35 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Varna
— 4 nights
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Sunny Beach
— 1 night
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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
— 3 nights
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Borovets
— 4 nights
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Sofia
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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.
Explore Varna's surroundings by going to Historical Park (in Neofit Rilski), Salla Estate (in Provadia) and Burgas (Aquae Calidae - Thermopolis & Sea Garden). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, pause for some serene contemplation at St Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, stop by Bellora Hats, and walk around St George City Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Varna tour itinerary planner.

Manchester, UK to Varna is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Varna is 2 hours. Traveling from Manchester in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Varna, with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sunny Beach.
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Sunny Beach — 1 night

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 (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA, then view the masterpieces at Art Shop Orange, and finally stop by Kashmiri.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sunny Beach tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Varna to Sunny Beach in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Sunny Beach sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car 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 8th (Sun): experience rural life at Little Rose Fields, steep yourself in history at Antique Forum Augusta Trayana, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Valley of Roses. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Art gallery - Kazanlak, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage Studio Natalie, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Thracian Tomb .

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Drive from Sunny Beach to Stara Zagora in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Stara Zagora are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plovdiv: Cave Snejanka (in Peshtera), Zagreus Winery (in Parvomai) and Central Balkan National Park (in Kalofer). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Plovdiv trip planner.

Drive from Stara Zagora to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car 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 15th (Sun): make a trip to National Astronomical Observatory at Rozhen, fly down the slopes at Fun Park Pamporovo, then ski along the peaceful trails 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Chepelare Ski Center and then do some two-wheel cruising with Enduro Adventure Bulgaria.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Smolyan trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Smolyan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can 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. On the 17th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Saint George, then do a tasting at Orbelus Organic Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Baba Vanga Museum, then do a tasting at Rupel Winery, and then make a trip to Kordopulova House.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Melnik online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Smolyan to Melnik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bansko side-trips: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church (in Blagoevgrad), Popinolashki Waterfall (in Sandanski) and Pirin National Park (in Pirin). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Ski Bansko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, steep yourself in history at Neofit Rilski Museum, and don't miss a visit to Pirin Street.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bansko vacation planner.

Drive from Melnik to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Rila.
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Rila — 3 nights

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Rila National Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Musala Peak, and look for all kinds of wild species at BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rila trip planner.

Getting from Bansko to Rila by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort, admire the landmark architecture of Barakli Mosque, admire the local landmark of The Big Drinking Fountain, and head outdoors with Borosport Ski Rentals.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Borovets holiday planning website.

Drive from Rila to Borovets in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to 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 1st (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Dedicate the 4th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, steep yourself in history at Boyana Church, and admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sofia itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Borovets to Sofia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight 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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