Highlights of the Bulgarian Riviera including Burgas
- Discover the beauty of Bulgaria’s Black Sea coastline on this 7-night guided holiday.
- Enjoy a guided walking tour of two traditional Bulgarian towns: Nessebar & Burgas.
- Visit the breathtaking Botanic gardens of Balchik & Roman Baths of Varna on a full day trip.
- Take a step back in time on a half day excursion to the Ancient Greek town of Sozopol.
- Explore the Black Sea by boat on a scenic half day tour to visit St. Anastasia island.
- Relax & soak up the sun with plenty of leisure time at our beach-side resort in Nessebar.
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Your Guided Group Holiday to Bulgaria
Experience the perfect combination of sun holiday and sightseeing trip with us on this 7-night break to Bulgaria. Well known as one of Eastern Europe’s premier beach destinations, Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast also holds a wealth of historic and cultural treasures that attract visitors from all across the continent. On this holiday, we’ll be based in the coastal town of Nessebar, within walking distance of golden sandy beaches and Nessebar’s charming UNESCO listed Old Town centre. From here, we’ll explore some of the coastline’s most notable destinations, including the ancient city of Sozopol, the former Greek trading port of Varna, and the beautiful palace and botanic gardens of Balchik. We’ll also have the opportunity to experience the Black Sea from the water with a boat trip to the island of St. Anastasia.
Please Note: Some excursions on this holiday will involve walking on hilly terrain and uneven surfaces.
Activity Level: Moderate
Travel to Bulgaria
Arrive in Burgas
Upon arrival into Burgas, you will be met by our local representative in the airport before being transferred to your hotel in Nessebar.
Nessebar & Burgas
Guided Walking Tour of Nessebar
This morning you will enjoy a walking tour of the old town of Nessebar, a UNESCO world heritage site. With its 41 churches and variety of architectural styles there is plenty to enjoy on this small peninsula.
This afternoon you will go by coach to the nearby town of Burgas, the fourth largest city in Bulgaria. Your guided tour will pass by the emblematic landmarks of the city such as The Arch of St. Nikolay Miracleworker, the St. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral, and the Sea garden - a favourite place for the locals to relax and enjoy the excellent sea views. You will then return to your hotel for the evening.
Free Time in Nessebar
Today is free to enjoy at your own leisure. Your guide will be happy to suggest places of interest to see and visit depending on your own tastes.
St. Anastasia Island & Sozopol
Explore the Island of St. Anastasia
Today you will take a boat* to the island of St. Anastasia, a volcanic rock island located in Burgas Bay. A former church and prison, it is now open as a museum and hotel complex. Wander the church with its beautiful frescoes and enjoy some freshly picked tea in the island's cafè. *In the case of bad weather the boat trip will be substituted with a visit to the ancient site of the museum Aquae Calidae, the ruins of a 2000 year old spa resort and city.
Visit the Ancient Town of Sozopol
You will then return to shore and proceed by coach to the ancient town of Sozopol, one of the oldest towns in the Black Sea area. Stroll through the old town, named for the Greek god Apollo and known for its romantic atmosphere, full of artists, musicians and actors. On your guided walking tour you will see the Old City and its port. A visit to its Archaeological Museum is also included. You will then return to your hotel in Nessebar for the evening.
Nessebar at Your Own Pace
Today, you will have a day free to take in the local atmosphere and enjoy the sea views.
Varna & Balchik
Guided Tour of Varna City
Today you will visit the city of Varna, an ancient trading port founded by the Greeks, later conquered by both the Romans and the Turks, leading to a mixed cosmopolitan atmosphere in the town today. You will see sights on your city tour such as the 17th century Orthodox Cathedral and the Roman Baths.
Visit the Romantic Town of Balchik
You will then proceed for a scenic trip along the coastline to the picturesque, romantic little town of Balchik, famous for the largest and richest Botanical Garden on the Balkans and the Palace of the Romanian queen Maria. Enjoy the romantic place, wander the Gardens and cobble stoned paths, sit in her stone throne or walk 'The Bridge of the Sighs', make a wish and hope it comes true!
Free Time in Nessebar
On your last free day, enjoy a relaxing day at your hotel or take a trip to the nearby beach.
Today, you will transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight home, with the guide's assistance.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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