15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Sofia
— 3 nights
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive
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Sozopol
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sunny Beach
— 3 nights
Drive
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Varna
— 3 nights
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Sofia

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Family-friendly places like St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Temple Sveti Nikolay will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, stop by Gifted Sofia, and appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sofia journey planning tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Sofia is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Sofia. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in September; daily highs in Sofia reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery and then learn about winemaking at Medi Valley Winery. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rila day trip tool.

Getting from Sofia to Rila by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Rila can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Plovdiv

— 1 night

City of the Seven Hills

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, then make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, and then delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rila to Plovdiv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sozopol.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:

Sozopol

— 2 nights
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 21st (Tue): stroll through Poda Protected Site, explore the historical opulence of Ravadinovo Castle, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally make a trip to Sozopol Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kavatsite Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Sea Garden.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sozopol road trip website.

Drive from Plovdiv to Sozopol in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Sozopol are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Sozopol

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

Sunny Beach

— 3 nights
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Action Aquapark and Sunny Beach Luna Park. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Nessebar, see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum, stroll around Camel Park Sunny Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Sophia.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sunny Beach travel route planner.

Drive from Sozopol to Sunny Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In September in Sunny Beach, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

Varna

— 3 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Aladzha Monastery, enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Kaliakra, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Le Papillon, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): examine the collection at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Varna holiday website.

Traveling by car from Sunny Beach to Varna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:

Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.