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Sofia Holiday Packages

Sofia, Bulgaria, has all the history, architecture and entertainment you’d expect from a capital city, but with a few flavours you might not expect.

Our Sofia packages are your gateway to a cosmopolitan adventure with a little Turkish, European and Russian flair.

Things to Do in Sofia

We hope you like churches, because Sofia is chockablock with ’em. The Church of Saint George may not look like a model with its squat rotundas, but its history is fascinating. The oldest building in Sofia, it has stood since the Roman Empire in the 4th century. Set among the ruins of an ancient city, yet surrounded by high-rise apartments, it captures the juxtaposition of old and new that you’ll see throughout your holiday in Sofia.

One of the most popular destinations for Sofia holidays is the impressive, Russian Orthodox-style Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, one of the biggest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. The inside is “marble-ous”, with Italian tiles, Brazilian onyx and of course, plenty of gold. Next, hoof it over (or take the Sofia car hire you booked with Wotif) to the fairy-tale Church of Saint Nicholas the Miracle-Maker, with its soaring gold and green spires and ornate woodwork.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

You may not see any divine miracles, but you can work plenty of miracles with your bank account. Find local handiwork at the Centre of Folk Arts and Crafts, located in the former Royal Palace. Bulgaria is known for its rose oil; make sure you pick some up to remind you of your Sofia holiday. You can also find traditional hand-woven rugs, jewellery and Bulgarian music to play at your next party.

A kilometre northwest, shop and eat cheese at the same time at the Central Hali Market—and who wouldn’t want to do that? On the ground floor, pick up banitsa pastry and kashkaval cheese, then browse the shops on the upper floors. (You can pick up some rkatsiteli wine too, but you’ll need to learn how to pronounce it first—and it’s better to save that for later.) For a sit-down meal, head to the city centre, where you can dine with a view from the top of a hotel.

After a downtown dinner, you’re already in the right place for the nightlife. You could be raging until 5 a.m., so fuel up with some strong, Turkish-style coffee (or taste the real thing by adding an Istanbul package to your holiday). Cafes will close around midnight, and the clubs will take it from there. Once you’re caffeinated, head to the bar and order up a rakia, the drink of the people throughout the Balkans. Then hit the clubs! You can find everything from reggae to bumpin’ bass beats to chalga, the local pop-folk mashup.

What’s Next?

You need a little variety, and Bulgaria is sure to spice up your routine. Wotif has the best Sofia deals around, so you can book your holiday from the comfort of the chair you’re sitting in. Soon enough, you’ll be walking the cobblestone streets of the city that “grows, but does not age”.

Guide to Exploring Sofia

Family Hotels in Sofia

Central Hotel Sofia

Central Hotel Sofia

52, Hristo Botev Blvd., Sofia
    4.0 out of 5.0
    5.0 out of 5 (2 reviews)

    Located in Sofia City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saint Nedelya Church, Saint Sofia Monument and Sofia Court House. Central Sofia Market ...

    from AU$86

    Hilton Sofia

    Hilton Sofia

    1 Bulgaria Boulevard, Sofia
      5.0 out of 5.0

      Located near the slopes, this rayon Triaditsa hotel is situated in the city centre and within 1 mile (2 km) of Vitosha Blvd, National Palace of Culture and Vasil ...

      from AU$166

      Hotel Budapest

      Hotel Budapest

      92 A Budapeshta St., Sofia
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Sofia City Center, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Russian Church, National Archaeological Museum and National Gallery for Foreign Art. Church ...

        from AU$73

        Alexander Business Apartments

        Alexander Business Apartments

        40, Pop Bogomil Str., Sofia
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Sofia City Center, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of President's Building, Ivan Vazov National Theatre and Bulgarian Parliament. Lavov Most ...

          from AU$110

          Romantic Hotels in Sofia

          Grand Hotel Sofia

          Grand Hotel Sofia

          1 Gurko Str, Sofia
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Located near the slopes, this Sofia City Center hotel is situated in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Slaveykov Square, Ivan Vazov National Theatre ...

            from AU$106

            Earth and People Hotel & Spa

            Earth and People Hotel & Spa

            27 Okolovrasten Pat, Sofia
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in rayon Triaditsa, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of National Museum of History, Vitoshka Boulevard and Borisova Gradina Park. Vitosha Blvd and ...

              from AU$77

              Hemus Hotel

              Hemus Hotel

              25 Cherni Vrah blvd., Sofia
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Lozenets, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Borisova Gradina Park, National Palace of Culture and Vasil Levski Stadium. Ivan Vazov National Theatre ...

                from AU$62

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