9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Sofia
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive
3
Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Borovets
— 1 night
Drive to Sofia Airport, Fly to Vilnius

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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 landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, and make a trip to Boyana Church.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sofia driving holiday planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Sofia is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vilnius in October: highs in Sofia hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sofia

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:

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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): make a trip to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, then explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo online vacation planner.

Getting from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Veliko Tarnovo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

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 26th (Tue), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, and then contemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv trip planner.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a 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 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rila trip planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Rila in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Rila can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Borovets

— 1 night
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Borovets trip planning website.

You can drive from Rila to Borovets in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
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.