11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  6​h
1
Sofia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Gabrovo
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
4
Arbanasi
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
5
Shumen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Nessebar
— 1 night
7
Kazanlak
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Rila
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
10
Dobarsko
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Sofia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Tel Aviv

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Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga), and then don't miss a visit to Saint Sofia Monument.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sofia trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Sofia is an approximately 6-hour flight. When traveling from Tel Aviv in April, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Sofia: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gabrovo.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Saint Sofia Monument ©
Saint Sofia Monument

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Gabrovo

Gabrovo
Gabrovo is a city in central northern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of Gabrovo Province.It is situated at the foot of the central Balkan Mountains, in the valley of the Yantra River, and is known as an international capital of humour and satire, as well as noted for its Bulgarian National Revival architecture. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Gabrovo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Gabrovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Gabrovo

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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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. To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo vacation maker .

You can drive from Gabrovo to Veliko Tarnovo in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You'll set off for Arbanasi on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Arbanasi

Arbanasi ©
Arbanasi is a village in Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, Veliko Tarnovo Province of central northern Bulgaria, set on a high plateau between the larger towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Gorna Oryahovitsa. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Konstantsalieva House, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Arbanasi trip planner.

Arbanasi is just a short distance from Veliko Tarnovo. In April, daytime highs in Arbanasi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Shumen.

Things to do in Arbanasi

Historic Sites Museums
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Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Konstantsalieva House ©
Konstantsalieva House

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Shumen

Shumen
Shumen, is the tenth largest city in Bulgaria and the administrative and economic capital of Shumen Province.EtymologyThe city was first mentioned as Šimeonis in 1153 by the Arab traveler Idrisi. To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Shumen tour planner .

Getting from Arbanasi to Shumen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in Shumen, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Nessebar.

Things to do in Shumen

Historic Sites Wineries Parks
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Nessebar

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Stephens Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Christ Pantocrator, then do a tasting at Winery Messembria, and finally slough off your stress at Turkish baths.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nessebar trip planning website .

Take a bus from Shumen to Nessebar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Nessebar are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kazanlak.

Things to do in Nessebar

Baths Spas Museums

Side Trip

Turkish Baths
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Turkish Baths
Winery Messembria ©
Winery Messembria
Archaeological Museum ©
Archaeological Museum

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Kazanlak

Kazanlak ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay), explore the different monuments and memorials at Thracian Tomb , then appreciate the history behind National Park-Museum Shipka-Buzluzha, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Roses.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kazanlak day trip planner .

You can drive from Nessebar to Kazanlak in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Kazanlak can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Kazanlak

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Shipka
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Thracian Tomb	©
Thracian Tomb
Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay) ©
Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay)
National Park-Museum Shipka-Buzluzha ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, steep yourself in history at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, then pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Plovdiv online journey planner .

You can drive from Kazanlak to Plovdiv in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Assen's Fortress
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

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Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rila using our trip planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Rila in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Rila, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dobarsko.

Things to do in Rila

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Highlights from your plan
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Rila ©
Rila

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Dobarsko

Dobarsko ©
Dobarsko is a village in southwestern Bulgaria, part of Razlog Municipality, Blagoevgrad Province. On the 19th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church and then identify plant and animal life at Dancing Bears Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dobarsko tour itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Rila to Dobarsko with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Dobarsko

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dancing Bears Park
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Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park

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Sofia

Sofia ©
Step out of Sofia to go to Borovets and see Borovets Ski Resort, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Enjoy Sofia some more: pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church, examine the collection at National Museum of History, contemplate the long history of The Rotunda Church of St George, and look for gifts at Chilli Hills.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sofia driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Dobarsko to Sofia takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Borovets Ski Resort
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort
Vitosha Boulevard ©
Vitosha Boulevard

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