9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Sofia
— 2 nights
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Rila
— 1 night
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Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive
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Shipka
— 1 night
Drive
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Sunny Beach
— 1 night
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Varna
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Sofia

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, and finally pause for some photo ops at Saint Sofia Monument. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, then get engrossed in the history at National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, and then see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sofia travel itinerary planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Sofia is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dammam in September, expect Sofia to be colder, temps between 28°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

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Rila

— 1 night
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 11th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rila driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Rila in 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 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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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 12th (Sun): make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, steep yourself in history at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rila to Plovdiv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Shipka.

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Shipka

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple, make a trip to Thracian Tomb , and then appreciate the history behind National Park-Museum Shipka-Buzluzha.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Shipka travel route tool.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Shipka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Shipka are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Shipka

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Sunny Beach

— 1 night
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Nessebar, explore the ancient world of Church of Saint Sophia, and then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: slough off your stress at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, find something for the whole family at Sunny Beach Luna Park, then do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria, and finally shop like a local with Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA.

For reviews and other tourist information, read Sunny Beach trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Shipka to Sunny Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Varna.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Historic Sites · Spas · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

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Varna

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Varna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sunny Beach to Varna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will leave for home on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Varna

Nightlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
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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.