60 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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Fly to Sofia Airport, Drive to Belogradchik
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Belogradchik
— 4 nights
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Devetaki
— 2 nights
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Kazanlak
— 3 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Ruse
— 4 nights
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Varna
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Nessebar
— 7 nights
Drive
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Sozopol
— 5 nights
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Plovdiv
— 6 nights
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Melnik
— 3 nights
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Sofia
— 12 nights
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Belogradchik — 4 nights

Belogradchik is a town in Vidin Province, Northwestern Bulgaria, the administrative centre of the homonymous Belogradchik Municipality. Explore hidden gems such as Belogradchik Fortress and Chiprovtsi Monastery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belogradchik: History Museum (in Chiprovtsi), Montana (Mosque in Montana & Ancient Fortress) and Berkovitsa (The Clock Tower & Berkovitsa). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Belogradchik Rocks, explore the fascinating underground world of The Magura Cave, and appreciate the history behind Monument Asparuhov Warrior.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Belogradchik trip planning site.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Belogradchik is an approximately 23-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Jakarta to Belogradchik, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in November, expect Belogradchik to be much colder, temps between 15°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Devetaki.
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Devetaki — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Devetashka Cave.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Devetaki trip planner.

Drive from Belogradchik to Devetaki in 4 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belogradchik to Devetaki due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Devetaki can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Kazanlak.
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Kazanlak — 3 nights

Step off the beaten path and head to Buzludzha and Damascena Ethnographic Complex. Change things up with these side-trips from Kazanlak: Kalofer Monastery (in Kalofer) and Sliven (Sveti Dimitar church & VisitBulgariaOn Bespoke Experiences).

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kazanlak online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Devetaki to Kazanlak in 2.5 hours. November in Kazanlak sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.
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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 discover tucked-away gems like Samovodska Charshiya Complex and Konstantsalieva House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Veliko Tarnovo: The Covered Bridge (in Lovech), Troyan Monastery (in Troyan) and Pleven (Freedom Square & Pleven Epopee 1877). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Asen's Monument, snap pictures at Vladishki Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Veliko Tarnovo travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kazanlak to Veliko Tarnovo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Veliko Tarnovo can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Ruse.
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Ruse — 4 nights

Ruse is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Freedom Square and St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ruse: Ibrahim Pasha Mosque (in Razgrad), Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo (in Ivanovo) and Medzhit Tabiya Fort (in Silistra). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Rusenski Lom Nature Park, examine the collection at Pantheon of National Revival Heroes, walk around Forest Park Lipnik, and pause for some photo ops at The Monument to Angel Kanchev.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Ruse trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Ruse in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Varna.
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Varna — 6 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Aladzha Monastery and The Retro Museum In Varna. Explore Varna's surroundings by going to Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich), Bolata Bay (in Kavarna) and Shumen (Shumen Fortress, Monument "1300 Years of Bulgaria", &more). There's much more to do: try to win big at INTERNATIONAL Hotel Casino & Tower Suites, pause for some photo ops at Monument of Stefan Karadzha, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kiwi Market, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Varna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ruse to Varna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the shuttle to Nessebar.
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Nessebar — 7 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel and St Stephens Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Houses of Pomorie architectural reserve (in Pomorie) and Gerana Village (in Orizare). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Archaeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Thracian Dome Tomb, look for gifts at Kashmiri, and take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Pavilion.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nessebar trip maker site.

You can take a shuttle from Varna to Nessebar in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Nessebar sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sozopol.
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Sozopol — 5 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Sea Garden and Aviomuseum Burgas. Change things up with these side-trips from Sozopol: Beglik-Tash (in Primorsko) and Burgas (Sculpture of Gramophone, Sculpture of Peptko Blagoev, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Ravadinovo Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Saint Zosima, look for gifts at Boutique Wine Shop, and explore the ancient world of Akra Fortress.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sozopol day trip tool.

Drive from Nessebar to Sozopol in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. In December in Sozopol, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Thracian Temple Complex Starosel. Venture out of the city with trips to Pamporovo Ski Resort (in Smolyan), Hissarya (Roman Ruins and Tomb & Spas) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, walk around Park Tsar Simeon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nebet Tepe, and steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Plovdiv online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Sozopol to Plovdiv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Melnik.
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Melnik — 3 nights

Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kordopulova House and Orbelus Organic Winery. Take a break from Melnik with a short trip to Baba Vanga Museum in Petrich, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhen Monastery, stop by Wine Gallery, learn about winemaking at Shestaka Wine Cellar, and don't miss a visit to Rupite.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Melnik tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Melnik takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sofia.
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Sofia — 12 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of illusions Sofia and Food Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sofia: The Big Drinking Fountain (in Samokov), Horseback Riding Tours (in Borovets) and Cottage Farm (in Alino). Dedicate the 5th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, admire the striking features of Catedral de Sveta-Nedelya, look and learn at Muzeiko, and see the interesting displays at National Museum of History.

Before you visit Sofia, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Melnik to Sofia in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight 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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