28 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

28 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Fly to Sofia Airport, Drive to Belogradchik
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Belogradchik
— 1 night
Drive
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Sofia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Borovets
— 3 nights
Drive
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Melnik
— 1 night
Drive
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Bansko
— 2 nights
Bus
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 4 nights
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Varna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
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Belogradchik

— 1 night
Belogradchik is a town in Vidin Province, Northwestern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of the homonymous Belogradchik Municipality. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Belogradchik Rocks. On the next day, don't miss a visit to History Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiprovtsi Monastery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Venetsa Cave, and finally steep yourself in history at Belogradchik Fortress.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Belogradchik road trip website.

Brussels, Belgium to Belogradchik is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. While traveling from Brussels, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Belogradchik, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Belogradchik

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Sofia

— 5 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for fun & games, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, stroll through Vitosha Mountain, and don't miss a visit to Boyana Church.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Belogradchik to Sofia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belogradchik to Sofia due to the time zone difference. In September in Sofia, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Borovets.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 8:

Borovets

— 3 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Borovets is known for classes, nature, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: cast your line with Go Borovets, admire the local landmark of The Big Drinking Fountain, make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa, and take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Borovets attractions site.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Borovets takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Melnik.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Melnik

— 1 night
Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhen Monastery, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Melnik Pyramids, then do a tasting at Villa Melnik Winery, and finally make a trip to Kordopulova House.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Melnik trip planner.

You can drive from Borovets to Melnik in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Melnik

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Bansko

— 2 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
On the 13th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Pirin National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Ski Bansko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bansko Safari.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bansko vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Melnik to Bansko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In September in Bansko, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Musala Peak and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rila trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Bansko to Rila takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Rila are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Plovdiv side-trips: Central Balkan National Park (in Kalofer) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip itinerary builder app.

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 September, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Veliko Tarnovo

— 4 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Troyan Monastery (in Troyan), Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki) and Hisarya Fortress (in Lovech). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, make a trip to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, and examine the collection at Historical Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Veliko Tarnovo trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in September, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Veliko Tarnovo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Varna

— 3 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Venture out of the city with trips to 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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, delve into the distant past at Stone Forest, and take in the pleasant sights at Kaliakra.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Varna itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In September, daily temperatures in Varna can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

Sunny Beach

— 2 nights
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get a taste of local nightlife at Royal Beach Mall and then laugh and play at Action Aquapark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Spa Paradise, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Christ Pantocrator, then explore the ancient world of Church of Saint Sophia, and finally explore the ancient world of Nessebar.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sunny Beach trip maker tool.

You can drive from Varna to Sunny Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sunny Beach can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Nightlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

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.