8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
Rila
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Bansko
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Sofia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 45​min
End: Cardiff

1
night
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 22nd (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Musala Peak and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trot along with a tour on horseback, then take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort, and then take an in-depth tour of Historical Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rila visit planner .

Cardiff, UK to Rila is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Cardiff to Rila due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cardiff in December, with highs in Rila at 5°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Borovets, Historical Museum
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Bansko

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, then hit the slopes at Ski Bansko, and finally make a trip to Pirin Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains and then explore the striking landscape of Pirin National Park.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bansko road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rila to Bansko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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 problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, and get a taste of the local shopping with Vitosha Boulevard.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sofia trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Bansko to Sofia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

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

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