18 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

18 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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18 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Bansko
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Borovets
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Sofia
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Varna
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: London

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis, steep yourself in history at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally make a trip to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv online trip itinerary planner .

London, UK to Plovdiv is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from London to Plovdiv, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in 四月: highs in Plovdiv hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Tours Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pamporovo Ski Resort
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

2
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Musala Peak and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rila online trip builder .

You can drive from Plovdiv 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 四月, daytime highs in Rila are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Musala Peak ©
Musala Peak

2
nights
Bansko

Bansko ©
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 7th (Tue): head outdoors with MTB Bansko, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren, and finally fly down the slopes at Ski Bansko. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bansko vacation builder site .

You can drive from Rila to Bansko in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In 四月, daytime highs in Bansko are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pirin National Park, Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains
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Ski Bansko ©
Ski Bansko
Pirin National Park ©
Pirin National Park
Vihren ©
Vihren

2
nights
Borovets

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): trot along with a tour on horseback, then grab your bike and head to Borovets Mountain Bike Park, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, don't miss a visit to Tsarska Bistritsa, and then walk around Park Rila.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Borovets trip planner.

Getting from Bansko to Borovets by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Park Rila
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Horseback Riding Tours
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School ©
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School

4
nights
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: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vitosha Boulevard, have some family-friendly fun at Offline Entertainment, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banya Bashi Mosque.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sofia trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Borovets to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In 四月, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Zlatnite_Mostove -Golden Bridges
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Walking tours
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

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 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, explore the world behind art at Hadji Nikoli Inn Museum Art Gallery, and then appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo day trip app .

Getting from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In 四月, daily temperatures in Veliko Tarnovo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, Chiesa della Nativita
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Hadji Nikoli Inn Museum Art Gallery ©
Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Asen's Monument ©
Asen's Monument

3
nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Varna: Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Action Aquapark (in Sunny Beach). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, stop by Averi Beers, and appreciate the history behind Dabko Dabkov Statue.

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You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In 四月, daily temperatures in Varna can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Action Aquapark
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Varna Archaeological Museum ©
Varna Archaeological Museum
Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park

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