10-Day Bulgaria Road Trip from Sofia traveling east to Gabrovo, Shumen, Varna, Burgas, and Plovdiv

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10 days included
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Experience the freedom of the open road in Bulgaria as you embark on an unforgettable 10-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Sofia, Gabrovo, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, Shumen, Balchik, Kavarna, Varna, Nessebar, Burgas, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Bachkovo, and Asenovgrad. Set off on the ultimate European adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Bulgaria takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 3 nights in Sofia, 1 night in Gabrovo, 1 night in Shumen, 1 night in Varna, 1 night in Burgas, and 2 nights in Plovdiv. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Bulgaria. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Sofia, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Bulgaria on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Bulgaria. The Sea Garden and Sea Garden are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Sofia, Gabrovo, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, Shumen, Balchik, Kavarna, Varna, Nessebar, Burgas, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Bachkovo, and Asenovgrad, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Bulgaria. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Bulgaria.

Throughout your road trip in Bulgaria, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Bulgaria.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in Bulgaria fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in Bulgaria today!

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Hotel, 9 nights
Rental car, 10 days
CDW Insurance
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Personal travel agent
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Destinations

Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia / 3 nights
Photo of aerial view of beautiful cityscape of Gabrovo, Bulgaria.Gabrovo / 1 night
Стара Загора -  in BulgariaStara Zagora
Photo of aerial view of the ancient seaside town, Nessebar, Bulgaria.Nesebar
Photo of aerial view of The Cathedral of the Assumption and Varna city at amazing sunset, Bulgaria.Varna / 1 night
Photo of Balchik Palace of Romanian Queen Marie at Bulgarian Black Sea coastline, Balchik, Bulgaria.Balchik
Shumen - region in BulgariaShumen / 1 night
KavarnaKavarna
Photo of aerial view of Assen Fortress (Asenova krepost, Petrich), Asenovgrad, Rhodope mountains, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Asenovgrad
Велико Търново -  in BulgariaVeliko Tarnovo
Photo of aerial view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Plovdiv / 2 nights
Photo of Saint Anastasia Island in Burgas bay, Black Sea, Bulgaria. Lighthouse tower and old wooden buildings on rocky coast.Burgas / 1 night

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The Sea Garden, Burgas, BulgariaThe Sea Garden
Photo of Varna spring time, beautiful aerial view above sea garden, Bulgaria.Sea Garden
South Park
Borisova Gradina Park
Photo of Balchik Palace Castle of Romanian Queen Marie at Bulgarian Black Sea coast.Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
Tsar Simeon Garden
Balchik Botanic Garden
Park "Zaimov"
Ethno village Etar
Photo of sunset aerial view of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.National Palace of Culture
Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno
Singing Fountains
Tsarevets Fortress
Photo of Medieval ruins on Cape Kaliakra, Black Sea, Bulgaria.Cape Kaliakra
North Park
Church of Saint Sophia
Park "Geo Milev
Ivan Vazov" National Theater
Photo of Eagles' bridge in Sofia, Bulgaria.Eagles' Bridge
Druzhba Park
Park “Ayazmo“
Holy Trinity Park
Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
Knyazheska Garden
Photo of the Church of the Holy Mother of God inside of the Asen's Fortress in Rhodopes mountain, Asenovgrad, Bulgaria.Asen's Fortress
Photo of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Varna, Bulgaria. Completed in 1886, and also known as the Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral.Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
Photo of toy cars with pedals, sleds, bicycles from the USSR in retro museum, Varna, Bulgaria.Retro Museum
Bedechka Park
Dryanovo monastery "St Archangel Michael
Youth Hill
Park "Sveta Gora
Photo of aerial view of the Alyosha soldier monument in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Alyosha Monument
Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
Зоологическа градина
photo of view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria cityscape view of city and the ruins of the old fortress Nebet Tepe, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Nebet Tepe
photo of view of Aerial drone view of Albena sandy beach resort, Bulgaria. Summer tourism.,Obrochishte Bulgaria.Albena
Ronnie James Dio monumentRonnie James Dio monument

