28 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

28 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Sofia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Borovets
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bansko
— 2 nights
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 3 nights
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Varna
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Sozopol
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nessebar
— 5 nights
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Sofia — 3 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: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, and admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sofia visit planner.

Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine to Sofia is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August in Sofia, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Borovets.
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Borovets — 2 nights

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): see Go Borovets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Borovets Mountain Bike Park, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Borovets travel route planning website.

You can drive from Sofia to Borovets in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Bansko.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · 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 7th (Sun), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Bansko Safari and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bansko travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Borovets to Bansko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bansko can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Rila.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Rila — 2 nights

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 9th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery and then take in the awesome beauty at Rila. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

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Traveling by bus from Bansko to Rila takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Plovdiv: Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Villa Yustina (in Ustina). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Plovdiv vacation builder website.

You can drive from Rila to Plovdiv in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.
Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries
Side Trips
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Veliko Tarnovo — 2 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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then steep yourself in history at Tsarevets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, make a trip to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God.

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Drive from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Veliko Tarnovo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Varna.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Side Trip
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Varna — 4 nights

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varna: Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena), Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna, and view the masterpieces at City Art Gallery of Boris Georgiev.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Varna itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in August, Varna is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Sozopol.
Side Trips
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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 (Poda Protected Site, Sea Garden, &more), Veleka Beach (in Sinemorets) and Silistar Beach (in Ahtopol). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, explore the historical opulence of Ravadinovo Castle, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kavatsite Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sozopol itinerary planner.

You can take a shuttle from Varna to Sozopol in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Sozopol are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nessebar.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips
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Nessebar — 5 nights

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Step out of Nessebar with an excursion to Catamaran Cruise in Sunny Beach--about 32 minutes away. Spend a fun-filled day on the 26th (Fri) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Nessebar, do some two-wheel cruising with Karting Sunny Beach, savor the flavors at Wine Shop and Bar Region, and laugh and play at Action Aquapark.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Nessebar tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Nessebar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Nessebar can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.
Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 28:

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.