8 May 2014

5 Holidaymaker Favourites - Summer Excursions in Bulgaria


Bulgaria is a fascinating country. Steeped in rich cultural history and an abundance of ancient architecture left by its five centuries of Ottoman rule and thousands of years of Bulgarian Empire reign, there certainly is plenty to see and do on your holiday to Bulgaria. 

At Balkan Holidays we know not everyone's holiday is complete with just lazing on a sun-lounger or swimming in the pool. With this in mind we have carefully put together an amazing selection of excursions to satisfy all tastes and ages. Here are a few of our customers favourite excursions you can look forward to on your next summer holiday to Bulgaria.

1. Day Trip to Varna

For those who are looking at staying in one of Bulgaria's beautiful Northern resorts, Varna is a must see. It is the nearest major city and airport serving these resorts. As the largest city on the Black Sea Coast, it attracts thousands and thousands of tourists every year, as one of Bulgaria's major shopping districts, it is an ideal trip for visitors who love to shop until they drop, either in one of the three large shopping centres or, for more traditional shoppers, try Kolkhozen Pazar, the largest market in Varna, selling a vast array of local produce, clothing and souvenirs. But, it isn't just the shopping that attracts visitors, Varna is home to some amazing historical and cultural sites. 

Visit the Varna Archaeological Museum, home to the Gold of Varna, the oldest golden treasure ever found dating back as far as 4,600BC! Or take a stroll around the Sea Garden, Varna's largest open air park, in this grand park you can find Varna Aquarium, the Festa Dolphinarium, the Nicolaus Copernicus Observatory and Planetarium, the Museum of Natural History and much more. After a day of sight seeing, you can relax in one of the hundreds of bars or restaurants, with menus ranging from local Bulgarian cuisine to Italian, French and even British Pub Classics.

2. Nessebar Sightseeing

Nessebar is one of Europe's oldest towns, and has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded 3,000 years ago by the Tharacian Empire, it has been ruled by the Romans, Greeks, Byzantines and even the Ottoman empire claimed its share of this beautiful town, each one of these historic civilisations has left its mark on the resort. With a trip to this fascinating old town you will get the chance to visit some of Bulgaria's oldest temples, agoras, and even Medieval Basilicas. Add to this approximately 40 unique and breath-taking churches you can visit, and rustic cobblestoned streets adorned with local shops and mehanas, you'll fall in love with Nessebar in no time!

3. Aqua Park

With three Aqua-Parks in Sunny Beach, "Action Aqua Park", "Kuban Aqua Park" and "Aqua Paradise" and "Aquapolis" in Golden Sands, you can guarantee that you'll have waves of fun at any of these outstanding adventure parks. With twists, turns, rapids, sheer drops and even a lazy river, these aquaparks are perfect for families, big kids, thrill seekers, groups of friends and even couples, no one can resist the charm of a good water park! Guaranteed laughs, screams and adrenaline is sure to be found at any of these four splash-tastic locations.

4. Jeep Safari

Want to let your adventurous side loose? Maybe you want to see Bulgaria in a completely different light? A jeep safari could be exactly what you are after! On this amazing excursion, you will be taken off road to a traditional Bulgarian village and have a chance to rub shoulders with the locals, and even have a chance to try a traditional Bulgarian treat with home made pie! Then head toward the scenic mountain ranges of southern Bulgaria with a chance to rest at the waterfall near Stara Planina before lunch in a traditional folk style complex, complete with games, crafts, pottery and even donkey rides for the children! 

Before you head home after an exciting day exploring the vast and beautiful countryside, you will have the opportunity to stop and have a spot of dinner, all local, fresh and organic of course. And when you arrive back in resort, you will have a truly amazing and picturesque story to tell everyone you know!

5. Khan's Tent

Situated on the hillside near Sunny Beach, this restaurant-come-dinner and show establishment has long been a coveted favourite with tourists and locals alike, no trip to Bulgaria is complete without booking an evening of fun and food at Khan's Tent! You will be treated to a stunning four course meal with wine (and soft drinks for the children) and sublime entertainment that would not look out of place in London's West End or Las Vegas! From jaw-dropping contortionists to beautiful dancers dressed in equally glamourous costumes, every trip is second to none! And with its idyllic location, you can even catch the sun setting over the inspiring coastline.

All of these exciting excursions, and many more, are available to book with your representative in resort, but be quick, excursions are extremely popular and can get booked up very quickly, we always recommend arranging any trips at your welcome meeting upon arrival in resort.

To see our Top 5 Winter Excursions click here.


For your peace of mind, the representatives of the local groundhandler will only offer you the opportunity to purchase  excursions operated by officially licensed local providers.

Your contract is directly with the local providers of the excursion, and not Balkan Holidays Ltd or their local ground handlers. Neither is responsible for the provision of the excursion or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the local providers. Contract details are available from the local provider on request. Local Standards Apply.