60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria tour itinerary planner

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Ruse
— 4 nights
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Varna
— 7 nights
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Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
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Sozopol
— 3 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 6 nights
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Stara Zagora
— 3 nights
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Plovdiv
— 8 nights
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Smolyan
— 3 nights
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Bansko
— 5 nights
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Rila
— 2 nights
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Borovets
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Sofia
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Ruse

— 4 nights
Ruse is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria. Explore Ruse's surroundings by going to Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo (in Ivanovo), Museum of Danube Fishing (in Tutrakan) and Srebarna Nature Reserve (in Srebarna). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ecomuseum & Aquarium, admire the landmark architecture of The Dohodno Zdanie, don't miss a visit to Freedom Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ruse route maker.

Vidin to Ruse is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Varna.

Things to do in Ruse

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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Find places to stay Mar 12 — 16:

Varna

— 7 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Varna: Tyulenovo Rocks (in Tyulenovo), Balchik (Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik & BlackSeaRama Golf & Villas) and Pliska National Historical Archaeological Reserve (in Pliska). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, take in the pleasant sights at Kaliakra, and take an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Varna sightseeing tool.

Getting from Ruse to Varna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. March in Varna sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Varna

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 23:

Sunny Beach

— 2 nights
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
On the 24th (Wed), laugh and play at Action Aquapark and then soothe aching muscles at Spa Paradise. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Nessebar, admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind St. Nicolas Statue.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sunny Beach trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Varna to Sunny Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Sunny Beach sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

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Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sozopol: Burgas (Aviomuseum Burgas, Sea Garden, &more) and Dokuzak Falls (in Malko Tarnovo). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the historical opulence of Ravadinovo Castle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Zosima.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sozopol trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sunny Beach to Sozopol in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Sozopol can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sozopol

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Veliko Tarnovo: Sliven (Medieval Tuida Fortress & Halkata), Gabrovo (Sokolski Monastery & Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR) and Pleven (Saint George the Victorious Chapel and Mausoleum & Regional Historical Museum). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument, and don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex.

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Traveling by car from Sozopol to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Veliko Tarnovo sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Stara Zagora.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 3:

Stara Zagora

— 3 nights
Stara Zagora is a city in Bulgaria, a nationally important economic center. Get out of town with these interesting Stara Zagora side-trips: The Petrified Wedding (in Kardzhali), Kazanlak (Thracian Tomb , Buzludzha, &more) and Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple (in Shipka). The adventure continues: stroll through Valley of Roses, pause for some photo ops at Samara Flag Monument, and steep yourself in history at Antique Forum Augusta Trayana.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Stara Zagora itinerary planner.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Stara Zagora in 2 hours. April in Stara Zagora sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Stara Zagora

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

Plovdiv

— 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Plovdiv side-trips: Kalofer (Central Balkan National Park & Botev Peak), Cave Snejanka (in Peshtera) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). The adventure continues: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, delve into the distant past at Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Plovdiv online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Stara Zagora to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Smolyan.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 14:

Smolyan

— 3 nights
Smolyan is a town and ski resort in the far south of Bulgaria near the border with Greece. Change things up with these side-trips from Smolyan: Enduro Adventure Bulgaria (in Devin), Marvelous Bridges (in Chepelare) and National Astronomical Observatory at Rozhen (in Rozhen). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Pamporovo Ski Resort, see the interesting displays at Rozhen Observatory, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fun Park Pamporovo, and learn something new at Spree Ski & Snowboard School.

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Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Smolyan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bansko.

Things to do in Smolyan

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 14 — 17:

Bansko

— 5 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bansko: Rozhen Monastery (in Melnik), Villa Melnik Winery (in Harsovo) and Archaeological Museum Sandanski (in Sandanski). Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Pirin National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Ski Bansko, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, see Bansko Safari, and don't miss a visit to Pirin Street.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bansko road trip planning site.

You can drive from Smolyan to Bansko in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Apr 17 — 22:

Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Musala Peak and then admire the engineering at Belmeken Dam. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rila itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Bansko to Rila in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Rila are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 24:

Borovets

— 4 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Change things up with these side-trips from Borovets: Tsari Mali Grad (in Belchin), Waterfall "Goritsa" (in Sapareva Banya) and Park Rila (in Dupnitsa). Spend the 27th (Tue) on the water with Go Borovets. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort, admire the landmark architecture of Barakli Mosque, grab your bike and head to Borovets Mountain Bike Park, and don't miss a visit to Tsarska Bistritsa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Borovets trip maker.

You can drive from Rila to Borovets in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Borovets

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 28:

Sofia

— 12 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Dedicate the 3rd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia trip builder app.

You can drive from Borovets to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Sofia

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Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 10:

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.