15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Nessebar
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
5
Varna
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: London

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ethnographic Museum and "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Assen's Fortress and Vitosha Boulevard. Get out of town with these interesting Plovdiv side-trips: Sofia (Saint Sofia Church, Boyana Church, & more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, appreciate the history behind Monument to Alexandr II, and have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv itinerary app .

London, UK to Plovdiv is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Traveling from London in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Plovdiv: highs are around 32°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sofia, Assen's Fortress
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Ethnographic Museum ©
Ethnographic Museum
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

2
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Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dancing Bears Park. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rila trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Rila sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dancing Bears Park
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park

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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, delve into the distant past at Tsarevets, then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, and then see the interesting displays at Konstantsalieva House.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Veliko Tarnovo trip planner .

You can drive from Rila to Veliko Tarnovo in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Veliko Tarnovo can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Arbanasi, Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
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Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Konstantsalieva House ©
Konstantsalieva House

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Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Step off the beaten path and head to Church of Saint Sophia and Winery Messembria. Get outdoors at Irakli Beach and Camel Park Sunny Beach. Step out of Nessebar to go to Sozopol and see Scuba & Snorkeling, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: make a splash at Action Aquapark, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Blaise, and admire the striking features of St Stephens Church.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nessebar day trip app .

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Nessebar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Nessebar can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Varna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Irakli Beach, Action Aquapark, Scuba & Snorkeling, Church of St. Blaise, Camel Park Sunny Beach
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Irakli Beach ©
Irakli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Let the collections at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum and Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aquapark Aquamania and Butterfly House Varna. Explore Varna's surroundings by going to Fortress Ovech (in Provadia), Madara Rider (in Shumen) and Yaylata National Archeological Reserve (in Kavarna). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Kaliakra, observe the fascinating underwater world at Dolphinarium Varna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nirvana Beach.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Varna trip maker site .

You can take a bus from Nessebar to Varna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Varna, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varna

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Golden Sands, Cape Kaliakra, Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Yaylata National Archeological Reserve, Aquapark Aquamania
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Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum
Yaylata National Archeological Reserve ©
Butterfly House Varna ©
Butterfly House Varna

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