15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Bus + Fly:  7​h
1
Sofia
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Melnik
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Belogradchik
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Veliko Tarnovo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Nessebar
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Stockholm

5
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Museum of Military History and Dancing Bears Park. Head to Vitosha Boulevard and Galeria Ninafor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sofia: Assen's Fortress (in Asenovgrad) and Rila Monastery (in Rila). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church, admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka".

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip itinerary maker website .

Stockholm, Sweden to Sofia is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Stockholm to Sofia due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Stockholm, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sofia, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Melnik.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rila Monastery, Dancing Bears Park, Assen's Fortress
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress
Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park

1
night
Melnik

Melnik ©
Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Rozhen Monastery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Melnik Pyramids, then do a tasting at Villa Melnik Winery, and finally look for gifts at Wine Gallery.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Melnik trip planner .

Getting from Sofia to Melnik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Belogradchik.

Things to do in Melnik

Historic Sites Wineries Nature

Side Trip

Villa Melnik Winery
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Rozhen Monastery ©
Rozhen Monastery
Villa Melnik Winery ©
Villa Melnik Winery

1
night
Belogradchik

Belogradchik ©
Belogradchik is a town in Vidin Province, Northwestern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of the homonymous Belogradchik Municipality. On the 8th (Mon), Head underground at Venetsa Cave, then take in the dramatic natural features at Belogradchik Rocks, and then steep yourself in history at Belogradchik Fortress.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Belogradchik holiday maker app .

You can drive from Melnik to Belogradchik in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melnik to Belogradchik due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Belogradchik

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Belogradchik Fortress ©
Belogradchik Fortress
Venetsa Cave ©
Venetsa Cave

3
nights
Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo ©
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. Museum-lovers will get to explore Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR and Konstantsalieva House. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chiesa della Nativita and Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God. Get out of town with these interesting Veliko Tarnovo side-trips: Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki) and Troyan Monastery (in Troyan). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo trip planner.

You can drive from Belogradchik to Veliko Tarnovo in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nessebar.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Arbanasi, Devetashka Cave, Troyan Monastery, Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
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Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Troyan Monastery ©
Troyan Monastery

4
nights
Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Winery Messembria and Church of St. Blaise. Get outdoors at Irakli Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Nessebar's surroundings by going to Sozopol (Church of The Most Holy Mother & Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius). There's much more to do: stroll around Camel Park Sunny Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and admire the striking features of Church of Christ Pantocrator.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nessebar itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Nessebar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Nessebar are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sozopol, Irakli Beach, Church of St. Blaise, Camel Park Sunny Beach
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Irakli Beach ©
Irakli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Camel Park Sunny Beach ©
Camel Park Sunny Beach

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