14 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

14 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  6 h
1
Sofia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Borovets
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Melnik
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Bansko
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Nessebar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Varna
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, stop by Galeria Nina, pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church, thenbrush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Military History, and finally pause for some photo ops at Saint Sofia Monument.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sofia online vacation planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Sofia is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sofia: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Borovets.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church ©
Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church
National Museum of Military History ©
National Museum of Military History
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

1
night
Borovets

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
On the 3rd (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Borovets Ski Resort, thenfly down the slopes at Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Borovets trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Sofia to Borovets in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Melnik.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School ©
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort

1
night
Melnik

Melnik ©
Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhen Monastery, do a tasting at Villa Melnik Winery, and then head outdoors with Rupite.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Melnik online road trip planner.

Getting from Borovets to Melnik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Melnik

Wineries Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Villa Melnik Winery, Rupite
Highlights from your plan
Rozhen Monastery ©
Rozhen Monastery
Villa Melnik Winery ©
Villa Melnik Winery
Rupite ©
Rupite

1
night
Bansko

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
On the 5th (Tue), get outside with MTB Bansko, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, thentake in the awesome beauty at Vihren, and finally stroll through Ski Bansko.

Planning Bansko trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Melnik to Bansko in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ski Bansko ©
Ski Bansko
Vihren ©
Vihren
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

2
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dancing Bears Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rila tour builder app.

Getting from Bansko to Rila by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dancing Bears Park
Highlights from your plan
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress, thensee the interesting displays at Air Museum Plovdiv, thenexamine the collection at Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv, and finally see the interesting displays at Art Gallery Philippopolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveta Marina church, get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, thentake in the exciting artwork at Balabanov House, thentake an in-depth tour of House-Museum Hindlian, and finally examine the collection at Cultural Center-Museum Trakart.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Plovdiv travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rila to Plovdiv in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Assen's Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress
Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv ©
Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv
Sveta Marina church ©
Sveta Marina 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 10th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Tsarevets, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, thentake in the exciting artwork at St. Peter and Paul Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo trip maker.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Veliko Tarnovo are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Chiesa della Nativita
Highlights from your plan
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God ©
Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets

2
nights
Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
On the 11th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Savior Church, thendo a tasting at Winery Messembria, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Irakli Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Camel Park Sunny Beach, admire the striking features of Church of the Assumption, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at St Stephens Church, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. John the Baptist, and finally admire the local landmark of The Old Fountain.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nessebar vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Nessebar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Nessebar can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Camel Park Sunny Beach, Irakli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Irakli Beach ©
Irakli Beach
Camel Park Sunny Beach ©
Camel Park Sunny Beach
Archaeological Museum ©
Archaeological Museum

1
night
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Prisoe Winery, contemplate the long history of Antique Village, examine the collection at Park-Museum of Military Friendship 1444 Vladislav Varnenchik, thenexamine the collection at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum, thentake an in-depth tour of Museum of new History of Varna, and finally examine the collection at Butterfly House Varna.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Varna trip builder app.

You can drive from Nessebar to Varna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Varna are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly House Varna ©
Butterfly House Varna
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum
Museum of new History of Varna ©
Museum of new History of Varna

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