15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

1
day
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 3rd (Sat), explore the ancient world of Stone Forest, then take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Varna travel planner.

Katowice, Poland to Varna is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Katowice to Varna, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Katowice in October, with highs in Varna at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Varna

Historic Sites · Parks
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Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin ©
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Stone Forest ©
Stone Forest

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Gabrovo (Interactive Museum of Industry & Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel, don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Veliko Tarnovo using our trip planner.

Getting from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Varna in October since evenings lows in Veliko Tarnovo dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Gabrovo, Arbanasi
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
Walking tours

4
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 in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church St. George Rotunda, and pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sofia tour planning app.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Sofia sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Zlatnite_Mostove -Golden Bridges
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Walking tours
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

2
nights
Borovets

Borovets ©
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Go Borovets.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Borovets visit planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Borovets in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Go Borovets ©
Go Borovets
Tsarska Bistritsa ©
Tsarska Bistritsa
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery and then take in the awesome beauty at Rila. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Rila online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Borovets to Rila takes 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Rila can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila ©
Rila

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Nedelya Church, delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, then don't miss a visit to Bakalova House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Nebet Tepe. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bachkovo Monastery, and then don't miss a visit to Assen's Fortress.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rila to Plovdiv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In October in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Bachkovo Monastery, Assen's Fortress
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Bachkovo Monastery ©
Bachkovo Monastery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, do a tasting at Winery Messembria, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John the Baptist, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Savior Church, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Spa Paradise.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sunny Beach planning app.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sunny Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Sunny Beach, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Historic Sites · Wineries · Spas

Side Trip

Nessebar
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
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Winery Messembria ©
Winery Messembria
Church of St. John the Baptist ©
Church of St. John the Baptist

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