34 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

34 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Nessebar
— 4 nights
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Sozopol
— 4 nights
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Varna
— 5 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 4 nights
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Sofia
— 5 nights
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Borovets
— 2 nights
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Bansko
— 2 nights
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Rila
— 2 nights
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Plovdiv
— 5 nights
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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.
Spend a fun-filled day on the 19th (Sun) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Nessebar, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Sophia, slough off your stress at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, and try out the rides at Action Aquapark.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nessebar trip builder 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. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in September, Nessebar is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Spas

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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.
Explore Sozopol's surroundings by going to Burgas (Poda Protected Site, Sea Garden, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sozopol Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Zosima, explore the ancient world of Northern Tower, and take in the pleasant sights at Church of The Most Holy Mother.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sozopol visit planner.

Drive from Nessebar to Sozopol in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sozopol can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Varna.

Things to do in Sozopol

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Varna

— 5 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 Yaylata National Archeological Reserve (in Kavarna), Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich) and Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, get close to the beloved marine mammals with Baracuda Dive Centre, look for gifts at Averi Beers, and see the interesting displays at The Retro Museum In Varna.

To find out how to plan a trip to Varna, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Sozopol to Varna by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September in Varna, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Veliko Tarnovo: Thracian Tomb (in Kazanlak), Troyan Monastery (in Troyan) and Krushunskiye Waterfalls (in Krushuna). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, see the interesting displays at Konstantsalieva House, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and stroll through Valley of Roses.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Veliko Tarnovo day trip planning app.

You can drive from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Varna in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Veliko Tarnovo, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

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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: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banya Bashi Mosque.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sofia driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Sofia are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Borovets.

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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 (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort, don't miss a visit to Tsarska Bistritsa, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see what you can catch with Go Borovets.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Borovets day trip planning tool.

Getting from Sofia to Borovets by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bansko.

Things to do in Borovets

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Bansko

— 2 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): hit the slopes at Ski Bansko, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren, and then steep yourself in history at Neofit Rilski Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bansko planning site.

You can drive from Borovets to Bansko in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bansko can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

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Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 14th (Thu), admire the engineering at Belmeken Dam and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rila trip maker site.

You can take a bus from Bansko to Rila in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Rila are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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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.
Step out of Plovdiv with an excursion to Bachkovo Monastery in Bachkovo--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip itinerary builder website.

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. October in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

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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.