60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Borovets
— 3 nights
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Bansko
— 6 nights
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Rila
— 3 nights
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Plovdiv
— 9 nights
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Sozopol
— 5 nights
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Nessebar
— 7 nights
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Varna
— 8 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 7 nights
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Sofia
— 11 nights
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Borovets

— 3 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Go Borovets and Horseback Riding Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Borovets: Geyser (in Sapareva Banya) and Tsari Mali Grad (in Belchin). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Borovets Mountain Bike Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Borovets day trip planner.

London, UK to Borovets is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Borovets is 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bansko.

Things to do in Borovets

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

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Bansko

— 6 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Vihren and Velyanova House. Venture out of the city with trips to Sandanski (Popinolashki Waterfall & Townpark), Rozhen Monastery (in Melnik) and Saint George (in Zlatolist). Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Pirin National Park. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Ski Bansko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church, steep yourself in history at Neofit Rilski Museum, and stroll around Park Bachinovo.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bansko travel route site.

Drive from Borovets to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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Rila

— 3 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Rila National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery, admire the engineering at Belmeken Dam, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Musala Peak, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dancing Bears Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rila travel route planning tool.

You can take a bus from Bansko to Rila in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Rila, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Plovdiv Old Town and Walking tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Plovdiv: Arapovo Monastery (in Asenovgrad), Red Church (in Perushtitsa) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, make a trip to Assen's Fortress, delve into the distant past at Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, and examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Plovdiv online holiday maker.

You can drive from Rila to Plovdiv in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sozopol Old Town and Sea Garden. Explore Sozopol's surroundings by going to Butamyata Beach (in Sinemoretz), Silistar Beach (in Ahtopol) and Burgas (Roman Catholic Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, go for a walk through Church of The Most Holy Mother, tour the pleasant surroundings at Veleka Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kavatsite Beach.

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You can drive from Plovdiv to Sozopol in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Sozopol sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nessebar.

Things to do in Sozopol

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Action Aquapark and Erma Spa Turkish Bath. Explore Nessebar's surroundings by going to Obzor (Cape Emine & Irakli Beach). Spend a fun-filled day on the 2nd (Wed) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Nessebar, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Sophia, walk around Camel Park Sunny Beach, and admire the striking features of St Stephens Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nessebar trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Nessebar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In September in Nessebar, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Varna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Family-friendly places like ''Primorski'' park and Varna Archaeological Museum will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varna: Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik), Tyulenovo Rocks (in Tyulenovo) and Dobrich (Cape Kaliakra & St George City Park). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, observe the fascinating underwater world at Dolphinarium Varna, enjoy the sand and surf at Nirvana Beach, and see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Varna vacation planner.

You can take a shuttle from Nessebar to Varna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Varna can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Valley of Roses and Shipka Monument. Venture out of the city with trips to Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki), Krushunskiye Waterfalls (in Krushuna) and Kazanlak (Thracian Tomb , National Park-Museum Shipka-Buzluzha, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Tsarevets, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita, examine the collection at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo tour planner.

Drive from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Varna in October, plan for little chillier nights in Veliko Tarnovo, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Sofia

— 11 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Bring the kids along to St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Temple Sveti Nikolay. Venture out of the city with trips to Skoka Falls (in Teteven) and Prohodna Cave (in Karlukovo). And it doesn't end there: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga), and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sofia driving holiday planner.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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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.