8 days in Bulgaria & Thessaloniki Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria & Thessaloniki Itinerary

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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
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Rila, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Kazanlak, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Thessaloniki, Greece

— 1 night

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): wander the streets of Ladadika District and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, pause for some serene contemplation at Ypapanti Church, pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, and finally make a trip to Aristotelous Square.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Thessaloniki trip itinerary planning app.

Los Angeles, USA to Thessaloniki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Thessaloniki. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in Thessaloniki hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rila.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Rila, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rila driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Thessaloniki to Rila. Traveling from Thessaloniki in August, expect Rila to be slightly colder, temps between 86°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument and then explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rila to Veliko Tarnovo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Veliko Tarnovo, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kazanlak.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites
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Kazanlak, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of Roses.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kazanlak trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Kazanlak takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Kazanlak, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Kazanlak

Historic Sites · Museums
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

— 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 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Art Gallery Philippopolis, then delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and then look for gifts at Art Studio 42.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kazanlak to Plovdiv takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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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.