15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Fly to Sofia, Bus to Plovdiv
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Plovdiv
— 4 nights
Drive
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Borovets
— 1 night
Drive
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Rila
— 1 night
Bus
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Bansko
— 2 nights
Drive
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Melnik
— 1 night
Drive
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Sofia
— 5 nights
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Plovdiv

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple and Spree Ski & Snowboard School. Popular historic sites such as Assen's Fortress and Dzhumaya Mosque are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Plovdiv side-trips: Buzludzha (in Kazanlak), Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Pamporovo Ski Resort (in Smolyan). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, steep yourself in history at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, stop by Art Studio 42, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Plovdiv itinerary planning tool.

New York City, USA to Plovdiv is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Plovdiv due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: highs in Plovdiv hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

Borovets

— 1 night
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Borovets itinerary planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Borovets in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 6:

Rila

— 1 night
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rila trip planner.

You can drive from Borovets to Rila in 3.5 hours. In March in Rila, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 7:

Bansko

— 2 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church and then take an exotic tour of Bansko Safari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Ski Bansko, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren, and then tee off at Pirin Golf Resort.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Bansko day trip planning site.

Traveling by bus from Rila to Bansko takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March in Bansko, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Melnik.

Things to do in Bansko

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

Melnik

— 1 night
Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhen Monastery, learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery, and then get outside with Rupite.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Melnik trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bansko to Melnik in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Melnik

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 10:

Sofia

— 5 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of Military History and Wine Tours & Tastings. St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Vitosha Boulevard will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, take an in-depth tour of National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Boyana Church, and look for gifts at Gifted Sofia.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sofia holiday planner.

Getting from Melnik to Sofia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Sofia are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 15:

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.