9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria journey planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shipka
— 1 night
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive
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Rila
— 1 night
Drive
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Sofia
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Sea Garden, then delve into the distant past at Church of Saint Sophia, then steep yourself in history at Nessebar, and finally do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Sunny Beach Luna Park, try out the rides at Action Aquapark, and then experience the excitement of Erma Spa Turkish Bath.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sunny Beach tour itinerary builder tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Sunny Beach is an approximately 14-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 Riyadh in September, expect Sunny Beach to be cooler, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Shipka.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Baths

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Shipka

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Buzludzha, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shipka Monument, then pause for some photo ops at National Park-Museum Shipka-Buzluzha, and finally stroll the grounds of Thracian Tomb .

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shipka trip maker site.

Getting from Sunny Beach to Shipka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Shipka

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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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 13th (Mon), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, then explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Plovdiv trip planner.

You can drive from Shipka to Plovdiv in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

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Rila

— 1 night
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Musala Peak, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rila trip planning tool.

Getting from Plovdiv to Rila by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Plovdiv in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rila, with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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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: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, see the interesting displays at National Museum of History, and take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sofia trip builder website.

Getting from Rila to Sofia by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Sofia are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

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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.