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.
Take a break from Sofia with a short trip to Rila Monastery in Rila, about 2h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, stroll through Vitosha Mountain, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka".

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sofia trip site.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Sofia. In October, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Nature · Winter Sports · Parks

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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): take in the spiritual surroundings 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 · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

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 Sunny Beach's surroundings by going to ''Primorski'' park (in Varna) and Sozopol (Church of Saint Zosima & Sozopol Old Town). There's much more to do: laugh and play at Action Aquapark, admire the striking features of St Stephens Church, get out on two wheels at Karting Sunny Beach, and get your game on at CRG Airsoft Arena.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sunny Beach trip builder website.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Sunny Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Sunny Beach are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks · Parks · Wineries · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
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.