8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria route maker

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Sofia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive
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Burgas
— 1 night
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive
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Rila
— 1 night
Drive
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Borovets
— 1 night
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Sofia

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for fun & games, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, contemplate the long history of Church St. George Rotunda, and get a taste of the local shopping with Vitosha Boulevard.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sofia tour itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sofia is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Amsterdam to Sofia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 6°C in Sofia. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

Veliko Tarnovo

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at Historical Museum, explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Veliko Tarnovo are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Burgas.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:

Burgas

— 1 night
Surrounded by lakes and the sea, Burgas represents a popular vacation spot because of its nature, mild climate, and proximity to several charming ancient towns.
On the 25th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Sea Garden, make a trip to Sozopol Old Town, and then step into the grandiose world of Ravadinovo Castle.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Burgas trip planning app.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Burgas in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Burgas. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Burgas

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:

Plovdiv

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and then explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Plovdiv journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Burgas to Plovdiv takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Rila

— 1 night
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 27th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Musala Peak and then steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rila journey builder site.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Rila in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Rila can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Borovets.

Things to do in Rila

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Borovets

— 1 night
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
On the 28th (Thu), trot along with a tour on horseback, then make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Borovets vacation maker site.

You can drive from Rila to Borovets in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Borovets

Nature · Tours · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:

Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
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.