23 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

23 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Varna
— 3 nights
2
Sunny Beach
— 3 nights
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
4
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
5
Rila
— 2 nights
6
Bansko
— 3 nights
7
Borovets
— 2 nights
8
Sofia
— 4 nights

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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). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aladzha Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption of Holy Virgin Church, steep yourself in history at St Athanasius Orthodox Church, and shop like a local with Tina Art Gallery.

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

Singapore, Singapore to Varna is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Varna. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get colder in Varna: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Cape Kaliakra
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Museum of National Revival ©
Museum of National Revival
Aladzha Monastery ©
Aladzha Monastery
Prisoe Winery ©
Prisoe Winery

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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: Burgas (Sea Garden & Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary) and Sozopol Old Town (in Sozopol). And it doesn't end there: make a splash at Action Aquapark, buy something for everyone on your list at Royal Beach Mall, have some family-friendly fun at CRG Airsoft Arena, and learn about winemaking at Winery Messembria.

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 °C during the day and °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 Shopping

Side Trips

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

1
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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, thenexamine the collection at Historical Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, 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 °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 ©

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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: Pamporovo Ski Resort (in Smolyan) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, and delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Plovdiv itinerary maker.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Pamporovo Ski Resort, Bachkovo Monastery, Assen's Fortress
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Pamporovo Ski Resort ©
Pamporovo Ski Resort
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town

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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 other places to visit, photos, more things to do, 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 take a bus. Traveling from Plovdiv in December, expect Rila to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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
Musala Peak ©
Musala Peak

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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), Villa Melnik Winery (in Harsovo) and Pirin National Park (in Pirin). There's still lots to do: stroll through Ski Bansko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, don't miss a visit to Pirin Street, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Bansko trip maker website.

Drive from Rila to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Borovets.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church, Villa Melnik Winery, Pirin National Park, Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains
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

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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, thentake a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, thenmake 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 see maps, reviews, traveler tips, 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

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Samokov
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School ©
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School
Horseback Riding Tours

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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: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, contemplate the long history of Church St. George Rotunda, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, 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 °C and lows of °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 Nature 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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