23 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

23 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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23 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Varna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sunny Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
4
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Bansko
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Borovets
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sofia
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Singapore

3
nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varna: Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, see the interesting displays at Museum of National Revival, take in the exciting artwork at Tina Art Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Varna tour planning app .

Singapore, Singapore to Varna is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Singapore Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in December: high temperatures in Varna hover around 10°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Kaliakra, Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik
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''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra

3
nights
Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach ©
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sozopol Old Town (in Sozopol) and Burgas (Sea Garden & Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary). Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Action Aquapark, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, buy something for everyone on your list at Royal Beach Mall, and get your game on at CRG Airsoft Arena.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sunny Beach road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Varna to Sunny Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Sunny Beach sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Parks Baths

Side Trips

Burgas, Sozopol Old Town, Winery Messembria
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Sozopol Old Town ©
Sozopol Old Town
CRG Airsoft Arena ©
CRG Airsoft Arena

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 13th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, then explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets, then examine the collection at Historical Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Veliko Tarnovo route builder website .

Traveling by car from Sunny Beach to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sunny Beach in December, Veliko Tarnovo is a bit cooler at night with lows of -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Asen's Monument ©
Asen's Monument
Samovodska Charshiya Complex ©
Samovodska Charshiya Complex

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Plovdiv side-trips: Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Pamporovo Ski Resort (in Smolyan). The adventure continues: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Plovdiv itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Assen's Fortress, Bachkovo Monastery, 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 17th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Musala Peak and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Rila trip planner .

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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Plovdiv in December, with highs in Rila at 5°C and lows at -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

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

3
nights
Bansko

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Venture out of the city with trips to Villa Melnik Winery (in Harsovo), Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church (in Blagoevgrad) and Pirin National Park (in Pirin). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Ski Bansko, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bansko trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Rila to Bansko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bansko can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Villa Melnik Winery, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church, Pirin National Park, Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Ski Bansko ©
Ski Bansko
Pirin National Park ©
Pirin National Park
Vihren ©
Vihren

2
nights
Borovets

Borovets ©
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
On the 22nd (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort, then trot along with a tour on horseback, then don't miss a visit to Tsarska Bistritsa, and finally ponder the design of The Big Drinking Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): grab your bike and head to Borovets Mountain Bike Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Barakli Mosque.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Borovets route maker tool .

You can drive from Bansko to Borovets in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Borovets

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Samokov
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Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort
Horseback Riding Tours
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, nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Vitosha Mountain.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sofia trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Borovets to Sofia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Room Escape Games
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

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