25 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

25 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria vacation planner

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

— 2 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Take a break from Varna with a short trip to Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik in Balchik, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Le Papillon, and explore the ancient world of Stone Forest.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Varna trip itinerary website.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Varna is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vilnius in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Varna: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Sunny Beach

— 1 night
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stop by JCraft Jewelry Shop, explore the ancient world of Nessebar, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sunny Beach trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Varna to Sunny Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:

Sozopol

— 1 night
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then step into the grandiose world of Ravadinovo Castle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sozopol visit planner.

Traveling by car from Sunny Beach to Sozopol takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In October in Sozopol, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sozopol

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:

Veliko Tarnovo

— 3 nights
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. Explore Veliko Tarnovo's surroundings by going to Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR (in Gabrovo) and Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets, appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo road trip planner.

You can drive from Sozopol to Veliko Tarnovo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sozopol in October, expect little chillier with lows of 5°C in Veliko Tarnovo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Tours · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

Plovdiv

— 4 nights

City of the Seven Hills

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Central Balkan National Park (in Kalofer). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, stroll around Park Tsar Simeon, and steep yourself in history at Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

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Getting from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:

Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 27th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rila trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Rila are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Bansko

— 2 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Park Bachinovo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and then take in the awesome beauty at Vihren.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bansko day trip planning site.

You can take a bus from Rila to Bansko in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. October in Bansko sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

Borovets

— 3 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
When in Borovets, make a side trip to see Park Rila in Dupnitsa, approximately Dupnitsa away. Spend the 1st (Mon) on the water with Go Borovets. There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort, and grab your bike and head to Borovets Mountain Bike Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Borovets online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bansko to Borovets in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:

Sofia

— 6 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for fun & games, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and take a stroll around National Palace of Culture Congress Centre.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sofia day trip planning website.

You can drive from Borovets to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. November in Sofia sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 8:

Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.