See why you must visit the country of Bulgaria!

flights to bulgaria with balkan holidaysIt wouldn’t take long to convince you if it already happened in your life before. Hardly would anyone forget easily the time of taking on holidays to Bulgaria. It might not be as fancy as going on vacation to St. Tropez or represent such a distinct destination as the pyramids of Egypt. But visiting the country located in the heart of the Balkans is something worth trying… And repeating.

The most affordable summer and/or winter vacation

Even if you deny admitting it, most of you spend hours and days to calculate the expenses during the summer break or the ski holidays. Well, you shouldn’t be precise about the budget frame here because you will fit it with ease. Thanks to Balkan Holidays 2018 deals  you will find the opportunity to spend a whole week on the Black Sea on the price of a weekend trip from Sheffield to London and back. It might cost even less than that! Because of the cheap holidays Bulgaria, in fact, gained substantial prominence in the last two decades. And if you haven’t been on a trip there before, maybe it is not too late to book a room till the end of the year.

Choosing the exact type of accommodation depends on how you imagine your daily routine would look like. If your plans for activity are concentrated around one certain resort like Albena or Sunny Beach, then going on package holidays to Bulgaria might be the most suitable choice. On the other hand, there is much to be seen around in the country so it worth to think about a real trip around. This will certainly make you remember your holidays to Bulgaria for a lifetime!

What do you prefer – the sea or the mountain?

holidays to bulgaria, rila mountainThere is no need to exclude any of these options since there is a real chance to enjoy both in the country. Considering Balkan holidays, Bulgaria represents one of the best picks to share your vacation between the beach and the hiking on the hills. The Black Sea washes the footsteps of two ranges – yes, only two out of almost 40 on the territory of the state. The easternmost part of Stara Planina, or the Balkan Mountains, stretches to the shores near Sunny Beach and St. Vlas from the southern side so residing in one of these resorts will provide with an easy decision if you wish to spend some time hiking or tracking, or just walking around.

The other mountain range is called Strandzha and is located at the southeastern corner of the country near small towns like Tzarevo and Ahtopol. It is not high at all and can be perceived more as a hilly forest rather than a mountain but it’s still beautiful. Don’t hesitate to go there for a day or two even if you are on package holidays to Bulgaria. Every other mountain in the country that worth the visit is to be found on the western section of the map. You will not regret spending several days in Rila, Pirin, and Rhodopes in August or September. These ranges host some of the best ski resorts in Eastern Europe, but speaking of Balkan Holidays, Bulgaria welcomes visitors there 12 months of the year.

Do you love exploring history? Bulgaria will blow your mind

This is not an overstatement. The country is officially ranked third in Europe after Greece and Italy counting the number of historical objects and artifacts found on its territory. The legacy of the Thracian people and their kingdoms is spread all over the land. Among the most prominent sites stands out the Kazanlak tomb but there are numerous objects of the necropolis type in the valley of the Thracian rulers near the ancient city of Seuthopolis located south of the Balkan mountain.

nessebar bulgaria holidaysCombining the beach vacation with the visit of such historical places is also a great option. For this agenda, you can check at Balkan Holidays Bulgaria section for the most suitable deals . Nessebar is the name to stand out undoubtedly as the only UNESCO World Heritage site on the Black Sea in Bulgaria. The Old Town of Sozopol is a charming quarter too. On the north, probably the palace in Balchik is the most prominent object but not linked with the Antiquity – it has been built by the order of the Romanian queen less than a century ago.

But you should move away from the sea to visit some of the most interesting areas of ancient remains. The increasingly popular Perperikon, sometimes compared to the famous Knossos located on the island of Crete, stands high on the hill near the town of Kardzhali. The capital of Medieval Second Kingdom of Bulgaria was set in Veliko Tarnovo and the reconstructed Tzarecetz royal palace and fortress is among the favorite sites to visit in the country by local and foreign tourists. The Rila Monastery found in 10th century stands as another kind of historical place worth to be seen and it’s still active.

