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What you can expect

Epic NYE Celebration

New Year’s Eve dinner & traditional folklore evening

Unique Architecture

Delve into history with a visit to the Rila Monastery

Guided Tours

Explore the sights of Plovdiv & Sofia

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, and 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


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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 centre of the city,  visit 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, we feast on dinner in a local modern restaurant with nice contemporary, yet traditional meals.

  • Dinner Included


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Rila Monastery - New Year's Eve Celebration

After breakfast, we visit the UNESCO listed Rila monastery – one of the cultural-historical highlights of Bulgaria. Its 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 we return back to Sofia.

In the afternoon, we have some free time to prepare for the welcoming of the New Year.

We 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 throw into the fireplace. There will be a live folklore show (dancing and singing) and, of course, champagne.

Late return to our hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Sightseeing in Plovdiv

Today we enjoy a late start, allowing time to rest after last night’s festivities.

In the early afternoon, we transfer to Plovdiv, the second city of Bulgaria, to visit the most remarkable landmarks from the antiquity. Before the tour of the city, we visit a local family and their restaurant, where we enjoy 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, including a visit to the Ancient Roman Theatre, Stadium and Odeon, a stop-off at the Old Town (a UNESCO site), and we also explore ‘The Trap’ – a 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & 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


Four-star Astoria Grand Hotel

The Astoria Grand Hotel, is situated in the heart of Sofia, the vibrant capital of Bulgaria.

The hotel’s central location is one of its key attractions. It’s within easy walking distance of the city’s main attractions, including a variety of restaurants and bars, as well as the main convention centre, NDK. This makes it a perfect base for exploring the city, whether you’re interested in its rich history, vibrant nightlife, or thriving business scene.

One of the tallest buildings in Sofia, the Astoria Grand Hotel offers stunning views of both the city and the surrounding mountains. Guests can unwind in the comfort of their cosy rooms while taking in these breathtaking vistas. The hotel’s rooms, renovated in a modern classic style, provide a comfortable and stylish retreat after a day of sightseeing or business meetings.

Facilities Include

Hotel offers accommodation with a Atrium restaurant serving rich buffet breakfast, Allegro lobby bar and Djanam Sky club restaurant. 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 mini bar, Tea & Coffee making facilities, bottle of water on arrival, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower, hairdryer and toiletries. 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

Our Reviews

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