15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Sofia
— 2 nights
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Borovets
— 2 nights
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Plovdiv
— 2 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
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Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
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Varna
— 3 nights
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Sofia

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Escapeway.Bg. Step out of Sofia with an excursion to Rila Monastery in Rila--about 2h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Boyana Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Zlatnite_Mostove -Golden Bridges, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vitosha Mountain.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sofia sightseeing planning app.

Chicago, USA to Sofia is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Sofia is 8 hours. Traveling from Chicago in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Sofia, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Borovets

— 2 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bulgaria on Horseback. On the 9th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Borovets Mountain Bike Park, then take a pleasant ride with Bulgaria on Horseback, and then take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort.

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You can drive from Sofia to Borovets in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Borovets

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

Plovdiv

— 2 nights

City of the Seven Hills

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Domus Rebus Escape Room Plovdiv. On the 11th (Tue), enjoy some diversion at 360 Degrees Shooting & Training Center, walk around Park Tsar Simeon, pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, then make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, and finally explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre. Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at Domus Rebus Escape Room Plovdiv, make a trip to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, make a trip to Hisar Kapia, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bachkovo Monastery, and finally make a trip to Assen's Fortress.

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You can drive from Borovets to Plovdiv in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:

Veliko Tarnovo

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Kaya Bunar, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, and then contemplate the long history of Tsarevets.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Veliko Tarnovo journey planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 13:

Sunny Beach

— 2 nights
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
On the 14th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church, admire all the interesting features of Karting Sunny Beach, and then try out the rides at Action Aquapark. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: laugh and play at Aqua Paradise Ltd.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sunny Beach journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Sunny Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Sunny Beach can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:

Varna

— 3 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around 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, see the interesting displays at The Retro Museum In Varna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, and delve into the distant past at Stone Forest.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Varna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sunny Beach to Varna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:

Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.