19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Sofia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive
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Stara Zagora
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sofia
— 1 night
Drive
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Bansko
— 4 nights
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Sofia
— 1 night
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Sofia — 2 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 25th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Boyana Church, hit the slopes at Vitosha Mountain, and then admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Sofia online trip maker.

New York City, USA to Sofia is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Sofia is little chillier at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.
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Plovdiv — 1 night

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 27th (Sat): make a trip to Statue of Milyo the Crazy, don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, then explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv trip maker site.

Getting from Sofia to Plovdiv by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 64°F. You will leave for Stara Zagora on the 28th (Sun).
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Stara Zagora — 3 nights

Stara Zagora is a city in Bulgaria, a nationally important economic center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stara Zagora: Kazanlak (Thracian Tomb , Buzludzha, &more) and Shipka (Shipka Monument & Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Samara Flag Monument, steep yourself in history at Antique Forum Augusta Trayana, and get a new perspective on nature at Regional Museum of History.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Stara Zagora trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Plovdiv to Stara Zagora by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Stara Zagora are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sozopol.
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Sozopol — 5 nights

The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Venture out of the city with trips to Beglik-Tash (in Primorsko) and Burgas (Kilometre zero, Sea Garden, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Nicholas Chapel, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Sozopol, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Zosima.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sozopol trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Stara Zagora to Sozopol takes 2.5 hours. August in Sozopol sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Sofia.
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Sofia — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, then get engrossed in the history at National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, and finally wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sofia trip planner.

Getting from Sozopol to Sofia by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Sofia when traveling from Sozopol in September, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bansko.
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Bansko — 4 nights

Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Get out of town with these interesting Bansko side-trips: Villa Melnik Winery (in Harsovo), Pirin National Park (in Pirin) and The Melnik Pyramids (in Melnik). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, relax and rejuvenate at Erma Spa & Hammam, contemplate the long history of Neofit Rilski Museum, and make a trip to Pirin Street.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bansko holiday planner.

Getting from Sofia to Bansko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Sofia.
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Sofia — 1 night

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sofia driving holiday app.

You can drive from Bansko to Sofia in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading 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.
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