15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  6 h
1
Sofia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Sunny Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Varna
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Tel Aviv

3
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Go for a jaunt from Sofia to Rila to see Rila Monastery about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, explore the ancient world of Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka", and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sofia holiday planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Sofia is an approximately 6- hour flight. When traveling from Tel Aviv in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Sofia: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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Rila Monastery
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
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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.
Take a break from Plovdiv with a short trip to Bachkovo Monastery in Bachkovo, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, delve into the distant past at Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, and have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Plovdiv trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sokolski Monastery, then see the interesting displays at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dryanovo Monastery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, see the interesting displays at Historical Museum, explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, and finally don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Veliko Tarnovo online holiday planner.

Getting from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Veliko Tarnovo, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Gabrovo, Chiesa della Nativita, Dryanovo Monastery
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR

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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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Action Aquapark and Sunny Beach Luna Park. categoryPhrases.sentence.Plan_for_a_day_of_cool_family_friendly_fun_on_the_day_at Aqua Paradise Ltd. There's much more to do: get your game on at CRG Airsoft Arena, get out on two wheels at Karting Sunny Beach, explore the ancient world of Church of Saint Sophia, and admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sunny Beach itinerary site.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Sunny Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sunny Beach, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nessebar, CRG Airsoft Arena
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
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Aqua Paradise Ltd
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Karting Sunny Beach

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Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Attractions like Cape Kaliakra and Dolphinarium Varna make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Varna side-trips: Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Butterfly House Varna, take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

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You can drive from Sunny Beach to Varna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Cape Kaliakra, Aquapark Aquamania
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Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra
Aquapark Aquamania ©
Aquapark Aquamania
Dolphinarium Varna ©
Dolphinarium Varna

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