16 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

16 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Borovets
— 1 night
Drive
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Varna
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sofia
— 4 nights
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Borovets

— 1 night
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Go Borovets.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Borovets tour planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Borovets is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jeddah to Borovets. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Borovets

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Tours
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Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 17th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rila holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Borovets to Rila in 3.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Rila are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Sozopol

— 3 nights
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Kavatsite Beach. Visit Veleka Beach and Butamyata Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Silistar Beach (in Ahtopol) and Poda Protected Site (in Burgas). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town and tour the pleasant surroundings at Harmani Beach.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sozopol road trip planning app.

You can drive from Rila to Sozopol in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Rila in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sozopol, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Sozopol

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Sunny Beach

— 2 nights
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Irakli Beach, then stroll around Camel Park Sunny Beach, and then experience the excitement of Erma Spa Turkish Bath. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria, then contemplate the long history of Nessebar, and then look for gifts at JCraft Jewelry Shop.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sunny Beach online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Sunny Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. September in Sunny Beach sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Varna.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Baths

Side Trips

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Varna

— 3 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Take a break from the city and head to Cape Kaliakra and Baracuda Dive Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Yaylata National Archeological Reserve (in Kavarna) and Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aladzha Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and get engrossed in the history at Varna Archaeological Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Varna trip maker.

Getting from Sunny Beach to Varna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Sofia.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Sofia

— 4 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Shop till you drop at Vitosha Boulevard and National Palace of Culture Congress Centre. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church St. George Rotunda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Boyana Church.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sofia travel route planner.

Fly from Varna to Sofia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sofia when traveling from Varna in September, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Sofia

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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.