6 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Plovdiv
— 2 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
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Gabrovo
— 1 night
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Sofia

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Plovdiv — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis, delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis. On your second day here, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip planner.

Sandanski to Plovdiv is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also drive. In September, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Veliko Tarnovo.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

Veliko Tarnovo — 1 night

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. On the 30th (Fri), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, and then snap pictures at Vladishki Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Veliko Tarnovo when traveling from Plovdiv in September, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Gabrovo.
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Gabrovo — 1 night

Gabrovo is a city in central northern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of Gabrovo Province.It is situated at the foot of the central Balkan Mountains, in the valley of the Yantra River, and is known as an international capital of humour and satire, as well as noted for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): observe the fascinating underwater world at Shipka Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sokolski Monastery, and then examine the collection at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Gabrovo trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Gabrovo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Gabrovo, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sofia.
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Sofia

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sofia route planner.

Getting from Gabrovo to Sofia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel 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.
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