17 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

17 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Borovets
— 2 nights
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Melnik
— 1 night
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Rila
— 2 nights
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Plovdiv
— 3 nights
5
Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
6
Sofia
— 5 nights

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Borovets

Borovets ©
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Spend the 5th (Mon) on the water with Go Borovets. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Tsarska Bistritsa, take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort, admire the local landmark of The Big Drinking Fountain, and walk around Borovets Mountain Bike Park.

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Austin, USA to Borovets is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Melnik.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Samokov
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Go Borovets ©
Go Borovets
Tsarska Bistritsa ©
Tsarska Bistritsa
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Melnik

Melnik ©
Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. On the 6th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rozhen Monastery, then take in the dramatic natural features at The Melnik Pyramids, then learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery, and finally get outside with Rupite.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Melnik itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Borovets to Melnik takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Melnik

Wineries · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Villa Melnik Winery, Rupite
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Villa Melnik Winery ©
Villa Melnik Winery
Rozhen Monastery ©
Rozhen Monastery
Rupite ©
Rupite

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 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery and then take in the awesome beauty at Rila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rila road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Melnik to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila ©
Rila

3
nights
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.
Step out of Plovdiv to go to Bachkovo and see Bachkovo Monastery, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip maker.

You can drive from Rila to Plovdiv in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Assen's Fortress, Bachkovo Monastery
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Walking tours
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then deepen your knowledge of military history at Tsarevets, and then see the interesting displays at Historical Museum. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument, examine the collection at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, and then admire the landmark architecture of St Nicholas Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo tour planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 41°F in Veliko Tarnovo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
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Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Walking tours

5
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for historic sites, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Catedral de Sveta-Nedelya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church St. George Rotunda, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sofia online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Sofia, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 42°F at night. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Walking tours
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

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