14 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

14 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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14 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Moscow
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Bansko
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Sofia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Varna
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Moscow

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Plovdiv: Marvelous Bridges (in Chepelare), Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Pamporovo Ski Resort (in Smolyan). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv journey planner .

Moscow, Russia to Plovdiv is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Plovdiv is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in April, with highs in Plovdiv at 22°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bachkovo Monastery, Marvelous Bridges, Pamporovo Ski Resort
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

2
nights
Rila

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery and then take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rila itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Bansko, and finally make a trip to Pirin Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): make a trip to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bansko trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Rila to Bansko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April, daytime highs in Bansko are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sofia.

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

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 problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, and admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sofia online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Bansko to Sofia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Sofia, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Varna.

Things to do in Sofia

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

3
nights
Varna

Varna ©
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), Sunny Beach (Action Aquapark, CRG Airsoft Arena, & more) and Church of St. Afanasiy the Great (in Sveti Vlas). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Varna itinerary app .

You can fly from Sofia to Varna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April in Varna, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varna

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sveti Vlas, Sunny Beach, Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik ©

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