14 days (13 nights)
Family with a teenager
Beach Holidays · Culture & Traditions · Myths & Legends · Outdoor Activities
Panoramic view of the Black Sea pearl, Nessebar, Bulgaria

A family of three (two adults and a 15-year-old teenager) planned to take a road trip to Bulgaria during the summer holidays.

The call

We had chosen a convenient time slot on the website, and Anastasia called us on time. The video call lasted approximately half an hour. We did not know much about Bulgaria, but we wanted to explore that country. So we had a lot of questions to ask her!

We explained to Anastasia that it would be our first trip to Bulgaria even though we had already visited a couple of other Balkan countries years ago. We planned to spend two weeks in total. Over the first week, we would travel across the country, while the second week would be dedicated to relaxing beach holidays. We heard a lot about Bulgaria’s amazing fine sandy beaches, and our daughter was dreaming about exploring them!

We usually travel by car as we think it is very convenient and enjoy the freedom it gives us. That is why we requested to rent a car for the whole journey.

Concerning accommodation, we asked to stay in 3- to 4-star hotels or in comfortable guest houses. 

The reservation

Anastasia emailed us a detailed description of our tailor-made holidays and a quotation the following week. It included all the elements we discussed and agreed upon during our call. She also sent to us useful advice to purchase our flight tickets. 

As a result, we approved and signed the quotation electronically and paid a deposit. As soon as we booked our air tickets, we forwarded our flight details to Anastasia so that she could arrange a smooth transfer from the airport. We were looking forward to our summer road trip in Bulgaria!

Hiking in the Yagodina valley, Bulgaria
Village lost in the majestic Rhodope Mountains, Yagodina, Bulgaria

The preparations

Two weeks before departure, we received a comprehensive travel book setting out the complete itinerary by email. It also included many other things, such as travel advice and recommendations of restaurants and Bulgarian cuisine.

Thanks to a specific reference number sent by Velstana, it was also available online via a link and on a handy free app – that can even be used in offline mode – available for iOS and Android devices.

Trip details


Arrival in Sofia

Upon arrival at Sofia airport, a driver met and greeted us. He brought us to a very well-located hotel in the city center of Sofia. We wanted to find out a little more about Bulgaria behind the Iron curtain period, so Velstana arranged an interesting guided Communist tour of Sofia for us. Read moreHide

Rila Monastery

After breakfast, our car was already delivered to the hotel address. We headed off to one of the most amazing places in Bulgaria, Rila Monastery. It was a 2-hour drive on a picturesque road, including a stop by Stob's Pyramids, which was definitely worth it! An even more exciting experience was to stay at the monastery overnight! We felt so privileged: Read moreHide

The village of Melnik and wine tasting

Our next stage was the charming village of Melnik. We went on a nice and easy hike to the spectacular sandstone pyramids and Rozhen monastery. In the evening, we had a private wine-tasting session arranged for us. It took place in a picturesque wine cellar, Read moreHide

Majestic mountains

We drove to Shiroka Laka, a lovely town located in the Rhodope mountains. The road was scenic. We stopped by a cave situated in a stunning gorge on our way. We all, but especially our daughter, enjoyed this experience! We also went on a short hike up to the mountain, Read moreHide

Towards the cultural capital of Bulgaria

We headed to the cultural capital of Bulgaria, Plovdiv. We visited a couple of very interesting places on the road to Plovdiv, including Bachkovo Monastery and Assen's fortress. In Plovdiv, we stayed at a nice guest house for two nights. It was within walking distance to all the main attractions of the old town.

Discovering Plovdiv

We spent all day exploring Plovdiv. We had a guided city tour which helped us explore the most interesting spots of the old town.

Exploring Bulgarian mysteries

Our daughter had always been into mysteries and riddles. As a result, Velstana arranged a private guided tour of the ancient, unknown, and highly mysterious city of Perperikon. We were astonished how come we had never heard about that place! It was one of the most impressive things we have ever seen in Europe!

The beginning of beach holidays

We drove to the beautiful seaside resort of Sozopol, located on the Black Sea coast. Here we stayed for 6 nights at a nice hotel in the very heart of the old town. Sozopol charmed us with its narrow cobblestoned streets and wooden houses.

Beach holidays

We took our time and spent several relaxing days on the beach. We sunbathed, swam, and enjoyed local food, wine, and music in the town's best restaurants. Thanks to Velstana, we discovered several amazing secret beaches not far away from Sozopol. We also went on several fascinating excursions. We especially remembered going by speed boat to the pearl of the Black Sea, Nesebar, and an amazing nature Reserve Park.

Last sunbath

We spent our morning on the beach before driving to Burgas airport in the afternoon in order to return the car and take a flight back to France.

Price and services for this family road trip: €820 per person


  • 13 nights (breakfast included) in 3* to 4* hotels and guest houses
  • Car rental (economy class) for 13 days, including third-party liability insurance and standard coverage in case of damages and theft (CDW and TP) + delivery at the hotel in Sofia and return in Burgas airport
  • Private transfer from Sofia airport to the hotel
  • Guided tour in Sofia
  • Guided tour in Plovdiv
  • Wine tasting for 2 adults in Melnik
  • Guided tour of Perperikon
  • Travel Book accessible anywhere, anytime, including a one-of-a-kind itinerary


  • Flight tickets 
  • Car fuel and security deposit for the car rental
  • Additional car coverage (on request)
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Travel insurance

The abovementioned sample prices are for guidance only and are not binding. The total cost of your holiday will depend on a number of factors, including time of year of travel and choice of accommodation and transport. The actual cost of your holiday is as set out in the Booking Confirmation.

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