30 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

30 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria trip itinerary planner

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Nessebar
— 3 nights
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Varna
— 3 nights
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Ivanovo
— 1 night
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 4 nights
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Belogradchik
— 1 night
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Sofia
— 9 nights
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Melnik
— 1 night
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Rila
— 2 nights
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Plovdiv
— 5 nights
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Nessebar

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel and Wine tasting Messembria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of St. John the Baptist and Church of St. Blaise. Take a break from Nessebar with a short trip to Irakli Beach in Obzor, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Sophia, see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum, admire the striking features of Church of Christ Pantocrator, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Stephens Church.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Nessebar day trip website.

Istanbul, Turkey to Nessebar is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Nessebar due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Nessebar when traveling from Istanbul in November, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Varna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Beaches · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Varna

— 3 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Prisoe Winery and Butterfly House Varna. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin and Stone Forest. Explore Varna's surroundings by going to Shumen (Monument "1300 Years of Bulgaria" & Madara Rider). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Retro Museum In Varna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Museum of new History of Varna, and try to win big at INTERNATIONAL Hotel Casino & Tower Suites.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Varna trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a shuttle from Nessebar to Varna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ivanovo.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:

Ivanovo

— 1 night
On the 8th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ivanovo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Varna to Ivanovo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Ivanovo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:

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. Visit Tsarevets and Chiesa della Nativita for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Troyan Monastery and Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Veliko Tarnovo: The Covered Bridge (in Lovech) and Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR (in Gabrovo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument, and examine the collection at Konstantsalieva House.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo online trip planner.

You can drive from Ivanovo to Veliko Tarnovo in 1.5 hours. November in Veliko Tarnovo sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Belogradchik.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:

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 13th (Sat): Head underground at Venetsa Cave, then explore the striking landscape at Belogradchik Rocks, and then get to know the fascinating history of Belogradchik Fortress.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Belogradchik road trip app.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Belogradchik in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo to Belogradchik, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Belogradchik

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:

Sofia

— 9 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get a sense of the local culture at Park "Kambanite" and St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Boyana Church and Saint Nikolai Sofiyski will appeal to history buffs. Dedicate the 16th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, and admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sofia driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Belogradchik to Sofia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In November, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Melnik.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 22:

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 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhen Monastery, don't miss a visit to Kordopulova House, and then learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Melnik online travel route planner.

Drive from Sofia to Melnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Melnik

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 23:

Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rila tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Melnik to Rila in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

Plovdiv

— 5 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.
Visit Assen's Fortress and Dzhumaya Mosque for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Villa Yustina and Nebet Tepe. Go for a jaunt from Plovdiv to Bachkovo to see Bachkovo Monastery about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Marina Church, examine the collection at Balabanov House, take an in-depth tour of House-Museum Hindlian, and don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv journey planner.

Getting from Rila to Plovdiv by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

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.