Absorb the vibrant cultures, ancient castles and spectacular scenery of Transylvania on this exclusive rail cruise aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express.… see more
7 days from £4,395 ppView holiday details >
Tucked away in Europe's south-eastern corner, only recently has the ancient Republic of Bulgaria made the transition from well-kept secret to must-visit destination. For independent rail travellers, this is a country which ticks every box; eye-popping natural beauty encompasses mountain ranges, densely forested hills and magnificent lakes and waterfalls.
Meanwhile, Bulgaria's Mediterranean-influenced continental climate means that if you're seeking a break in the summer sun, the pristine beaches of the Black Sea coast offer an unspoilt alternative to the crowded sands of the Spanish Costas - with plenty of opportunities for walking, birdwatching, and wildlife spotting.
Absorb the unique blend of culture, ancient tales and architectural treasures on this fascinating voyage aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Meandering through verdant landscapes and along turquoise coastlines, this exclusive rail cruise delivers a captivating exploration of the Balkan nations and their surrounding countries.… see more
11 days from £6,895 ppView holiday details >
If your passion lies in exploring new cities, look no further than Bulgaria's stunning capital, Sofia, when planning your bespoke holiday with GRJ independent. A delightful mix of historic and modern buildings interspersed with public parks and gardens, laid-back Sofia boasts an abundance of cultural attractions.
Completed in 1912, the unmissable Aleksander Nevski Church is an impressive monument to the soldiers who died defending Bulgaria's independence in the Russo-Turkish War at the end of the nineteenth century. Equally magnificent is the former official residence of Bulgaria's royal family: today the Royal Palace contains the city's National Art Gallery and the Ethnographical Museum.
Historic buildings aside, Sofia also offers plentiful shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities and is at the heart of Bulgaria's modernised rail network which spans 4,000 kilometres of the country.
Wherever you wish to explore in Bulgaria, from the sun-kissed holiday resorts of the southern coast to the unspoilt northern countryside which surrounds the River Danube as it hugs the border with neighbouring Romania, you'll be able to travel in comfort and enjoy ever-changing views of this enchanting country. And, with plenty of opportunities to customise your independent holiday, from adding luxury hotels to travelling on heritage railways, you can truly make your experience your own.