Central & East Europe

Design Your Own Trip to Bulgaria

Photo credit: Chris Lira

Plot Your Own Path


Traveling privately on a custom itinerary means flexibility – flexibility to immerse yourself in your own exclusive experience, to craft an itinerary around your interests, and to travel when it’s right for you.

Want to visit Kazanluk during the annual Rose Festival, a 300-year old tradition? How about stepping back in time and exploring the many Soviet-era monuments and brutalist architecture of Bulgaria’s communist past? Need suggestions?

To get started planning a Bulgaria itinerary, read more about how to design your own trip. Also keep in mind that you can customize any of our small group tours to match your preferred dates of travel. Get in touch, we’re here to help.

Signature Experiences

Explore the history and raw beauty of Bulgaria through our signature experiences. Use the below as a source of inspiration, then get in touch with a MIR Private Journey Specialist to craft an itinerary uniquely suited to your travel goals, budget, and style.

  • Enjoy the lush forests while birding in Bulgaria – keep your eyes peeled for wallcreepers, woodpeckers, serins, buntings, and more.
  • In the lovely garden cafe at Shipkoff’s, sample flower infusions as traditional folk musicians and dancers perform on the outdoor stage. Rozanada is made with organic rose water, rose syrup, and dried roses; and Lavenada is crafted with lavender.
  • Visit with a Bulgarian family in their village home in the mountains near Nessabur. Explore their gardens and homestead, and sample yogurt, lokum (like Turkish Delight), and banitsa, a cheese pastry.
  • Visit the Kordopulov House, formerly the home of one of the wealthiest wine merchant families. After exploring the house, descend into the underground wine cellar for a comparative tasting of Kordopulov wines.


Bulgaria map

Traveler Reviews

  • "So much history to absorb as many different people passed through Bulgaria and Romania leaving their marks in architecture, religion, customs, etc…"

    M. Harter

    Rosenburg, OR

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