9 days in Bulgaria & Israel Itinerary

9 days in Bulgaria & Israel Itinerary

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9 days in Bulgaria & Israel Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  1​h
1
Eilat, Israel
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  3​h 45​min
2
Tiberias, Israel
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Jerusalem, Israel
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Bansko, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Melnik, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
7
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
+3
train + subway + foot + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

1
day
Eilat, Israel

Eilat ©
At the northern extreme of the Red Sea sits Eilat, a resort town popular with domestic and international tourists.
On the 3rd (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Timna Park, get your game on at Darkness - Israel's Biggest Haunted House, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Underwater Observatory Marine Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Eilat visit planner.

Tel Aviv to Eilat is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, expect nights in Eilat to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 44°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Tiberias.

Things to do in Eilat

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Underwater Observatory Marine Park ©
Timna Park ©
Timna Park

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night
Tiberias, Israel

Tiberias ©
On the shores of Lake Kinneret, a vacation in Tiberias offers plenty of water sports and biblical walks.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tabor, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Primacy of Peter, then contemplate the long history of Mount of Beatitudes, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sea of Galilee.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tiberias trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Eilat to Tiberias takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Eilat in September, expect nights in Tiberias to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tiberias

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mount of Beatitudes, Mount Tabor, Church of the Primacy of Peter
Highlights from your plan
Sea of Galilee ©
Sea of Galilee
Mount Tabor ©
Mount Tabor
Mount of Beatitudes ©
Mount of Beatitudes

2
nights
Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, examine the collection at Israel Museum, then take a stroll through Old City of Jerusalem, then admire the striking features of Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, and finally delve into the distant past at Western Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Mt of Olives and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Traveling by bus from Tiberias to Jerusalem takes 2.5 hours. September in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Tours Museums Historic Sites
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Israel Museum ©
Israel Museum
Western Wall ©
Western Wall

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night
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Jerusalem to Sofia in 6 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Jerusalem in September: highs in Sofia hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Sofia

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

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night
Bansko, Bulgaria

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bansko road trip planning app .

Drive from Sofia to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Bansko sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Melnik.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

St Teodor Tiron and Teodor Stratilat Church, Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Vihren ©
Vihren
Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains ©

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Melnik, Bulgaria

Melnik ©
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 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Rozhen Monastery, then explore the striking landscape at The Melnik Pyramids, then make a trip to Kordopulova House, and finally learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Melnik route maker site .

Getting from Bansko to Melnik by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Melnik

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Villa Melnik Winery
Highlights from your plan
Villa Melnik Winery ©
Villa Melnik Winery
Kordopulova House ©
Kordopulova House
Rozhen Monastery ©
Rozhen Monastery

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night
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

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. On the 10th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Kaya Bunar and then delve into the distant past at Tsarevets.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Veliko Tarnovo trip tool .

Traveling by car from Melnik to Veliko Tarnovo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets

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night
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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 11th (Wed): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, then get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, and finally delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

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Getting from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. September in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town

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