18 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

18 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Varna
— 2 nights
2
Nessebar
— 3 nights
3
Primorsko
— 2 nights
4
Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
5
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
6
Melnik
— 1 night
7
Sofia
— 3 nights

2
nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum and Butterfly House Varna will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik and Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin. Get out of town with these interesting Varna side-trips: Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Grand Mall and try to win big at INTERNATIONAL Hotel Casino & Tower Suites.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Varna vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Toronto, Canada to Varna is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Varna due to the time zone difference. July in Varna sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

INTERNATIONAL Hotel Casino & Tower Suites, Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Aquapark Aquamania, Cape Kaliakra
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Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum
Butterfly House Varna ©
Butterfly House Varna
Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra

3
nights
Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Get some historical perspective at Church of Saint Sophia and Church of St. Blaise. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Camel Park Sunny Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Nessebar: Sozopol (Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula, Church of The Most Holy Mother, &more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, admire the striking features of Church of Christ Pantocrator, and do a tasting at Winery Messembria.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nessebar trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Varna to Nessebar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Primorsko.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Sozopol, Church of St. Blaise, Camel Park Sunny Beach, Embankment
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Archaeological Museum ©
Archaeological Museum
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Primorsko

Primorsko ©
Primorsko is a town and seaside resort in southeastern Bulgaria, part of Burgas Province. On the 11th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Silistar Beach and then don't miss a visit to Beglik-Tash. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Strandzha, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Ropotamo Nature Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Perla Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Primorsko journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Primorsko takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Primorsko

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Silistar Beach, Strandzha
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Strandzha ©
Strandzha
Ropotamo Nature Reserve ©
Ropotamo Nature Reserve
Beglik-Tash ©
Beglik-Tash

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. On the 13th (Mon), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lyaskovets Monastery "Sv. Sv. Peter and Paul", and then examine the collection at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter and Paul Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Veliko Tarnovo journey maker.

You can drive from Primorsko to Veliko Tarnovo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Primorsko in July, plan for little chillier nights in Veliko Tarnovo, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Lyaskovets Monastery "Sv. Sv. Peter and Paul", Chiesa della Nativita, Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
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Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God ©

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.
Assen's Fortress and Dzhumaya Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ethnographic Museum and Villa Yustina. Go for a jaunt from Plovdiv to Bachkovo to see Bachkovo Monastery about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv, view the masterpieces at Balabanov House, stroll around Park Tsar Simeon, and take an in-depth tour of Small Basilica.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Melnik.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Villa Yustina, Bachkovo Monastery, Assen's Fortress
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Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress
Ethnographic Museum ©
Ethnographic Museum
Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv ©
Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv

1
night
Melnik

Melnik ©
Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kordopulova House, learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery, thentake in the dramatic natural features at The Melnik Pyramids, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rozhen Monastery.

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

You can drive from Plovdiv to Melnik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Melnik

Wineries Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Villa Melnik Winery
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Rozhen Monastery ©
Rozhen Monastery
Villa Melnik Winery ©
Villa Melnik Winery
Kordopulova House ©
Kordopulova House

3
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Visit Rila Monastery and Vitosha Boulevard for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to Galeria Nina or Gallery Noe. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Military History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and make a trip to Saint Sofia Monument.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sofia trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Melnik to Sofia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church ©
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
National Museum of Military History ©
National Museum of Military History

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