35 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

35 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Train to London Paddington, Train to London Stansted, Fly to Plovdiv
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Plovdiv
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nessebar
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Varna
— 6 nights
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bansko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sofia
— 6 nights
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Plovdiv — 4 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Plovdiv side-trips: The Wonderful Bridges (in Smolyan), Marvelous Bridges (in Chepelare) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, make a trip to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveta Nedelya Church.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv visit planner.

Exeter, UK to Plovdiv is an approximately 11-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sozopol.
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Sozopol — 4 nights

The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Explore Sozopol's surroundings by going to Sea Garden (in Burgas), Beglik-Tash (in Primorsko) and Dokuzak Falls (in Malko Tarnovo). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of Sozopol, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Zosima, and kick back and relax at Veleka Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sozopol day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sozopol takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sozopol can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nessebar.
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Nessebar — 5 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Take a break from Nessebar with a short trip to Catamaran Cruise in Sunny Beach, about 32 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 25th (Thu) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. Pack the 26th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Sunny Beach Luna Park. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Nessebar, do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria, stroll around Camel Park Sunny Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Sophia.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nessebar day trip tool.

You can drive from Sozopol to Nessebar in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Nessebar are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Varna.
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Varna — 6 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik), Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich) and Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena). Pack the 31st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Historical Park. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, take an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and examine the collection at The Retro Museum In Varna.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Varna trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a shuttle from Nessebar to Varna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.
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Veliko Tarnovo — 4 nights

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Veliko Tarnovo: Krushunskiye Waterfalls (in Krushuna), Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki) and Gabrovo (Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR & Interactive Museum of Industry). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, identify plant and animal life at Valley of Roses, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Veliko Tarnovo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Varna in September since evenings lows in Veliko Tarnovo dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rila.
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Rila — 2 nights

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 8th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rila route planner.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Rila takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bansko.
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Bansko — 3 nights

Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bansko: Pirin National Park (in Pirin), Villa Melnik Winery (in Harsovo) and Popinolashki Waterfall (in Sandanski). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, see Bansko Safari, and steep yourself in history at Neofit Rilski Museum.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bansko trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Rila to Bansko takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bansko are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.
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Sofia — 6 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Explore Sofia's surroundings by going to Prohodna Cave (in Karlukovo) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Borovets). There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Boyana Church, wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, and admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

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Traveling by car from Bansko to Sofia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. September in Sofia sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel 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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