32 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

32 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Veliko Tarnovo
— 3 nights
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Plovdiv
— 4 nights
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Borovets
— 2 nights
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Bansko
— 4 nights
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Sofia
— 5 nights
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Nessebar
— 5 nights
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Sozopol
— 4 nights
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Varna
— 4 nights
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR (in Gabrovo), Troyan Monastery (in Troyan) and Thracian Tomb (in Kazanlak). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tsarevets, appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Valley of Roses.

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Bucharest, Romania to Veliko Tarnovo is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. July in Veliko Tarnovo sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Museums

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plovdiv: Central Balkan National Park (in Kalofer) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, delve into the distant past at Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, steep yourself in history at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Plovdiv itinerary planner.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Borovets.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Borovets

— 2 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
On the 8th (Sun), make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Borovets Mountain Bike Park, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the next day, see Go Borovets.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Borovets vacation builder.

Getting from Plovdiv to Borovets by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bansko.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Bansko

— 4 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bansko: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church (in Blagoevgrad), Pirin National Park (in Pirin) and Rila (Rila Monastery & Rila National Park). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bansko online tour planner.

Drive from Borovets to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Bansko sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Bansko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries

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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: see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church, and wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sofia day trip planning site.

You can drive from Bansko to Sofia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Sofia, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly to Nessebar.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
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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.
Spend a fun-filled day on the 22nd (Sun) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. Next up on the itinerary: try out the rides at Action Aquapark, contemplate the long history of Nessebar, do some two-wheel cruising with Karting Sunny Beach, and stop by JCraft Jewelry Shop.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nessebar sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Nessebar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nessebar when traveling from Sofia in August, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Fun & Games

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sozopol side-trips: Veleka Beach (in Sinemorets), Silistar Beach (in Ahtopol) and Burgas (Sea Garden & Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Sozopol, enjoy the sand and surf at Kavatsite Beach, and step into the grandiose world of Ravadinovo Castle.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sozopol day 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 August in Sozopol, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Varna.

Things to do in Sozopol

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Varna

— 4 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: Balchik (Queen's Winery House & Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik), Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich) and Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, get close to the beloved marine mammals with Baracuda Dive Centre, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dolphinarium Varna.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Varna driving holiday planning website.

You can take a shuttle from Sozopol to Varna in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Varna are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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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.