Travelling with your tireless kids or hard-to-please teens? We have prepared a scenic trip with lots of sports, educational activities and games that will make your Bulgarian family holiday a great fun. Explore the tranquil Bulgarian countryside on a horseback, paddle with kayak in a river crossing a volcano crater, take first steps in birdwatching, do cooking classes, be treated by local hospitality, collect semi-precious minerals, relax in SPA hotel and many more enjoyable experiences all packed in our 8-day itinerary
Day 1. Meet and greet at Sofia Airport by our representative. A 20-minute transfer to a centrally located hotel in Sofia's centre with variety of restaurants and parks nearby.
Day 2. In the morning take a 2-hour guided walking tour in English of Sofia centre. All major tourist attractions are on the list so your family will get a great insight of Bulgaria's capital history and modern way of life. Your next stop will be Sofia Zoo, only a few km from the centre. There you will receive a personalized experience - be able to take a picture with some of the animals while holding them, take part in their feeding and learn amazing facts directly from a zoologist working in the zoo. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon it is time for fun and action in Muzeiko - a Bulgarian Children Museum. If you are with children above 14 years old then we are well prepared for options as leisure hike at Mount Vitosha or cycling in one of Sofia's parks. Overnight in Sofia.
Day 3. Breakfast and 2-hour transfer to Rila Monastery - the most iconic Bulgarian orthodox temple and UNESCO site. You will be given audio guides to explore the monastery on your own. Your English speaking driver will offer you alternatives for short hikes to picturesque areas and also recommend you restaurants for lunch. Rila Monastery is in Rila Mountains Nature Park - an area with supreme landscapes and pristine nature. An 1.5 hour transfer to Banya, a village only 5 km from the notorious ski resort Bansko. You will be accommodated in SPA hotel (Rimska Banya or similar) with a children's pool and warm mineral water. Free time in the afternoon to relax and enjoy the SPA facilities.
Day 4. The morning will be dedicated to 2-hour horse riding in the valley of Razlog, which is an area locked between the majestic Pirin, Rila and Rhodopi Mountains. Expect fabulous views and tame horses. At lunch you will visit a local family. Children and adults alike learn about local customs and crafts, dishes, people and folk music, reveal the secrets of the beautiful mountain, learn to know the herbs, cut pastry and make home-made candies. Further on you will be dressed in costumes, make woollen jewels, spinning yarns and york, knit on hooks... The entire folklore program lasts 2 hours. Late afternoon transfer (about 3 hours) to Plovdiv - the second biggest city in Bulgaria and titled the cultural capital of the country. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 5. 2-hour guided tour of the Old Town - a historical intersection of cultures, people, religions and different arts. Special attention will be paid to the Ancient Theatre, Roman Stadium and some of the most representative houses of the Bulgarian Revival Period. Free time for lunch and further exploration of the city on your own. Late afternoon transfer to the area of Madzharovo, known as the Crater of the Vultures. It is a truly unique please with steep rocks, Griffon vulture colony, calm meandering river and wildlife abundant everywhere. You will be accommodated at a local guest house and taste local organic food for dinner.
Day 6. A day to choose from an array of activities. We have included a 3-hour walk, mineral (semi-precious rocks) collection with an experienced local guide. Further you can book kayaking, donkey riding, horo (typical Bulgarian dance) lessons of how to prepare the Bulgarian white cheese (similar to the Greek feta) or a hike to a nearby mysterious archaeological sights.
Day 7. In the morning relax and further explore the enclave of Eastern Rhodopi. In the afternoon a 3.5 hour transfer to Sofia. If you are still looking for more cultural experiences a detour to the historical town of Koprivshtitsa can be made, but the transfer time will be extended by an hour. Koprivshtitsa is a small town nestled in the Sredna Gora Mountain. It is declared an architectural reserve, which preserves over 250 types of colourful mansions from the 19th century. Overnight in a 3-star hotel in Sofia.
Day 8. Today your Bulgarian family adventure comes to an end. Transfer to Sofia Airport according to your flight schedule.