13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Sofia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Borovets
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Bansko
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Rila
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Sunny Beach
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

3
nights
Sofia

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vitosha Boulevard, and admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sofia trip itinerary builder .

Minneapolis, USA to Sofia is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Sofia is 8 hours. In March, Sofia is a bit warmer than Minneapolis - with highs of 54°F and lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Borovets.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Walking tours
Room Escape Games
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

1
night
Borovets

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort, then fly down the slopes at Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

Plan trip to Borovets with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Borovets takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bansko.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School ©
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School

2
nights
Bansko

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren, then hit the slopes at Ski Bansko, and finally don't miss a visit to Pirin Street. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains and then explore the striking landscape of Pirin National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bansko online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Borovets to Bansko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Bansko, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Pirin National Park
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Ski Bansko ©
Ski Bansko
Pirin National Park ©
Pirin National Park
Vihren ©
Vihren

1
night
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 24th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Musala Peak and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rila trip planning site .

Getting from Bansko to Rila by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Rila are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Musala Peak ©
Musala Peak

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, then have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv tour itinerary planner.

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 March, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Plovdiv

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

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a splash at Action Aquapark, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Karting Sunny Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. John the Baptist. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, then get your game on at CRG Airsoft Arena, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Royal Beach Mall.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sunny Beach online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sunny Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In March, daily temperatures in Sunny Beach can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Parks Nightlife

Side Trips

CRG Airsoft Arena, Church of St. John the Baptist, ''Primorski'' park
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Karting Sunny Beach ©
Karting Sunny Beach

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