11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Zurich
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Varna
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Burgas
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Zurich

3
days
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Explore hidden gems such as Irakli Beach and National Maritime Museum. Go for a jaunt from Varna to Albena to see Aquapark Aquamania about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum, stop by Averi Beers, stroll through Cape Kaliakra, and take an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Varna driving holiday planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Varna is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in May: highs in Varna hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Varna

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Aquapark Aquamania, Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena, Cape Kaliakra, Irakli Beach
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Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra
Irakli Beach ©
Irakli Beach
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum

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Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. On the 30th (Wed), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita, and then don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Veliko Tarnovo holiday planner.

Getting from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

#Tours, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, Chiesa della Nativita
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Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Samovodska Charshiya Complex ©
Samovodska Charshiya Complex

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Assen's Fortress, steep yourself in history at Bachkovo Monastery, then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, then enjoy some diversion at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and finally get your game on at Level Up. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Park Tsar Simeon, appreciate the history behind Alyosha Soviet Army Memorial, make a trip to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis.

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Getting from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Burgas.

Things to do in Plovdiv

#Fun & Games, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Bachkovo Monastery
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress
Alyosha Soviet Army Memorial ©
Alyosha Soviet Army Memorial

3
days
Burgas

Burgas ©
Surrounded by lakes and the sea, Burgas represents a popular vacation spot because of its nature, mild climate, and proximity to several charming ancient towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Church of St. Blaise and Church of Saint Sophia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Burgas: Nessebar (Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel & Church of St. Paraskeva), Sozopol (Kavatsite Beach & Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula) and Beglik-Tash (in Primorsko). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Pomorie Lake, admire the natural beauty at Sea Garden, go for a walk through Church of The Most Holy Mother, and head off the coast to St. Anastasia Isle.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Burgas trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Plovdiv to Burgas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Burgas

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sozopol, Nessebar, Pomorie Lake, Church of St. Blaise, Beglik-Tash
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Sea Garden ©
Sea Garden
Pomorie Lake ©
Pomorie Lake
Beglik-Tash ©
Beglik-Tash

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