9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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9 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  14​h
1
Sofia
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Veliko Tarnovo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Plovdiv
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Bansko
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Borovets
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

3
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Go for a jaunt from Sofia to Rila to see Rila Monastery about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Nina, take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, and admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia trip itinerary planner.

Bengaluru, India to Sofia is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Sofia. In April, Sofia is colder than Bengaluru - with highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Room Escape Games
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral

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 4th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument, examine the collection at Historical Museum, steep yourself in history at Tsarevets, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo trip app .

Drive from Sofia to Veliko Tarnovo in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Tue), examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, steep yourself in history at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then make a trip to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Plovdiv trip planner .

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Bansko.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

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 6th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Pirin Street, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren, and then stroll through Ski Bansko.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bansko road trip planning site .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Plovdiv to Bansko in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Bansko sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Ski Bansko ©
Ski Bansko
Vihren ©
Vihren
Pirin Street ©
Pirin Street

2
nights
Borovets

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
On the 7th (Thu), ponder the design of The Big Drinking Fountain, make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Borovets trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Bansko to Borovets takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors Nature Tours

Side Trip

The Big Drinking Fountain
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Horseback Riding Tours
Borovets Ski Resort ©
Borovets Ski Resort
Tsarska Bistritsa ©
Tsarska Bistritsa

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