11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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1
Varna
— 1 night
2
Nessebar
— 3 nights
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
4
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
5
Rila
— 1 night
6
Sofia
— 2 nights

1
night
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 17th (Fri), examine the collection at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Varna trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Varna is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in July; daily highs in Varna reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik
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Butterfly House Varna ©
Butterfly House Varna
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin ©

3
nights
Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Step out of the city life by going to Irakli Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get some historical perspective at Church of Saint Sophia and Church of St. Blaise. Go for a jaunt from Nessebar to Sozopol to see St George Church Църква Св.Георги about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of St Stephens Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Christ Pantocrator, see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nessebar road trip app.

Drive from Varna to Nessebar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Nessebar

Outdoors Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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), take in the exciting artwork at St. Peter and Paul Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, thensee the interesting displays at Konstantsalieva House, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, and finally step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Veliko Tarnovo attractions planner.

Drive from Nessebar to Veliko Tarnovo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nessebar in July since evenings lows in Veliko Tarnovo dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Arbanasi
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Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God ©
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.
Kick 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, thenshop like a local with Balabanov House, thendon't miss a visit to Assen's Fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of Bachkovo Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv, get to know the fascinating history of Nebet Tepe, see the interesting displays at Art Gallery Philippopolis, thendelve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally stroll around Park Tsar Simeon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv tour site.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. July in Plovdiv sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can 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 ©
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 identify plant and animal life at Dancing Bears Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rila road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Plovdiv in July since evenings lows in Rila dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough 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.
On the 26th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church, thenadmire the striking features of Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka", thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Church St. George Rotunda, and finally take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Boyana Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Galeria Nina, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sofia day trip planning site.

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, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough 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
Galeria Nina ©
Galeria Nina

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