With more than 1 million inhabitants in its urban area, Amsterdam is the largest city in the Netherlands and its political, financial, and cultural center. Called the Venice of the North, Amsterdam is famous for its Golden Age canals lined by tilting gabled buildings and treasure-packed museums and vintage-filled shops. Inside the extensive Museum District you’ll find works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum and modern art at the Stedelijk. Whether you prefer exploring culture and history or relaxing in the charming environment of an old European city, you are sure to enjoy your stay.


Varna, a port city and seaside resort on Bulgaria’s Black Sea, is considered the sea capital of Bulgaria. With vibe of a modern metropolitan city, you only have to walk a few steps from the hustle and bustle to find forgotten side streets and ancient Roman ruins. The city is known for the "Gold of Varna"--6,000-year-old Thracian jewelry discovered in a necropolis--displayed at the Archaeological Museum. In the summer, Varna comes alive as a European cultural center, hosting the world-renowned Varna Summer International Festival and many other events.


The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia is both a modern city and an historic treasure filled with landmarks reflecting over 2,000 years of Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Soviet occupation. Away from the buildings and boulevards, vast parks and manicured gardens offer a welcome respite. Many cultural institutions are located in Sofia, including the National Opera House, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Music Academy, and the Ivan Vazov National Theater. Residents and visitors alike enjoy some of Bulgaria’s finest museums, theaters, sidewalk cafés, art galleries, and open markets.