13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Sofia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Sunny Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Varna
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Dubai

4
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get some cultural insight at Vitosha Boulevard and Rila Monastery. Get in touch with nature at Rila National Park and Vitosha Mountain. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Military History, examine the collection at National Historical Museum, admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and look for gifts at Vino Orenda Wine Shop.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip itinerary maker.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sofia is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Sofia hover around 34°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rila
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
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3
nights
Plovdiv

Plovdiv ©
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.
Ethnographic Museum and Art Gallery Philippopolis will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Plovdiv Roman Theatre and Archeological Museum. Step out of Plovdiv with an excursion to Pamporovo Ski Resort in Smolyan--about 1:30 hours away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress, make a splash at AquaPark Aqualand, don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa SS. Constantin e Elena.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pamporovo Ski Resort, Assen's Fortress
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Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress
Pamporovo Ski Resort ©
Pamporovo Ski Resort

1
night
Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach ©
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 5th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Irakli Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, and then contemplate the long history of Nessebar. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Blaise, then do some two-wheel cruising with Sunny Beach Karting Track, and then cool off at Action Aquapark.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Sunny Beach trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Sunny Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Varna.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Irakli Beach, Church of St. Blaise, Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel
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Irakli Beach ©
Irakli Beach
Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark

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Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik and Ретро Музей/Retro Museum. Bring the kids along to Nirvana Beach and Aquapark Aquamania. When in Varna, make a side trip to see Kaliakra in Kavarna, approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Kaliakra and get your game on at Kids Play.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Varna holiday planner.

Getting from Sunny Beach to Varna by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or drive. September in Varna sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Nirvana Beach, Cape Kaliakra, Aquapark Aquamania
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Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Aquapark Aquamania ©
Aquapark Aquamania

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