7 days in Rila, Plovdiv & Sofia Itinerary

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Fly to Sofia Airport, Drive to Rila
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Rila
— 1 night
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 1 night
Drive
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Sofia
— 4 nights
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Rila — 1 night

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery.

Make your Rila itinerary with Klarna Trips to find out what to see and where to go.

Chandigarh, India to Rila is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Chandigarh in December: high temperatures in Rila hover around 5°C and lows are around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.
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Plovdiv — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Plovdiv trip planner.

Drive from Rila to Plovdiv in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. While traveling from Rila, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Plovdiv, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Room Escape Games and Vitosha Boulevard. On the 2nd (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Saint Sofia Monument, admire the landmark architecture of Church St. George Rotunda, and stroll through Vitosha Mountain.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Sofia day trip app.

Getting from Plovdiv to Sofia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Plovdiv, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sofia, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
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