8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  11 h 30 min
1
Bansko
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
2
Borovets
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Sofia
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Dubai

1
night
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 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, then take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, then fly down the slopes at Ski Bansko, and finally make a trip to Pirin Street.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bansko attractions planning site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Bansko is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Bansko due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in March, expect Bansko to be cooler, temps between 15°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Borovets.

Things to do in Bansko

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Ski Bansko ©
Ski Bansko
Vihren ©
Vihren
Pirin Street ©
Pirin Street

1
night
Borovets

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
On the 29th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Borovets travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bansko to Borovets in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Horseback Riding Tours
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School ©
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School

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night
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 30th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, then delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Alexandr II.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv journey builder website.

Drive from Borovets to Plovdiv in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours Historic Sites
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Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

4
nights
Sofia

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Step out of Sofia with an excursion to Rila Monastery in Rila--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, get a taste of the local shopping with Vitosha Boulevard, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Sofia online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sofia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Sofia are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

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