60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria route planner

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Sofia
— 14 nights
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Borovets
— 4 nights
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Melnik
— 2 nights
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Rila
— 3 nights
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Plovdiv
— 9 nights
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Shipka
— 2 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 7 nights
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Ruse
— 4 nights
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Varna
— 8 nights
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Nessebar
— 6 nights
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Sofia

— 14 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Do your shopping at Vitosha Boulevard and Serdika mall. Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Park Vrana. Next up on the itinerary: catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, appreciate the history behind Statue of Tsar Alexander II, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Nikolai Sofiyski.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sofia online route planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Sofia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Stockholm to Sofia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Stockholm in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sofia: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Borovets.

Things to do in Sofia

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Borovets

— 4 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Horseback Riding Tours and Barakli Mosque. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Borovets: Waterfall "Goritsa" (in Sapareva Banya) and Park Rila (in Dupnitsa). Spend the 17th (Thu) on the water with Go Borovets. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Tsarska Bistritsa, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum, grab your bike and head to Borovets Mountain Bike Park, and admire the local landmark of The Big Drinking Fountain.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Borovets day trip planning site.

You can drive from Sofia to Borovets in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Melnik.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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Melnik

— 2 nights
Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Baba Vanga Museum, don't miss a visit to The Melnik Pyramids, and then look for gifts at Wine Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhen Monastery and then do a tasting at Villa Melnik Winery.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Melnik trip tool.

Getting from Borovets to Melnik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Melnik

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

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Rila

— 3 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rila National Park and Rila. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery and stroll through Dancing Bears Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rila trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Melnik to Rila in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Rila sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to 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.
Head to Balabanov House and Atanas Krastev House Museumfor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Park Tsar Simeon and The Wonderful Bridges. Go for a jaunt from Plovdiv to Bachkovo to see Bachkovo Monastery about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nebet Tepe, and don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town.

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Traveling by car from Rila to Plovdiv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Shipka.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

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Shipka

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): make a trip to The Thracian tomb at Shushmanets, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Thracian Tomb , and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Roses. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Seuthes III and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Shipka trip planner.

Getting from Plovdiv to Shipka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Shipka are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Shipka

Historic Sites · Museums

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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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel and Samovodska Charshiya Complex. The adventure continues: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument, and stop by The Book Cave.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Shipka to Veliko Tarnovo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Shipka in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Veliko Tarnovo, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ruse.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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Ruse

— 4 nights
Ruse is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria. Explore hidden gems such as Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo and Sveta Troitsa Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Freedom Square, admire the masterpieces at Ruse Art Gallery, explore the activities along Danube River, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rosarium.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ruse online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Ruse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Ruse

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · 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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Retro Museum In Varna and Prisoe Winery. Head to City Art Gallery of Boris Georgiev and Averi Beersfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varna: Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich) and Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna, admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, pause for some photo ops at Monument of Stefan Karadzha, and take an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum.

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You can drive from Ruse to Varna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine tasting Messembria and Wine Shop and Bar Region. Head to Mall Galleria Burgas and JCraft Jewelry Shopfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Burgas (The Assumption o the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Parish, Armenian Church Saint Cross, &more) and Sozopol (Art Gallery, Northern Tower, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of St Stephens Church, laugh and play at Action Aquapark, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Paraskeva, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church Dormition of Theotokos.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nessebar trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by shuttle from Varna to Nessebar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Nessebar sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Wineries

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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.