Bulgaria holiday by train

“No car, no hassle – explore Bulgaria on this 12 day train adventure, staying at family hotels, with plenty of time to explore its mountains and old towns.”

Highlights

Sofia | Iskar River Gorge | Vratsa Nature Park | medieval capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo | Tryavna town | Balkan Mountains | Kazanlak town in the Valley of Roses | Plovdiv | Rhodope Mountains | Velingrad | Razlog | Rila Monastery

Description of Bulgaria holiday by train

This slow-ride trip is the best way to discover Bulgaria’s many different faces: its painted monasteries, traditional villages, cultural landmarks and small family-run hotels, offering a warm Bulgarian welcome. And all this, independently and car-free, enjoying the dramatic landscapes of the railway roads of Bulgaria. Through the shabby train windows you will immerse in the scenic lands of 3 different mountain ranges: the Balkans, Rhodope and Rila Mountains. During this rail holiday you will visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Rila Monastery (10th century) and Kazanlak Thracian Tomb (4th century BC) and many iconic old towns with cobbled streets and local traditions, such as Veliko Tarnovo, Tryavna, and Plovdiv.

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09 Jul 2021
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23 Jul 2021
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06 Aug 2021
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
One of our main responsible policies is the protection of the local environment and the cultural heritage. Running this tour we try to minimise the impact on the visited areas and protect them by using public transport, such as trains and buses. Train rides give you the opportunity to explore much of Bulgaria’s cultural and natural hidden treasures without a car. Short car transfers are available from/to train stations to the local guesthouses/hotels.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Joining this trip you will visit many remote monasteries and traditional villages with very few inhabitants. Part of your money goes to the protection and restoration of some of the St. Sofia Holy Mountain Churches. Other, for accommodations such! We try to keep the money local by using only small guesthouses which have Green Lodge certificates or are family-run businesses. Green Lodge® is a certificate issued for guesthouses and small hotels that correspond to ECEAT sustainable tourism label and Eurogites quality standards. Hosts of these houses are local people who have special attention to local nature and culture. They will be your guide to interesting sites and events in the surroundings and will saturate your experience. Your stay at a Green Lodge will make you feel the charm of the traditional everyday life and guide you through local cuisine. Such place is Deshka’s Guesthouse. Your visit to her house in the mountain village Gorno Draglishte means a lot to the local people, who produce a lot of the goods used in the kitchen.

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Reviewed on 06 Jul 2019 by

Attending an opera in Plovdiv’s Roman amphitheatre was also very memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2017 by

Everything was very good. The genuine welcome from every host hotel or guesthouse was excellent. Staying in guesthouses and eating their normal local food. Highlights were Veliko Tarnovo (especially Hotel Gurko), Plovdiv, and the hosts at Boyana Guest House (Vratsa) & Guest House Deshka (Gorno Draglishte) were great fun. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2017 by

Both Plovdiv and Rile were interesting and enjoyable and despite communication problems the two homestays were interesting if challenging and the hosts we very friendly and kind. Read full review

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