9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Fly
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Varna
— 1 night
Shuttle
2
Nessebar
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Burgas
— 1 night
Drive
4
Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive
5
Sofia
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): look for gifts at Bohotopia and then delve into the distant past at Stone Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Historical Park.

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Cairo, Egypt to Varna is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cairo in December, expect Varna to be colder, temps between 10°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to take a shuttle to Nessebar.
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Nessebar — 2 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
On the 24th (Sat), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Nessebar, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Savior Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): stop by Kashmiri, take in the exciting artwork at Art Shop Orange, take in the exciting artwork at Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Pavilion, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Church of Christ Pantocrator.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nessebar trip planning app.

Getting from Varna to Nessebar by shuttle takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nessebar are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Burgas.
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Burgas — 1 night

Surrounded by lakes and the sea, Burgas represents a popular vacation spot because of its nature, mild climate, and proximity to several charming ancient towns.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Armenian Church Saint Cross, then explore the ancient world of Aquae Calidae - Thermopolis, then walk around Sea Garden, and finally make a trip to Sculpture of Peptko Blagoev.

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You can drive from Nessebar to Burgas in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Burgas can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Plovdiv.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Baths
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at Hisarja, then contemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally view the masterpieces at Art Studio 42.

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Traveling by car from Burgas to Plovdiv takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sofia.
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Sofia — 3 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kids will enjoy St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Room Escape Games. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vitosha Boulevard and Temple Sveti Nikolay. On the 30th (Fri), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. It doesn't end there: engage your brain at Museum of illusions Sofia and steep yourself in history at Church St. George Rotunda.

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Drive from Plovdiv to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Plovdiv in December, you will find days in Sofia are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (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.
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