The Veleka valley is one of Bulgaria's true hidden gems. On this motorboat cruise along the River Veleka, you'll discover landscapes barely changed by humans. From wooded banks to golden natural beaches and endemic fauna, this is the great outdoors as Mother Nature intended it. The fun kicks off when you hop on a 4x4 and make for the starting point. Then, as you meander along the Veleka towards the Black Sea, you'll experience an array of scenery and maybe even encounter amphibious animals such as turtles and snakes. The dense woodlands give way to the stunning beach of Sinemorets – one of the most beautiful in Bulgaria. It is formed from an 800-metre-long sandbar at the river's mouth. On either side are cliffs – a coastal wilderness hard to come by in this day and age.A fascinating morning excursion that combines great natural sightseeing with a relaxing boat trip on one of Bulgaria's most unspoiled rivers.
Sun, slides and sun cream are the order of the day at Nessebar's Aqua Paradise water park. You'll have a rip-roaring time gliding down the park's 25 waterslides, splashing about in the pools and resting up between the action on the sun loungers. All ages are well and truly catered for.And with transport taken care of, too, all you'll need is your bathing gear and sense of adventure. Speed down the Spiral, race down the Phantom or land into the Deep Blue. Then there's the Slalom to tackle, or try your hand at taming the Wild Cobra while hopping between a whole host of other waterslides.Fit in some relaxation time with two rivers, pools with hydrotherapy and a hoy tub at your disposal. Meanwhile kids can run riot in the Water Castle and pool, or time it right for one of the shows starting throughout the day.
Charming villages, cultural traditions and beautiful Balkan scenery are what this off-road adventure are all about. The action kicks off in the scenic surrounds of Strandja Nature Park for an eco-tour of the pristine forest – it's home to a rich variety of species like reptiles, wild boar and even jackal. Drop by Leyarnika cave and we break for lunch in the tiny hamlet of Brashljan. After a feast of traditional dishes and a folklore show performed by women of the village, there's a tour of the typical wooden houses and a tasting of locally made honey. Heading back to base, there's a final stop at a waterfall for some time to relax.
With its wide neoclassical boulevards and pedestrianised centre, Bourgas is a wonderful destination in its own right. It's also got probably the best array of stores in this stretch of the Black Sea – which makes it an ideal spot for a day of shopping.You'll be driven from your resort to Bourgas and dropped off in the centre. Stroll the tree-lined streets of the shopping district and take in the sights. Abundant cafés and restaurants – some of which are the best in this region – make for a welcome break. There are also historic churches and museums worth checking out. And if you get shopping out of the way early, head over to the sea garden – a massive area of parkland running the length of the town, with terraces filled with manicured flowerbeds, sculptures and cafés facing onto the sea.
An ancient seafront settlement on the Black Sea, Sozopol is a fascinating place to explore. Tour the cobbled streets and art galleries of the old quarter and enjoy a lunch of local favourites in a restaurant. Then after a boat cruise into Sozopol bay, it's back on land to visit Ravadinovo castle – Bulgaria's very own fairytale palace.Take a guided walk around its winding cobbled streets and wooden houses and you'll discover its history as an ancient Greek outpost. Taste some typical treats with lunch at a local restaurant then enjoy some free time to shop or explore.Board a boat and we'll take a short sail into Sozopol bay before heading back to shore for a visit to Ravadinovo Castle – an award-winning attraction packed with spires, towers and marble statues. Wandering palatial grounds and colourful gardens, you can head to the petting zoo for little ones, or just sit back and enjoy views over the man-made lake – it's pure enchantment at every turn.
Nothing beats a bar crawl to discover your holiday's hottest nightspots – and this one's the perfect intro to Sunny Beach, Bulgaria. With a welcome shot and discount drinks included at every bar, we'll hit the liveliest party places in town and top spots on the strip.
For an adventure into the Balkan mountains surrounding Sunny Beach, look no further than this extreme off-road excursion in the countryside. After a quick safety briefing, you'll set off in a 4x4. We'll drive along off-road tracks through rivers, villages and panoramic viewpoints before a pause in the action for a refreshing drink and a few fun games – there's even a prize for the winner. Following a route along picturesque mountain roads to a mineral spring, we'll rumble all the way to the village of Poroy. Here you'll stop for a well-earned lunch of traditional Bulgarian dishes and roasted bacon before returning to your hotel.
As rip-roaring Bulgarian nights go, few can hold a candle to an evening at Khan's Tent. Known as Hanska Shatra to the locals, this venue in the hills overlooking Sunny Beach is located where the medieval Khan Krum set up camp to besiege Nesebar. And Bulgarian history and heritage are very much a part of the Khan's Tent experience. After transfer to the venue, you'll sit down for a four-course dinner – with a bottle of wine – and witness amazing performances, ranging from acrobatics to choreographed dances and featuring popular live music. Impressive doesn't even begin to describe it.
