57 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

57 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Varna
— 7 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 6 nights
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Stara Zagora
— 4 nights
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Rila
— 3 nights
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Bansko
— 5 nights
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Sofia
— 16 nights
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Plovdiv
— 9 nights
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Nessebar
— 6 nights
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Varna

— 7 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varna: Balchik (Queen's Winery House, Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, &more), Madara Rider (in Shumen) and Pliska (Pliska National Historical Archaeological Reserve & Yard of the Cyrillic alphabet). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, explore the ancient world of Stone Forest, take in the pleasant sights at Kaliakra, and meet the residents at Dolphinarium Varna.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Varna trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Varna is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Varna can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Varna

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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Veliko Tarnovo

— 6 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. Get out of town with these interesting Veliko Tarnovo side-trips: Hisarya Fortress (in Lovech), Troyan Monastery (in Troyan) and Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki). There's still lots to do: expand your understanding of the military at Tsarevets, see the interesting displays at Historical Museum, appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo.

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Traveling by car from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Stara Zagora.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

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Stara Zagora

— 4 nights
Stara Zagora is a city in Bulgaria, a nationally important economic center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stara Zagora: Shipka (Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple & Shipka Monument), Kazanlak (Thracian Tomb , Buzludzha, &more) and Village Turia - village museum (in Pavel Banya). There's still lots to do: stroll through Valley of Roses, learn more about the world around you at Regional Museum of History, and steep yourself in history at Antique Forum Augusta Trayana.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Stara Zagora trip maker.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Stara Zagora in 2 hours. In June in Stara Zagora, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rila.

Things to do in Stara Zagora

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Rila

— 3 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Rila is known for historic sites, nature, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery, take in the awesome beauty at Musala Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dancing Bears Park, and see human ingenuity at work at Belmeken Dam.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rila trip website.

Explore your travel options from Stara Zagora to Rila with the Route module. In June in Rila, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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Bansko

— 5 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pirin National Park (in Pirin), Sandanski (Popinolashki Waterfall & Archaeological Museum Sandanski) and Melnik (The Melnik Pyramids, Rozhen Monastery, &more). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery, admire the landmark architecture of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church, head outdoors with Rupite, and fly down the slopes at Ski Bansko.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bansko trip itinerary maker.

Take a bus from Rila to Bansko in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Sofia

— 16 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sofia: Regional History Museum Pernik (in Pernik), Borovets (Borovets Mountain Bike Park & Tsarska Bistritsa) and Prohodna Cave (in Karlukovo). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, see the interesting displays at National Museum of History, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga), and admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

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Traveling by car from Bansko to Sofia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Sofia are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

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Plovdiv

— 9 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: Marvelous Bridges (in Chepelare), Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village (in Momchilgrad). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, explore the ancient world of Perperikon, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, and get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Plovdiv trip builder site.

Drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sofia in July since evenings lows in Plovdiv dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Plovdiv

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Nessebar

— 6 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Get out of town with these interesting Nessebar side-trips: Burgas (Poda Protected Site, Sea Garden, &more) and Sozopol (Art Gallery, Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula, &more). There's still lots to do: laugh and play at Action Aquapark, admire the striking features of St Stephens Church, get in on the family fun at Sunny Beach Luna Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Christ Pantocrator.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nessebar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Nessebar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Nessebar can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

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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.