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Day 1

Day 1 – Sofia - arrival day

  • Sofia - Arrival day
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  • Park "Zaimov"
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Welcome to Sofia, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Bulgaria! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 2 nights immersing yourself in Sofia's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

Sofia is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

Make your way to your chosen hotel. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM in Sofia. Make yourself at home and enjoy some downtime before heading out again.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Sofia. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Don't forget to book a table at Hadjidraganov's Houses Restaurant, a well-known eatery in Sofia. This popular restaurant and its sumptuous cuisine have won the hearts of food lovers. Its commitment to a delicious menu is evident in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,010 satisfied guests.

Ensure you visit Restaurant "Staria Chinar" while exploring Sofia. This popular restaurant offers a delicious menu, distinguished with a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 2,717 discerning guests.

Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Art Club Museum, a popular restaurant in Sofia. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 2,570 discerning diners.

Many locals go to Bar Friday to have a good time. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,410 customers.

If you feel like going somewhere else, another popular option is The Cocktail Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,814 customers.

One More Bar is another great option in Sofia. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,228 customers.

Raise a toast to the start of your 10-day road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Sofia

  • Sofia
  • More

Drive 4 km, 1 hour 5 min

  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Knyazheska Garden
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
  • More

Day 2 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Sofia has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Sofia by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

Don’t forget to check out all the popular tours and activities you can add to your travel plan. Bulgaria is a beautiful travel destination that offers plenty of unique tours that will enhance your vacation experience. Explore and select your activities below.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Sofia. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Don't miss out on experiencing The Wrong Bar, a renowned dining spot in Sofia. This restaurant's rich flavors have left a lasting impression on diners. Its dedication to culinary perfection is evident in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 1,293 satisfied guests.

Make a reservation at Taj Mahal Restaurant while immersing yourself in Sofia. This distinguished restaurant offers imaginative dishes, with a remarkable rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,423 guests.

Discover the culinary treasures of Luciano, a beloved dining establishment within Sofia. Its exquisite menu promises to tantalize your taste buds and transport you to culinary bliss. Renowned for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,291 satisfied customers.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at a bar. Halbite Beer Hall is a great place to continue your night. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,280 customers.

If you want to know where locals go, check out Lime Cafe & Cocktails. This bar has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,223 customers.

Another popular bar in the city is 5 Corners Pub. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,463 customers.

Relax and recharge in preparation for another adventurous day in Bulgaria!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Sofia and Gabrovo

  • Sofia
  • Gabrovo
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Drive 232 km, 3 hours 47 min

  • North Park
  • Holy Trinity Park
  • National Palace of Culture
  • South Park
  • Druzhba Park
  • More

Dive into day 3 of your remarkable road trip in Bulgaria. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Sofia and Gabrovo, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Gabrovo. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

When you're ready to see some sights, North Park is a great place to start with. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 10,850 visitors.

Another popular attraction you can visit today is Holy Trinity Park. This park has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 7,768 travelers.

We also recommend a stop at National Palace of Culture. The convention center has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 14,510 visitors.

If you're keen to explore more, consider visiting South Park. This park is a popular attraction with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 30,763 reviews.

Druzhba Park is another easily accessible place to visit on this day of your trip. Stop by this park, rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in 8,509 reviews, to discover more of what makes it unique.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Sofia and set your GPS to Gabrovo. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 2 hours 35 min. Upon reaching Gabrovo, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Gabrovo, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Gabrovo's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Make a reservation at PIZZA TEMPO - Gabrovo, a popular dining spot in Gabrovo. Its reputation for being a popular dining spot shines through its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 2,151 satisfied diners.

Make a reservation at Strannopriemnitsa while indulging in the charm of Gabrovo. This restaurant offers a delicious menu reflected with a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, cherished by 1,192 discerning connoisseurs.

Indulge in the flavors of Rest, a treasured establishment in Gabrovo. Its diverse menu promises to tantalize your palate and elevate your dining experience. Known for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 1,047 satisfied guests.

