8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sofia
1
Sofia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Sunny Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
End: Sofia

2
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. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument, contemplate the long history of Church St. George Rotunda, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sofia route website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Sofia. In October, daytime highs in Sofia are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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 26th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Bachkovo Monastery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, then make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, and finally contemplate the long history of Plovdiv Roman Theatre. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Park Tsar Simeon, delve into the distant past at Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at Karting Track Lauta, and finally contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Plovdiv day trip app.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Bachkovo Monastery, Assen's Fortress
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

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.
Explore Sunny Beach's surroundings by going to Sozopol (Church of Saint Zosima & Sozopol Old Town) and ''Primorski'' park (in Varna). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Winery Messembria, have some family-friendly fun at CRG Airsoft Arena, cool off at Action Aquapark, and admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Sunny Beach holiday planner.

Drive from Plovdiv to Sunny Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Sozopol, Nessebar, CRG Airsoft Arena, ''Primorski'' park
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Sozopol Old Town ©
Sozopol Old Town

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