15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria vacation planner
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Fly to Sofia Airport, Drive to Rila
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive
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Varna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sofia
— 3 nights
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Rila — 2 nights

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery, then take in the awesome beauty at Rila, and then look for all kinds of wild species at BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Rila trip itinerary maker tool.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Rila is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Jeddah in October, things will get cooler in Rila: highs are around 21°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.
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Veliko Tarnovo — 1 night

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. On the 4th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, see the interesting displays at Historical Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita.

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

You can drive from Rila to Veliko Tarnovo in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Veliko Tarnovo, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Varna.
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Varna — 2 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 5th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, then get engrossed in the history at Varna Archaeological Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and finally explore the ancient world of Stone Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Historical Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Varna journey app.

Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Varna. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sunny Beach.
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Sunny Beach — 2 nights

Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Savior Church, then explore the ancient world of Nessebar, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Sophia. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of St Stephens Church, then make a trip to Church of Christ Pantocrator, and then make a splash at Action Aquapark.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sunny Beach day trip tool.

You can drive from Varna to Sunny Beach in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sunny Beach can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sozopol.
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Sozopol — 2 nights

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 9th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Sozopol Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Nicholas Chapel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. George, then look for gifts at Boutique Wine Shop, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Zosima. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Saint Ivan Rilskiy, walk around Sea Garden, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Church Saint Cross.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sozopol day trip planning tool.

Drive from Sunny Beach to Sozopol in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.
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Plovdiv — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Bachkovo Monastery, examine the collection at Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Plovdiv journey app.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sofia.
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Sofia — 3 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for sightseeing, fun & games, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, engage your brain at Museum of illusions Sofia, don't miss a visit to Saint Sofia Monument, and admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sofia trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sofia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. October in Sofia sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Bulgaria travel guide

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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.
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