8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  5 h
1
Sofia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Bansko
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Athens

3
nights
Sofia

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sofia route planner .

Athens, Greece to Sofia is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Athens, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Sofia, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Museums
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Walking tours
Room Escape Games
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

2
nights
Bansko

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, then stroll through Ski Bansko, and finally don't miss a visit to Pirin Street. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bansko, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sofia to Bansko in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Pirin National Park, Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains
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Ski Bansko ©
Ski Bansko
Pirin National Park ©
Pirin National Park
Vihren ©
Vihren

2
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 11th (Wed), hit the slopes at Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rila travel route planning tool .

Getting from Bansko to Rila by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December in Rila, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rila

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Borovets
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort
Horseback Riding Tours

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