Many locals go to Kafe-club Alfrida to have a good time. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 589 customers.

If you feel like going somewhere else, another popular option is Cafe Music Bar and Dinner "Fashion". This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 209 customers.

ZAHIR - Bar & Dinner is another great option in Gabrovo. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 168 customers.

Take some time to reflect on your day and savor another beautiful night in Bulgaria.

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Day 4

Day 4 – Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, and Shumen

  • Gabrovo
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Shumen
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Drive 208 km, 3 hours 16 min

  • Ethno village Etar
  • Dryanovo monastery "St Archangel Michael
  • Tsarevets Fortress
  • Park "Sveta Gora
  • More

Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 4 of your road trip in Bulgaria, where you’ll be making 4 stops. Today you will experience some of the highlights of this tour package, that is, the wonderful destinations of Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, and Shumen. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Shumen. Shumen will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Dolni Varpishta, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Gabrovo to Dolni Varpishta may take around 28 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Dryanovo monastery "St. Archangel Michael". This place of worship is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 5,938 reviews.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Veliko Tarnovo, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Dolni Varpishta to Veliko Tarnovo may take around 34 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Tsarevets Fortress. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 11,802 visitors.

Park "Sveta Gora" is another popular attraction you could visit today. This park has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 4,790 visitors.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Shumen, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Shumen. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Reserve a table at Primo Bar & Grill, a renowned restaurant in Shumen. This culinary gem and its flavorful dishes have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 1,308 guests.

Ensure you experience culinary excellence at Vienna garden while in Shumen. This dining establishment presents an exquisite menu that has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, acclaimed by 1,079 discerning diners.

Experience a taste of Shumen at Popsheytanov's House, a popular local restaurant. With a menu designed to impress, it promises a journey of flavors that will leave you captivated. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.3 out of 5-star rating from 840 customers.

BACARDI CLUB is a great bar to relax after a busy day. About 1,210 customers have given this spot an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, making it one of the most popular bars in the area.

Another bar in Shumen we recommend is Zino Club, an excellent place to meet new friends. This bar offers customers plenty of snack and drink options and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 646 customers.

СПОРТЕН БАР И ГРИЛ "РЕФЕРИТЕ" is also one of the best places to go to unwind and chat with locals. Over 285 bar-goers have rated it an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Get a good night's sleep and look forward to another great day on the road in Bulgaria!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Balchik, Kavarna, and Varna

  • Kavarna
  • Varna
  • Balchik
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Drive 243 km, 3 hours 41 min

  • Albena
  • Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park
  • Balchik Botanic Garden
  • Cape Kaliakra
  • Ronnie James Dio monument
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On day 5 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Bulgaria, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 5 destinations, Balchik, Balchik, Kavarna, Kavarna, and Varna. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Varna, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Make Kaliakra one of your first sightseeing stops in Kavarna. Rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 10,418 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

When you’ve had your share of Kavarna, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Varna. Your travel time is around 54 min.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Varna. Varna offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Varna.

Make sure to reserve a table at Sweet Parmy, an iconic dining spot in Varna. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Its dedication to culinary innovation is evident in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 645 satisfied guests.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy culinary excellence at Happy Bar & Grill Center (Varna) while in Varna. This renowned dining destination showcases an exquisite menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, treasured by 8,318 previous guests.

Delight in the culinary creations of Happy Bar & Grill, a favorite in Varna. Its innovative menu offers a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. With a reputation for excellence, it has earned a 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 7,456 discerning guests.

After dinner, visit one of the best bars in the city, Cubo. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 5,527 reviews and guarantees you a great time.

If you want to continue your night somewhere else, head to a popular bar like Beach Bar Menthol. This bar is a local favorite, with great drinks, lovely service, and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,430 customers.

The options in Varna don’t end there, you could also spend some time at the excellent The Garden Bar. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,562 customers, this bar is one of the best places to relax after a long, adventure-filled day.

