33 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

33 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria vacation planner

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Sofia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Borovets
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bansko
— 3 nights
Bus
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nessebar
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Varna
— 6 nights
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 4 nights
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Sofia

— 4 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Escape the urban bustle at Prohodna Cave and Horseback Riding Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and The Red Flat. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sofia: Saeva Dupka (in Lovech) and “Vrachanski Balkan” Nature Park (in Vratsa). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Nina, don't miss a visit to Knyazheska Garden, have fun and explore at Muzeiko, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Paraskeva.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sofia day trip planning app.

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major aiport is Sofia Airport. September in Sofia sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Sofia

Tours · Parks · Nature · Wineries

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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 10th (Fri): admire the local landmark of The Big Drinking Fountain. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Go Borovets and then admire the striking features of Barakli Mosque.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Borovets online route maker.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Borovets takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Borovets

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Bansko

— 3 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Step off the beaten path and head to Holy Trinity Church and yaz. Golyam Beglik. Take a break from the city and head to Lepenitsa Cave and Rafting BG. Get out of town with these interesting Bansko side-trips: Nicopolis ad Nestum (in Garmen) and Sandanski (Episcopal Basilica, Popinolashki Waterfall, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Neofit Rilski Museum, see the interesting displays at Radonova House, Ethnic & Historical Museum, soothe aching muscles at Erma Spa & Hammam, and admire the landmark architecture of Velyanova House.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bansko trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Borovets to Bansko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bansko can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

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Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rila trip itinerary planner.

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 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Suchurum Waterfall and Hisarja. Explore hidden gems such as Small Basilica and House-Museum Hindlian. Explore Plovdiv's surroundings by going to Sopot (House-Museum of Ivan Vazov & Lift Sopot). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Air Museum Plovdiv, make a trip to Kapana suberb, get engrossed in the history at Plovdiv Regional Historical Museum - Bulgarian National Revival Exposition, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveta Marina Church.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv trip planner.

You can drive from Rila to Plovdiv in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Sozopol

— 3 nights
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Visit Veleka Beach and Harmani Beach for some beach relaxation. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula and Poda Protected Site. Explore Sozopol's surroundings by going to Burgas (Arch of St. Nicholas, Aquae Calidae - Thermopolis, &more) and Church of the Assumption (in Tsarevo). There's much more to do: make a trip to Northern Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. George, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Zosima, and stop by Boutique Wine Shop.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sozopol online trip maker.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Sozopol in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Sozopol

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Irakli Beach and St Stephens Church. Get in touch with nature at Camel Park Sunny Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Nessebar side-trips: Pomorie (Old Houses of Pomorie architectural reserve & Pomorie Museum of History), Cape Emine (in Obzor) and St. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral (in Burgas). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at Wine Shop and Bar Region, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the Mother of God Eleusa, learn about winemaking at Chateau Medovo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. John the Baptist.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nessebar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Nessebar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nessebar are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to Varna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Varna

— 6 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Escape the urban bustle at Yaylata National Archeological Reserve and Baracuda Dive Centre. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fortress Ovech and Kaliakra. Venture out of the city with trips to Bolata Bay (in Kavarna), Tyulenovo Rocks (in Tyulenovo) and Snail Farm & Restaurant Eco - Telus (in Balgarevo). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Retro Museum In Varna, learn about winemaking at Prisoe Winery, take in nature's colorful creations at St George City Park, and test the waters at Aquahouse Thermal & Beach.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Varna trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a shuttle from Nessebar to Varna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Varna

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at HillView Veliko Tarnovo and Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Take a break from the city and head to Bacho Kiro and Emen Waterfall and Canyon. Venture out of the city with trips to Interactive Museum of Industry (in Gabrovo), White River Eco Trail (in Kalofer) and Kazanlak (Tomb of Seuthes III & Megalitgh Rock Sanctuary). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Kaya Bunar, soothe aching muscles at Yoga Dharma - Day Class, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, and glide through the air with Paratandem.

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Drive from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Varna in October, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Veliko Tarnovo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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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.