8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Bulgaria trip planner
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Sofia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sunny Beach
— 3 nights
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Sofia — 2 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for sightseeing, fun & games, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Boyana Church.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sofia tour planner.

Vienna, Austria to Sofia is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Vienna to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Vienna in December since evenings lows in Sofia dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rila.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks
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Rila — 2 nights

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rila trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Rila, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sunny Beach.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.
Step out of Sunny Beach to go to Sozopol and see Sozopol Old Town, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Nessebar, make a splash at Action Aquapark, do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sunny Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Rila to Sunny Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Rila in December, Sunny Beach is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) 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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