11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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11 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Varna
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h 45​min
2
Nessebar
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Rila
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Sofia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Vienna

1
night
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 1st (Tue), see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum, then admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, and then cool off at Aquapark Aquamania.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Varna route builder app .

Vienna, Austria to Varna is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vienna to Varna due to the time zone difference. October in Varna sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Aquapark Aquamania
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Aquapark Aquamania ©
Aquapark Aquamania
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Butterfly House Varna ©
Butterfly House Varna

3
nights
Nessebar

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and St Stephens Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Irakli Beach (in Obzor) and Sozopol (Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula & St George Church Църква Св.Георги). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Blaise, delve into the distant past at Church of Saint Sophia, and soak in style at Turkish baths.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nessebar travel itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Varna to Nessebar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Nessebar can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Nessebar

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Sozopol, Irakli Beach, Church of St. Blaise
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
St Stephens Church ©
St Stephens Church

1
night
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 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, explore the ancient world of Tsarevets, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, then don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, and finally pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo day trip planning site .

Drive from Nessebar to Veliko Tarnovo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nessebar in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Veliko Tarnovo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chiesa della Nativita
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Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Asen's Monument ©
Asen's Monument
Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): make a trip to Roman Ruins and Tomb, appreciate the history behind Alyosha Monument, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dzhumaya Mosque, then delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and finally don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town. Keep things going the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, then walk around Park Tsar Simeon, and finally contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Plovdiv online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Roman Ruins and Tomb, Assen's Fortress
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Ethnographic Museum ©
Ethnographic Museum
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress

1
night
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 9th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park and then identify plant and animal life at Dancing Bears Park.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rila trip planner.

Getting from Plovdiv to Rila by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Dancing Bears Park
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park

2
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, and then take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia trip planner .

You can drive from Rila to Sofia in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. October in Sofia sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Room Escape Games
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

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