60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Varna
— 8 nights
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Nessebar
— 7 nights
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Sozopol
— 5 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 6 nights
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Plovdiv
— 8 nights
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Rila
— 2 nights
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Bansko
— 6 nights
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Borovets
— 4 nights
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Sofia
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Varna

— 8 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Explore Varna's surroundings by going to Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena), Balchik (Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik & Queen's Winery House) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). Spend a fun-filled day on the 30th (Fri) at Aquapolis. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, examine the collection at Butterfly House Varna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with Baracuda Dive Centre.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Varna online route maker.

New York City, USA to Varna is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 63°F in Varna. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the shuttle to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 6:

Nessebar

— 7 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
When in Nessebar, make a side trip to see Irakli Beach in Obzor, approximately Obzor away. Spend a fun-filled day on the 9th (Mon) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. Next up on the itinerary: laugh and play at Action Aquapark, explore the ancient world of Nessebar, find something for the whole family at Sunny Beach Luna Park, and admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Nessebar road trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Varna to Nessebar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Nessebar, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 13:

Sozopol

— 5 nights
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sozopol: Veleka Beach (in Sinemorets), Burgas (Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sea Garden, &more) and Silistar Beach (in Ahtopol). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sozopol Old Town, stroll through Kavatsite Beach, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum of Sozopol, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sozopol trip maker.

You can drive from Nessebar to Sozopol in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sozopol can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sozopol

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:

Veliko Tarnovo

— 6 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki), Gabrovo (Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR & Interactive Museum of Industry) and Kazanlak (Buzludzha, Thracian Tomb , &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Troyan Monastery, walk around Park Sveta Gora, and don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sozopol in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Veliko Tarnovo, with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 24:

Plovdiv

— 8 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Plovdiv: Red Church (in Perushtitsa), Villa Yustina (in Ustina) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, delve into the distant past at Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, and stroll around Park Tsar Simeon.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Plovdiv road trip planner.

Getting from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — Sep 1:

Rila

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery.

For maps and other tourist information, refer to the Rila trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Plovdiv to Rila by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Plovdiv in September, Rila is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Bansko

— 6 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: Pirin National Park (in Pirin), Melnik (Kordopulova House & Rozhen Monastery) and Villa Melnik Winery (in Harsovo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, admire the landmark architecture of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church, steep yourself in history at Neofit Rilski Museum, and don't miss a visit to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bansko sightseeing site.

Traveling by bus from Rila to Bansko takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Bansko, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:

Borovets

— 4 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Explore Borovets' surroundings by going to Park Rila (in Dupnitsa), Waterfall "Goritsa" (in Sapareva Banya) and Belchin (Belchin Garden Spa & Wellness & Tsari Mali Grad). Spend the 10th (Fri) on the water with Go Borovets. The adventure continues: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort, get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum, and don't miss a visit to Tsarska Bistritsa.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Borovets trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Bansko to Borovets in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Sofia

— 13 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sofia: Saeva Dupka (in Lovech) and Skoka Falls (in Teteven). The adventure continues: see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sofia trip planning tool.

You can drive from Borovets to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Sofia, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 26:

Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
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.