10 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

10 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria trip planner

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Sofia
— 2 nights
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Plovdiv
— 1 night
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
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Sozopol
— 2 nights
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Sunny Beach
— 3 nights
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Sofia

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for fun & games, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Vitosha Boulevard, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church St. George Rotunda.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sofia travel planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Sofia is an approximately 6-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 17°C in Sofia. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

Plovdiv

— 1 night

City of the Seven Hills

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, and then see the interesting displays at Art Gallery Philippopolis.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Plovdiv sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. August in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 2:

Veliko Tarnovo

— 1 night
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. On the 3rd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, then don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at Tsarevets.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Veliko Tarnovo, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 3:

Sozopol

— 2 nights
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then step into the grandiose world of Ravadinovo Castle, and finally stroll through Poda Protected Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula, enjoy the sand and surf at Kavatsite Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Sea Garden.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sozopol online road trip planner.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Sozopol in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sozopol, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Sozopol

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

Sunny Beach

— 3 nights
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Spend a fun-filled day on the 8th (Sun) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. There's lots more to do: try out the rides at Action Aquapark, indulge in some personalized pampering at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, delve into the distant past at Nessebar, and examine the collection at Archaeological Museum.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sunny Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Sunny Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Baths · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:

Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.