15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

3
nights
Sofia

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Boyana Waterfall. There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sofia online trip maker.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Sofia is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in August since evenings lows in Sofia dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rila.

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

2
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dancing Bears Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rila travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Rila, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dancing Bears Park
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plovdiv: Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Central Balkan National Park (in Kalofer). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, appreciate the history behind Alyosha, and see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Rila to Plovdiv by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Plovdiv are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Bachkovo Monastery, Central Balkan National Park, Assen's Fortress
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Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Walking tours

1
night
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 11th (Tue), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, thenstep into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, and then pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo trip site.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Veliko Tarnovo, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Tours Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Asen's Monument ©
Asen's Monument

2
nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, thenexamine the collection at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, and then see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, thenobserve the fascinating underwater world at Dolphinarium Varna, thentake an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Varna journey maker app.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in August since evenings lows in Varna dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik
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Varna Archaeological Museum ©
Varna Archaeological Museum
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin ©
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sunny Beach: Sozopol (Ethnographic Museum of Sozopol, Sozopol Old Town, &more). Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Action Aquapark, do some two-wheel cruising with Karting Sunny Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Stephens Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Savior Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Sunny Beach online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Varna to Sunny Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nessebar, Sozopol
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Aqua Paradise Ltd ©
Aqua Paradise Ltd
Sozopol Old Town ©
Sozopol Old Town

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