12 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

12 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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12 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Sofia
1
Sofia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Rila
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
End: Sofia

5
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Seven Rila Lakes, Vitosha Mountain, Dextrophobia Rooms, and other attractions. Change things up with a short trip to Borovets Ski Resort in Borovets (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and steep yourself in history at Church St. George Rotunda.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sofia trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Sofia Airport. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in February, and nighttime lows around 31°F. You'll set off for Plovdiv on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Borovets Ski Resort
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Plovdiv Old Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plovdiv: Pamporovo Ski Resort (in Smolyan) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, don't miss a visit to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Plovdiv vacation app.

Getting from Sofia to Plovdiv by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. February in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pamporovo Ski Resort, Bachkovo Monastery
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Pamporovo Ski Resort ©
Pamporovo Ski Resort
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town

3
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Rila Monastery has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Rila, steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery, and then admire the striking features of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Musala Peak and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read Rila driving holiday 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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Plovdiv in February since evenings lows in Rila dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church, Geyser
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Musala Peak ©
Musala Peak

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