8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria attractions planner

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Make it your trip
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Nessebar
— 1 night
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Plovdiv
— 1 night
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Hissarya
— 1 night
Drive
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Borovets
— 1 night
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Sofia
— 3 nights
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Nessebar

— 1 night

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): bet on your favorite at Karting Sunny Beach, then try out the rides at Action Aquapark, and then stop by Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nessebar travel tool.

London, UK to Nessebar is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Nessebar. Traveling from London in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Nessebar, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks · Parks · Shopping · Museums

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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.
On the 22nd (Sun), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, then get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 10°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Hissarya.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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Hissarya

— 1 night
Hisarya is a small resort town in Bulgaria, in Plovdiv Province. On the 23rd (Mon), make a trip to Roman Ruins and Tomb and then make a trip to Buhalov Han - Center for crafts and cultural traditions.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hissarya trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Hissarya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Borovets.
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Borovets

— 1 night
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
On the 24th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then get engrossed in the history at Historical Museum, and finally admire the local landmark of The Big Drinking Fountain.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Borovets holiday maker website.

You can drive from Hissarya to Borovets in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Borovets

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

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Sofia

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Room Escape Games and St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Rila Monastery in Rila (about 2h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard, make a trip to Saint Sofia Monument, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Borovets to Sofia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Sofia sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

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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.