10 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

10 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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10 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
Rila
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Bansko
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sofia
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Boston

1
night
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort, and then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum.

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Boston, USA to Rila is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Boston to Rila. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rila when traveling from Boston in December, with lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Borovets, Historical Museum
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Bansko

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Bansko, and finally make a trip to Pirin Street. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bansko trip planner.

You can drive from Rila to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Pirin National Park
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Ski Bansko ©
Ski Bansko
Pirin National Park ©
Pirin National Park
Vihren ©
Vihren

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then don't miss a visit to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, and finally contemplate the long history of Bachkovo Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Plovdiv trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Bansko to Plovdiv takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Bachkovo Monastery
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

3
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sofia trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Plovdiv to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Sofia are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

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