9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Sofia
— 3 nights
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive
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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, admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and get engrossed in the history at National Institute of Archaeology with Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sofia online tour builder.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Sofia is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuwait City to Sofia. Traveling from Kuwait City in October, expect Sofia to be colder, temps between 20°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Parks
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Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 23rd (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use 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. In October, daytime highs in Rila are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
On the 25th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, then explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and then explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Plovdiv holiday builder site.

Drive from Rila to Plovdiv in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car 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. On the 26th (Tue), take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo planning site.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Plovdiv in October since evenings lows in Veliko Tarnovo dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to 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 27th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Varna online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in October, Varna is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) 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.