Bulgaria cruises

There is more to the Balkan nation of Bulgaria than meets the eye. You might have heard about the Black Sea coastline where long white sandy beaches attract European tourists who gather in the summer.

But what about the wilderness of the seven vast mountain ranges carving up the landscape? What about the crumbling remains of ancient civilisations such as the Thracians, scattered like hidden treasure across the country? Bulgaria is a vibrant mesh of contrasts, cultures and contradictions and it is sure to fascinate each and every visitor.

Highlights

Bulgaria has a long, sometimes violent, always fascinating history. It has been invaded and conquered by a number of different civilisations over the years, including the Greeks, Romans, Turks and Byzantines. Each left their own distinct mark on the landscape of Bulgaria, meaning there are plenty of fascinating ruins, churches and tombs to explore during your Bulgaria cruise.

Location

The 11th century UNESCO World Heritage town of Nessebar features mediaeval ruins and many important archaeological sites. The town’s mesmerising 7,500 square feet of internal walls are painted with incredibly well-preserved murals and you may find it difficult to believe how old they are. Visit the Nessebar Archaeological Museum and admire the impressive collection of ancient Greek and Roman artefacts.

For those wanting to relax, the seaside town of Pomorie allows passengers to soak up the sun by the sea. This resort town has many cafés, bars and restaurants and a beautiful walking path along the coast. Bring your swim wear if you would like a swim or sit back under the shade of the trees and enjoy the views. Pomorie is famous for its wine cellars and visitors have the chance to see one of the town’s wine vaults, as well as sampling some of the local specialities such as aromatic wines and flavoursome brandies produced in the surrounding countryside.

Burgas is the second largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast but still has the charm of the fishing village it originates from, with its welcoming sandy beaches and beautiful blue seas.

Climate

The climate of Bulgaria is mostly moderate, and is split into four distinct seasons differing between the north and south of the country. High season is between June and August, and is typified by high temperatures, sunny days and warm evenings. The Black Sea coast is particularly busy at this time. For this reason, spring (April – May) is one of the best times to visit Bulgaria, when the weather remains warm but there are fewer tourists around. Temperatures fall rapidly in winter (October – March) and many attractions tend to shut down until spring.

Useful Information

The currency used in Bulgaria is the Bulgarian Lev. ATMs are widely available throughout the country, and credit cards are accepted at most shops, bars and restaurants. 10% is a good guideline for tipping when service is not already included.

Bulgarian is the language spoken by the majority of Bulgaria, while Turkish and Romani are also used in certain parts of the country.

Ports we visit in Bulgaria