Include city tours in your schedule

Because of the cheap holidays, Bulgaria makes it obtainable for everyone to visit more than one place during the vacation. Having trips around some of the biggest cities in the country can be combined easily with a longer stay on the beach or in a mountain resort. Sofia is a busy and noisy at times but exploring the capital during the day and during the night is something you need to go through if you plan to get in and around the most populous city in the state. Going for package holidays to Bulgaria to enjoy the Black Sea grants the opportunity to spend a day in Varna or Bourgas, depending if you book a room in the northern part of the country’s coastline or the northern. At least two more cities located away from the beach worth the visit – Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo which has been mentioned already.

One thing is for sure – going for holidays to Bulgaria only for a week is not enough to see it all. But let’s start with this and you will find your reason to return.

The 10 Most Asked Questions About Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach

In the last two decades or so, this resort has grown significantly in terms of the demand, the tourist flow and thus – the infrastructurw and the quality of the service. It is beyond any doubt that in Bulgaria Sunny Beach is the leading seaside destination and the place pools more and more people every year. What would ask those who have never been on the Black Sea – let us guess about it.

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Where Do the British Spend their Summer Holidays in 2018

Let us guess about it. The British tourists will prefer to pack up for a place where the weather is nice to avoid the rainy days in the UK that never end even in the middle of the year. The beauties of nature will definitely add to the list of reason to pick one place or another. The Brits will certainly look for the opportunities that turn out to be more affordable so the all-inclusive holidays will probably fit the most such a concept. And everyone regardless of origin or domicile would like to have a good time during the summer vacation. Well, some consider the “good time” as the possibility to rest undisturbed for a week or two while for others relaxing all the time sounds boring. It depends who you ask but one thing is for sure – every traveler likes to feel safe heading for a distant trip.

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From Eurovision 2018 to summer holiday in Bulgaria

Despite being not present in the list of the countries that have winners in the Eurovision, Bulgarian performers enjoy substantial success in the recent years. Last year a young singer from the country – Kristian Kostov, reached to the runner-up position and ranked really close to the top of the most prominent continental song contest. The 4th place of Poly Genova, one of the most recognized faces in Bulgarian pop music have to be added to the list of the achievements. Well, Eurovision 2018 wasn’t a big deal and the group representing the country didn’t make it to the top 10. But this year speaking of Bulgaria Sunny Beach is the name to make it more famous around the world. The leading seaside resort on the Black Sea definitely has a bigger chance to become a common name for Western Europe compared to the singing band called Equinox.

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An ultimate guide to Nessebar, Bulgaria 2018

Combining beach enjoyment and historic object visit represents the main agenda of thousands of travelers for the summer holidays. While far from the popularity of Italian or Greek resorts and not as famous as Cascais in Portugal or Dubrovnik in Croatia, in Bulgaria Nessebar is the top choice of such category. The hype of modernity meets the romantic scent of ancient to form a unique mix for a great vacation on the Black Sea coast.

When two sides make up for one wonderful experience

the mill in Nessebar is a top tourist attraction

The town is divided literally in two. That part of Nessebar, Bulgaria that was built and developed more recently is bigger in size and population and actually this is where you can find both beach zones and the vast majority of hotels – the best deals are to be found through Balkan Holidays . A narrow strip of land connects the modern borough with the old town which was habited for more than 3 millennia and has been deservedly chosen to make the list of UNESCO World Heritage. And some hotels in Nessebar, Bulgaria are situated in the ancient quarter – 3-star Victoria, for example, constructed to fit within the whole architectural landscape of that part of the town.

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13 reasons why you should visit Golden Sands, Bulgaria in 2018 [updated]

Once you will put your feet on the beach, you will realize that the name speaks for itself indeed. In the name of the Golden Sands Bulgaria has more than half-century-long tradition more likely than the history to pull the people on the shore is… the shore.

 

1. The sands made of gold

golden sands bulgaria

One of the most beautiful beaches on the whole Black Sea coastline is to be found less than a half-hour away from Varna, the biggest Bulgarian maritime city. The dazzling view serves only as a starter once you reach the area. Have we mentioned that Golden Sands really have sands looking and feeling like being made of gold? Oh, we did it, several times actually. Smooth and nice, 3,5 km long and about 100 m wide at its widest, in Bulgaria Golden Sands is considered a top quality resort. But the fame of Zlatni Pyasatsi (the native alias of the place) isn’t only locally bound – for a long time it was preferred destination for tourists from Russia and other Eastern European countries, and the turn of the centuries made it increasingly attractive to tens of thousands of guests from the West, especially British tourists.

