Central & East Europe

Design Your Own Trip to Bulgaria

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Handcrafted, Private Tours to Bulgaria


You want to do things your way. We get it. MIR has been planning custom, private tours from scratch for over three decades, and we understand just how important flexibility is in travel.

Traveling privately on a custom private tour affords a great deal of flexibility – flexibility to immerse yourself in your own exclusive experience, to craft an itinerary around your interests, to go at your own pace, and to travel when it’s right for you.

How does it work? We’ll connect you with one of our Private Tour Designers so that you can share your vision and expectations with us.

We’ll ask you questions to better learn about your interests: 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?

We’ll share our extensive experience in the region – and our suggestions. And then we’ll dig into it and custom-craft a private tour itinerary for your review. Give us a call at 800-424-7289 to get started, or click here to be on your way.

Signature Experiences

Below are just a few examples of the signature experiences that MIR can arrange for you in Bulgaria. Let them be a source of inspiration, then get in touch with one of our Private Tour Designers to craft an itinerary that’s 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.

Suggested Private Tours

And if you don’t feel that a fully-customized trip is what you seek, we’ve got the perfect solution. Whether you’re looking for a compact trip that hits the highlights or something more in depth, MIR offers suggested private tours that can be adapted to your choice of dates. Our itinerary, your dates – it’s a great option whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or in a small group.

Need a bit more encouragement? Or want a better lay of the land? Read more about how to design your own trip.

Also keep in mind that you can customize and tweak any of our small group tours to match your preferred dates of travel. Get in touch, we’re here to help.


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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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