11-Day Bulgaria road trip from Plovdiv to Sofia, Gabrovo, Shumen, Varna, and Burgas

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11 days & 10 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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Escape the ordinary with this exciting 11-day road trip through Bulgaria that promises to leave you speechless. With this exciting adventure, you will have the chance to explore the diverse landscapes and local cultures of Plovdiv, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, Sofia, Gabrovo, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, Shumen, Balchik, Kavarna, Varna, Nessebar, Burgas, and Stara Zagora. Pack your bags, hit the road, and prepare for an unforgettable journey where every moment becomes a lasting story.

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 Plovdiv, 3 nights in Sofia, 1 night in Gabrovo, 1 night in Shumen, 1 night in Varna, and 1 night in Burgas. 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 Plovdiv, 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 Plovdiv, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, Sofia, Gabrovo, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, Shumen, Balchik, Kavarna, Varna, Nessebar, Burgas, and Stara Zagora, 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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Included

Hotel, 10 nights
Rental car, 11 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

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 / 3 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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Attractions

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
Sofia Zoo, R-7276261, R-186382, R-4283101Sofia Zoo
Photo of sunset aerial view of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.National Palace of Culture
Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno
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 view of Pink Pelican resting on a wooden bridge across the lake in the autumn city park Varna, Bulgaria. Soft warm colors of the setting sun,Varna Bulgaria.Varna Zoo
Bedechka Park
Dryanovo monastery "St Archangel Michael
Sveta Nedelya Church
Youth Hill
Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
Marno Pole Park
Photo of aerial view of the Alyosha soldier monument in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Alyosha Monument
Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
Artilereeski Park
photo of view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria cityscape view of city and the ruins of the old fortress Nebet Tepe, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Nebet Tepe
The Clock
photo of view of Aerial drone view of Albena sandy beach resort, Bulgaria. Summer tourism.,Obrochishte Bulgaria.Albena
Museum of Natural Sciences
Regional Ethnographic Museum Plovdiv
Ronnie James Dio monumentRonnie James Dio monument
Roman aqueduct

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Day 1

Day 1 – Plovdiv - arrival day

  • Plovdiv - Arrival day
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  • Youth Hill
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Your road trip adventure in Bulgaria begins as soon as you reach Plovdiv and pick up your car. You’ll stay in Plovdiv for 2 nights and explore the best things to see and do, sample the local cuisine, and choose from a curated selection of the best hotels and places to stay in the city.

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

Find your way to your hotel in Plovdiv. We recommend choosing a hotel in a central location for easy exploring. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM at hotels in Bulgaria. Settle in and make plans for the evening.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Plovdiv. 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 Айлякрия / Aylyakria Restaurant, a renowned dining spot in Plovdiv. This restaurant's rich flavors have left a lasting impression on diners. Its dedication to culinary perfection is evident in its 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 1,229 satisfied guests.

Make a reservation at Happy Bar & Grill Novotel while immersing yourself in Plovdiv. This distinguished restaurant offers imaginative dishes, with a remarkable rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,350 guests.

Discover the culinary treasures of Torro Grande / Торро Гранде, a beloved dining establishment within Plovdiv. 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 4,651 satisfied customers.

After dinner, visit Rahat Tepe and experience the nightlife in the city of Plovdiv. This bar is one of the best places to cap off the night and is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,984 customers.

You can also hang out at Club Fargo. This bar serves a variety of snacks and drinks and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,132 customers.

Locals recommend Котка и Мишка, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar, so definitely check it out too. Котка и Мишка, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar is a place to enjoy friendly chats with locals and fellow travelers and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,070 bar-goers.

Raise a toast to the start of your 11-day road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Plovdiv

  • Plovdiv
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Drive 6 km, 1 hour 18 min

  • Alyosha Monument
  • Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Regional Ethnographic Museum Plovdiv
  • Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
  • Nebet Tepe
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On day 2 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.

Immerse yourself in the local scene through top-rated tours and activities. You can choose from a wide variety of easy to challenging tours and easily add them to your travel package below.

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

Plan ahead and secure a table at Pavaj, an acclaimed dining establishment in Plovdiv. This restaurant and its exquisite cuisine have earned the admiration of diners far and wide. Its commitment to culinary excellence shines through its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 3,861 satisfied guests.

Do not overlook the culinary excellence of Restaurant SOUTH breeze while experiencing the best of Plovdiv. This renowned restaurant presents a refined menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 3,322 discerning diners.

Indulge in the rich flavors of Hemingway Restaurant, an elegant culinary destination in Plovdiv. A menu crafted to perfection guarantees a dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Its stellar reputation is reflected in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 2,363 previous 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.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Bulgaria!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Plovdiv, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, and Sofia

  • Asenovgrad
  • Plovdiv
  • Sofia
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Drive 213 km, 3 hours 29 min

  • Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
  • Roman aqueduct
  • Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
  • Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno
  • Asen's Fortress
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 3 of your road trip in Bulgaria. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 4 vibrant destinations - Plovdiv, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, and Sofia. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Sofia. You will spend 3 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis. Previous visitors have rated this point of interest an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 7,705 reviews.

Roman aqueduct is a local recommendation that you also can pay a visit today. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 153 reviews.

Another attraction you won't want to miss is Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 17,603 reviews.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Asenovgrad. This drive usually takes around 36 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Asen's Fortress. This fortress is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 7,063 reviews.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Sofia, 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 Asenovgrad to Sofia may take around 2 hours 7 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

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.

