30 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

30 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Fly to Sofia, Train to Plovdiv
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Plovdiv
— 3 nights
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Smolyan
— 4 nights
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Bansko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nessebar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kavarna
— 1 night
Drive
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Varna
— 6 nights
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Belogradchik
Drive
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Sofia
— 8 nights
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Plovdiv

— 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Assen's Fortress and Ethnographic Museum. 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 still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Marina Church, soothe aching muscles at Hisarja, see the interesting displays at Art Gallery Philippopolis, and pause for some photo ops at Alyosha.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Plovdiv holiday maker website.

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. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Paphos in April; daily highs in Plovdiv reach 22°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Smolyan.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 27:

Smolyan

— 4 nights
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 Fun Park Pamporovo. Take a break from the city and head to Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat and Pamporovo Ski Resort.

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 · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:

Bansko

— 3 nights
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 Dancing Bears Park. Step out of Bansko with an excursion to Villa Melnik Winery in Harsovo--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains and take in the awesome beauty at Vihren.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bansko online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Smolyan to Bansko takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bansko are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Nessebar.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

Nessebar

— 2 nights

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 5th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Blaise, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, admire the striking features of Church of Christ Pantocrator, then admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at 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: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. 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

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

Kavarna

— 1 night
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 3 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

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 7:
Highlights from your trip

Varna

— 6 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

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 Aladzha Monastery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Retro Museum In Varna and Museum of new History of Varna. Go for a jaunt from Varna to Shumen to see Madara Rider about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Pobiti Kamani, get engrossed in the history at Varna Archaeological Museum, examine the collection at Museum of Natural History, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Varna trip builder site.

Drive from Kavarna to Varna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. 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 · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 13:

Veliko Tarnovo

— 2 nights
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, pause for some serene contemplation at 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

Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

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
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Sofia

— 8 nights
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 Church of St Petka of the Saddlers. Discover out-of-the-way places like Saint Nikolai Sofiyski and Boyana Waterfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Sofia: Krakra Fortress (in Pernik), Vratsa (Ledenika & “Vrachanski Balkan” Nature Park) and Dimitar Peshev Museum (in Kyustendil). There's much more to do: learn about all things military at National Museum of Military History, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Natural History, Sofia, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Tsar Alexander II, and deepen your understanding at Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sofia travel route planner.

Drive from Belogradchik to Sofia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 23:

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.