9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Fly to Varna, Bus to Nessebar
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Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): kick back and relax at Irakli Beach, then admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Christ Pantocrator, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Embankment, then try out the rides at Action Aquapark, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Blaise.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nessebar holiday builder tool.

Paris, France to Nessebar is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Nessebar due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Paris in August, expect Nessebar to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Varna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Beaches

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— 3 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cape Kaliakra and Nirvana Beach. Attractions like The Retro Museum In Varna and Aquapark Aquamania make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena, delve into the distant past at Stone Forest, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and get engrossed in the history at Varna Archaeological Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Varna trip builder website.

You can take a shuttle from Nessebar to Varna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Sofia.

Things to do in Varna

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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— 4 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get outdoors at Rila National Park and Boyana Waterfall. Explore hidden gems such as National Museum of Military History and Amphitheatre of Serdica. Go for a jaunt from Sofia to Rila to see Rila Monastery about 2h 45 min away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, examine the collection at National Museum of History, shop like a local with Vitosha Boulevard, and admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

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Fly from Varna to Sofia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Varna in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sofia, with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

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Bulgaria travel guide

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.