What you can expect

Traditional New Year’s Eve Dinner and Celebrations

Visit to the Rila Monastery

Plovdiv and Sofia city tours

About the trip

Ever celebrated New Year in Bulgaria? Their festivities are like nothing you’ve ever experienced! Known for keeping their folklore traditions beautifully alive, the Bulgarians love nothing more than welcoming travellers with open arms, sharing everything they’ve learnt for generations with warm local hospitality. This short, jam-packed city break invites you to soak up the festive mood of Sofia and feel the spirit of New Year in a place that’s got all those wintery feels.   

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What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/Double room for sole use
  • Welcome drink
  • Full Board: breakfast daily at the hotel, 3 dinners + 2 lunches
  • Sofia and Plovdiv city walks
  • Visit to Rila Monastery
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected


  • Arrive in Sofia
  • Rila Monastery - New Year Eve Celebration
  • Plovdiv
  • Departure day
  • Insurance click here

What you’ll be doing


Arrive in Sofia

After landing at Sofia airport, meet your Solos Tour Leader and local guide and transfer to our centrally located hotel. After a short break and welcome drink we join the walking tour of the historical center of the city: visit to the Alexander Nevski cathedral, Basillica St. Sofia, Parliament square, National Theatre, Royal Palace, Rotunda St. George, Banya Bashi Mosque, Sofia Synagogue and more. In the evening – dinner in a local modern restaurant with nice contemporary, yet traditional meals.
  • 4* Eurostars Sofia City Hotel
  • Dinner Included
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Rila Monastery - New Year Eve Celebration

After breakfast we visit to the UNESCO listed Rila monastery – one of the cultural-historical highlights of Bulgaria. It’s 11 centuries of rich history and its unique architecture and arts are unmatched. Our guide will tell us about the development of the holy monastery through the ages. Next is light lunch in a nearby tavern and return back to the capital Sofia. In the afternoon we have some free time to prepare for the welcoming of the New year. Next we will head to a local restaurant, where we will participate in a beautiful folklore evening with a traditional dinner and, of course, a party. There will be a traditional New year’s eve dinner (always with “sarmi”, pork chops and sweets), there will be a Banitsa (traditional pastry) with fortunes and dogwood branches with buds, which we then have to throw into the fireplace, there will be a live folklore show (dancing and singing) and, of course, champagne. Late return to our hotel.
  • 4* Eurostars Sofia City Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included


Today we start later, giving enough time for us to relax after the last night celebration. In the early afternoon we transfer to Plovdiv, the second city of Bulgaria, where we will visit the most remarkable landmarks from the antiquity. Before the tour of the city we will visit a local family and their restaurant, where we will have a lunch. Our hosts will tell us more about the traditions of the first day of the new year. Next is the tour of Plovdiv – the oldest city of Europe offers amazing cultural-historical monuments: visit to the Ancient Roman Theater, Stadium and Odeon, visit to the Old Town (a UNESCO site), visit to “The Trap” (the vibrant little district with the best cafés and art shops). In the late afternoon we return to Sofia and to our hotel. In the evening we gather for a farewell dinner together.
  • 4* Eurostars Sofia City Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Departure day

After breakfast we’ll have some more free time to explore Sofia further before transferring to the airport for our return flight home.
  • Breakfast Included


4* Eurostars Sofia City Hotel

Not far from the Parliament building and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral you will find Eurostars Sofia City, an accommodation with contemporary, colourful décor offering the best services and facilities for a few unforgettable days discovering the life and culture of Sofia. Its designer rooms are perfect for relaxing and recharging after a day of sightseeing. Situated near the Old Town, it is the convenient starting point for guests wanting to explore the city, enjoying a prime location close to many of the most important monuments and points of interest.

Facilities Include

Hotel offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking and a bar. This 4-star hotel offers a tour desk and luggage storage space. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi.

Room Includes

The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. At Eurostars Sofia City each room is equipped with bed linen and towels.

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Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January 2 °C -5 °C
February 5 °C -3 °C
March 10 °C °C
April 16 °C 5 °C
May 21 °C 10 °C
June 24 °C 14 °C
July - August 27 °C 15 °C
September 23 °C 11 °C
October 16 °C 7 °C
November 9 °C 3 °C
December 4 °C -2 °C

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