36 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

36 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria trip planner
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Varna
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Nessebar
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 3 nights
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sofia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bansko
— 3 nights
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Borovets
— 4 nights
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Varna — 4 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Get out of town with these interesting Varna side-trips: Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). Pack the 22nd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Historical Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aladzha Monastery, see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna, and soothe aching muscles at Orange Fitness.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Varna online sightseeing planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Varna is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Varna, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Nessebar.
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Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Spas
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Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:

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.
Change things up 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 28th (Sun) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. Pack the 29th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Sunny Beach Luna Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Action Aquapark, explore the ancient world of Church of Saint Sophia, experience the excitement of Erma Spa Turkish Bath, and learn about winemaking at Wine tasting Messembria.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nessebar visit planner.

You can take a shuttle from Varna to Nessebar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Nessebar sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sozopol.
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Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:

Sozopol — 3 nights

The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sozopol: Burgas (Kilometre zero, Sea Garden, &more), Veleka Beach (in Sinemorets) and Beglik-Tash (in Primorsko). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sozopol Old Town, step into the grandiose world of Ravadinovo Castle, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings and tourist information, read Sozopol trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nessebar to Sozopol in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In August in Sozopol, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:

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 Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR (in Gabrovo). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple, appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument, and look for all kinds of wild species at Valley of Roses.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo trip planning app.

You can drive from Sozopol to Veliko Tarnovo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Veliko Tarnovo when traveling from Sozopol in September, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.
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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.
Explore Plovdiv's surroundings by going to The Wonderful Bridges (in Smolyan), Marvelous Bridges (in Chepelare) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church, don't miss a visit to Assen's Fortress, and see the interesting displays at Air Museum Plovdiv.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Plovdiv route website.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sofia.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:

Sofia — 6 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Take a break from Sofia with a short trip to Prohodna Cave in Karlukovo, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get curious at Museum of illusions Sofia, admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church St. George Rotunda.

Discover how to plan a Sofia trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Plovdiv in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Sofia, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rila.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:

Rila — 2 nights

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rila trip maker site.

You can drive from Sofia to Rila in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bansko.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Bansko — 3 nights

Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bansko: Pirin National Park (in Pirin), Villa Melnik Winery (in Harsovo) and Popinolashki Waterfall (in Sandanski). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, take an exotic tour of Bansko Safari, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, and get some fabulous bargains at Solomon Outlet.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Bansko online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rila to Bansko in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Bansko sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Borovets.
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Borovets — 4 nights

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Spend the 22nd (Thu) on the water with Go Borovets. The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Barakli Mosque, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Borovets trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Bansko to Borovets takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 24:

Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
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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