42 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

42 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria holiday planner
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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Sofia
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Sofia
— 6 nights
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Rila
— 2 nights
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Bansko
— 3 nights
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Borovets
— 4 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 6 nights
Drive
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Devetaki
— 1 night
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 4 nights
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Sozopol
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sunny Beach
— 4 nights
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10
Varna
— 7 nights
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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. There's lots more to do: see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

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

Exeter, UK to Sofia is an approximately 9-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 (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Rila.
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Find places to stay Aug 15 — 21:

Rila — 2 nights

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rila trip planner.

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 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bansko.
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Find places to stay Aug 21 — 23:

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: Popinolashki Waterfall (in Sandanski), Villa Melnik Winery (in Harsovo) and Pirin National Park (in Pirin). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Bansko Safari, and contemplate the long history of Neofit Rilski Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Bansko visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Rila to Bansko takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Bansko, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Borovets.
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Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:

Borovets — 4 nights

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Spend the 29th (Mon) on the water with Go Borovets. There's still lots to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, learn something new at Ollie Moly Borovets Ski/Snowboard Hire&School, grab your bike and head to Borovets Mountain Bike Park, and admire the striking features of Barakli Mosque.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Borovets trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Bansko to Borovets by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.
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Find places to stay Aug 26 — 30:

Plovdiv — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Plovdiv: Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo), The Wonderful Bridges (in Smolyan) and Marvelous Bridges (in Chepelare). Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Central Balkan National Park. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, don't miss a visit to Assen's Fortress, explore the ancient world of Perperikon, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv trip planner.

Drive from Borovets to Plovdiv in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Devetaki.
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Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 5:

Devetaki — 1 night

On the 6th (Tue), Head underground at Devetashka Cave.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Devetaki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Devetaki takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Plovdiv in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Devetaki, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:
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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: Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple (in Shipka) and Gabrovo (Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR & Interactive Museum of Industry). There's much more to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Tsarevets, examine the collection at Historical Museum, appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Veliko Tarnovo trip planner.

You can drive from Devetaki to Veliko Tarnovo in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sozopol.
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Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sozopol: Sea Garden (in Burgas), Dokuzak Falls (in Malko Tarnovo) and Beglik-Tash (in Primorsko). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Nicholas Chapel, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. George.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sozopol day trip planning site.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Sozopol in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sozopol, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Sunny Beach.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:

Sunny Beach — 4 nights

Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 17th (Sat) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. Pack the 18th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Sunny Beach Luna Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Nessebar, get out on two wheels at Karting Sunny Beach, get a new perspective on things with Catamaran Cruise, and relax and rejuvenate at Erma Spa Turkish Bath.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sunny Beach online travel route planner.

You can drive from Sozopol to Sunny Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Varna.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

Varna — 7 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varna: Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich), Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena) and Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik). Pack the 21st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Historical Park. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, soothe aching muscles at Orange Fitness, get to know the resident critters at Gorica Zoo, and examine the collection at Butterfly House Varna.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Varna trip maker tool.

You can drive from Sunny Beach to Varna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Varna are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 25:

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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