29 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

29 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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

— 2 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Spend the 1st (Mon) on the water with Go Borovets. The adventure continues: trot along with a tour on horseback, make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa, explore the landscape on two wheels at Borovets Mountain Bike Park, and stop by Cottage Farm.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Borovets day trip planning tool.

Paris, France to Borovets is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Borovets due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

Bansko

— 3 nights
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: Blagoevgrad (Park Bachinovo & Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church), Villa Melnik Winery (in Harsovo) and Townpark (in Sandanski). Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Pirin National Park. There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Vihren.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bansko road trip app.

You can drive from Borovets to Bansko in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Bansko are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 5th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery and then take in the awesome beauty at Rila. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Rila trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Bansko to Rila takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plovdiv: 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, contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Plovdiv trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Rila to Plovdiv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 10:

Sozopol

— 2 nights
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): head off the coast to St. Anastasia Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Sea Garden, and then delve into the distant past at Aquae Calidae - Thermopolis. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sozopol Old Town, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then stroll through Poda Protected Site, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ravadinovo Castle.

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You can drive from Plovdiv to Sozopol in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Sozopol can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Sozopol

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

Sunny Beach

— 2 nights
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for gifts at JCraft Jewelry Shop, then delve into the distant past at Nessebar, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: awaken your taste buds at Wine Shop and Bar Region and then laugh and play at Action Aquapark.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sunny Beach trip planning app.

You can drive from Sozopol to Sunny Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In November in Sunny Beach, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Varna.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

Varna

— 3 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik in Balchik (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, view the masterpieces at INHOM Art Glass Gallery, explore the ancient world of Stone Forest, and examine the collection at The Retro Museum In Varna.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Varna day trip planning app.

Drive from Sunny Beach to Varna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Varna sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:

Veliko Tarnovo

— 4 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Veliko Tarnovo: Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR (in Gabrovo) and Buzludzha (in Kazanlak). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita, and relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Dharma - Day Class.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo driving holiday website.

You can drive from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Varna in November since evenings lows in Veliko Tarnovo dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 21:

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: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, examine the collection at National Museum of History, and take a stroll around National Palace of Culture Congress Centre.

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Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 27:

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.