8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Sofia
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

2
nights
Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach ©
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the striking features of St Stephens Church, then bet on your favorite at Karting Sunny Beach, and then cool off at Action Aquapark. On the next day, walk around Camel Park Sunny Beach and then make a splash at Aqua Paradise Ltd.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sunny Beach online travel route planner .

Edinburgh, UK to Sunny Beach is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Edinburgh in May; daily highs in Sunny Beach reach 26°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nessebar, Camel Park Sunny Beach
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Aqua Paradise Ltd ©
Aqua Paradise Ltd
Karting Sunny Beach ©
Karting Sunny Beach

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Bachkovo Monastery, don't miss a visit to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, then delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and finally make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and then see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Sunny Beach to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bachkovo Monastery
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Walking tours
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

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nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
When in Sofia, make a side trip to see Rila Monastery in Rila, approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Nina, and admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sofia trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Plovdiv to Sofia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. May in Sofia sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Room Escape Games
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

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