A cultural melting pot of Greek, Slavic, Ottoman and Persian influences, Bulgaria offers cultural and exotic delights in traditional music, dance, costumes and crafts. Located in the Balkans on the western side of the Black Sea, Bulgaria is surrounded by Romania to the north and Greece/Turkey to the south.  Pick a winter holiday here and head into the wilderness on snowshoes through tiny mountain villages or challenge yourself on the Pirin and Rodopi Mountains, where the soaring summits leave you enthralled.

With medieval monasteries, enchanted caves with mythical histories and forests that echo with the plaintive cry of Europe’s remaining wolves, a trip to Bulgaria wins in the fairytale stakes.