8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Fly + 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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Musala Peak and then steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort, and then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Rila sightseeing planning tool.

Cardiff, UK to Rila is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Rila is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cardiff in December; daily highs in Rila reach 5°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Rila

Nature Parks 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, thenhit the slopes at Ski Bansko, and finally don't miss a visit to Pirin Street. On your second day here, 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.

Traveling by car from Rila to Bansko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bansko can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -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 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

3
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for historic sites, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sofia road trip website.

Traveling by car from Bansko to Sofia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Sofia are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

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

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