15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Start: Birmingham
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  6 h
1
Varna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Sozopol
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Stara Zagora
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Belitsa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Sofia
— 3 nights
Fly + Foot:  6 h 30 min
End: Birmingham

3
nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Get some cultural insight at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik and Ретро Музей/Retro Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Aladzha Monastery and Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin. Explore Varna's surroundings by going to Yaylata National Archeological Reserve (in Kavarna), Action Aquapark (in Sunny Beach) and Queen's Winery House (in Balchik).

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Varna online trip itinerary planner.

Birmingham, UK to Varna is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Varna is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Birmingham in July; daily highs in Varna reach 33°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sozopol.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Balchik, Yaylata National Archeological Reserve, Action Aquapark
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Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin ©
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin
Aladzha Monastery ©
Aladzha Monastery

2
nights
Sozopol

The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of St George Church Църква Св.Георги, then look for all kinds of wild species at Ropotamo Nature Reserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Zosima, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, then step into the grandiose world of Ravadinovo Castle, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sozopol online road trip planner.

You can drive from Varna to Sozopol in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sozopol

Wildlife Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Ropotamo Nature Reserve
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ravadinovo Castle ©
Ravadinovo Castle
St George Church Църква Св.Георги ©

2
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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at Tsarevets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sokolski Monastery, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Wood-Carving and Ethnographical Arts, then examine the collection at Historical Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo trip planner.

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 July, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Stara Zagora.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gabrovo, Arbanasi, Museum of the Wood-Carving and Ethnographical Arts
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Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita

1
night
Stara Zagora

Stara Zagora ©
Stara Zagora is a city in Bulgaria, a nationally important economic center. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Valley of Roses, then get engrossed in the history at Regional Museum of History, then steep yourself in history at Antique Forum Augusta Trayana, and finally get engrossed in the history at Neolithic Dwellings Museum.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Stara Zagora trip site.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Stara Zagora in 2 hours. July in Stara Zagora sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Stara Zagora

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Valley of Roses
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Regional Museum of History ©
Regional Museum of History
Antique Forum Augusta Trayana ©
Antique Forum Augusta Trayana
Neolithic Dwellings Museum ©
Neolithic Dwellings Museum

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 17th (Wed): make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress, then steep yourself in history at Bachkovo Monastery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Hisar Kapia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Red Church, and finally do a tasting at Villa Yustina.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Plovdiv trip planner.

Drive from Stara Zagora to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Belitsa.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Asenovgrad, Bachkovo Monastery, Villa Yustina, Red Church
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Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Bachkovo Monastery ©
Bachkovo Monastery
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress

1
night
Belitsa

Belitsa ©
Belitsa is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, located in the Belitsa Municipality of the province of Blagoevgrad.GeographyBelitsa is close to Razlog Municipality, Bansko Municipality, and Yakoruda Municipality. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church and then identify plant and animal life at Dancing Bears Park.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Belitsa travel route planner.

Getting from Plovdiv to Belitsa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Plovdiv in July since evenings lows in Belitsa dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Belitsa

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church
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Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park
St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church ©
St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church

3
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get some cultural insight at Rila Monastery and Church St. George Rotunda. Boyana Church and Temple Sveti Nikolay will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Vitosha Boulevard, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banya Bashi Mosque, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka".

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Belitsa to Sofia takes 2.5 hours. July in Sofia sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

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