6 days in Sofia, Plovdiv & Veliko Tarnovo Itinerary

6 days in Sofia, Plovdiv & Veliko Tarnovo Itinerary

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Sofia
— 3 nights
2
Plovdiv
— 1 night
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night

3
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Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Rila Monastery and St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Boyana Church and Temple Sveti Nikolay for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Sofia to Karlukovo to see Prohodna Cave about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St Petka of the Saddlers, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka".

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sofia online attractions planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sofia. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rila Monastery, Prohodna Cave
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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 some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, thencontemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Nedelya Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in October, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
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"St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church
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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita, thenstep into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, and then admire the sheer force of Kaya Bunar.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo road trip app.

Drive from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Plovdiv in October since evenings lows in Veliko Tarnovo dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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