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
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Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
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Varna
— 1 night
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
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Sofia

— 2 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: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, steep yourself in history at Church St. George Rotunda, and shop like a local with Vitosha Boulevard.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sofia trip tool.

Vidin to Sofia is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Nature
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Rila

— 1 night
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rila day trip tool.

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. September in Rila sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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 20th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, and then explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Plovdiv tour itinerary planning site.

Getting from Rila to Plovdiv by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. September in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Plovdiv

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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 21st (Tue): stop by JCraft Jewelry Shop, then steep yourself in history at Nessebar, and then experience the excitement of Erma Spa Turkish Bath. Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Wine Shop and Bar Region and then laugh and play at Action Aquapark.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sunny Beach attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sunny Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Sunny Beach, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Varna.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Baths · Fun & Games

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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.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, then take an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and finally explore the ancient world of Stone Forest.

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You can drive from Sunny Beach to Varna in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Varna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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 24th (Fri), take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets.

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Traveling by car from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Varna in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Veliko Tarnovo, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Tours · 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.