11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Varna
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Nessebar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Rila
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Sofia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Varna journey builder app .

London, UK to Varna is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in July, with highs in Varna at 33°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik
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Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Butterfly House Varna ©
Butterfly House Varna
Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik ©

3
nights
Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Get a sense of the local culture at Church of Saint Sophia and Church of Christ Pantocrator. Popular historic sites such as St Stephens Church and Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Sozopol (Scuba & Snorkeling & St George Church Църква Св.Георги) and Irakli Beach (in Obzor). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Blaise, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Assumption, see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum, and cool off at Action Aquapark.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nessebar road trip tool .

Getting from Varna to Nessebar by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sozopol, Church of St. Blaise, Irakli Beach, Action Aquapark
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St Stephens Church ©
St Stephens Church
Irakli Beach ©
Irakli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 22nd (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter and Paul Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, see the interesting displays at Konstantsalieva House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita, and finally explore the ancient world of Tsarevets.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nessebar in July since evenings lows in Veliko Tarnovo dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Arbanasi
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Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Konstantsalieva House ©
Konstantsalieva House

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dzhumaya Mosque, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, then view the masterpieces at Balabanov House, then steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of Bachkovo Monastery. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nebet Tepe, examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis, delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally stroll around Park Tsar Simeon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Plovdiv trip maker .

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Bachkovo Monastery, Assen's Fortress
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Ethnographic Museum ©
Ethnographic Museum
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress
Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv ©

1
night
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dancing Bears Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rila route planner .

Drive from Plovdiv to Rila in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Plovdiv in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rila, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Dancing Bears Park
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park

2
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church, explore the ancient world of Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka", then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Rotunda Church of St George, and finally wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Boyana Waterfall, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Nina, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sofia itinerary builder website .

Drive from Rila to Sofia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
Vitosha Boulevard ©
Vitosha Boulevard

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