With Bulgaria's coastline on one side and the Black Sea horizon on the other, the views really don't get more beautiful than during this catamaran cruise. And to make it just that bit better, you'll be wined and dined and generally pampered while soaking in the sights and the sun.As you step on board the largest luxury catamaran on the Black Sea, you'll be served a welcome drink. We'll then set sail and from here on in it's all about chilling out. You can stretch out on deck for a spot of sunbathing or amble over to the bar for a drink.After dropping anchor in a calm, secluded spot with just the right setting, you can go for a swim or snorkel and then it's time for a tasty lunch on board. This is what being on holidays is all about.
Action Waterpark in Sunny Beach lives up to its name in every way. Get ready for a day out with all the family that takes you whooshing down waterslides, whizzing down flumes and splashing about in activity pools. You'll enjoy all the rides the park has to offer while soaking up the sunshine in fun and friendly surroundings.
Get transferred in style from the Burgas airport to hotel or vice versa with various options available depending on your group size.
A famous Balkan beauty spot and Bulgaria's best wines are in store on this excursion. You'll embark on a walking tour of UNESCO-listed Nessebar, try local treats most tourists miss out on, and visit one of the Black Sea's top-rated wineries for a wine tasting tour.
Primorsko is a Bulgarian Black Sea resort that's big on beaches, bargains and beauty spots. With hassle free transport to and from, this morning trip to the town offers up around 3-hours free time to use as you choose. Shop ‘til you drop in the boutiques, bazaars and market stalls, stroll the seafront for a bite to eat or spread out your towel and relax on the sand – the choice is yours.
Enjoy an evening to remember at the Fire of the Balkans dinner show. Like a living museum, Bulgarian history and heritage are very much a part of the experience. Even the venue is special – it's every bit the authentic Balkan settlement. Try your hand at traditional activities like pottery making and loom weaving and then head to the banquet hall for dinner. After your fill of country fare, you'll watch a flurry of colourful costumes whirl before your eyes and witness age-old customs brought to life. But the real showstopper is the fire dance – an edge-of-your seat spectacular that sees brave souls walk across a bed of hot coals.
This full day tour features a trio of Bulgaria's southern highlights with a few added extras. Sozopol's up first – this 2,000-year-old town has a long story to tell, not least that the ancient Greeks settled here and christened it Apollonia. You'll take a scenic boat trip first to see the Bulgarian Black Sea coast from a new perspective, then venture into the historic old town for a guided walking tour. You'll have lunch at a folk-style restaurant followed by some free time. And last but not least, you'll cast your eyes on the medieval-like castle of Ravadinovo, which looks like a scene lifted from a storybook.
There are days at sea – and then there's this adults-only VIP catamaran cruise in the Nessebar Bay, which takes it to another level. Sip on unlimited soft drinks and beer, and feast on a buffet lunch while soaking in the Black Sea sun. And there's also a stop for swimming or snorkelling. A great day out.After pick-up, you'll head to harbour to board the catamaran. After a safety briefing and a welcome drink, it's anchors aweigh as we glide into the bay. Cool off with a swim, work on your tan and bathe your cares away. Grab a drink from the bar and take in the views.Your captain will then drop anchor for a spot of swimming. Masks and snorkels are available, too. While you're enjoying your dip, a tasty buffet lunch will be prepared by the crew.
Get ready for a day out with all the family that takes you whooshing down waterslides, whizzing down flumes and splashing about in activity pools. You'll enjoy all the rides that Action Aquapark in Sunny Beach has to offer while soaking up the sunshine in fun and friendly surroundings.Cooling off from the heat of the midday sun just got even more enjoyable at Action Aquapark Sunny Beach. You'll face your fears on extreme slides such as Kamikaze and rush down gravity-defying flumes like Freefall and Turbolence. And kids will love it too with family-friendly attractions like Wave Pool and Lazy River.They'll also be able to head on over to the Kids' Zone featuring Adventure Island, Water Castle and more while you sit back on a sun lounger and relax. For complete comfort, there's also changing rooms, showers and parasols as well as bars and restaurants to choose from.
What better way to kick off your Bulgarian holiday than a Hawaiian-themed beachfront bash with SCENE. As the sun begins to set, you'll hit the beach, grab a drink from the open bar and enjoy big beats from top DJs at the decks. Throw in free-flowing drinks from the 90-minute open bar too, and as the sun sets on the sea, you'll know you're in for no ordinary night.
If shopping is your thing, then heaven awaits on this full day tour to the village of Kableshkovo and city of Bourgas. First up is the traditional market in Kableshkovo followed by a visit to a shopping centre in Bourgas. Round off the day with free time in the city centre, where you'll be able to sightsee of rest those limbs after all that shopping.We'll get the tour underway in Kableshkovo – a village where you'll find a market crammed with stalls all stocked with everything Bulgarian – from wine to fresh produce, leather goods and more. Take some time to freely meander from stall to stall before we head to modern shopping mecca of Bourgas.Once you've shopped till you dropped at the mall, you'll be dropped off in the heart of the city where you can recuperate and explore at your own pace. Stroll through the Sea Garden or take the weight off your feet at one of the waterfront cafés.