8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Bulgaria visit planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Sofia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sunny Beach
— 2 nights
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Sofia — 3 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 14th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda, and stroll around Doctors' Garden.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sofia tour builder app.

Birmingham, UK to Sofia is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Sofia is 2 hours. Traveling from Birmingham in May, you will find days in Sofia are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.
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Plovdiv — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Art Studio 42. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bachkovo Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of Hisar Kapia, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, then make a trip to Bakalova House, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv trip planner.

You can drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) 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.
On the 19th (Fri), catch some excitement at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, get out on two wheels at Karting Sunny Beach, view the masterpieces at Art Shop Orange, take in the exciting artwork at Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA, then learn about winemaking at Wine tasting Messembria, and finally delve into the distant past at Church of Saint Sophia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Savior Church, then explore the ancient world of Nessebar, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Stephens Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sunny Beach journey site.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sunny Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Sunny Beach, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to 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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