12 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

12 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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12 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Varna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sunny Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Sofia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cape Kaliakra and Aquapolis. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varna: Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena), Yaylata National Archeological Reserve (in Kavarna) and Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Dolphinarium Varna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aladzha Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and see the interesting displays at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Varna trip planner .

London, UK to Varna is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Varna. In July, Varna is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 33°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Varna

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cape Kaliakra, Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Aquapark Aquamania, Yaylata National Archeological Reserve, Aquapolis
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Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra
Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik ©
Aquapark Aquamania ©
Aquapark Aquamania

3
nights
Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach ©
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Family-friendly places like Action Aquapark and Sunny Beach Luna Park will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Aqua Paradise Ltd, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Christ Pantocrator, delve into the distant past at Church of Saint Sophia, and admire the striking features of St Stephens Church.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sunny Beach day trip planner.

Getting from Varna to Sunny Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Sunny Beach sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nessebar
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Aqua Paradise Ltd ©
Aqua Paradise Ltd
Karting Sunny Beach ©
Karting Sunny Beach

2
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 3rd (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Geyser and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park and then identify plant and animal life at Dancing Bears Park.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Rila trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Sunny Beach to Rila in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sunny Beach in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Rila, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Geyser, Dancing Bears Park
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park

3
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Sofia trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Rila to Sofia by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain
Vitosha Boulevard ©
Vitosha Boulevard

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