19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Varna
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Nessebar
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Sozopol
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Veliko Tarnovo
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Bansko
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Melnik
— 2 nights
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Varna

— 2 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get close to the beloved marine mammals with Baracuda Dive Centre, take an in-depth tour of Museum of new History of Varna, and then see the interesting displays at The Retro Museum In Varna. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, laugh and play at Aquapark Aquamania, then try your luck at INTERNATIONAL Hotel Casino & Tower Suites, and finally see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Varna vacation planner.

Nairobi, Kenya to Varna is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Nairobi in August; daily highs in Varna reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Nessebar

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Popular historic sites such as Church of Saint Sophia and Church of St. Blaise are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Irakli Beach and Camel Park Sunny Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Savior Church, learn about winemaking at Wine tasting Messembria, admire the landmark architecture of Church of Christ Pantocrator, and look for gifts at Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nessebar online trip maker.

You can take a shuttle from Varna to Nessebar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Nessebar sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 1:

Sozopol

— 2 nights
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
On the 2nd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Beglik-Tash, then enjoy the sand and surf at Perla Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kavatsite Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sozopol online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Sozopol takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. September in Sozopol sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sozopol

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR and Chiesa della Nativita. Take a break from the city and head to Devetashka Cave and Krushunskiye Waterfalls. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel, see the interesting displays at Konstantsalieva House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, and pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sozopol in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Veliko Tarnovo, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Plovdiv

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ethnographic Museum and Assen's Fortress. Visit "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church and Sveta Marina Church for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dzhumaya Mosque, see the interesting displays at Art Gallery Philippopolis, don't miss a visit to Nebet Tepe, and pause for some photo ops at Alyosha.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bansko.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

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 10th (Fri): take an exotic tour of Bansko Safari and then take in the awesome beauty at Vihren. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, stroll through Dancing Bears Park, and then play a few rounds at Pirin Golf Resort.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bansko trip planning website.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Bansko in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Plovdiv in September, Bansko is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Melnik.

Things to do in Bansko

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Melnik

— 2 nights
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 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhen Monastery, then make a trip to Kordopulova House, and then learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Melnik road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bansko to Melnik takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Melnik

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

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.