9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria trip itinerary planner

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Sofia
— 3 nights
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Rila
— 2 nights
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Plovdiv
— 1 night
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
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Varna
— 1 night
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Sofia

— 3 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: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, admire the landmark architecture of Boyana Church, and steep yourself in history at Church St. George Rotunda.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sofia holiday planning tool.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Sofia is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Kuwait City in April, expect Sofia to be cooler, temps between 20°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rila trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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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 15th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and then explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv online day trip planner.

Drive from Rila to Plovdiv in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

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Veliko Tarnovo

— 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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours and then explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo travel website.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Tours · Historic Sites
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Varna

— 1 night

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

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Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Varna

Parks · Historic Sites
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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.