15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sofia
— 3 nights
2
Borovets
— 1 night
3
Rila
— 2 nights
4
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
5
Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
6
Sozopol
— 1 night
7
Varna
— 2 nights

3
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for historic sites, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, examine the collection at National Museum of History, and pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sofia trip maker.

Izmir, Turkey to Sofia is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Izmir to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Sofia when traveling from Izmir in October, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Winter Sports Shopping
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
Vitosha Boulevard ©
Vitosha Boulevard

1
night
Borovets

Borovets ©
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
On the 8th (Thu), make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa, thenexplore the landscape on two wheels at Borovets Mountain Bike Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Borovets online visit planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Borovets in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Borovets

Parks Trails Nature
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Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort
Tsarska Bistritsa ©
Tsarska Bistritsa
Borovets Mountain Bike Park ©
Borovets Mountain Bike Park

2
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Musala Peak and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Rila.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rila trip site.

Getting from Borovets to Rila by car takes about 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

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

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.
Go for a jaunt from Plovdiv to Bachkovo to see Bachkovo Monastery about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, and contemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv online attractions planner.

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 October, daytime highs in Plovdiv are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Assen's Fortress, Bachkovo Monastery
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Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo

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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. On the 14th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita, thenstep into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Interactive Museum of Industry, thenexamine the collection at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, and then examine the collection at Konstantsalieva House.

Discover how to plan a Veliko Tarnovo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in October, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Veliko Tarnovo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sozopol.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Arbanasi, Gabrovo
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Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Walking tours

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore St. Anastasia Island, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Sozopol, take in the spiritual surroundings of St George Church Църква Св.Георги, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nicholas Chapel, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Zosima, and finally don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sozopol trip builder tool.

Getting from Veliko Tarnovo to Sozopol by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sozopol, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Sozopol

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

St. Anastasia Island
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St. Anastasia Island ©
St. Anastasia Island
Sozopol Old Town ©
Sozopol Old Town

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nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum, explore the ancient world of Stone Forest, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dolphinarium Varna, and finally admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption of Holy Virgin Church, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, and then examine the collection at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Varna trip planning website.

Getting from Sozopol to Varna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Varna are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik
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Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin ©

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