At B&R we make it incredibly easy for you to journey with your friends, family, colleagues or on your own. Create your own private trip by taking over one of our dates—or we can request a fresh one. Prices are sliding scale to suit the number of travellers. Interested in tweaking the itinerary? We can do that too. Ask us for details!
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
Bask in Balkan beauty
Found between the trade routes of Europe and Asia, Bulgaria fuses Eastern Orthodox traditions, Byzantine art, Ottoman architecture and Pagan practices. This diversity exists in the landscape, too: a patchwork of farmland, alpine peaks, curious caves and rock formations that skirt the horizon. We immerse ourselves in the local culture as we travel across unspoiled terrain, indulge in the region’s cuisine and roam between misty mountains and ancient ruins.
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Day by Day
Hit the meandering trails of Mount Vitosha, the oldest nature park on the Balkan Peninsula. Pass along ice-age stone rivers and beech-pine forests, backdropped by spectacular views over the ancient city of Sofia.
Hike to the 11thC Bachkovo Monastery. Marvel at its frescos and then head further into the Red Wall Biosphere reserve. Savour a classic Balkan lunch followed by an in-depth tour of Plovdiv.
Journey to the enchanting Rhodope Mountains. Visit Shiroka Laka and learn about its bagpipe tradition before following a countryside path down to the village of Gela.
Stroll the land of Orpheus (legend goes the Greek hero was born here) with a local guide who will regale old tales. Return to Gela and learn how to make banitsa accompanied by a folklore music performance.
Visit Dolen, a village famous for its stone-tiled roofs. Meet with a local ethnologist who will guide you on a walk and share insights into the area's cultural diversity. This evening, enjoy a tasting of local wine.
Discover Melnik, with its natural sand pyramid coves and beautifully eroded rock. Follow a twisting trail to the 16thC Rozhen Monastery before indulging in more earthly pleasures at a local mehana (tavern).
Say so long to Melnik and head to Sofia, stopping along the way at the country's famous 10thC Rila Monastery. Trek to the Hermit Cave of St. John followed by lunch at a riverside restaurant nearby.
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide and driver will pick you up and drive you to the airport in time for your onward flight. Safe travels!
Wander through the Rhodopes.
Hebros Hotel, Plovdiv
In the heart of the old town, this renaissance house was built by a wealthy merchant more than 200 years ago and later went on to serve as the official residence of Bulgaria’s former Communist leader Todor Zhivkov. The house has recently been restored to its 19th-century glory and boasts an award-winning restaurant that adheres to the Slow Food movement. View hotel website »
Hotel Gela & Spa, Gela
Soak up the views from this rustic boutique hotel in the village of Gela—the most beautiful and virgin part of the Rhodope Mountains. The owner, Petjo, successfully combines local style and traditions with modern conveniences, paying attention to the smallest of details to offer excellent service. View hotel website »
Zornitza Family Estate, Melnik
Six Tuscan Style Villas, characterized by their stonework, timber beams, red bricks and artistic design, come together to form the Zornitza Family Estate. A fireplace in each villa provides warmth on chilly evenings, while the vast terraces give way to magnificent views of the surrounding vineyards. The on-site restaurant features an impressive selection of nearly 300 wines from the region and around the world. View hotel website »
From its prime position overlooking the Narodno Sabranie Square, revel in modern luxury at the InterContinental Sofia. Polished and contemporary guestrooms come awash in pastel hues and with exceptional views over one of the most charming capital cities in Eastern Europe. View hotel website »
Loved this trip from beginning to end. The guides, the routes planned, itineraries, guided tours, absolutely everything was nothing short of stupendous!— D'Arcy Gagnon
A most memorable trip. B&R provided an absolute stress free experience. Fantastic, smart, amazing guides who thought outside the box to customize our activities.— Jeanie Alhadeff
This trip is rated Occasional. The terrain is mostly flat, with a one steeper walk in Melnik. Walks in the city are often hilly, but the pace is leisurely.
“I can’t say I really work out, but I do walk a couple of times a week at home.”
Country lanes, footpaths and coastal or forest trails, all on relatively flat terrain, perhaps with an occasional hill.Read more on our Activity Levels
What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you’d
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted ‘til you got them.
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.
- All hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated with wine
- Services of National guide(s) and support vehicles
- Detailed maps, and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off, including your airport drop-off
- Internal flights
- All baggage transportation
Sometimes your B&R trip simply isn’t long enough! Extend your stay for the best vacation possible. If you wish to spend a few days in region either before or after your official B&R trip, and need assistance making those plans, your B&R Travel Advisor can help.
Call us to create an independent travel experience that fits your needs—we can also arrange for a local guide.
Spend more time in Sofia
Bulgaria's capital Sofia has a lot to offer. Consider joining us on a bike ride throughout the city's amazing parks and green areas before your adventure begins. You can also join one of our expert local guides for a walk through the historical center to learn more about the country's history, culture and traditions. Speak with your Travel Advisor for more details.
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