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Green Holidays in Bulgaria

The crossroads of the Balkans, Mediterranean and Asia, Bulgaria has a rich mix of cultures and landscapes that make it a beguiling destination with much to offer the visitor.

The country is gaining rapidly in popularity both as a winter sports destination in its rugged mountain ranges and for summer holidays on its long, sandy Black Sea coast; its capital Sofia is an elegant, historic city with much to offer and many of its other towns retain the atmosphere and monuments of its long and turbulent history.

Snowshoeing through beautiful forests to visit the alluring Rila Monastery, trekking to Musala, the highest peak in the Balkans and fantastic cave exploration in a 250 metre deep gorge are just some of the great trip ideas to experience what this stunning Balkan country has to offer.  

Check out our picks of the best - and greenest - holidays in Bulgaria below, all of which you can reach by train.

Adventure family holiday in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe

Family Adventure Holiday - High Jinks in Bulgaria

Holidays for adventurous families in a land of rocky outcrops, dense forests, deep river gorges and vast caves... Enjoy horse riding, rock-climbing, caving...and learn about Bulgaria's fascinating history along the way.
£795 Land Only

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How to travel by train to Bulgaria

If you are looking to travel to Bulgaria, our detailed rail journey planner shows you where to change platforms/stations, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets.

Train from London to Sofia

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On a horse and cart on this cultural holiday

Explore Eastern Europe: Budapest to Istanbul

Travel across romantic Eastern Europe from Hungary to Turkey. From the haunted castles of Transylvania, across the stunning Carpathian Mountains to Bulgaria and beyond, be enchanted by medieval monasteries, old-world towns and warm hospitality.

From £1,810 (Maximum group size 12)

17 days
Various Sunday departures from April to October
Trekking the Ridges and Summits of Bulgaria

Trekking the Ridges and Summits of Bulgaria

Trek in the Rila and Pirin mountains of Bulgaria ~ Summit Vihren, Kotelo, Maliovitsa and Musala ~ Dramatic walking on the spectacular Marble Ridge ~ Overnight trek via the Pirin Ridges to the atmospheric Dark Lake ~ Visit UNESCO listed Rila Monastery

£595 Land Only

8 days (land only)
Various Saturday departures from June to September
Walking in the Rodopi Mountains, Bulgaria

Walking in the Rodopi Mountains, Bulgaria

We walk through varied landscapes including ancient coniferous forests, rugged limestone gorges, pass timeless villages where we experience the traditional rural way of life. We also visit two impressive caves, and the beautiful Bachkovo Monastery.

Prices from £699

8 days
Various Saturday departures from June to September
Budapest at night

Budapest to Sofia: Hungary and Bulgaria by Train

Visit castles, soak in thermal baths and sample gastronomic delights as you discover the hidden beauty of Hungary and Bulgaria. Experience the charm of Eastern Europe on this 10-day tour, travelling by rail from majestic Budapest to beautiful Sofia.

From £999 GBP

10 days
Various departures through the year
Eiffel Tower, Paris

European Adventure: London to Sofia by Train

Experience the best of Europe by rail on this 22-day tour, a diverse mix of modern cities, picturesque countryside, famous sights and historical wonders, taking you all the way from metropolitan London to Sofia, the laid-back capital of Bulgaria.

From £2,899 GBP

22 days
Departures throughout the year
Rhodope Mountains

Rhodope Mountain Secrets with Go Barefoot Travel

An ecotourism escape discovering the beauty and rural communities of Bulgaria’s Rhodope mountains on bike, foot and horseback.

£999

7
Various departures during the spring, summer and autumn
Pirin Mountains

Bulgarian National Parks, Bulgaria

We begin in the Pirin Mountains, attempting an ascent of Mt Vihren, then on to the Rila, taking in the Rila Monastery, concluding in an attempt on Musala, the highest peak in south-eastern Europe.

Prices from £699

8 days
Various Saturday departures from July to August
Adventure family holiday in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe

Family Adventure Holiday - High Jinks in Bulgaria

Holidays for adventurous families in a land of rocky outcrops, dense forests, deep river gorges and vast caves... Enjoy horse riding, rock-climbing, caving...and learn about Bulgaria's fascinating history along the way.

£795 Land Only

8 days
Various departures May to October
Trekking in Sutjeska N.P

Walking in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro

This itinerary includes some of the best trekking the region has to offer: ascending Bosnia's highest peak, Maglic Mountain; passing hidden waterfalls and glacial lakes; and heading into the Perucica Forest with its thriving wildlife.

From £1099.00 GBP

9 days
Thursday departures from June to September