Bulgaria has always been considered a mysterious country. Off the beaten track and not visited by many North Americans this gem has much to offer. The people are friendly, the food is fresh and tasty, and handicrafts are still made in the traditional way. Bulgaria's capital Sofia, is a mix of architectural styles bringing to life its 1500 year history. Its two most venerable churches date from the 4th and 6th centuries. The Ottoman influence is strong and you will notice the many building with minarets. Opera, ballet and classical music performances are excellent and the prices reasonable. Outside Sofia visit the Rila Monastery, the Valley of the Roses and the beach resorts that dot the Black Sea Coast. Continental Journeys offers both escorted and independent tours to Bulgaria. You can customize any independent tour or we can create a tour to your specific wishes.