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Discover the relatively undiscovered Bulgaria, one of Europe’s most authentic destinations. With seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a blend of Persian, Greek, Roman, Turkish and Russian history, this is truly a land rich in culture – in fact, Plovdiv, the country’s second-largest city, was named European Capital of Culture in 2019 (and is the home of the country’s “slow-food” movement). Cruise passengers can explore the port of Burgas and venture to nearby Nessebar, an ancient town filled with museums and churches set on a pretty peninsula. In the capital of Sofia, find vibrant shopping and entertainment options complemented by rich architecture. Visit the National History Museum for its remarkable collection of Thracian gold vessels and jewelry. Day trip to the famous Rila Monastery, one of the most impressive Christian monuments on the continent for its size, architectural style and abundance of frescoes. Explore the preserved churches and majestic castle ruins of Veliko Tarnovo. Find a heady blend of pristine nature, humming cities and an ever-present sense of ancient history throughout beguiling Bulgaria.
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Itineraries to Inspire
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When to Visit
Bulgaria has a continental climate. The best times to visit Bulgaria are either in the Spring – April and May, early summertime in June and September. July and August can become quite hot. Winters are harsh and snow is common.
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