9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
2
Varna
— 1 night
3
Nessebar
— 2 nights
4
Sozopol
— 1 night
5
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
6
Sofia
— 1 night

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Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo ©
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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then make a trip to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, and finally appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Convent, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, then see the interesting displays at Konstantsalieva House, and finally see the interesting displays at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo trip app.

Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Veliko Tarnovo sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Arbanasi, Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
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Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Walking tours

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Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena, try your luck at INTERNATIONAL Hotel Casino & Tower Suites, get engrossed in the history at Museum of new History of Varna, then buy something for everyone on your list at Grand Mall, and finally see the interesting displays at The Retro Museum In Varna.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Varna tour planning tool.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Shopping · Museums · Casinos

Side Trips

INTERNATIONAL Hotel Casino & Tower Suites, Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena
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Grand Mall ©
Grand Mall
INTERNATIONAL Hotel Casino & Tower Suites ©
The Retro Museum In Varna ©
The Retro Museum In Varna

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Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
On the 8th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, admire the striking features of Church of Christ Pantocrator, learn about winemaking at Winery Messembria, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, then explore the ancient world of Church of Saint Sophia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Embankment, make a trip to Monastery of St. George, then explore the activities along Pomorie Lake, then soak in style at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Blaise.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nessebar trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Varna to Nessebar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to ride a ferry to Sozopol.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Wineries · Baths

Side Trips

Pomorie, Erma Spa Turkish Bath, Church of St. Blaise
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Church of Saint Sophia ©
Church of Saint Sophia
Erma Spa Turkish Bath ©
Erma Spa Turkish Bath

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Sozopol

The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, then steep yourself in history at Church of The Most Holy Mother, then head off the coast to St. Anastasia Island, and finally head outdoors with PH Quads.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sozopol online tour itinerary maker.

Ride a ferry from Nessebar to Sozopol in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Sozopol sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sozopol

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Burgas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula ©
Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula
St. Anastasia Island ©
St. Anastasia Island

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Plovdiv

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.
On the 11th (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at Balabanov House, get engrossed in the history at House-Museum Hindlian, don't miss a visit to Hisar Kapia, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Plovdiv Regional Historical Museum - Bulgarian National Revival Exposition. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dzhumaya Mosque, make a trip to Nebet Tepe, see the interesting displays at Art Gallery Philippopolis, examine the collection at Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv, then see the interesting displays at Air Museum Plovdiv, and finally steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Plovdiv road trip planning tool.

Drive from Sozopol to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Assen's Fortress
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Ethnographic Museum ©
Ethnographic Museum
Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv ©
Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress

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Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): gain insight at Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Military History, then take in the dramatic scenery at Boyana Waterfall, and finally explore the world behind art at The Red Flat.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia trip planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Plovdiv in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Sofia, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Parks · Nature · Museums
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Boyana Waterfall ©
Boyana Waterfall
The Red Flat ©
The Red Flat
Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski ©
Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski

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