30 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

30 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Plovdiv
— 3 nights
2
Smolyan
— 4 nights
3
Bansko
— 3 nights
4
Nessebar
— 2 nights
5
Kavarna
— 1 night
6
Varna
— 6 nights
7
Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
8
Belogradchik
— Few hours
9
Sofia
— 8 nights

3
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Assen's Fortress and Sveta Marina church. Popular historic sites such as "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church and Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis are in your itinerary. When in Plovdiv, make a side trip to see Villa Yustina in Ustina, approximately Ustina away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and pause for some photo ops at Alyosha.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv tour itinerary maker app.

Paphos, Cyprus to Plovdiv is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Paphos in April, expect Plovdiv to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Smolyan.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Asenovgrad, Villa Yustina
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Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress
Villa Yustina ©
Villa Yustina
Sveta Marina church ©
Sveta Marina church

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Smolyan

Smolyan ©
Smolyan is a town and ski resort in the far south of Bulgaria near the border with Greece. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waterfalls Canyon and Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat. Take a break from the city and head to Pamporovo Ski Resort and Fun Park Pamporovo.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Smolyan trip planner.

Drive from Plovdiv to Smolyan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Smolyan

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Fun Park Pamporovo, Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat
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Pamporovo Ski Resort ©
Pamporovo Ski Resort
Waterfalls Canyon ©
Waterfalls Canyon
Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat ©
Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat

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Bansko

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rozhen Monastery and Villa Melnik Winery. Escape the urban bustle at Dancing Bears Park and Vihren. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bansko trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Smolyan to Bansko in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rozhen Monastery, Villa Melnik Winery, Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Dancing Bears Park
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Rozhen Monastery ©
Rozhen Monastery
Villa Melnik Winery ©
Villa Melnik Winery
Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park

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Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Blaise, see the interesting displays at Archaeological Museum, admire the striking features of Church of Christ Pantocrator, then admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Assumption, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Irakli Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nessebar trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Bansko to Nessebar by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In May in Nessebar, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kavarna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Church of St. Blaise, Irakli Beach
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Irakli Beach ©
Irakli Beach
St Stephens Church ©
St Stephens Church

1
night
Kavarna

Kavarna ©
Kavarna is a Black Sea coastal town and seaside resort in the Dobruja region of northeastern Bulgaria. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): kick back and relax at Cape Kaliakra.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kavarna visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Kavarna takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Kavarna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Cape Kaliakra
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Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra

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Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pliska National Historical Archaeological Reserve and Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Retro Museum In Varna and Pobiti Kamani. Go for a jaunt from Varna to Shumen to see Madara Rider about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museum of new History of Varna, see the interesting displays at Museum of Natural History, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, and brush up on your military savvy at National Maritime Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Varna tour planner.

Drive from Kavarna to Varna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Varna sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Golden Sands, Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena, Madara Rider, Pliska National Historical Archaeological Reserve, Pobiti Kamani
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Varna Archaeological Museum ©
Varna Archaeological Museum
The Retro Museum In Varna ©
The Retro Museum In Varna
Museum of new History of Varna ©
Museum of new History of Varna

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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 13th (Sat): examine the collection at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, take in the spiritual surroundings of Forty Martyrs Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, and finally pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Konstantsalieva House, then explore the ancient world of Nicopolis ad Istrum, then don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Veliko Tarnovo can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Belogradchik.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Arbanasi, Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
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Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR

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hours
Belogradchik

Belogradchik ©
Belogradchik is a town in Vidin Province, Northwestern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of the homonymous Belogradchik Municipality. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Belogradchik Fortress.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Belogradchik vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Belogradchik in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Veliko Tarnovo to Belogradchik. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Belogradchik

Historic Sites
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Belogradchik Fortress ©
Belogradchik Fortress

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Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church and National Museum of Military History. Discover out-of-the-way places like Saint Nikolai Sofiyski and Church of St Petka of the Saddlers. Change things up with these side-trips from Sofia: Vratsa (Ledenika & “Vrachanski Balkan” Nature Park), Krakra Fortress (in Pernik) and Dimitar Peshev Museum (in Kyustendil). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Boyana Waterfall, view the masterpieces at Art Shop Hand Made, deepen your understanding at Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski, and explore the world behind art at National Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sofia day trip website.

Getting from Belogradchik to Sofia by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Belogradchik to Sofia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Sofia, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Vratsa, Krakra Fortress, Dimitar Peshev Museum
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Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church ©
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church
Saint Nikolai Sofiyski ©
Saint Nikolai Sofiyski
Ledenika ©
Ledenika

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