35 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Varna
— 4 nights
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Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
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Stara Zagora
— 2 nights
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Plovdiv
— 5 nights
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Smolyan
— 2 nights
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Melnik
— 2 nights
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Bansko
— 5 nights
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Rila
— 2 nights
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Borovets
— 4 nights
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Sofia
— 6 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Historical Park (in Neofit Rilski) and Provadia (Fortress Ovech & Salla Estate). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, browse the different shops at Delta Planet Mall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, and get close to the beloved marine mammals with Baracuda Dive Centre.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Varna planning app.

Manchester, UK to Varna is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manchester to Varna due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Manchester in January since evenings lows in Varna dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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.
On the 7th (Sat), look for gifts at Kashmiri, view the masterpieces at Art Shop Orange, then take in the exciting artwork at Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA, then slough off your stress at Turkish baths, and finally indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of St Stephens Church, then have fun and explore at Aviomuseum Burgas, then stroll around Sea Garden, and finally shop like a local with Art Gallery.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Sunny Beach tour planner.

You can drive from Varna to Sunny Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Sunny Beach sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Stara Zagora.
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Stara Zagora — 2 nights

Stara Zagora is a city in Bulgaria, a nationally important economic center. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): experience rural life at Little Rose Fields and then don't miss a visit to Thracian Tomb . On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Valley of Roses, then take an in-depth tour of Neolithic Dwellings Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage Studio Natalie, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Art gallery - Kazanlak.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Stara Zagora day trip planning app.

Getting from Sunny Beach to Stara Zagora by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Stara Zagora are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo), Villa Vinifera (in Brestovitsa) and Zagreus Winery (in Parvomai). There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get a taste of the local shopping with Andromeda Art, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and Head underground at Cave Snejanka.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Plovdiv day trip planner.

Drive from Stara Zagora to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Plovdiv are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Smolyan.
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Smolyan — 2 nights

Smolyan is a town and ski resort in the far south of Bulgaria near the border with Greece. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to National Astronomical Observatory at Rozhen, fly down the slopes at Fun Park Pamporovo, ski along the peaceful trails at Spree Ski & Snowboard School, then fly down the slopes at Pamporovo Ski Resort, and finally find something for the whole family at Ecotrail Neviastata. On the next day, hit the slopes at Chepelare Ski Center and then gear up at Enduro Adventure Bulgaria.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Smolyan attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Smolyan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Melnik.
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Melnik — 2 nights

Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Orbelus Organic Winery, do a tasting at Rupel Winery, and then examine the collection at Baba Vanga Museum. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint George, and then make a trip to Kordopulova House.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Melnik trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Smolyan to Melnik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bansko.
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Bansko — 5 nights

Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bansko: Pirin National Park (in Pirin), Blagoevgrad (Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church & Varosha Ethnographic Complex) and Episcopal Basilica (in Sandanski). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ski Bansko, make a trip to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Bansko Safari.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bansko trip itinerary site.

Drive from Melnik to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bansko can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rila.
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Rila — 2 nights

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 25th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rila trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Bansko to Rila in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rila are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Borovets.
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Borovets — 4 nights

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Spend the 30th (Mon) on the water with Go Borovets. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort, stroll through Borovets Mountain Bike Park, get outside with Borosport Ski Rentals, and fly down the slopes at Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Borovets itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rila to Borovets in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car 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 4th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, take an in-depth tour of The Red Flat, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Sofia itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Borovets to Sofia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Sofia are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) 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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