13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv
plane:  3 h 30 min
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Sofia
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church and then contemplate the long history of Park "Kambanite".

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sofia visit planning website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Sofia is an approximately 6- hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sofia, with lows around 17°C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Monument to Alexandr II, enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower, and then make a trip to Hisar Kapia.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 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 ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bachkovo Monastery. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bachkovo Monastery.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bachkovo trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Bachkovo in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bachkovo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for 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 find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Chepelare trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bachkovo to Chepelare takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Shiroka Laka.

Things to do in Chepelare

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Shiroka Laka

Shiroka Laka ©
Shiroka Laka is a village in the very south of Bulgaria, located in Smolyan municipality, Smolyan Province. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Rodope Mountains.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Shiroka Laka trip app.

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

Things to do in Shiroka Laka

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rodope Mountains
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Rodope Mountains ©
Rodope Mountains

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Pamporovo

Pamporovo ©
On the 12th (Mon), make a trip to National Astronomical Observatory at Rozhen and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Vissarion of Smolyan.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Pamporovo trip itinerary tool.

Pamporovo is just a short distance from Shiroka Laka. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trigrad.

Things to do in Pamporovo

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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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 other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Trigrad day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamporovo to Trigrad takes 1.5 hours. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sandanski.

Things to do in Trigrad

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Samodivskoto Pruskalo (Fairy Waterfall), Orlovo Oko - Eagle's Eye viewpoint
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Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat ©
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. You've now added Rafting BG to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sandanski journey site.

You can drive from Trigrad to Sandanski in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rila.

Things to do in Sandanski

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

The Melnik Pyramids, Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Rafting BG
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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. You've now added Rila Monastery to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rila trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sandanski to Rila. In August in Rila, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koprivshtitsa.

Things to do in Rila

Nature Parks 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. On the 17th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Mineral Spring Momina Banya and then head outdoors with Lift Sopot.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Koprivshtitsa journey maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rila to Koprivshtitsa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kazanlak.

Things to do in Koprivshtitsa

Outdoors Nature Parks

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 ©
You've now added Museum of Roses to your itinerary. On the 18th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museum of Roses, identify plant and animal life at Valley of Roses, and then steep yourself in history at Antique Forum Augusta Trayana.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kazanlak attractions planning site.

You can drive from Koprivshtitsa to Kazanlak in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Kazanlak

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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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): explore the fascinating underground world of Bacho Kiro.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo online trip planner.

Getting from Kazanlak to Veliko Tarnovo by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August in Veliko Tarnovo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Krushuna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bacho Kiro
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Bacho Kiro ©
Bacho Kiro

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Krushuna

Krushuna
On the 20th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Krushunskiye Waterfalls.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Krushuna trip builder.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Krushuna in 1.5 hours. In August in Krushuna, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Krushuna

Nature Parks
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Sofia

Sofia
To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sofia trip app.

Traveling by car from Krushuna to Sofia takes 2.5 hours. On the 21st (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Sofia

Nightlife Tours Outdoors
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