Following my usual strategy for travel planning, I first got some rough ideas on the highlights of the country by referring to the "Best of Bulgaria in 12 Days Tour" by Steve Rick. Based on Huahai and my own schedule, I then decided that we could spend at most 9 days for the trip.
Usually, we would do self-driving tour for such a trip. However, I found out that it may not be very easy to go to some of the places on our own due to the language barrier. Given this potential issue plus our busy schedule due to work, I decided to use a tour company to help the planning. Fortunately, custom tours in Bulgaria are quite affordable. We used Traventuria (http://traventuria.com/), which have received great reviews on tripadvisor. Communications with the company was very easy. After a few email exchanges, we settled down on the following iternary. Traventuria helped us book all the hotels and also was responsible for providing transportation, including a private car and driver (who also served as our translator and tour guide).
Equipped ourselves a English guide book: Bulgaria (EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE), we were ready for our big trip!
BTW, I highly recommend this book, which turned out to be extremely helpful during the trip, as not every place we went to provides descriptions in English. In addition, we also found a couple of new places from the book to add to the original iternary (e.g. Stone Forest).
机票订下了以后，YY先在tripadvisor上找了一个最受好评的旅行社，让他们按以上要求安排一个合适的路线和提供估价。看了路线和估价后YY决定一切让旅行社包办，因为似乎不比自己安排贵多少，可是需要准备需要的事情和路上可能遇到的麻烦却少了很多。 另外旅行社也提供自驾游，但是这里物价便宜而我们又语言不通上包辆车确实是省时省心的好办法，特别是我们要去的一些地方非常偏远，用GPS也不好找，在迷路的时候可能会让两人都很紧张。话说平时辛苦挣钱可不就是为了好好花吗？于是在几个电子邮件往来加上付款加上付款之后，行程就订下来了。YY从网上买了一本保加利亚旅游指南( Bulgaria (EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE)就算是做完了所有必须的准备工作了。