8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Bulgaria trip itinerary planner

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Sofia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sunny Beach
— 3 nights
Drive

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Sofia

— 2 nights
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 35 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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, 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 · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

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Plovdiv

— 2 nights

City of the Seven Hills

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 maps, where to stay, other places to visit, 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 shuttle; or take a bus. 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 · Parks

Side Trips

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Sunny Beach

— 3 nights
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Sunny Beach: Sozopol (Church of Saint Zosima & Sozopol Old Town) and ''Primorski'' park (in Varna). And it doesn't end there: soak in style at Turkish baths, admire the landmark architecture of St Stephens Church, get out on two wheels at Karting Sunny Beach, and have some family-friendly fun at CRG Airsoft Arena.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sunny Beach online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sunny Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sunny Beach can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks · Parks · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

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Bulgaria travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.