19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): learn about all things military at National Museum of Military History, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, and then take a stroll through Nadezhda. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Belogradchik Fortress and then wander the streets of Mladost.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Sofia attractions website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sofia is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect Sofia to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Belogradchik Fortress
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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 find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rila trip planner.

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 August, daytime highs in Rila are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Septemvri - Dobrinishte narrow gauge railway. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take a memorable tour with Septemvri - Dobrinishte narrow gauge railway, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Nicopolis ad Nestum, see the interesting displays at Historical Museum of Gotse Delchev, then admire the striking features of Velyanova House, then steep yourself in history at Neofit Rilski Museum, and finally examine the collection at Radonova House, Ethnic & Historical Museum.

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

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

Things to do in Bansko

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

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

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: browse the exhibits of Baba Vanga Museum, explore the ancient world of Heraclea Sintica, take in the spiritual surroundings of Episcopal Basilica, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum Sandanski, then learn about winemaking at Shestaka Wine Cellar, and finally stop by Wine Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Melnik trip builder tool .

You can drive from Bansko to Melnik in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Melnik

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Petrich, Sandanski, 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.
On the 1st (Sun), examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis, then examine the collection at Cultural Center-Museum Trakart, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveta Marina church, and finally do a tasting at Villa Yustina Winery. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museum of Ethnography, explore the ancient world of Red Church, then see the interesting displays at Air Museum Plovdiv, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Melnik to Plovdiv in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Varna.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Villa Yustina, St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church, Museum of Ethnography, Red Church
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Cultural Center-Museum Trakart ©
Cultural Center-Museum Trakart
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.
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, then get engrossed in the history at History of Varna Museum, 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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, learn about winemaking at Prisoe Winery, contemplate the long history of Antique Village, then steep yourself in history at Pliska National Historical Archaeological Reserve, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tombul Mosque.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Varna online road trip 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 in Varna, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. 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

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

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Ruse

Ruse ©
Ruse is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria. On the 5th (Thu), examine the collection at Museum House of Kaliopa, view the masterpieces at Ruse Art Gallery, and then examine the collection at Sexaginta Prista Fortress and Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ruse online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Varna to Ruse takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Ruse

Museums Shopping
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Sexaginta Prista Fortress and Museum ©
Museum House of Kaliopa ©
Museum House of Kaliopa

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. On the 5th (Thu), examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ruse to Veliko Tarnovo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Veliko Tarnovo are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 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 ©
Ethnographic Museum ©
Ethnographic Museum

1
night
Pleven

Pleven
Pleven is the seventh most populous city in Bulgaria. For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pleven road trip planner .

You can 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. You'll set off for Sofia on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Pleven

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sofia

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

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sofia road trip site .

You can drive from Pleven to Sofia in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Art Shop Hand Made ©
Art Shop Hand Made

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 hit the slopes at Fun Park Pamporovo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat and then Head underground at Haramiiska Cave.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Devin trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Sofia to Devin takes 3 hours. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Devin

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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