10 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

10 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rila
— 1 night
2
Bansko
— 2 nights
3
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
4
Sofia
— 3 nights

1
night
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery. On your second day here, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort, and then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rila holiday builder.

Boston, USA to Rila is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Boston to Rila. Traveling from Boston in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rila, with lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

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.
On the 31st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren, then fly down the slopes at Ski Bansko, and finally don't miss a visit to Pirin Street. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains and then explore the striking landscape of Pirin National Park.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bansko holiday maker site.

You can drive from Rila to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Bansko sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, steep yourself in history at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bachkovo Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv day trip planning website.

You can drive from Bansko to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Bachkovo Monastery
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Walking tours
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Saint Sofia Monument, steep yourself in history at Church St. George Rotunda, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia trip planner.

Getting from Plovdiv to Sofia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in January, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can 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
Walking tours

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