26 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

26 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Sofia
— 3 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 3 nights
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Varna
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Nessebar
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rila
— 2 nights
Bus
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Bansko
— 2 nights
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Borovets
— 1 night
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Sofia

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Visiting Boyana Waterfall and Prohodna Cave will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and National Museum of Natural History, Sofia. There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, ponder the world of politics at The Presidency Building, admire the natural beauty at Borisova Gradina, and learn about all things military at National Museum of Military History.

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

Tel Aviv, Israel to Sofia is an approximately 6-hour flight. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in August since evenings lows in Sofia dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sofia

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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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 hidden gems such as Devetashka Cave and Krushunskiye Waterfalls. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument, make a trip to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo online travel route planner.

Getting from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Tours · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Retro Museum In Varna and Madara Rider. Explore Varna's surroundings by going to Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena) and Monument "1300 Years of Bulgaria" (in Shumen). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Butterfly House Varna, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Le Papillon, buy something for everyone on your list at Grand Mall, and fulfill a lifelong dream with Baracuda Dive Centre.

To find out how to plan a trip to Varna, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Varna. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Wildlife · Adventure · Outdoors

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Nessebar

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Visiting Irakli Beach and Camel Park Sunny Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Wine tasting Messembria and Wine Shop and Bar Region. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Blaise, contemplate the long history of St Stephens Church, delve into the distant past at Church of Saint Sophia, and see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Nessebar trip itinerary builder.

You can take a shuttle from Varna to Nessebar in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries · Outdoors

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Kavatsite Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): head off the coast to St. Anastasia Island, don't miss a visit to Beglik-Tash, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Perla Beach.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sozopol trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Nessebar to Sozopol in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sozopol

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Plovdiv

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Assen's Fortress and Ethnographic Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Plovdiv: Shipka Monument (in Shipka) and Buzludzha (in Kazanlak). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Alyosha, examine the collection at Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv, take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and walk around Park Tsar Simeon.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Sozopol to Plovdiv by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Rila, then take in the awesome beauty at Musala Peak, and then stroll through Dancing Bears Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rila trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Plovdiv in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rila, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Bansko

— 2 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
On the 27th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and then play a few rounds at Pirin Golf Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of Bansko Safari and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bansko trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by bus from Rila to Bansko takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Bansko are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Borovets.

Things to do in Bansko

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Golf

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Borovets

— 1 night
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): trot along with a tour on horseback and then stop by Cottage Farm.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Borovets itinerary website.

Getting from Bansko to Borovets by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Borovets

Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

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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.