18 days in Black Sea Coast Itinerary

18 days in Black Sea Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria holiday planner

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Bansko
— 2 nights
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Peshtera
— 1 day
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Hissarya
— 3 nights
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Plovdiv
— 3 nights
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Borovets
— 3 nights
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Sofia
— 3 nights
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Rila
— 3 nights
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Bansko

— 2 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the striking features of Velyanova House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, make a trip to Pirin Street, then don't miss a visit to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Vihren. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bansko trip itinerary builder site.

Sofia to Bansko is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bansko can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Peshtera.

Things to do in Bansko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Peshtera

— 1 day
Peshtera is a town in southern Bulgaria. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Cars Of Socialism, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Snejanka, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Dimitar Church, and finally learn about winemaking at Villa Yustina.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Peshtera tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Bansko to Peshtera in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Hissarya.

Things to do in Peshtera

Wineries · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:

Hissarya

— 3 nights
Hisarya is a small resort town in Bulgaria, in Plovdiv Province. Venture out of the city with trips to Kazanlak (Thracian Tomb , National Park-Museum Shipka-Buzluzha, &more), Shipka Monument (in Shipka) and Monument of Borimechkata (in Klisura). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Todor Kableshkov House Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thracian Temple Complex Starosel, make a trip to Roman Ruins and Tomb, and take in the natural beauty of Mineral Spring Momina Banya.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hissarya journey maker tool.

You can drive from Peshtera to Hissarya in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Hissarya are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Hissarya

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Plovdiv

— 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Plovdiv Old Town and Old Plovdiv Retro Photo. When in Plovdiv, make a side trip to see Bachkovo Monastery in Bachkovo, approximately Bachkovo away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Art Gallery Philippopolis, and appreciate the history behind Alyosha.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv visit website.

Getting from Hissarya to Plovdiv by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Tours · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Borovets

— 3 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Tsarska Bistritsa and Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Borovets: Rila (Rila National Park & Rila) and Geyser (in Sapareva Banya). There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Borovets trip tool.

Getting from Plovdiv to Borovets by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Borovets

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Sofia

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Family-friendly places like Room Escape Games and Vitosha Boulevard will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Boyana Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, make a trip to Dragalevtsi Monastery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sofia, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Borovets to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Rila

— 3 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 24th (Tue), get some jogging in at Park Rila, steep yourself in history at Roman Therms, and then take an in-depth tour of Regional Historical Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Dimitar Peshev Museum and then fly down the slopes at Osogovo Fun Park.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rila day trip planning app.

You can drive from Sofia to Rila in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26: