Bulgaria is the oldest nation in Europe. The country was officially founded in 681 A.D., but its history goes back much further than that. The ancient Greeks knew Bulgaria as Thrace, one of the countries that loaned its heroes to the winning side of the Trojan War.
Five centuries of Ottoman Turk rule and subsequent domination by the Soviet regime turned Bulgaria into a remote, unfriendly destination in the eyes of much of the industrialized world, but the good news for travelers is that Bulgaria is opening up again. Book reservations for one of the many Bulgaria hotel packages and take the opportunity to explore Sofia, the Black Sea Coast, and the fascinating Roman ruins around Plovdiv. Expedia can guide you to the best affordable hotels in Bulgaria where you'll enjoy special discount rates plus all the amenities that will make you comfortable.
Sofia is a sophisticated city with great restaurants, shops, parks, art galleries, and museums. You'll have no trouble locating Bulgaria hotels in Sofia. Spend a day at the city's first rate Archeological Museum with its astonishing gold burial masks of ancient Thracian kings and its magnificent bronzes and statuary. In ancient Greek times, the Thracians were renowned as the best goldsmiths in the world. The Boyana Church boasts magnificent murals dating back to medieval times, while day trips to the top of nearby Mount Vitosha and the Vitosha Nature Park offer travelers the opportunity to hike in the summer and ski in the winter.
Bulgaria's Black Sea coast has beaches that rival any along the French Riviera, and the cost of spending time here is far less. You'll find many cheap hotel deals in Bulgaria along the Black Sea. The most famous resort is the one at Slânchev Bryag, which is a great place for surfing, parasailing, jet skiing, or just lounging on the beach and worshiping the sun. Sinemorets Beach is just as beautiful and far less developed. While you're in the area, don't forget to visit Sozopol, a charming cobblestoned town that still retains much of its medieval architecture. Bulgaria hotel deals may be harder to find in the towns away from the coast.
Plovdiv has some of the loveliest 19th century architecture in all of Europe, but its real appeal is the ancient Roman amphitheater that's so well preserved that it's still used for live concerts and other performances. Plovdiv also has a Roman stadium that's in astonishingly good repair and a Roman forum that was constructed in the 1st century A.D. This city has a well-developed tourist infrastructure, so you should have no difficulties locating a cheap Bulgaria hotel deal here with reservations for rooms at great prices.