23 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

23 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Drive:  3 h
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Varna side-trips: Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption of Holy Virgin Church, take in the exciting artwork at Tina Art Gallery, and examine the collection at Museum of National Revival.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Varna trip itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Varna is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Varna. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Varna reach 10°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Cape Kaliakra
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Museum of National Revival ©
Museum of National Revival
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin ©
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sunny Beach: Sozopol Old Town (in Sozopol) and Burgas (Sea Garden & Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary). And it doesn't end there: make a splash at Action Aquapark, have some family-friendly fun at CRG Airsoft Arena, do a tasting at Winery Messembria, and browse the different shops at Royal Beach Mall.

Before you visit Sunny Beach, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Varna to Sunny Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Sunny Beach, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Burgas, CRG Airsoft Arena, Sozopol Old Town, Winery Messembria
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Royal Beach Mall ©
Royal Beach Mall
Sea Garden ©
Sea Garden

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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, make a trip to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, contemplate the long history of Tsarevets, then examine the collection at Historical Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo journey builder app.

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

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Samovodska Charshiya Complex ©
Samovodska Charshiya Complex
Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Plovdiv side-trips: Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Pamporovo Ski Resort (in Smolyan). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games Outdoors 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. On the 17th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Musala Peak and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rila online holiday planner.

Drive from Plovdiv to Rila in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Plovdiv in December, expect Rila to be little chillier, temps between 5°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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

3
nights
Bansko

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bansko: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church (in Blagoevgrad), Pirin National Park (in Pirin) and Villa Melnik Winery (in Harsovo). There's still lots to do: stroll through Ski Bansko, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Pirin Street, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bansko trip maker website.

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 December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Borovets.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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 take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa, and finally admire the local landmark of The Big Drinking Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the landscape on two wheels at Borovets Mountain Bike Park, stroll through Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, and then admire the striking features of Barakli Mosque.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Borovets sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Bansko to Borovets takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Samokov
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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

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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Sofia online journey planner.

You can drive from Borovets to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Sofia sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Outdoors Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games
Vitosha Boulevard ©
Vitosha Boulevard

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