26 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

26 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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26 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  17​h
1
Sofia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Veliko Tarnovo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Varna
— 4 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Nessebar
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Plovdiv
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
6
Bansko
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Rila
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

4
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: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, get a taste of the local shopping with Vitosha Boulevard, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Sofia sightseeing planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Sofia is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Vancouver to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in June, you will find days in Sofia are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (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
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

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 Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki), Thracian Tomb (in Kazanlak) and Gabrovo (Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR & Interactive Museum of Industry). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Tsarevets, take an in-depth tour of Ethnographic Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo trip site .

Traveling by car from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Veliko Tarnovo are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Gabrovo, Devetashka Cave, Thracian Tomb , Chiesa della Nativita
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 16:
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Devetashka Cave ©
Devetashka Cave
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR

4
nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Get out of town with these interesting Varna side-trips: Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich), Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aladzha Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and cool off at Aquapolis.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Varna trip maker site .

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

Things to do in Varna

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Aquapolis, Cape Kaliakra, Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena, Aquapark Aquamania
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 20:
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Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik ©
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra

4
nights
Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nessebar: Sozopol (Sozopol Old Town & Church of Saint Zosima) and Sea Garden (in Burgas). And it doesn't end there: cool off at Action Aquapark, bet on your favorite at Karting Sunny Beach, explore the ancient world of Church of Saint Sophia, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Savior Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Nessebar trip planner .

Getting from Varna to Nessebar by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sunny Beach, Sozopol, Sea Garden, CRG Airsoft Arena
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 24:
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Aqua Paradise Ltd ©
Aqua Paradise Ltd
Sozopol Old Town ©
Sozopol Old Town

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plovdiv: Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Central Balkan National Park (in Kalofer). There's much more to do: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv trip itinerary maker site .

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, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Bansko.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Central Balkan National Park, Bachkovo Monastery, Valley of Roses
Find places to stay Jun 24 — 28:
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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
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 29th (Mon): make a trip to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains and then explore the striking landscape of Pirin National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, then get outside with MTB Bansko, then take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, and finally fly down the slopes at Ski Bansko.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bansko holiday planner.

Getting from Plovdiv to Bansko by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bansko can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pirin National Park, Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 30:
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Pirin National Park ©
Pirin National Park
Ski Bansko ©
Ski Bansko
Vihren ©
Vihren

3
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery and then take in the awesome beauty 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 more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rila trip tool .

You can drive from Bansko to Rila in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. June in Rila sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Borovets, Dancing Bears Park
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort

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