walking will be required, and often over uneven ground, but rarely for more than a short distance at a time. Be prepared for between three to five miles of moderate walking over the course of a day. The longest walks will be in Sofia, on the first day, as we intend to explore much of the capital on foot. Be sure to bring proper walking boots or other outdoor footwear, and be aware that this tour also involves a good amount of driving time, so dress for comfort.

Included
  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable local hotels
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip, including arrival and departure airport transfers
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
Excluded
  • Transportation and flights to and from Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities to Trip Leader, local guides, and drivers
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Trip FAQ

Our Bulgaria trip can cater well to most dietary requirements. It helps that Bulgarian cuisine already has a major focus on good, fresh produce: expect to find a wide variety of different salads on offer, as well as stuffed or baked vegetable dishes, breaded cheese, soups, egg dishes, and so on. For vegans, the choices look a little more limited. (Bulgarians do love their dairy products, and often cook with a lot of butter and cheese.) Realistically, for some lunches, vegan guests might be limited to basics such as french fries, bread, fruit, and salad… especially as we travel through more rural areas. But when we sit down for evening meals, we make a point of picking restaurants that offer exciting and varied vegan options whenever we can. We’re happy to count a lot of very satisfied vegans amongst our past guests!

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Upcoming Departures

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