11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Sofia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Sunny Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Varna
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Toronto

2
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, see the interesting displays at National Museum of History, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sofia trip builder website.

Toronto, Canada to Sofia is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Sofia due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Winter Sports Outdoors
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

2
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tsarska Bistritsa, ponder the design of The Big Drinking Fountain, and then steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Barakli Mosque.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rila online day trip planner.

You can drive from Sofia 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 June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Borovets, Samokov
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Horseback Riding Tours
Tsarska Bistritsa ©
Tsarska Bistritsa

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Sat), examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Plovdiv trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Rila to Plovdiv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

1
night
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. On the 7th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument, make a trip to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, then step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Veliko Tarnovo route website.

Getting from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arbanasi
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Asen's Monument ©
Asen's Monument

1
night
Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach ©
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
On the 8th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church, do some two-wheel cruising with Karting Sunny Beach, and then cool off at Action Aquapark.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sunny Beach vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Sunny Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Sunny Beach are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

St Stephens Church
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Karting Sunny Beach ©
Karting Sunny Beach
St Stephens Church ©
St Stephens Church

2
nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, and then examine the collection at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Stone Forest, see the interesting displays at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park.

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

Drive from Sunny Beach to Varna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Varna can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik
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Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Stone Forest ©
Stone Forest

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