13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
plane:  3​h 30​min
1
Sofia
— Few hours
2
Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Bachkovo
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Chepelare
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Shiroka Laka
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
6
Pamporovo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Trigrad
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Sandanski
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Koprivshtitsa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
11
Kazanlak
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
12
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Krushuna
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Sofia
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Tel Aviv

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Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
You've now added Park "Kambanite" to your itinerary. On the 9th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church and then steep yourself in history at Park "Kambanite".

To find out how to plan a trip to Sofia, use our trip itinerary maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Sofia is an approximately 6-hour flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in August since evenings lows in Sofia dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites
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Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church ©
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church
Park ©
Park "Kambanite"

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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 9th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Monument to Alexandr II, then enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower, and then admire the landmark architecture of Hisar Kapia.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Plovdiv sightseeing planner.

Drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bachkovo.
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Monument to Alexandr II ©
Monument to Alexandr II
Hisar Kapia ©
Hisar Kapia
Clock Tower ©
Clock Tower

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Bachkovo

Bachkovo ©
You've now added Bachkovo Monastery to your itinerary.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bachkovo trip maker website .

Bachkovo is very close to Plovdiv. In August, daily temperatures in Bachkovo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Chepelare.

Things to do in Bachkovo

Historic Sites
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Bachkovo Monastery ©
Bachkovo Monastery

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Chepelare

Chepelare
Chepelare is the principal town in Chepelare Municipality, part of Smolyan Province in Southern Bulgaria. To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chepelare road trip planning website .

Getting from Bachkovo to Chepelare by car takes about an hour. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Trigrad.

Things to do in Chepelare

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Shiroka Laka

Shiroka Laka ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Rodope Mountains.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Shiroka Laka travel planner .

You can drive from Chepelare to Shiroka Laka in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Pamporovo.

Things to do in Shiroka Laka

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rodope Mountains
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Rodope Mountains ©
Rodope Mountains

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Pamporovo

Pamporovo ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to National Astronomical Observatory at Rozhen and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Vissarion of Smolyan.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamporovo online travel planner .

Pamporovo is just a short distance from Shiroka Laka. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Trigrad.

Things to do in Pamporovo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

National Astronomical Observatory at Rozhen, Cathedral of Saint Vissarion of Smolyan
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Trigrad

Trigrad ©
You've now added Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Trigrad trip app .

Traveling by car from Pamporovo to Trigrad takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Sandanski.

Things to do in Trigrad

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Orlovo Oko - Eagle's Eye viewpoint, Samodivskoto Pruskalo (Fairy Waterfall)
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Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat ©

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Sandanski

Sandanski ©
Sandanski is a town and a recreation centre in south-western Bulgaria, part of Blagoevgrad Province. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rafting BG.

Before you visit Sandanski, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Trigrad to Sandanski by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rila.

Things to do in Sandanski

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Rafting BG, The Melnik Pyramids
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Rafting BG ©
Rafting BG
Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains ©
Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains

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Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rila Monastery. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rila online trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sandanski to Rila. In August, daytime highs in Rila are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Koprivshtitsa.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery

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Koprivshtitsa

Koprivshtitsa ©
Koprivshtitsa is a historic town in the Koprivshtitsa Municipality in Sofia Province, central Bulgaria, lying on the Topolnitsa River among the Sredna Gora mountains. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Mineral Spring Momina Banya and then head outdoors with Lift Sopot.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Koprivshtitsa holiday maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rila to Koprivshtitsa. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kazanlak.

Things to do in Koprivshtitsa

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mineral Spring Momina Banya, Lift Sopot
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Lift Sopot ©
Lift Sopot
Mineral Spring Momina Banya ©
Mineral Spring Momina Banya

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Kazanlak

Kazanlak ©
Museum of Roses has been added to your itinerary. On the 18th (Sun), examine the collection at Museum of Roses, then look for all kinds of wild species at Valley of Roses, and then contemplate the long history of Antique Forum Augusta Trayana.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kazanlak trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Koprivshtitsa to Kazanlak by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kazanlak are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Kazanlak

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Antique Forum Augusta Trayana, Valley of Roses
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Museum of Roses ©
Museum of Roses
Antique Forum Augusta Trayana ©
Antique Forum Augusta Trayana

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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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): Head underground at Bacho Kiro.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Kazanlak to Veliko Tarnovo by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Veliko Tarnovo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Krushuna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bacho Kiro
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Bacho Kiro ©
Bacho Kiro

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Krushuna

Krushuna
For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Krushuna trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Krushuna in 1.5 hours. August in Krushuna sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Krushuna

Parks Nature
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Sofia

Sofia
For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sofia online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Krushuna to Sofia by car takes about 2.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Sofia

Nightlife Tours Outdoors
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