31 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Fly to Sofia Airport, Drive to Borovets
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Borovets
— 4 nights
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Bansko
— 4 nights
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Smolyan
— 1 night
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Varna
— 4 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 3 nights
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Sofia
— 6 nights
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Borovets — 4 nights

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Take a break from Borovets with a short trip to Belmeken Dam in Rila, about 52 minutes away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, stroll around Borovets Mountain Bike Park, and make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa.

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Houston, USA to Borovets is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bansko.
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Bansko — 4 nights

Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bansko: Rila Monastery (in Rila), Villa Melnik Winery (in Harsovo) and Pirin National Park (in Pirin). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Ski Bansko, don't miss a visit to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, admire the striking features of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by car from Borovets to Bansko takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bansko are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Smolyan.
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Smolyan — 1 night

Smolyan is a town and ski resort in the far south of Bulgaria near the border with Greece. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): don't miss a visit to National Astronomical Observatory at Rozhen, hit the slopes at Fun Park Pamporovo, glide through natural beauty at Spree Ski & Snowboard School, then fly down the slopes at Pamporovo Ski Resort, and finally get in on the family fun at Ecotrail Neviastata.

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You can drive from Bansko to Smolyan in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.
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Plovdiv — 5 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Plovdiv: Bessa Valley Winery, (in Pazardzhik), Central Balkan National Park (in Kalofer) and Stara Zagora (Zagorka Brewery Museum & Neolithic Dwellings Museum). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Valley of Roses, get the adrenaline pumping with Enduro Adventure Bulgaria, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and see the interesting displays at Art Gallery Philippopolis.

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Traveling by car from Smolyan to Plovdiv takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. December in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stop by Kashmiri, take in the exciting artwork at Art Shop Orange, then take in the exciting artwork at Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA, then soak in style at Turkish baths, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Nessebar and then stroll around Sea Garden.

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Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sunny Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Sunny Beach are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Varna.
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Varna — 4 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varna: Historical Park (in Neofit Rilski) and Abritus Archaeological Reserve, Razgrad (in Razgrad). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Stone Forest, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, and look for gifts at Bellora Hats.

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Traveling by car from Sunny Beach to Varna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in December, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Veliko Tarnovo.
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Veliko Tarnovo — 3 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Gabrovo (Interactive Museum of Industry, Sokolski Monastery, &more). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, stop by The Book Cave, get a taste of the local shopping with Matea Art Gallery, and soothe aching muscles at Yoga Dharma - Day Class.

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You can drive from Varna to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Veliko Tarnovo when traveling from Varna in December, with lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sofia.
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Sofia — 6 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 27th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and hit the slopes at Vitosha Mountain.

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You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Sofia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to 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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