18 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

18 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Sofia
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Devetaki
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Ruse
— 2 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
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Ruse
— 5 nights
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Plovdiv
— 2 nights
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Borovets
— 3 nights
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Sapareva Banya
— 4 nights
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Sofia
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Sofia

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia online travel route planner.

Valletta, Malta to Sofia is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Sofia. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Valletta in September, with highs in Sofia at 28°C and lows at 13°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Devetaki.

Things to do in Sofia

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Devetaki

You've now added Devetashka Cave to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): Head underground at Devetashka Cave.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Devetaki road trip planning website.

You can drive from Sofia to Devetaki in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Devetaki can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ruse.

Things to do in Devetaki

Nature · Parks
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Ruse

— 2 nights
Ruse is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria. Your day by day itinerary now includes St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery as well as Orlova Chuka Cave.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, read our Ruse online route planner.

Traveling by car from Devetaki to Ruse takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Ruse

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Dryanovo Monastery, Bacho Kiro, Shipka Monument, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, stroll around Park of Miniatures, and then steep yourself in history at Tsarevets. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dryanovo Monastery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Bacho Kiro, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Shipka Monument.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo trip website.

Traveling by car from Ruse to Veliko Tarnovo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Veliko Tarnovo, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Ruse.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

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Ruse

— 5 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Medieval town of Cherven. Venture out of the city with trips to Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo (in Ivanovo) and Abritus Archaeological Reserve, Razgrad (in Razgrad). Enjoy Ruse some more: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveta Troitsa Cathedral, take a peaceful walk through Forest Park Lipnik, examine the collection at National Museum of Transport and Communication, and stroll through Rusenski Lom Nature Park.

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Getting from Veliko Tarnovo to Ruse by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Ruse

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town and then delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then delve into the distant past at Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Plovdiv online trip builder.

Getting from Ruse to Plovdiv by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Borovets.

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Borovets

— 3 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Borovets is known for classes, nature, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see what you can catch with Go Borovets, ponder the design of The Big Drinking Fountain, grab your bike and head to Borovets Mountain Bike Park, and don't miss a visit to Tsarska Bistritsa.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Borovets trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Borovets takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Sapareva Banya.

Things to do in Borovets

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

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Sapareva Banya

— 4 nights
Sapareva Banya is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, part of Kyustendil Province. Your day by day itinerary now includes Medi Valley Winery as well as Rila Monastery. Take a break from Sapareva Banya with a short trip to Stob's Pyramids in Blagoevgrad, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Tsari Mali Grad, admire the sheer force of Waterfall "Goritsa", head outdoors with Aqua Club Kotvata&Restaurant Kotvata, and relax and rejuvenate at Saparevo Banski & SPA.

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Getting from Borovets to Sapareva Banya by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Sapareva Banya

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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Sofia

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sofia online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Sapareva Banya to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

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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.