6 days in Sofia, Plovdiv & Veliko Tarnovo Itinerary

6 days in Sofia, Plovdiv & Veliko Tarnovo Itinerary

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6 days in Sofia, Plovdiv & Veliko Tarnovo Itinerary

Start: Sofia
1
Sofia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
End: Sofia

3
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get some cultural insight at Rila Monastery and Temple Sveti Nikolay. Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski and Boyana Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Sofia to go to Karlukovo and see Prohodna Cave, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of The Rotunda of St George (Sveti Georgi), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St Petka of the Saddlers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka", and wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Sofia. In October, daytime highs in Sofia are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

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Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

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Prohodna Cave, Rila Monastery
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, have fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, then contemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Nedelya Church.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

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Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Ethnographic Museum ©
Ethnographic Museum

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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. On the 6th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, then contemplate the long history of Tsarevets Fortress, and then admire the sheer force of Kaya Bunar.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo attractions planner .

You can drive from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in Veliko Tarnovo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

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Nature Parks Historic Sites

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Chiesa della Nativita
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita

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