13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sofia
— 4 nights
2
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
3
Sunny Beach
— 1 night
4
Varna
— 3 nights

4
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Rila Monastery and Temple Sveti Nikolay will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Military History and National Museum of History. Change things up with a short trip to Rila National Park in Rila (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, stop by Vino Orenda Wine Shop, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, and take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sofia trip maker app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sofia is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Sofia. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Sofia hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough 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
National Museum of Military History ©
National Museum of Military History

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ethnographic Museum and "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Assen's Fortress and Plovdiv Roman Theatre. Step out of Plovdiv to go to Smolyan and see Pamporovo Ski Resort, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv online tour builder.

You can drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Plovdiv are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Theme Parks Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Irakli Beach and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Blaise, thenget out on two wheels at Karting Sunny Beach, and then cool off at Action Aquapark.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sunny Beach visit planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sunny Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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nights
Varna

Varna ©
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. Explore hidden gems such as Ретро Музей/Retro Museum and Aquapark Aquamania. Step out of Varna with an excursion to Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik in Balchik--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: have some family-friendly fun at Kids Play Детски Център.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Varna trip planner.

You can drive from Sunny Beach to Varna in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Varna sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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