60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Drive to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Fly to Sofia
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Sofia
— 11 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 7 nights
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Varna
— 8 nights
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Nessebar
— 7 nights
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Sozopol
— 5 nights
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Plovdiv
— 9 nights
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Rila
— 2 nights
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Bansko
— 5 nights
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Borovets
— 4 nights
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Sofia

— 11 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vitosha Boulevard and Temple Sveti Nikolay. Get in touch with nature at Vitosha Mountain and Prohodna Cave. Explore Sofia's surroundings by going to Regional History Museum Pernik (in Pernik), Saeva Dupka (in Lovech) and Saint George (in Zlatolist). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, and get engrossed in the history at The Red Flat.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sofia journey planner.

Cleveland, USA to Sofia is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Cleveland in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sofia, with lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

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Veliko Tarnovo

— 7 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. Escape the urban bustle at Valley of Roses and Krushunskiye Waterfalls. Get some historical perspective at Tsarevets and Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Veliko Tarnovo: Museum of the Wood-Carving and Ethnographical Arts (in Tryavna), Thracian Tomb (in Kazanlak) and Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sokolski Monastery, and take an in-depth tour of Hadji Nikoli Inn Museum Art Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo trip planner.

Drive from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Veliko Tarnovo sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Varna

— 8 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik and Varna Archaeological Museum. Visit Cape Kaliakra and Nirvana Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varna: Yaylata National Archeological Reserve (in Kavarna) and Queen's Winery House (in Balchik). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with Baracuda Dive Centre, see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna, take in the exciting artwork at INHOM Art Glass Gallery, and take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Varna online day trip planner.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 47°F in Varna. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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Nessebar

— 7 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 in touch with nature at Camel Park Sunny Beach and Irakli Beach. Let the collections at Archaeological Museum and Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Cape Emine in Obzor (about 34 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Nessebar, do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria, catch some excitement at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, and try out the rides at Action Aquapark.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nessebar day trip website.

Traveling by shuttle from Varna to Nessebar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Nessebar sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Ravadinovo Castle and Church of St. George. Get a sense of the local culture at Church of Saint Zosima and Saint Nicholas Chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sozopol: Butamyata Beach (in Sinemoretz), Veleka Beach (in Sinemorets) and Silistar Beach (in Ahtopol). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, admire the sheer force of Dokuzak Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Poda Protected Site, and enjoy the sand and surf at Arkutino Beach.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sozopol trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Sozopol takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Sozopol are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sozopol

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Marvelous Bridges and Chepelare Ski Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plovdiv Roman Theatre and Red Church. Explore Plovdiv's surroundings by going to Villa Yustina (in Ustina) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Plovdiv route planning site.

You can drive from Sozopol to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

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Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery and then stroll through Dancing Bears Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rila day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Rila in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. November in Rila sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Villa Melnik Winery and St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church. Escape the urban bustle at Pirin National Park and Ski Bansko. When in Bansko, make a side trip to see Rupite in Petrich, approximately Petrich away. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of Bansko Safari, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren, play a few rounds at Pirin Golf Resort, and steep yourself in history at Neofit Rilski Museum.

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Take a bus from Rila to Bansko in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Bansko are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

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Borovets

— 4 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Step out of the city life by going to Go Borovets and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Borovets side-trips: Waterfall "Goritsa" (in Sapareva Banya) and Tsari Mali Grad (in Belchin). There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort and grab your bike and head to Borovets Mountain Bike Park.

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Getting from Bansko to Borovets by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Fri).

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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.