60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Bulgaria trip itinerary maker
©
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Varna
— 7 nights
Shuttle
2
Nessebar
— 5 nights
Drive
3
Sozopol
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Ruse
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Veliko Tarnovo
— 6 nights
Drive
6
Kazanlak
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Kardzhali
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Plovdiv
— 6 nights
Drive
9
Borovets
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Melnik
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Belogradchik
— 1 night
Drive
13
Sofia
— 13 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Varna — 7 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aladzha Monastery and Varna Archaeological Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Varna side-trips: Provadia (Salla Estate & Fortress Ovech), Historical Park (in Neofit Rilski) and Shumen (Monument "1300 Years of Bulgaria" & Madara Rider). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Kaliakra, don't miss a visit to Monument of Stefan Karadzha, learn about winemaking at Varna Winery, and try your luck at INTERNATIONAL Hotel Casino & Tower Suites.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Varna journey site.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Varna is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jakarta to Varna is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in November, things will get much colder in Varna: highs are around 15°C and lows about 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Nessebar.
more
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 13:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Nessebar — 5 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel and St Stephens Church. Go for a jaunt from Nessebar to Sunny Beach to see Catamaran Cruise about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, soak in style at Turkish baths, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Sophia, and admire the striking features of Church of Christ Pantocrator.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nessebar online holiday planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Varna to Nessebar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Nessebar can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sozopol.
more
Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 18:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Sozopol — 3 nights

The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sea Garden and Ravadinovo Castle. Explore Sozopol's surroundings by going to Beglik-Tash (in Primorsko) and Burgas (Kilometre zero, Aviomuseum Burgas, &more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Kavatsite Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Zosima, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. George.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sozopol journey tool.

You can drive from Nessebar to Sozopol in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Ruse.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Ruse — 4 nights

Ruse is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Freedom Square and Srebarna Nature Reserve. Explore Ruse's surroundings by going to Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari UNESCO World Heritage Site (in Sveshtari), Abritus Archaeological Reserve, Razgrad (in Razgrad) and Silistra (Medzhit Tabiya Fort & Dunavska Gradina). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery, see the interesting displays at Sexaginta Prista Fortress and Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Rusenski Lom Nature Park, and admire the landmark architecture of The Dohodno Zdanie.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ruse trip website.

Traveling by car from Sozopol to Ruse takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.
more
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 25:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Veliko Tarnovo — 6 nights

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Devetashka Cave and Samovodska Charshiya Complex. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Veliko Tarnovo: Gabrovo (Sokolski Monastery & Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR), The Covered Bridge (in Lovech) and Krushunskiye Waterfalls (in Krushuna). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Konstantsalieva House, experience rural life at Little Rose Fields, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita, and get engrossed in the history at Pleven Epopee 1877.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Veliko Tarnovo online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Ruse to Veliko Tarnovo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kazanlak.
more
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Nov 25 — Dec 1:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Kazanlak — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple, don't miss a visit to The Thracian tomb at Shushmanets, appreciate the history behind Buzludzha, then take in the exciting artwork at Art gallery - Kazanlak, and finally make a trip to Megalitgh Rock Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage Studio Natalie, then appreciate the history behind National Park-Museum Shipka-Buzluzha, then make a trip to Buhalov Han - Center for crafts and cultural traditions, and finally examine the collection at House-Museum of Ivan Vazov.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kazanlak online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Veliko Tarnovo to Kazanlak by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. December in Kazanlak sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Kardzhali.
more
Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Kardzhali — 3 nights

You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Womb Cave and Perperikon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kardzhali: Smolyan (Ecotrail Neviastata & Pamporovo Ski Resort), Thracian sanctuary (in Tatul) and Pamporovo (Ski School Aspen & Spree Ski & Snowboard School).

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kardzhali vacation maker app.

Getting from Kazanlak to Kardzhali by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Plovdiv.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Plovdiv — 6 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Alyosha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plovdiv: Koprivshtitsa (Todor Kableshkov House Museum, Georgi Benkovski Monument, &more), Hissarya (Roman Ruins and Tomb, Mineral Spring Momina Banya, &more) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Plan a Plovdiv trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Kardzhali to Plovdiv by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Borovets.
more
Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 12:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Borovets — 4 nights

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cottage Farm and Therma Kostenetz. Explore Borovets' surroundings by going to Lepenitsa Cave (in Rakitovo), Historical Museum of Batak (in Velingrad) and Tsari Mali Grad (in Belchin). There's lots more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback, take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort, head outdoors with Borosport Ski Rentals, and admire the local landmark of The Big Drinking Fountain.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Borovets trip planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Borovets in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rila.
more
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Rila — 2 nights

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery, see human ingenuity at work at Belmeken Dam, and then identify plant and animal life at BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rila online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Borovets to Rila takes 1.5 hours. December in Rila sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Melnik.
more
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Melnik — 2 nights

Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. On the 19th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Rozhen Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint George, learn about winemaking at Villa Melnik Winery, then look for gifts at Wine Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Kordopulova House. On your second day here, do a tasting at Orbelus Organic Winery, then do a tasting at Rupel Winery, then contemplate the long history of Baba Vanga Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Rupite.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Melnik trip planning site.

Drive from Rila to Melnik in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Belogradchik.
more
Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Belogradchik — 1 night

Belogradchik is a town in Vidin Province, Northwestern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of the homonymous Belogradchik Municipality. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of The Magura Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Venetsa Cave, then take in the dramatic natural features at Belogradchik Rocks, and finally steep yourself in history at Belogradchik Fortress.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Belogradchik vacation maker website.

You can drive from Melnik to Belogradchik in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December in Belogradchik, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.
more
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Sofia — 13 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of illusions Sofia and Muzeiko. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sofia: The Erma River Gorge (in Tran), Kyustendil (Dimitar Peshev Museum & Vladimir Dimitrov Art Gallery) and Pernik (Underground Mining Museum & Regional History Museum Pernik). Dedicate the 25th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, deepen your understanding at Sofia University Saint Kliment Ohridski, learn about all things military at National Museum of Military History, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sofia online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Belogradchik to Sofia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Belogradchik to Sofia is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
more
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 21 — Jan 3:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
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.
more