15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Varna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Sozopol
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Sofia
— 4 nights
End: Zurich

2
nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Varna: Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, examine the collection at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum, and explore the ancient world of Stone Forest.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Varna trip maker .

Zurich, Switzerland to Varna is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Varna. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zurich in August; daily highs in Varna reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Cape Kaliakra
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Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik ©
Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park

3
nights
Sozopol

Sozopol ©
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aqua Paradise Ltd (in Nessebar), Sunny Beach (Action Aquapark, Turkish Baths, & more) and Church of St. Blaise (in Sveti Vlas). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Sozopol road trip app .

Getting from Varna to Sozopol by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Sozopol, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sozopol

Theme Parks Spas Baths

Side Trips

Sunny Beach, Aqua Paradise Ltd, Church of St. Blaise
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Sozopol Old Town ©
Sozopol Old Town
Aqua Paradise Ltd ©
Aqua Paradise Ltd

3
nights
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Veliko Tarnovo: Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki), Thracian Tomb (in Kazanlak) and Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR (in Gabrovo). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Tsarevets, make a trip to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel, and pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Veliko Tarnovo trip builder site .

Drive from Sozopol to Veliko Tarnovo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Veliko Tarnovo when traveling from Sozopol in August, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arbanasi, Devetashka Cave, Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, Thracian Tomb
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Devetashka Cave ©
Devetashka Cave
Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR

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nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 29th (Thu), make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa, then admire the local landmark of The Big Drinking Fountain, and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dancing Bears Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rila trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Rila in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tsarska Bistritsa, The Big Drinking Fountain, Dancing Bears Park
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Tsarska Bistritsa ©
Tsarska Bistritsa

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nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sofia: Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Plovdiv (Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, Plovdiv Old Town, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of The Rotunda Church of St George, pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sofia online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Rila to Sofia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Plovdiv, Bachkovo Monastery
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
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