9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  22​h
1
Sofia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Nessebar
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): learn about all things military at National Museum of Military History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Boyana Church, and then take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Natural History, admire the striking features of Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, and finally stop by Vino Orenda Wine Shop.

For maps and tourist information, read Sofia itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sofia is an approximately 22-hour flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in April: high temperatures in Sofia hover around 19°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church ©
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy some diversion at Retro Photo Old Plovdiv, then delve into the distant past at Hisarja, then explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveta Marina church. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Cultural Center-Museum TrakArt, take an in-depth tour of Small Basilica, then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, then see the interesting displays at Air Museum Plovdiv, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Plovdiv itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church
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Sveta Marina church ©
Sveta Marina church
Cultural Center-Museum Trakart ©
Cultural Center-Museum Trakart
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

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nights
Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument, examine the collection at Museum of Satire and Humor, then see the interesting displays at Interactive Museum of Industry, and finally examine the collection at Architectural-Ethnographic Complex ETAR. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Tsarevets Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ethnographic Museum.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo trip generator.

Getting from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in April, expect nights in Veliko Tarnovo to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nessebar.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gabrovo, Chiesa della Nativita
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Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets

1
day
Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum of Salt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Blaise, take in the exciting artwork at Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA, then examine the collection at Nessebar Archaeological Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nessebar vacation planner.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Nessebar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nessebar

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Museum of Salt, Church of St. Blaise
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Museum of Salt ©
Museum of Salt
Archaeological Museum ©
Archaeological Museum

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