15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Sofia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive
5
Varna
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Nessebar
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 1 night
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Sofia

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for fun & games, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boyana Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sofia trip itinerary builder website.

Brussels, Belgium to Sofia is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Sofia is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in September: highs in Sofia hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rila travel tool.

Getting from Sofia to Rila by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Plovdiv

— 2 nights

City of the Seven Hills

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bachkovo Monastery and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Cultural Center-Museum Trakart, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, and then delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Plovdiv trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Rila to Plovdiv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 20:

Veliko Tarnovo

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Konstantsalieva House, then step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Veliko Tarnovo trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Veliko Tarnovo when traveling from Plovdiv in September, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:

Varna

— 2 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 22nd (Wed), examine the collection at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, then take an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and finally delve into the distant past at Stone Forest.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Varna trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Nessebar

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Step out of Nessebar to go to Burgas and see Sea Garden, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Nessebar, find something for the whole family at Sunny Beach Luna Park, do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria, and shop like a local with Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nessebar road trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Varna to Nessebar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Sozopol

— 1 night
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula, then make a trip to Sozopol Old Town, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sozopol itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Sozopol takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Sozopol are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sozopol

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Bulgaria travel guide

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Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.