We highly recommend joining an organised tour of Bulgaria due to the language barrier and also public transport can be unreliable for cross country travel. Search small group overland adventure tours where you can see more of Bulgaria stopping off in places like Sofia seeing more than your average visitor exploring cities and rural countryside areas. If you are looking to experience the best places of Bulgaria on a budget then a backpacker tour is your best option, there are various travel companies specalising in small group adventure tours with very affordable prices. Some tours are specifically for Bulgaria whilst there are also itineraries where you can take in more countries in this area of Europe. There are also special interest wine and bird watching tours.
Adventure Tours in Bulgaria
Walking and Trekking Tours in Bulgaria
There are some of the best areas in Europe to join a walking and trekking tour, most are based around the Rodopi Mountains which are a very underrated and undervisited destination. Local and international travel operators offer tours here and you can expect a huge mountain range with spectacular scenery. The hikes and treks here are amazing, there are well taken paths and also more remote areas to visit and on these trips you will get to experience cultural highlights and see rural life in Bulgaria with farmers and local guesthouses - the local hospitality will be one of the highlights. Be sure to climb Vitosha which offer stunning views over Sofia. For safety reasons it is better to join a tour than to try it independently and there are tours available in both summer and winter.