9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria vacation planner

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Sandanski
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Melnik
— 1 night
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Smolyan
— 3 nights
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Zlatograd
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Kardzhali
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Kazanlak
— 1 night
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Gabrovo
— 1 night
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Veliko Tarnovo
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Arbanasi
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Sandanski

Sandanski is a town and a recreation centre in south-western Bulgaria, part of Blagoevgrad Province. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): walk around Townpark, take in the spiritual surroundings of Episcopal Basilica, and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum Sandanski.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Sandanski trip builder.

Sofia to Sandanski is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Melnik.

Things to do in Sandanski

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Melnik

— 1 night
Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. On the 1st (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at The Melnik Pyramids.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Melnik trip simple and quick.

Getting from Sandanski to Melnik by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Smolyan.

Things to do in Melnik

Parks · Nature
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Smolyan

— 3 nights
Smolyan is a town and ski resort in the far south of Bulgaria near the border with Greece. Escape the urban bustle at Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat and Yagodinska Cave. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Saint Vissarion of Smolyan and Rozhen Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Smolyan: Haramiiska Cave (in Trigrad), National Astronomical Observatory at Rozhen (in Rozhen) and Orlovo Oko - Eagle's Eye viewpoint (in Yagodina). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pamporovo Ski Resort and explore the stunning scenery at Waterfalls Canyon.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Smolyan trip itinerary site.

Getting from Melnik to Smolyan by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zlatograd.

Things to do in Smolyan

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 2 — 5:

Zlatograd

Zlatograd is a town in Smolyan Province, Southern-central Bulgaria. For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zlatograd driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Smolyan to Zlatograd in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Zlatograd can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. You'll set off for Kardzhali on the 5th (Wed).

Things to do in Zlatograd

Museums
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Kardzhali

On the 5th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Regional History Museum Kardjali.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kardzhali road trip planning site.

You can drive from Zlatograd to Kardzhali in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Kardzhali can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kazanlak.

Things to do in Kardzhali

Museums
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Kazanlak

— 1 night
Plan trip to Kazanlak with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Kardzhali to Kazanlak in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kazanlak can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Gabrovo.

Things to do in Kazanlak

Museums
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Gabrovo

— 1 night
Gabrovo is a city in central northern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of Gabrovo Province.It is situated at the foot of the central Balkan Mountains, in the valley of the Yantra River, and is known as an international capital of humour and satire, as well as noted for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Bacho Kiro and then examine the collection at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Gabrovo trip builder site.

You can drive from Kazanlak to Gabrovo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Gabrovo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Gabrovo

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Veliko Tarnovo

— 2 nights
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 7th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Kaya Bunar. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then soothe aching muscles at Yoga Dharma - Day Class.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo day trip site.

You can drive from Gabrovo to Veliko Tarnovo in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Veliko Tarnovo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arbanasi.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Parks · Spas · Nature · Historic Sites
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Arbanasi

Arbanasi is a village in Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, Veliko Tarnovo Province of central northern Bulgaria, set on a high plateau between the larger towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Gorna Oryahovitsa. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Arbanasi online driving holiday planner.

Arbanasi is very close to Veliko Tarnovo. In May, daytime highs in Arbanasi are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Arbanasi

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.