25 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

25 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Rila
— 2 nights
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Sofia
— 4 nights
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Plovdiv
— 3 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 3 nights
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Varna
— 4 nights
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Sozopol
— 4 nights
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Nessebar
— 4 nights
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Rila — 2 nights

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Step out of Rila to go to Dobarsko and see St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at Rila National Park. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery and stroll through Dancing Bears Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rila trip builder tool.

Izmir, Turkey to Rila is an approximately 9.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in July: highs in Rila hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.
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Sofia — 4 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for sightseeing, fun & games, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain.

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You can drive from Rila to Sofia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Sofia sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.
Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Parks
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Plovdiv — 3 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.
Step out of Plovdiv with an excursion to Bachkovo Monastery in Bachkovo--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress, explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sofia in July since evenings lows in Plovdiv dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Veliko Tarnovo: Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR (in Gabrovo), Thracian Tomb (in Kazanlak) and Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Tsarevets, pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Veliko Tarnovo can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Varna.
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Varna — 4 nights

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Varna: Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena), Balchik (Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik & Queen's Winery House) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna, get engrossed in the history at Varna Archaeological Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Aladzha Monastery.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Varna trip maker tool.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Varna are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Sozopol.
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Sozopol — 4 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 Burgas (Historical Museum of Burgas, Sea Garden, &more) and Beglik-Tash (in Primorsko). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, take in the pleasant sights at Church of The Most Holy Mother, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Sozopol, and explore the historical opulence of Ravadinovo Castle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sozopol road trip planning site.

Getting from Varna to Sozopol by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Nessebar.
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Nessebar — 4 nights

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Spend a fun-filled day on the 29th (Fri) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Nessebar, find something for the whole family at Sunny Beach Luna Park, stop by Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA, and laugh and play at Action Aquapark.

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

Drive from Sozopol to Nessebar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. July in Nessebar sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Baths
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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.