GO: Intrepid Travel has a series of regional packages, from eight to 32 days, that feature stays in Bulgaria, including Eastern Europe Express, from $1136 ex Bucharest, from $1136 a person twin-share (add airfares). More: intrepidtravel.com. DRIVE: At Sofia Airport, you can rent a car from several agencies at counters in the arrivals area. A car is the most convenient way to get around the country but drive defensively since Bulgarian drivers tend to overtake aggressively, sometimes even on blind curves. STAY: Surrounded by vineyards and located near ancient Thracian temples, Starosel is an amazingly affordable high-end resort with a winery, spa and swimming pool. Rooms are spacious and decorated in an appealing rustic style. More: starosel.com. Shiroka Laka Hotel has beautifully appointed guestrooms, some of which have a view of the Rhodope Mountains. The hotel also has a spa and an excellent restaurant. More: shirokalaka.bg.. DINE: In general, entrees will cost $15 or less; side dishes cost about $3. In Hisarya, the National restaurant has a lovely summer garden and serves top-notch Bulgarian classic dishes including shopska salad and kyufteta. More: nationalbg.com. At Starosel winery, the restaurant offers tasty traditional dishes and definitely have a shot of rakia, a fruit brandy ideally accompanied by a salad, or a bottle of Starosel wine. At Shiroka Laka Hotel, have the fluffy katmi, which are similar to pancakes, for breakfast and the local trout for dinner. Note: All prices quoted are in $US.