13 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Borovets
— 3 nights
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Bansko
— 2 nights
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Sofia
— 4 nights
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Varna
— 1 night
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Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
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Borovets — 3 nights

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Step out of Borovets with an excursion to Rila Monastery in Rila--about 1h 45 min away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort, stroll through Borovets Mountain Bike Park, admire the local landmark of The Big Drinking Fountain, and admire the striking features of Barakli Mosque.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Borovets tour planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Borovets is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Bansko.
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Bansko — 2 nights

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 15th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Velyanova House, then take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, then hit the slopes at Ski Bansko, and finally don't miss a visit to Pirin Street. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bansko itinerary planner.

You can drive from Borovets to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Bansko, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sofia.
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Sofia — 4 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 18th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, engage your brain at Museum of illusions Sofia, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sofia itinerary tool.

Drive from Bansko to Sofia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Sofia, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can fly to Varna.
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Varna — 1 night

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 21st (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Historical Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Varna road trip planning site.

You can fly from Sofia to Varna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sofia in December since evenings lows in Varna dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sunny Beach.
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Sunny Beach — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): walk around Sea Garden, then view the masterpieces at Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA, then shop like a local with Art Shop Orange, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sunny Beach road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Varna to Sunny Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Bulgaria travel guide

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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.
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