8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Sofia
— 1 night
Drive
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Borovets
— 1 night
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 1 night
Drive
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Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
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Sofia

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, and then take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard. On the next day, admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then look for gifts at Gifted Sofia, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sofia trip maker tool.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sofia. September in Sofia sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Winter Sports
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Borovets

— 1 night
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see what you can catch with Go Borovets.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Borovets vacation builder site.

Getting from Sofia to Borovets by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Borovets

Wildlife · Tours · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 5th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rila online visit planner.

You can drive from Borovets to Rila in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sozopol.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Sozopol

— 1 night
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Kavatsite Beach, then make a trip to Sozopol Old Town, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sozopol travel route planner.

You can drive from Rila to Sozopol in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Rila in September, Sozopol is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Sozopol

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Sunny Beach

— 2 nights
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Irakli Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Camel Park Sunny Beach, and then experience the excitement of Erma Spa Turkish Bath. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria, then contemplate the long history of Nessebar, and then stop by JCraft Jewelry Shop.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sunny Beach trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Sunny Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Sunny Beach can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Fun & Games

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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.