7 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

7 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria travel planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Sofia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nessebar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive
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Rila
— 1 night
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Sofia

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for fun & games, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia online trip itinerary planner.

Vidin to Sofia is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Sofia are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Nessebar.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Nessebar

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
On the 19th (Sun), laugh and play at Action Aquapark. On your second day here, look for gifts at JCraft Jewelry Shop, then contemplate the long history of Nessebar, and then catch some excitement at Erma Spa Turkish Bath.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nessebar trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Sofia to Nessebar in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sofia in September since evenings lows in Nessebar dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Side Trip

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Plovdiv

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Plovdiv trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Nessebar to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

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Rila

— 1 night
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rila trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Plovdiv in September, plan for little chillier nights in Rila, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Rila

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Highlights from your trip

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.