11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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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
Drive:  2 h 45 min
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Central Sofia Synagogue (Tsentralna Sofiiska Sinagoga), and then don't miss a visit to Saint Sofia Monument.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip itinerary website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Sofia is an approximately 6- hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in April, you will find days in Sofia are little chillier (20°C), and nights are cooler (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive 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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hours
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. To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Gabrovo itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Sofia to Gabrovo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You will leave for Veliko Tarnovo on the 13th (Mon).

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 ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gabrovo to Veliko Tarnovo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. April in Veliko Tarnovo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 14th (Tue), you're off to Arbanasi.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 14:

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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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Arbanasi tour itinerary maker.

Arbanasi is very close to Veliko Tarnovo. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to 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
Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel ©

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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. For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Shumen day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Arbanasi to Shumen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Nessebar.

Things to do in Shumen

Historic Sites Wineries Nature
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Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, admire the striking features of St Stephens Church, then make a trip to Church of Christ Pantocrator, and finally do a tasting at Winery Messembria.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nessebar online itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Shumen to Nessebar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Nessebar are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kazanlak.

Things to do in Nessebar

Wineries Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Winery Messembria ©
Winery Messembria
Church of Christ Pantocrator ©
Church of Christ Pantocrator
St Stephens Church ©
St Stephens Church

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Kazanlak

Kazanlak ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay), then stroll the grounds of Thracian Tomb , then appreciate the history behind National Park-Museum Shipka-Buzluzha, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Roses.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kazanlak trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Kazanlak takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Kazanlak are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 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 ©
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): contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Plovdiv online road trip planner.

Getting from Kazanlak to Plovdiv by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Assen's Fortress
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town

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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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Rila online travel route planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Rila in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Rila are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dobarsko.

Things to do in Rila

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:
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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dancing Bears Park.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rila to Dobarsko. April in Dobarsko sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Dobarsko

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dancing Bears Park
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park
St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church ©
St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church

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Sofia

Sofia ©
Go for a jaunt from Sofia to Borovets to see Borovets Ski Resort about 1h 20 min away. Explore Sofia further: pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Petka of the Saddlers, admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of History.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sofia trip itinerary site.

Drive from Dobarsko to Sofia in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

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

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