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Bansko remains the leading ski holidays site in Bulgaria

Bansko Holidays

In Bulgaria, Bansko has been a place to generate a lot of buzz in the past decade. Well, recently the name of the Pirin mountain based resort was put in the middle of a controversy concerning the ongoing feud about the construction of a second gondola lift in the ski zone. While the conflict is hot in the country, the winter sports site is hot too because of the unfading demand for Bansko holidays. Sometimes it’s busy indeed on the base station and no one likes to wait for hours to get on the cabin.

But besides the controversy, it is quite clear in last few years that regarding Bansko Bulgaria ski resort hasn’t been so popular than ever before. A big share of the Pirin winter center prominence is owed to the fact that it claimed the top of the rankings of the cheapest ski destinations in Europe. The ski holidays Bansko offer to the tourists still represent some of the most affordable even now when the first place in the table belongs to another resort.

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Touch the divine beauty of Lake Bled

Slovenia offers a piece of heaven to the world, called Lake Bled

Did you hear that buzz about one really beautiful and peaceful place just right in the centre of Europe? Lots of people these days claim what a great country Slovenia is and how the journey to that small former Yugoslavian republic is a must-go-and-see site for every traveller. One obvious reason to listen and go after that advice is called Lake Bled. Situated in the vicinity of Julian Alps it really makes you think of it as a piece of heaven brought down to Earth to show the people the vision of divine beauty and perfection. And it’s no overstatement to say the place serves as a main source of pride for the natives – Lake Bled, Slovenia plays the role of a trademark for the whole country.

Lake Bled Slovenia

The temptation to visit and stay there increases because of the ease of access. The lake is located just 35 km from Ljubljana and a little further (55 km) from the capital’s airport. After the landing of the plane, you need less than one hour to get to the place you thought existed only in your dreams. Though looking and feeling like being isolated from the outer world the site lies near the main road and is easy to reach driving a car even from another country. Austria happens to be particularly close and it’s not too far if you are coming from Croatia or Italy.

Well, Slovenia is a small state, Lake Bled isn’t big too – just above 2 km long, less than 1.5 km wide. Not the size is what makes this place unique – it’s the surrounding and what inside of it. The only island found on the map of Slovenia that is not in the sea or in a river stands in the middle of the pond – a tiny chunk of land is one of the main attractions around. Traditional local boats made of wood dubbed “pletna” will lead you to the island. No, you won’t row yourself – there are people trained for this and they impress while doing it in standing position. Though small in size this place is full of legends and one particular says that if you ring a bell of the Assumption of Mary Church your wishes are about to come true. Before getting to the steeple a traveler has to overpass 99 steps from the shore.

 

Several hills enclose the lake and one of the heights presents another landmark of this place. As for Lake Bled Slovenia attracts tourist with the magnificence and myths of Castle Bled. By many accounts considered the oldest in the country, the fortress has written records about it over a millennium ago. Back in 1011 it was known as Castellum Veldes in Carniola province ruled then by the German emperor. Rising 130 meters above the lake the castle is accessible for hikers and so are all other famous hills surrounding the emerald water – Velika Osojnica is the highest (756), Mala Osojnica stands little shorter, Ojstrica, Straza, and Kuhovica are there too and all of them are reachable within less than an hour.

Hiking and rowing are thrilling options, but what about relaxing and enjoy the great food of the regions. The food and drinks at the restaurant look shockingly cheap for the western visitor – 15 or 20 GBP is more than enough for a delicious meal garnered with a salad and adding a glass of wine or two. Oh, wait! Please, don’t forget the dessert – Blejska kremšnita represents another source of pride and fame for the place and does so for a reason. A cream cake represents the main speciality and every local person will insist on trying it.

