19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Sofia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Rila
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Bansko
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Melnik
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Varna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Ruse
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Pleven
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
10
Sofia
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h
11
Devin
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  29 h
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
You've now added Belogradchik Fortress to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Military History, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, and then take a stroll through Nadezhda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Belogradchik Fortress and then visit Mladost.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Sofia trip itinerary maker site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sofia is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect Sofia to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Belogradchik Fortress
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National Museum of Military History ©
National Museum of Military History
Belogradchik Fortress ©
Belogradchik Fortress
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church ©
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church

1
night
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Musala Peak.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Rila online vacation maker.

Drive from Sofia to Rila in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Rila sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Nature Parks
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Musala Peak ©
Musala Peak
Rila ©
Rila

2
nights
Bansko

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Rhodope Narrow-Gauge Railway has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Tue), take a memorable tour with Rhodope Narrow-Gauge Railway, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Nicopolis ad Nestum, see the interesting displays at Historical Museum of Gotse Delchev, then don't miss a visit to Velyanova House, then steep yourself in history at Neofit Rilski Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Radonova House, Ethnic & Historical Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Bansko road trip planning website.

You can drive from Rila to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Bansko, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Melnik.

Things to do in Bansko

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Blagoevgrad, Historical Museum of Gotse Delchev, Nicopolis ad Nestum, St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church, Rhodope Narrow-Gauge Railway
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St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church ©
St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church
Nicopolis ad Nestum ©
Nicopolis ad Nestum
Radonova House, Ethnic & Historical Museum ©
Radonova House, Ethnic & Historical Museum

2
nights
Melnik

Melnik ©
Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Baba Vanga Museum, delve into the distant past at Heraclea Sintica, make a trip to Episcopal Basilica, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum Sandanski, then learn about winemaking at Shestaka Wine Cellar, and finally look for gifts at Wine Gallery.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Melnik trip maker.

Traveling by car from Bansko to Melnik takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Melnik

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Sandanski, Petrich, Villa Melnik Winery
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Rozhen Monastery ©
Rozhen Monastery
Villa Melnik Winery ©
Villa Melnik Winery
Baba Vanga Museum ©
Baba Vanga Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis, then see the interesting displays at Cultural Center-Museum Trakart, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Marina church, and finally do a tasting at Villa Yustina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): examine the collection at Museum of Ethnography, delve into the distant past at Red Church, then see the interesting displays at Air Museum Plovdiv, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church.

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Traveling by car from Melnik to Plovdiv takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church, Museum of Ethnography, Red Church, Villa Yustina
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Art Gallery Philippopolis
Art Gallery Philippopolis
Villa Yustina ©
Villa Yustina
Sveta Marina church ©
Sveta Marina church

1
night
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at St Athanasius Orthodox Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, get engrossed in the history at Museum of new History of Varna, then examine the collection at Butterfly House Varna, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Tina Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church St. Nicholas the Thaumaturge, pause for some serene contemplation at St Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, learn about winemaking at Prisoe Winery, then get your game on at Antique Village, then get to know the fascinating history of Pliska National Historical Archaeological Reserve, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tombul Mosque.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Varna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Varna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Varna are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ruse.

Things to do in Varna

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tombul Mosque, Pliska National Historical Archaeological Reserve
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Butterfly House Varna ©
Butterfly House Varna
Museum of new History of Varna ©
Museum of new History of Varna

1
night
Ruse

Ruse ©
Ruse is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Museum House of Kaliopa, then admire the masterpieces at Ruse Art Gallery, and then see the interesting displays at Sexaginta Prista Fortress and Museum.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ruse trip site.

You can drive from Varna to Ruse in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Ruse

Museums Shopping
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Sexaginta Prista Fortress and Museum ©
Sexaginta Prista Fortress and Museum
Museum House of Kaliopa ©
Museum House of Kaliopa
Ruse Art Gallery ©
Ruse Art Gallery

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Veliko Tarnovo itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Ruse to Veliko Tarnovo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pleven.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Museums Historic Sites
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Hadji Nikoli Inn Museum Art Gallery ©
Hadji Nikoli Inn Museum Art Gallery
Ethnographic Museum ©
Ethnographic Museum

1
night
Pleven

Pleven
Pleven is the seventh most populous city in Bulgaria. To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Pleven trip planning tool.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Pleven in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Pleven can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 7th (Sat), you're off to Sofia.

Things to do in Pleven

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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day
Sofia

Sofia ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex, then shop like a local with Art Shop Hand Made, and then take a stroll through Boyana Village.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sofia online vacation planner.

Getting from Pleven to Sofia by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Devin.

Things to do in Sofia

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Art Shop Hand Made ©
Art Shop Hand Made
Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex ©
Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex

1
night
Devin

Devin ©
Devin is a spa town in Smolyan Province in the far south of Bulgaria. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Uhlovica Cave and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fun Park Pamporovo. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat and then Head underground at Haramiiska Cave.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Devin online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Devin takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Devin

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Trigrad, Uhlovica Cave, Fun Park Pamporovo
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Fun Park Pamporovo ©
Fun Park Pamporovo
Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat ©
Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat
Haramiiska Cave ©
Haramiiska Cave

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