Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

Roses and Roman Ruins

Bordered by five countries and the Black Sea, Bulgaria encompasses a diverse landscape and complex past. Ancient history whispers from deep within caves and among the ruins of Thracian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. In mountain villages and rural areas, traditional Bulgarian culture thrives, while modern hotels, hip cafes, and high-powered businesses rub shoulders with ancient ruins in the cosmopolitan cities. With nine different UNESCO World Heritage Sites, sweeping vistas, vibrant cities, sunny beaches, and rich cultural traditions, there is something for everyone in Bulgaria.

Why travel to Bulgaria with MIR

Travelers frequently praise us for our inspired itineraries that take them deeper into the culture and communities of the places we visit. Journey with us through colorful cities and quaint villages, over mountains and across lush forests to discover the heart of historic Bulgaria, a country that continues to surprise at every turn.

  • 30 years of Bulgaria travel experience
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • MIR’s Bulgaria travel expertise recommended by Forbes.com
  • Travel programs such as the Stanford University alumni have chosen MIR to guide them to Bulgaria
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • On-the-ground support
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
  • Quality you can trust
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Traditional Bulgarian bagpipe musician. Photo credit: Peter Guttman
Shipka Memorial Church in Shipka, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta
The Ancient theater of Philipoppol in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, is one of the best-preserved ancient theaters in the World. Photo credit: Michel Behar
Ancient Plovdiv Architectural and Historical Reserve, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar
Historical town of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar
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  • Traditional Bulgarian bagpipe musician. Photo credit: Peter Guttman Traditional Bulgarian bagpipe musician. Peter Guttman
  • Shipka Memorial Church in Shipka, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta Shipka Memorial Church in Shipka, Bulgaria. Martin Klimenta
  • The Ancient theater of Philipoppol in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, is one of the best-preserved ancient theaters in the World. Photo credit: Michel Behar The Ancient theater of Philipoppol in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, is one of the best-preserved ancient theaters in the World. Michel Behar
  • Ancient Plovdiv Architectural and Historical Reserve, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar Ancient Plovdiv Architectural and Historical Reserve, Bulgaria. Michel Behar
  • Historical town of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar Historical town of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. Michel Behar
  • Veliko Tarnovo, a majestic old town in northern Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar Veliko Tarnovo, a majestic old town in northern Bulgaria. Michel Behar
  • Women in traditional costumes, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar Women in traditional costumes, Bulgaria. Michel Behar
  • Men in traditional costumes, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar Men in traditional costumes, Bulgaria. Michel Behar
  • Shipka Memorial Church in Shipka, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar Shipka Memorial Church in Shipka, Bulgaria. Michel Behar
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. Michel Behar
  • Collection of rose petals in Bulgaria. Photo credit: Michel Behar Collection of rose petals in Bulgaria. Michel Behar

Traveler Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful informative overview of both Bulgaria and Romania. Was very impressed with the histories and how these countries are doing economically. The churches and monasteries in Bulgaria – spectacular!"

    J. Dunlap

    Pittsburgh, PA