16 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

16 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria journey planner
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Sofia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Varna
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Nessebar
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 1 night
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rila
— 1 night
Bus
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Bansko
— 2 nights
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Sofia — 2 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Zelena gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): admire the striking features of Boyana Church, take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nikolai Sofiyski, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Red Flat.

Before you visit Sofia, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

If you are flying in from Japan, the closest major aiport is Sofia Airport. In June in Sofia, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.
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Veliko Tarnovo — 3 nights

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR and Devetashka Cave. Take a break from the city and head to Krushunskiye Waterfalls and Bacho Kiro. Explore Veliko Tarnovo's surroundings by going to Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple (in Shipka) and Troyan Monastery (in Troyan). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita, appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument, examine the collection at Konstantsalieva House, and explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets.

For maps and other tourist information, read Veliko Tarnovo tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Varna.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Varna — 1 night

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 21st (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Pobiti Kamani, see the interesting displays at The Retro Museum In Varna, then fulfill a lifelong dream with Baracuda Dive Centre, and finally examine the collection at Butterfly House Varna.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Varna sightseeing planner.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Nessebar.
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Nessebar — 3 nights

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nessebar and Archaeological Museum. Church of Saint Sophia and St Stephens Church will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: walk around Camel Park Sunny Beach, indulge your senses at Wine Shop and Bar Region, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Savior Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. John the Baptist.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nessebar online holiday planner.

Take a shuttle from Varna to Nessebar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Nessebar, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sozopol.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Kavatsite Beach, then don't miss a visit to Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula, then take in the pleasant sights at Church of The Most Holy Mother, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sozopol trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Nessebar to Sozopol by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Sozopol are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Plovdiv.
Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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Plovdiv — 2 nights

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 26th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally stroll around Park Tsar Simeon. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Assen's Fortress, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bachkovo Monastery, then get to know the fascinating history of Nebet Tepe, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dzhumaya Mosque.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rila.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Side Trips
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Rila — 1 night

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dancing Bears Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rila trip builder app.

Getting from Plovdiv to Rila by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Bansko.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:

Bansko — 2 nights

Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
On the 29th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church, take an exotic tour of Bansko Safari, and then contemplate the long history of Nicopolis ad Nestum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Neofit Rilski Museum, then examine the collection at Radonova House, Ethnic & Historical Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Vihren.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bansko trip planner.

You can take a bus from Rila to Bansko in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Bansko can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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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.