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What to expect

Old Town Charm

Explore the charming Plovdiv Old Town

Unique Architecture

Enjoy a visit to the Rila Monastery

Fascinating History

Delve into history & culture in the capital Sofia

About the trip

Sofia is Bulgaria’s pleasingly laid-back capital with a scattering of onion-domed churches, Ottoman mosques and stubborn Red Army monuments that lend an eclectic, exotic feel, whilst Plovdiv is a melting pot of cultures and influences. Join your fellow solo travellers and accompanying Tour Leader on this great value, culture-themed city break as we explore the magnificent historical landmarks of these fascinating cities.

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What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Full Board: breakfast daily at the hotel, 3 dinners + 2 lunches
  • Welcome drink
  • Guided visits of Sofia, Rila Monastery and Plovdiv
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected


  • Arrive in Sofia & City Tour
  • Rila Monastery
  • Sightseeing in Plovdiv
  • Departure Day


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What you’ll be doing


Arrive in Sofia & City Tour

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

Rila Monastery

After breakfast we will visit Rila Monastery – the largest and most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria and listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Bulgaria’s most famous monastery that has been a spiritual centre for over 1000 years. Rila Monastery’s fortress-like complex engulfs 8800 sq. m, and within its stone walls we’ll find remarkably colourful architecture and religious art. You can’t fail to be struck by its elegant colonnades, archways striped in black, red and white, and the bright yellow domes of its main church, beneath which dance apocalyptic frescoes. All this splendour, against a backdrop of mist-swirled mountains, has made Rila Monastery hugely popular among both pilgrims and curious visitors.

After light lunch we will return to Sofia.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore Sofia independently. In the evening, we will enjoy dinner at local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Sightseeing in Plovdiv

After breakfast at our hotel we will 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 visit a local family and their restaurant, where we enjoy lunch.

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

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December 23 °C 11 °C

Our Reviews

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