Relax and recharge in preparation for another adventurous day in Bulgaria!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Varna, Nessebar, and Burgas

  • Varna
  • Nesebar
  • Burgas
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Drive 149 km, 3 hours 4 min

  • Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
  • Retro Museum
  • Sea Garden
  • Church of Saint Sophia
  • More

On day 6 of your road trip in Bulgaria, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Varna, Nessebar, and Burgas. In the evening, you’ll end up in Burgas, where you will stay for 1 night.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral. This eastern orthodox cathedral is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 7,003 visitors.

Retro Museum is another popular attraction you could visit today. This museum has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 6,851 visitors.

Sea Garden is also highly recommended by travelers. This urban park has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 32,289 visitors.

After soaking in Varna’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Nessebar. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 1 hour 50 min. When you arrive in Nessebar, it's time to take a break from the road.

When you're ready to see some sights, Church of Saint Sophia is a great place to start with. This church is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 9,853 visitors.

When you’ve had your share of Nessebar, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Burgas. Your travel time is around 44 min.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Burgas, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Burgas's best restaurants.

Have a delightful culinary experience when you dine at Happy Bar & Grill. Favored by many foreign travelers and locals, this restaurant in Burgas boasts a carefully curated and enticing menu. Its delectable dishes have earned it an impressive rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from around 6,335 visitors.

Another dining spot you shouldn’t miss while in Burgas is Happy Bar & Grill. It has garnered a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 5,139 diners thanks to its impeccable menu options and flavors.

Experience a celebration of flavors when you dine in at Romance Pub & Pizza, in Burgas. Its delightful menu and flavorful dishes have earned it a stellar rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,070 satisfied customers.

Papa Beer - Craft Beer Bar is a fantastic bar many locals in Burgas recognize. This popular bar is an excellent place to unwind after a busy day and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 981 customers.

You can also enjoy a few drinks and some snacks at Caribe, another popular bar in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,358 customers.

Ti Bar & Kitchen - ресторант и бар в Бургас is a local favorite and a great place to hang out and socialize with other travelers in Burgas. Customers have rated the exciting Ti Bar & Kitchen - ресторант и бар в Бургас an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 835 reviews.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Bulgaria!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Burgas, Stara Zagora, and Plovdiv

  • Burgas
  • Stara Zagora
  • Plovdiv
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Drive 275 km, 3 hours 41 min

  • The Sea Garden
  • Bedechka Park
  • Зоологическа градина
  • Park “Ayazmo“
  • More

Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 7 of your road trip in Bulgaria. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 3 vibrant destinations - Burgas, Stara Zagora, and Plovdiv. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Plovdiv. You will spend 2 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to The Sea Garden. This park is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Burgas, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 34,703 visitors.

Stara Zagora’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Burgas behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 48 min. Stara Zagora welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to “Bedechka” Park. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 6,214 visitors.

Stara Zagora Zoo is another popular attraction you could visit today. This zoo has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 4,389 visitors.

Park “Ayazmo“ is also highly recommended by travelers. This park has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 8,233 visitors.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Stara Zagora, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Plovdiv. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 19 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Plovdiv, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Plovdiv's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

For a memorable dining experience, be sure to visit Айлякрия / Aylyakria Restaurant. Known for its excellent cuisine and commitment to quality dishes, this restaurant in Plovdiv has received a 4.8 out of 5-star rating from around 1,229 happy diners.

When seeking local-favorite dining spots, Happy Bar & Grill Novotel should be on your list. Situated in the heart of Plovdiv, it has become a beloved food venue for its delicious menu. It boasts a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 4,350 satisfied diners, a testament to its favored status.

Ready for a culinary adventure? Book a table at Torro Grande / Торро Гранде. This highly regarded restaurant in Plovdiv has earned a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, thanks to its flavorful dishes and positive reviews from 4,651 satisfied guests.

Rahat Tepe is one of the best bars you can visit in Plovdiv tonight. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,984 customers.

You can also enjoy a glass or two at a popular place like Club Fargo. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,132 customers.

Alternatively, try Котка и Мишка, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar. Котка и Мишка, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar is the perfect place to get to know some locals in the city. This top-recommended bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,070 customers.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Bulgaria!

