57 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

57 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Varna
— 7 nights
2
Veliko Tarnovo
— 6 nights
3
Stara Zagora
— 4 nights
4
Rila
— 3 nights
5
Bansko
— 5 nights
6
Sofia
— 16 nights
7
Plovdiv
— 9 nights
8
Nessebar
— 6 nights

7
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: Balchik (Queen's Winery House, Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, &more), Madara Rider (in Shumen) and Pliska (Pliska National Historical Archaeological Reserve & Yard of the Cyrillic alphabet). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, explore the ancient world of Stone Forest, take in the pleasant sights at Kaliakra, and get a taste of the local shopping with INHOM Art Glass Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Varna trip planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Varna is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Varna can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Varna

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Balchik, Pliska, Madara Rider, Cape Kaliakra, Kamchiya River
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 6:
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Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Varna Archaeological Museum ©
Varna Archaeological Museum

6
nights
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. Get out of town with these interesting Veliko Tarnovo side-trips: Troyan Monastery (in Troyan), Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki) and Hisarya Fortress (in Lovech). There's still lots to do: expand your understanding of the military at Tsarevets, see the interesting displays at Historical Museum, appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo.

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

Traveling by car from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Stara Zagora.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Gabrovo, Arbanasi, Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo, Troyan Monastery, Sexaginta Prista Fortress and Museum
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 12:
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo ©
Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo

4
nights
Stara Zagora

Stara Zagora ©
Stara Zagora is a city in Bulgaria, a nationally important economic center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stara Zagora: Buzludzha (in Kazanluk), Kazanlak (Thracian Tomb & Istoricheski muzey Iskra) and Village Turia - village museum (in Pavel Banya). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Valley of Roses, stroll around Park Kenana, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shipka Monument, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay).

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Stara Zagora trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Stara Zagora in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Rila.

Things to do in Stara Zagora

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shipka, Kazanlak, Park Kenana, Buzludzha, Valley of Roses
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 16:
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Shipka Monument ©
Shipka Monument
Buzludzha ©
Buzludzha
Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay) ©
Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay)

3
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Rila is known for historic sites, nature, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery, take in the awesome beauty at Musala Peak, identify plant and animal life at Dancing Bears Park, and see human ingenuity at work at Belmeken Dam.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rila trip website.

Explore your travel options from Stara Zagora to Rila with the Route module. In June in Rila, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dancing Bears Park
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Belmeken Dam ©
Belmeken Dam

5
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 Pirin National Park (in Pirin), Sandanski (Popinolashki Waterfall & Archaeological Museum Sandanski) and Melnik (The Melnik Pyramids, Rozhen Monastery, &more). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery, admire the landmark architecture of Velyanova House, hit the slopes at Ski Bansko, and make a trip to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bansko trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Rila to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Melnik, Sandanski, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church, Pirin National Park, Rupite
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 24:
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Villa Melnik Winery ©
Villa Melnik Winery
Pirin National Park ©
Pirin National Park
Rozhen Monastery ©
Rozhen Monastery

16
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sofia: Borovets (Borovets Mountain Bike Park & Tsarska Bistritsa), Regional History Museum Pernik (in Pernik) and Prohodna Cave (in Karlukovo). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, and examine the collection at National Museum of History.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Sofia online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bansko to Sofia in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Borovets, Zlatnite_Mostove -Golden Bridges, Regional History Museum Pernik, Prohodna Cave
Find places to stay Jun 24 — Jul 10:
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
Church St. George Rotunda ©
Church St. George Rotunda

9
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plovdiv: Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo), Thracian Sanctuary at Tatul Village (in Momchilgrad) and Marvelous Bridges (in Chepelare). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, explore the ancient world of Perperikon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Plovdiv trip builder site.

Drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sofia in July since evenings lows in Plovdiv dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Karlovo, Asenovgrad, Perperikon, Bachkovo Monastery, authentic Rhodopean architecture
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 19:
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Ethnographic Museum ©
Ethnographic Museum
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

6
nights
Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Get out of town with these interesting Nessebar side-trips: Sozopol (Art Gallery, Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula, &more) and Burgas (Poda Protected Site, Sea Garden, &more). The adventure continues: make a splash at Action Aquapark, admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church, identify plant and animal life at Camel Park Sunny Beach, and delve into the distant past at Church of Saint Sophia.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nessebar trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Nessebar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Nessebar, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sozopol, Burgas, Sunny Beach, Church of St. Blaise, Camel Park Sunny Beach
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 25:
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Winery Messembria ©
Winery Messembria
Sea Garden ©
Sea Garden

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