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‘An unforgettable rail journey’: my night on the Istanbul-Sofia Express
The overnight service from Turkey to Bulgaria started running again this year and was voted one of the world’s best journeys for 2023 by Lonely Planet

Tom Hall

22, Nov, 2022 @7:00 AM

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A local’s guide to Plovdiv, Bulgaria: 10 top tips
As a 2019 European Capital of Culture, this ancient city will reflect its Roman, Persian and Ottoman influences, and focus on Kapana, its new creative quarter

Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva and Rumyana Tolova. Interviews by Tom Allan

29, Jul, 2019 @5:30 AM

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Want a holiday where beer is just 70p a bottle? Head to Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
Sunny Beach is Europe’s cheapest beach-break destination for the fourth year running, according to the latest survey of typical holiday costs

Will Coldwell

14, Apr, 2017 @5:30 AM

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How to plan a post-Brexit holiday – from Serbia to the Lake District
Where should Brits holiday after Article 50 now the pound is squeezed? Emerging destinations offer an affordable alternative to the Costa del Sol. Plus, there’s always camping ...

Kevin Rushby

27, Mar, 2017 @6:00 AM

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Cycling the Middle East: the kindness of strangers and the desperation of refugee camps
The writer is travelling through the region by bicycle – trying to understand what lies beyond the bloody headlines

Rebecca Lowe

15, Jan, 2016 @11:58 AM

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The great east European road trip part three: hiking in Bulgaria
The deep gorges of Bulgaria’s Rhodope mountains are said to hold the secret to health and long life – which comes in handy after a Shakira-induced injury

Kevin Rushby

22, Aug, 2015 @6:00 AM

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An insider's cultural guide to Sofia: Tsars, trams and plays about Tupac
With rooftop pools housing contemporary art and playwrights imagining office culture in purgatory, there’s more to Sofia than socialist facades

Bistra Andreeva

22, Jun, 2015 @9:27 AM

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The rise of the 'free' city tour

'Free' or pay-what-you-want tours have become a popular way to see cities in recent years. Vicky Baker looks at the rise of the homespun phenomenon and selects six from around the world

Vicky Baker

12, Jun, 2013 @11:28 AM

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Best of Bulgaria: readers' travel tips

Ski resorts, beautiful vistas, historic churches and a decent dollop of culture – discover Bulgaria's top travel destinations

11, Feb, 2013 @7:59 AM

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Is Bournemouth really one of Europe's best beaches?

It may have come fourth in a new poll. But if you're looking for miles of deserted golden sand, there are much better options

Benji Lanyado

07, Mar, 2012 @2:52 PM

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Meet Santa - in deepest Kent

Lapland UK, Christmas without the trimmings and affordable new London hotels

Joanne O'Connor

13, Nov, 2011 @12:09 AM

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A budget alternative to the Orient Express

Gavin Bell's alternative train journey from Paris to Istanbul followed the route of the Orient Express, at a much less murderous price

Gavin Bell

04, Nov, 2011 @10:45 PM

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