Well, if Lake Bled happens to be so popular are there enough options to stay and book a room for a holiday or a whole week? Actually, roughly 200 places offer a bed for the night in the town Bled and surrounding area though not all are appropriate to be called hotels. The guest houses are more affordable and there are several luxury hotels providing comfort and adding more to the great feeling about the site – you can check the options here – https://goo.gl/aBKyzHEarly bookings for the next summer are already going on and the price per person for a week holiday in a 4 star hotel ranges around 500 and 600 GBP. But the beauty is priceless.

Since it’s so popular isn’t it noisy or crowded? Well, some buzz and fun go around the place because this is one of the favourite wedding sites in the region – talking of Lake Bled Slovenia have one of the most beloved and trendy spots for this kind of celebrations. Sure, finding a place happens to be a hard task when the summer approaches that’s why the planning of a holiday in that magnificent place is essential. Booking a holiday at Lake Bled earlier might save you a significant amount of money and it’s plenty to spend around for. Well, don’t get addicted to those cream cakes though it’s hard to stop after being tempted to try. And if visited Lake Bled once it’s impossible to not think of coming back again.

Winter Bliss and Cheap Charms in Bansko Ski Resort

For many, Bulgaria seems like an odd spot to have a winter sports holiday. Yes, this is not your typical go-to place like Austria or Switzerland. And it shouldn’t be. The country has a lot to offer to those who prefer a little something off the beaten the path. We’re not talking about the cheap booze. Beyond the cliché and the attractive low rates, Bulgaria’s winter resorts enchant the visitor with an eclectic folk culture and astonishing nature. This is exactly what makes Bansko, one of the country’s top resorts, so unique and different from the mainstream winter holiday destinations.

Bansko gives an initial impression of a typical Eastern European ski resort: lots of bars and local pubs, a handful of restaurants and hotels with a decent level of service and a set of standard ski runs. Once explored, the place reveals its colourful, warm and versatile vibe that will inevitably settle in your heart. Bansko is a fascinating mix of traditional and modern, where folklore and contemporary exist in a perfect balance. Luxury hotels and upbeat restaurants are walking distance from the lovely cobbled lanes and ethnographic wooden houses of the old town.

Bansko Ski Pistes

When speaking of winter resorts, it all comes to one thing – the quality of the ski pistes. In the last years, Bansko attracted some investments from local and foreign entities and experienced a complete make-over. There is no trace of the communist-like image that usually comes to the mind when thinking of Eastern Europe. A modern state-of-art lift system connects the base and slopes. Snowmaking is available in almost all of the runs. A new hub with up-market hotels and apartments is developed in a prime position on the edge of the pistes. There is a wide diversity of ski runs in terms of difficulty, from nursery slopes to black pistes. Resting in the scenic Pirin Mountain, Bansko will leave anyone in awe with its majestic pine-lined slopes and vast niveous meadows.

The breathtaking nature is not the only advantage of the place. Bansko is a bargain compared to other popular winter ski resorts. But in this case, the lower price does not require a compromise on the quality of the ski runs or the food and accommodation. Frugal travellers will appreciate the appealing level of services and the unmatched rates.

Bansko winter ski resort

For some, the chief reason to visit Bansko ski resort is the lively nightlife. The town is known for being a party place for winter sports enthusiasts. However, those looking for a peaceful retreat should not scratch Bansko off the list. Plenty of private villas, guest houses, Airbnb rentals and hotels are situated in a more secluded and picturesque area, away from the city centre and the busy streets.

Travelers looking for a sense of where locals hang out should head to the traditional taverns called “mehana”. You will be greeted by a warm blaze from an open fireplace and the traditional Bulgarian hospitality. The wooden tables covered with red and black checked tablecloths and the striped rugs and upholstery give a traditional Bulgarian tinge to the place, which is further enhanced by the live folk music in the background. There is a good choice of typical Bulgarian dishes and delectable wines. If feeling particularly adventurous, try the famous Bulgarian drink “rakia”.
Bansko may not be your standard winter ski resort and that is why it is so intriguing to visit. With its rich culture, amazing selection of hotels and restaurants and promising après ski, Bansko should definitely be on your list of your next winter holiday destination.

