26 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

26 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sofia
— 4 nights
2
Veliko Tarnovo
— 3 nights
3
Varna
— 4 nights
4
Nessebar
— 4 nights
5
Plovdiv
— 4 nights
6
Bansko
— 2 nights
7
Rila
— 3 nights

4
nights
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: catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sofia online trip itinerary builder.

Vancouver, Canada to Sofia is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Sofia, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vancouver in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Sofia, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors
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Walking tours
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
Room Escape Games

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. Explore Veliko Tarnovo's surroundings by going to Thracian Tomb (in Kazanlak), Gabrovo (Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR & Interactive Museum of Industry) and Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Veliko Tarnovo road trip site.

Drive from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Veliko Tarnovo are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Gabrovo, Thracian Tomb , Devetashka Cave, Chiesa della Nativita
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
Devetashka Cave ©
Devetashka Cave

4
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 Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena), Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dolphinarium Varna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and delve into the distant past at Stone Forest.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Varna trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Varna are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Aquapark Aquamania, Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena, Aquapolis, Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Cape Kaliakra
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Varna Archaeological Museum ©
Varna Archaeological Museum
Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park

4
nights
Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Explore Nessebar's surroundings by going to Sea Garden (in Burgas) and Sozopol (Sozopol Old Town & Church of Saint Zosima). And it doesn't end there: cool off at Action Aquapark, get in on the family fun at Sunny Beach Luna Park, learn about winemaking at Winery Messembria, and admire the striking features of St Stephens Church.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nessebar trip planner.

Getting from Varna to Nessebar by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Nessebar can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Sunny Beach, Sozopol, CRG Airsoft Arena, Sea Garden
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Sozopol Old Town ©
Sozopol Old Town
Aqua Paradise Ltd ©
Aqua Paradise Ltd

4
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.
Explore Plovdiv's surroundings by going to Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Central Balkan National Park (in Kalofer). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Valley of Roses, Bachkovo Monastery, Central Balkan National Park
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Central Balkan National Park ©
Central Balkan National Park
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

2
nights
Bansko

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): make a trip to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains and then explore the striking landscape of Pirin National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Bansko.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Bansko sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Bansko takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park and then identify plant and animal life at Dancing Bears Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rila route maker app.

Getting from Bansko to Rila by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Rila can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Borovets, Dancing Bears Park
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort

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