26 Mar 2020
There’s more to Bulgaria than just unbeatable value for families this summer. As the leading specialist to Bulgaria with over 50 years experience, here's our list of 8 reasons why we think families will love our resorts this summer. 1. Unbeatable Value In January 2020, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria was crowned the world’s best value holiday resort by the Post Office. This is the third year running that Sunny Beach has won. For Mum and Dad, a pint of beer costs less than £1; for the kids, a pizza for lunch is £3. 2. Water Parks Galore The coast in Bulgaria is full of Water Parks, and a day here suits
16 Mar 2020
Response to Covid-19: Pay final balance 4 weeks before travel for new Summer 2020 holidays London, 16th March 2020   Specialist Tour Operator Balkan Holidays offers new payment terms for bookings for summer 2020. Balkan Holidays offers spring, summer and autumn breaks for all ages to Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro. They fly from 18 UK airports to Bulgaria on charter flights. New Special Offers as of 9th March 20 are: •    The balance due date on new summer 2020 package holidays is now payable 4 weeks prior to departure until further notice (10 weeks previously). •  
27 Feb 2020
Baba Marta is known as 'Grandma March Day' and is a holiday celebrated in Bulgaria on the 1st day of March. Bulgarians wear an item called a Martenitsa, usually in the form of a wrist band which is woven by binding red and white coloured threads together. The Martenitsa are not only worn on the day to celebrate the holiday but also through the month of March until a stork or a bloomed tree is seen which symbolises warmer weather and good health. The greeting exchanged by Bulgarian's on this day is Chestita Baba Marta (Happy Baba Marta). There are many different beliefs and opinions (even several legends, involving real
25 Feb 2020
The Rila Monastery is the most revered holy site in Bulgaria, stirring up huge enthusiasm and devotion amongst locals. Everyone who visits is captivated by its beauty, making it an absolute must see for those on holiday in the country. The approach to the Eastern Orthodox edifice is nothing special. It’s hidden away in a narrow and forested valley in the Rila Mountains, just over 100km from the resort of Borovets. Enter the courtyard however, and be prepared to be overwhelmed by ancient charm. This is Bulgaria’s largest and best known monastery. It was founded in AD 927 by Ivan Rilski, the leader of a monastic colony of
17 Feb 2020
Is it because Bulgaria is so famous for its long sandy beaches and ski peaks, that many don’t realise how green a country it is? Feedback received by Balkan Holidays reps often includes surprise at how lush and vibrant guests find towns and resorts. One top attraction is the Sea Garden in Bourgas. However, when flights for the coast come into Bourgas, guests are whisked off to Sunny Beach, Nessebar or Aheloy or other popular resorts. So a good day trip is to take the local bus the one-hour journey back to Bourgas to see the Sea Garden. (About 6 Leva, available from our southern coast resorts). The Bourgas Sea Garden is a
12 Feb 2020
Balkan Holidays is a proud partner of online forum Silver Travel Advisor (silvertraveladvisor.com), a website full of useful travel information for the over 50s. On 29th January 2020 their annual survey revealed some fascinating insights into the travel habits of the over 50s, from how travel research is done, how a holiday is booked, and the aspects of the holiday which are most important. Balkan Holidays launched ‘Time of Your Life’ holidays for Summer 2020, in the hope of providing everything a holidaymaker over the age of 50 wants and needs. Nine hotels are offered in this range, and they will include one or more
04 Feb 2020
Our ‘Surprising Bulgaria’ series today introduces a range of spas in the country for those looking for relaxation and treatments whilst on holiday. Whilst in the mountains recently, our team used the spas in the Hotel Rila, Borovets and the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, Bansko. The quality of the spas in these two hotels is extremely high, on a par with the best 5-star options in hotels and destinations across the world. In the Kempinski, the number of saunas seems endless. You can choose between a herbal sauna, and infrared sauna and at the other end of the spectrum, a snow room! The whole set up is straightforward, dignified
29 Jan 2020
Britain will leave the EU at 11pm on Friday night after the government’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill received formal assent last week and was ratified by the EU. The UK will end 47 years of EU membership, but nothing will change until January 2021. Instead, Britain will enter a transition period to allow talks on the new relationship with the EU. This means that anyone wishing to travel with us this summer will be able to do so with a valid UK passport and enough days remaining on it for your return date. You will not need 6 months remaining until January 2021. Customers wishing to bring back Tobacco, Alcohol and other goods
28 Jan 2020
London, 28th January 2020   Balkan Holidays has appointed Jessica Jane Applegate MBE as an ambassador for Bulgaria, flying from Norwich Airport. Balkan Holidays has asked Jessica Jane Applegate to be their official ambassador for Bulgaria in 2020, in particular to promote flights direct to Bulgaria from Norwich airport, near her home. Jessica Jane is Para GB champion paralymic swimmer, consistently winning in category S14 since 2012. She fell in love with Bulgaria when she visited with her family. In order to reach a new, younger audience in the Norwich area, Balkan Holidays have invited Jessica Jane to appear at a free event
21 Jan 2020
It’s good to know that the Black Sea Coast was named not after the sea, the beach or the shore, but in ancient times, after the dangers of crossing the waters. Nowadays, the vast majority of visitors to Bulgaria seek it out because it has long sandy beaches, almost all of which are gently sloping, and therefore which hold a huge appeal to families, couples, and anyone who just wants the simple pleasures of a day in the sun. The water is azure blue, clean and sparkling. Here are eight examples of great beaches on the coast. There are all types from remote and quiet (Sinemorets) to lively and bustling (Sunny Beach). Whilst many have
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