15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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.
Take a break from Sofia with a short trip to Rila Monastery in Rila, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church, delve into the distant past at Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka", and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia trip app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Sofia is an approximately 6-hour flight. When traveling from Tel Aviv in October, plan for little chillier days in Sofia, with highs around 20°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games

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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.
Take a break from Plovdiv with a short trip to Bachkovo Monastery in Bachkovo, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress, delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and walk around Park Tsar Simeon.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip tool .

Drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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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 11th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sokolski Monastery, see the interesting displays at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dryanovo Monastery, and finally appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, see the interesting displays at Historical Museum, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Tsarevets, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita, and finally don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Veliko Tarnovo trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

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, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Veliko Tarnovo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can 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
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita

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nights
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.
Attractions like Action Aquapark and Sunny Beach Luna Park make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: cool off at Aqua Paradise Ltd, get your game on at CRG Airsoft Arena, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Sophia, and admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sunny Beach online road trip planner .

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Sunny Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. 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 Trip

Nessebar
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Aqua Paradise Ltd ©
Aqua Paradise Ltd
Karting Sunny Beach ©
Karting Sunny Beach

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Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cape Kaliakra and Butterfly House Varna. Explore Varna's surroundings by going to Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena) and Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aladzha Monastery, meet the residents at Dolphinarium Varna, and get engrossed in the history at Varna Archaeological Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Varna travel planner.

Drive from Sunny Beach to Varna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Varna can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

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