30 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

30 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Start: Paphos
Train:  10 h 30 min
1
Plovdiv
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Smolyan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Bansko
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Nessebar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kavarna
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Varna
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
8
Belogradchik
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
9
Sofia
— 8 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Paphos

3
nights
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 Villa Yustina. Popular historic sites such as "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church and Sveta Marina church are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, pause for some photo ops at Alyosha Monument, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church.

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 train ride. You can also take a bus; or 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 Spas

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

4
nights
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 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 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 Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Diavolsko Garlo- The Devil's Throat, Fun Park Pamporovo
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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

3
nights
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 MTB Bansko. 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; or 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
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, thenadmire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church, thentake 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 fly. 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

Beaches Parks Outdoors

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

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cape Kaliakra
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Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra

6
nights
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 Stone Forest. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum and INTERNATIONAL Hotel Casino & Tower Suites. Go for a jaunt from Varna to Shumen to see Madara Rider about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Pobiti Kamani, see the interesting displays at Museum of Natural History, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

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, Madara Rider, Pobiti Kamani, Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena, Pliska National Historical Archaeological Reserve
Find places to stay May 7 — 13:
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Varna Archaeological Museum ©
Varna Archaeological Museum
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum
Museum of new History of Varna ©
Museum of new History of Varna

2
nights
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, thenpause 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, thenexplore the ancient world of Nicopolis ad Istrum, thendon'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

few
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

8
nights
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 Saint Nikolai Sofiyski. Discover out-of-the-way places like Boyana Waterfall and National Museum of Military History. 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 lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St Petka of the Saddlers, examine the collection at National Museum of History, deepen your understanding at Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski, and get a taste of the local shopping with Art Shop Hand Made.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sofia travel planner.

Traveling by car from Belogradchik to Sofia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Belogradchik to Sofia is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can 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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