16 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

16 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Start: Stockholm
Train:  11 h
1
Plovdiv
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
2
Ruse
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Burgas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Pleven
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Stockholm

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Park Tsar Simeon and Cultural Center-Museum Trakart. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dzhumaya Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Alyosha Monument, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveta Marina church.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Plovdiv online road trip planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Plovdiv is an approximately 11.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Stockholm in June, with highs in Plovdiv at 32°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ruse.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Park Tsar Simeon ©
Park Tsar Simeon
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo

4
nights
Ruse

Ruse ©
Ruse is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Freedom Square and St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ruse: Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo (in Ivanovo) and Veliko Tarnovo (Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, Asen's Monument, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Orlova Chuka Cave, examine the collection at Rousse Museum of History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sveta Troitsa Cathedral, and admire the natural beauty at Rosarium.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Ruse day trip planning app.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Ruse in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Burgas.

Things to do in Ruse

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Veliko Tarnovo, Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery
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Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo ©
Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
Freedom Square ©
Freedom Square
Orlova Chuka Cave ©
Orlova Chuka Cave

3
nights
Burgas

Burgas ©
Surrounded by lakes and the sea, Burgas represents a popular vacation spot because of its nature, mild climate, and proximity to several charming ancient towns.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monastery of St. George and Poda Protected Site. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore St. Anastasia Island, enjoy the sea views from Embankment, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Saint Ivan Rilskiy, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Strandzha.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Burgas trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Ruse to Burgas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Burgas sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Pleven.

Things to do in Burgas

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pomorie
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Strandzha ©
Strandzha
Monastery of St. George ©
Monastery of St. George
Poda Protected Site ©
Poda Protected Site

4
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Pleven

Pleven ©
Pleven is the seventh most populous city in Bulgaria. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Krushunskiye Waterfalls and Prohodna Cave. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pleven: Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki), Troyan Monastery (in Troyan) and Lovech (Hisarya Fortress & The Covered Bridge). It doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Pleven Epopee 1877.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Pleven holiday planner.

Getting from Burgas to Pleven by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Burgas in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Pleven, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pleven

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lovech, Devetashka Cave, Troyan Monastery, Krushunskiye Waterfalls, Prohodna Cave
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Devetashka Cave ©
Devetashka Cave
Prohodna Cave ©
Prohodna Cave
Troyan Monastery ©
Troyan Monastery

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