10 days in Sofia, Plovdiv & Nessebar Itinerary

10 days in Sofia, Plovdiv & Nessebar Itinerary

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10 days in Sofia, Plovdiv & Nessebar Itinerary

Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Sofia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Nessebar
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Johannesburg

2
days
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boyana Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, and then steep yourself in history at Amphitheatre of Serdica. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Petka Samardjiyska, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sofia road trip planning site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sofia is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. In May in Sofia, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Fun & Games
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Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski ©
Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski
Amphitheatre of Serdica ©
Amphitheatre of Serdica
Sveta Petka Samardjiyska ©
Sveta Petka Samardjiyska

2
days
Plovdiv

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
On the 30th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Assen's Fortress, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bachkovo Monastery, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, then have fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and finally explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dzhumaya Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, admire the landmark architecture of Hisar Kapia, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Tsar Simeon, and finally admire the striking features of Bakalova House.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nessebar.

Things to do in Plovdiv

#Historic Sites, #Fun & Games, #Museums

Side Trip

Bachkovo Monastery
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Bachkovo Monastery ©
Bachkovo Monastery
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress
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4
days
Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nessebar and Church of St. Blaise. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Church of Saint Sophia and Sea Garden. Explore Nessebar's surroundings by going to Sozopol (Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Northern Tower, & more). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, contemplate the waterfront views at Pomorie Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Paraskeva, and delve into the distant past at The Church of St. John Aliturgetos.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nessebar day trip planning tool .

Drive from Plovdiv to Nessebar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nessebar

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sozopol, Sunny Beach, Pomorie, Church of St. Blaise, Sea Garden
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Nessebar ©
Nessebar
Church of Saint Sophia ©
Church of Saint Sophia
St Stephens Church ©
St Stephens Church

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