60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria trip itinerary planner

©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Sofia
— 6 nights
Drive
2
Veliko Tarnovo
— 6 nights
Drive
3
Ruse
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Varna
— 7 nights
Shuttle
5
Nessebar
— 6 nights
Drive
6
Sozopol
— 5 nights
Drive
7
Plovdiv
— 8 nights
Drive
8
Smolyan
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Bansko
— 5 nights
Bus
10
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Borovets
— 4 nights
+2
Drive to Sofia Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City

S M T W T F S
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27

Sofia

— 6 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Saint Nikolai Sofiyski and Vitosha Boulevard. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Red Flat and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Underground Mining Museum in Pernik (about 46 minutes away). Dedicate the 4th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Zelena gallery, look for gifts at Galeria Nina, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sofia trip planner.

New York City, USA to Sofia is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Sofia. Traveling from New York City in September, Sofia is a bit cooler at night with lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sofia

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 6:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chiesa della Nativita and Walking tours. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tsarevets and Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ulitsa General Gurko, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Hadji Nikoli Inn Museum Art Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Veliko Tarnovo online trip planner.

Drive from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ruse.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 12:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Ruse

— 5 nights
Ruse is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria. You'll explore and learn at Museum-Estate Baba Tonka and History Museum of Silistra. Step off the beaten path and head to St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery and Danube River. Go for a jaunt from Ruse to Ivanovo to see Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Troitsa Cathedral, delve into the lush surroundings at Forest Park Lipnik, stroll through Rusenski Lom Nature Park, and examine the collection at Museum House of Kaliopa.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Ruse trip maker app.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Ruse in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Ruse

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Varna

— 7 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly House Varna and Baracuda Dive Centre. Get some cultural insight at Museum of new History of Varna and Prisoe Winery. Explore Varna's surroundings by going to Pliska National Historical Archaeological Reserve (in Pliska), Queen's Winery House (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Varna Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, pause for some serene contemplation at St Athanasius Orthodox Church, and delve into the distant past at Stone Forest.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Varna trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ruse to Varna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 24:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

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 some cultural insight at Church of Saint Sophia and Holy Savior Church. Museum-lovers will get to explore Archaeological Museum and Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA. Explore Nessebar's surroundings by going to Obzor (Irakli Beach & Cape Emine). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at Wine Shop and Bar Region, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Paraskeva, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church Dormition of Theotokos, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nessebar trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Varna to Nessebar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nessebar are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sozopol.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 30:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Sozopol

— 5 nights
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Church of The Most Holy Mother and Church of St. George will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Archeological Museum Burgas and Ethnographic Museum of Sozopol. When in Sozopol, make a side trip to see Poda Protected Site in Burgas, approximately Burgas away. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Nicholas Chapel, make a trip to Northern Tower, and step into the grandiose world of Ravadinovo Castle.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sozopol trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Sozopol takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In October in Sozopol, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sozopol

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 4:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Your Plovdiv Trips and Cave Shezhanka. Do some cultural sightseeing at Air Museum Plovdiv and Cultural Center-Museum Trakart. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Art Gallery Philippopolis, learn more about the world around you at Regional Natural History Museum of Plovdiv, take an in-depth tour of House-Museum Hindlian, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sourp Kevork Armenian Apostolic Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Plovdiv day trip app.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Smolyan.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 12:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Smolyan

— 4 nights
Smolyan is a town and ski resort in the far south of Bulgaria near the border with Greece. Step off the beaten path and head to Ethnographic Area Complex and Uhlovica Cave. Popular historic sites such as Momchilova Fortress and Cathedral of Saint Vissarion of Smolyan are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Marvelous Bridges in Chepelare (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Rozhen Observatory and glide through natural beauty at Spree Ski & Snowboard School.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Smolyan online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Smolyan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Smolyan

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Bansko

— 5 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church and Radonova House, Ethnic & Historical Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Vihren and Ski Bansko. When in Bansko, make a side trip to see Lepenitsa Cave in Rakitovo, approximately Rakitovo away. Next up on the itinerary: tee off at Pirin Golf Resort, relax and rejuvenate at Erma Spa & Hammam, contemplate the long history of Neofit Rilski Museum, and hit the slopes at BanskoSki.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bansko online trip builder.

You can drive from Smolyan to Bansko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dancing Bears Park.

Plan my trip to Rila with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can take a bus from Bansko to Rila in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. November in Rila sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 23:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Borovets

— 4 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and Go Borovets will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Historical Museum and Barakli Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Borovets Mountain Bike Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Borovets trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rila to Borovets in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
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.