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Day 8

Day 8 – Plovdiv, Bachkovo, and Asenovgrad

  • Asenovgrad
  • Plovdiv
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Drive 64 km, 1 hour 51 min

  • Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno
  • Asen's Fortress
  • Nebet Tepe
  • Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
  • Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
  • More

On day 8 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Plovdiv. You’ll stay in Plovdiv for 1 night and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

If you have an appetite for more adventure, check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Plovdiv on this day of your trip. You'll find the most recommended ones below.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Plovdiv.

Make sure to reserve a table at Pavaj, an iconic dining spot in Plovdiv. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Its dedication to culinary innovation is evident in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 3,861 satisfied guests.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy culinary excellence at Restaurant SOUTH breeze while in Plovdiv. This renowned dining destination showcases an exquisite menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, treasured by 3,322 previous guests.

Delight in the culinary creations of Hemingway Restaurant, a favorite in Plovdiv. Its innovative menu offers a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. With a reputation for excellence, it has earned a 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 2,363 discerning guests.

Rock Bar Download is an excellent example. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 845 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar that locals recommend, like Но сенс клуб. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 984 customers.

Bar The Post is another of the best bars in the city of Plovdiv that serves various drinks. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 425 customers.

Get a good night's sleep and look forward to another great day on the road in Bulgaria!

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Day 9

Day 9 – Plovdiv and Sofia

  • Plovdiv
  • Sofia
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Drive 154 km, 3 hours 32 min

  • Singing Fountains
  • Tsar Simeon Garden
  • Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
  • Alyosha Monument
  • Youth Hill
  • More

Dive into day 9 of your remarkable road trip in Bulgaria. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Plovdiv and Sofia, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Sofia. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Singing Fountains. This extraordinary park has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 12,362 visitors.

Next, make your way to “Tsar Simeon Garden” Park. This park is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 15,346 reviews.

While in Plovdiv, we also recommend a visit to Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis. This sightseeing destination has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 7,705 reviews.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Alyosha Monument. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 4,433 travelers, this monument is a highly recommended stop on your sightseeing around Plovdiv.

Make your way to Youth Hill, perhaps the most famous park in Plovdiv. This attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 5,014 reviews.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Sofia. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 45 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Sofia. Sofia offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Sofia. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Plan ahead and secure a table at Mamma Mia Ltd, an acclaimed dining establishment in Sofia. This restaurant and its exquisite cuisine have earned the admiration of diners far and wide. Its commitment to culinary excellence shines through its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,252 satisfied guests.

Do not overlook the culinary excellence of Island Restaurant while experiencing the best of Sofia. This renowned restaurant presents a refined menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 1,035 discerning diners.

Indulge in the rich flavors of Марайа Класик / Maraia Classic, an elegant culinary destination in Sofia. A menu crafted to perfection guarantees a dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Its stellar reputation is reflected in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,002 previous guests.

If you’re in the mood for a drink, visit K. E. B. A. , one of the top bars you could visit in the city. K. E. B. A. Is an excellent place for a refreshing evening drink and is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,055 customers.

Alternatively, you could enjoy a toast with locals at By the Way. Around 909 customers have rated their experience at By the Way an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Грийн бар also belongs to the list of the best bars in the Sofia, and its ratings and reviews are proof of this claim. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,037 bar-goers.

Celebrate another amazing day of your road trip adventure in Bulgaria!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Sofia and Reduta - departure day

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Day 10 of your road trip in Bulgaria is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Sofia before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

As your final day in Bulgaria unfolds, don’t miss the chance for a last-minute shopping spree in Sofia’s shopping district. Your accommodation’s convenient location near the city’s shopping area offers the luxury of time, so you don’t have to limit yourself from leisurely strolling its streets amidst a collection of establishments.

Look for the perfect gift for your loved ones back home, or buy yourself a little keepsake to remind you of Bulgaria.

Before you conclude your road trip in Bulgaria, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Sofia.

You’ll then say farewell to Sofia. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Bulgaria!

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