30 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

30 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Sofia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bansko
— 2 nights
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sliven
— 5 nights
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Varna
— 3 nights
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Nessebar
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 2 nights
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Plovdiv
— 4 nights
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Sofia

— 4 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
When in Sofia, make a side trip to see Horseback Riding Tours in Borovets, approximately Borovets away. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boyana Church, admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Sofia trip website.

London, UK to Sofia is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Sofia. While traveling from London, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sofia, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Sofia

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:

Bansko

— 2 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Bansko Safari and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bansko trip maker tool.

You can drive from Sofia to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Bansko, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 27th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rila online trip itinerary builder.

You can take a bus from Bansko to Rila in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Rila sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sliven.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Sliven

— 5 nights
Sliven is the eighth-largest city in Bulgaria and the administrative and industrial centre of Sliven Province and municipality.Sliven is famous for its Bulgarian Haiduts who fought against the Ottoman Turks in the 19th century and is known as the "City of the 100 Voyvodi", a Voyvoda being a leader of Haiduts.The famous rocky massif Sinite Kamani and the associated national park, the fresh air and the mineral springs offer diverse opportunities for leisure and tourism. Your day by day itinerary now includes VisitBulgariaOn Bespoke Experiences. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sliven: Shipka Monument (in Shipka), Buzludzha (in Kazanlak) and Stara Zagora (Samara Flag Monument, Neolithic Dwellings Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Valley of Roses, delve into the distant past at Medieval Tuida Fortress, and make a trip to Halkata.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sliven road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rila to Sliven. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sliven

Tours · Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2:

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Veliko Tarnovo: Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple (in Shipka), National Park-Museum Shipka-Buzluzha (in Kazanlak) and Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR (in Gabrovo). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Troyan Monastery, pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument, and Head underground at Devetashka Cave.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sliven to Veliko Tarnovo takes 2 hours. In September in Veliko Tarnovo, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

Varna

— 3 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varna: Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich), Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aladzha Monastery, and take an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Varna trip builder app.

You can 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 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:

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.
Spend a fun-filled day on the 11th (Sat) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. And it doesn't end there: try out the rides at Action Aquapark, find something for the whole family at Sunny Beach Luna Park, slough off your stress at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, and look for gifts at JCraft Jewelry Shop.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nessebar trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by shuttle from Varna to Nessebar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Nessebar sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sozopol.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 12:

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 13th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Ravadinovo Castle, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Sea Garden, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Zosima, and then make a trip to Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sozopol trip planner.

You can drive from Nessebar to Sozopol in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sozopol

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Marvelous Bridges (in Chepelare). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Nedelya Church.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Plovdiv road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

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.