Apply for your GLOBAL ENTRY card and travel to Canada or the U.S. faster

Travelling

No doubt, to travel fast is great! But sometimes we have to stop during our movement because of our kids and more especially because they cannot stand all the traveling. Many times it takes a few hours –time that for us is nothing, but not for our children! In these cases we must make several stops in order our children to feel better, but all that is possible when traveling by car. If we attend to travel by air, or by boat, to stop during our movement will be quite impossible, so plan very well your trip and do not forget these details! If you have small kids, the best way for you to get your destination will be the plane!

But actually, there is another option for you to get your tourist destination fast. It is called GLOBAL ENTRY card and is the best way for movement between Canada and the U.S.! You can use it when traveling in all the different ways we have listed, so keep reading this article and find out how to apply and how long you will be able to use this card. If you are a traveling parent, you must get the GLOBAL ENTRY family package – amazing option for the families with kids of all ages.

 

See more about why use GLOBAL ENTRY family application service?

Well, the first condition you have to meet before to apply for membership in the GLOBAL ENTRY program is to love to travel… Together with that you should cross often the borders of America and Canada – only then it makes sense for you to get a GLOBAL ENTRY card. If you travel to some of these amazing countries with your family only once or twice a year, just forget about the GLOBAL ENTRY cards. But if you travel many times a year to Canada or to the next country (the U.S.), definitely you need a GLOBAL ENTRY card! Apply for it today!

To apply for the whole family, you have to follow several steps. The first one is to fill in the application form by providing your personal data and those of all the members of your family. Tell your kids that you will play a funny game, so that to make the process even funny!

The second step is to send the same application form by email and after that (the third step) to pay the fee. Have in mind that all kids under 18 are exempt from a fee! Within 24 hours your profile will be assigned in the system and you have to wait for a certain period of time. Note that your approval is not guaranteed and if you have a criminal record, you can be denied!

Let’s not be black-headed and guess that you already are approved from the GLOBAL ENTRY program. – Great, right! How many years you think the GLOBAL ENTRY card is valid? – One, two, more? Do you think that after its expired date you will be able to renew it, or unfortunately you will have to forget about this incredible card? Or with other words – the more you have used it the more…

Nope, you won’t have to forget about your GLOBAL ENTRY card. You can renew it, you can use and enjoy it again, as the only thing you should do is to apply again. But this time for renewal! And have in mind that if you want to apply for the GLOBAL ENTRY family package, the procedure will be faster than if you apply only for you! Or for each of your family separately…

Apply online here! 

There are several steps again you have to follow. There is no way for you to get an approval without this… And even that you have been a member of the GLOBAL ENTRY program in the past, must apply once again. Your data may not be the same, so you have to update it in order to get an approval. We believe that you will! If you read what we wrote above, will see what you have to do when you decide to renew your GLOBAL ENTRY family package. See, the procedure is the same and there is nothing different that could hinder you to apply successful.

The last topic we would like to pay attention today is how to replace your GLOBAL ENTRY card in case it is stolen, damaged or even lost. Yes, you can face such a situation, so be prepared when this happens. We will help you by giving you information regarding the renewal procedure. Stay here!

 

When traveling we have to be very careful with our documents. If we are distracted and do not pay attention to our luggage, the chance to lose it is huge! Someone can steal it, that is really very unpleasant but is completely real! Be careful at the airport – the risk of losing your baggage there is great. – Do you want this?

Whatever you do, sometimes you can’t control the situation and have to find the best solution when something went wrong. For example, both your wallet and luggage have been stolen. You cannot travel without your passport or GLOBAL ENTRY card and have to do something to resolve the problem. And the best decision you can make is to apply to replace your GLOBAL ENTRY card and to keep traveling as before as well!

When applying for replacement of your GLOBAL ENTRY card, you will get a new card but with the same expired date. Your personal data will be carefully checked for any changes (different address or so) and after that you will receive your new document. You can take advantage of this procedure/service in case your GLOBAL ENTRY card is stolen, damaged or lost, as the steps you have to follow to apply successful are 2 – the same as when you apply for the firsts time (the initial applying)!

Have in mind that the GLOBAL ENTRY program gives the great chance to all travelers to replace their cards when they are missing. And that is one of the reasons why all the citizens of Canada and America love so much this program! Keep traveling as before and replace your card. Surely, you will need it in the future!