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

Make sure to reserve a table at Hadjidraganov's Houses Restaurant, an iconic dining spot in Sofia. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Its dedication to culinary innovation is evident in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,010 satisfied guests.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy culinary excellence at Restaurant "Staria Chinar" while in Sofia. This renowned dining destination showcases an exquisite menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, treasured by 2,717 previous guests.

Delight in the culinary creations of Art Club Museum, a favorite in Sofia. Its innovative menu offers a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. With a reputation for excellence, it has earned a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 2,570 discerning guests.

An excellent example is Bar Friday, which has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 3,410 customers.

Another of the best bars you should consider going to is The Cocktail Bar. This bar offers a selection of great meals and is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,814 customers.

Locals also enjoy One More Bar, and you might too. With an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 2,228 customers, an after-dinner drink at One More Bar is the perfect way to end this day.

Say good night to Sofia and look forward to another great day of your road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 16 km, 56 min

  • North Park
  • Holy Trinity Park
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
  • More

Day 4 of your road trip across Bulgaria promises a magnificent time exploring Sofia. You have 2 nights left in Sofia. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

One of the most unique ways of discovering what else Sofia has to offer is by going on a top-rated tour. Be sure to check out all the experiences Sofia offers and add your favorites to your Bulgaria travel package below.

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

Make sure to reserve a table at The Wrong Bar, an iconic dining spot in Sofia. 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 1,293 satisfied guests.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy culinary excellence at Taj Mahal Restaurant while in Sofia. This renowned dining destination showcases an exquisite menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, treasured by 1,423 previous guests.

Delight in the culinary creations of Luciano, a favorite in Sofia. Its innovative menu offers a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. With a reputation for excellence, it has earned a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,291 discerning guests.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at one of the best bars in the city. Halbite Beer Hall is a popular option with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 2,280 customers.

Another top option is Lime Cafe & Cocktails. This bar offers a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,223 customers.

5 Corners Pub is also a great place to continue your evening. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,463 customers.

Head back to your accommodation in Sofia and get some rest in preparation for another magical day of your road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Sofia and Reduta

  • Sofia
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Drive 30 km, 1 hour 18 min

  • Druzhba Park
  • Park "Geo Milev
  • Sofia Zoo
  • South Park
  • National Palace of Culture
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Day 5 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.

To immerse yourself in more memorable moments in Sofia, check out the best-rated tours the region offers. You can discover and choose from all of the top-rated activities you can do on this day in Sofia 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.

Have a delightful culinary experience when you dine at Mamma Mia Ltd. Favored by many foreign travelers and locals, this restaurant in Sofia boasts a carefully curated and enticing menu. Its delectable dishes have earned it an impressive rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from around 1,252 visitors.

Another dining spot you shouldn’t miss while in Sofia is Island Restaurant. It has garnered a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,035 diners thanks to its impeccable menu options and flavors.

Experience a celebration of flavors when you dine in at Марайа Класик / Maraia Classic, in Sofia. Its delightful menu and flavorful dishes have earned it a stellar rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,002 satisfied customers.

After dinner, visit one of the best bars in the city, K. E. B. A. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 1,055 reviews and guarantees you a great time.

If you want to continue your night somewhere else, head to a popular bar like By the Way. This bar is a local favorite, with great drinks, lovely service, and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 909 customers.

The options in Sofia don’t end there, you could also spend some time at the excellent Грийн бар. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,037 customers, this bar is one of the best places to relax after a long, adventure-filled day.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in Bulgaria.

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Day 6

Day 6 – Sofia and Gabrovo

  • Sofia
  • Gabrovo
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Drive 218 km, 3 hours 41 min

  • Sveta Nedelya Church
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Knyazheska Garden
  • Park "Zaimov"
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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 Sofia and Gabrovo. In the evening, you’ll end up in Gabrovo, where you will stay for 1 night.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at St. Nedelya Church. This church is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 5,593 visitors.

When you’re finished at St. Nedelya Church, head to Eagles' Bridge. This one-of-a-kind stone bridge is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 10,196 reviews.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Borisova Gradina Park. This park is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 27,346 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, then consider a visit to Knyazheska Garden. This park is a much-appreciated attraction with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 7,672 visitors.

To round off your sightseeing experience, make your way to Park "Zaimov". This famous park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 15,209 travelers.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Sofia, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Gabrovo. This drive usually takes around 2 hours 45 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

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

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

Don't miss out on experiencing PIZZA TEMPO - Gabrovo, a renowned dining spot in Gabrovo. This restaurant's rich flavors have left a lasting impression on diners. Its dedication to culinary perfection is evident in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 2,151 satisfied guests.

Make a reservation at Strannopriemnitsa while immersing yourself in Gabrovo. This distinguished restaurant offers imaginative dishes, with a remarkable rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,192 guests.

Discover the culinary treasures of Rest, a beloved dining establishment within Gabrovo. Its exquisite menu promises to tantalize your taste buds and transport you to culinary bliss. Renowned for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 1,047 satisfied customers.

Kafe-club Alfrida is a fantastic bar many locals in Gabrovo recognize. This popular bar is an excellent place to unwind after a busy day and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 589 customers.

You can also enjoy a few drinks and some snacks at Cafe Music Bar and Dinner "Fashion", another popular bar in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 209 customers.

ZAHIR - Bar & Dinner is a local favorite and a great place to hang out and socialize with other travelers in Gabrovo. Customers have rated the exciting ZAHIR - Bar & Dinner an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 168 reviews.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Bulgaria!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, and Shumen

  • Gabrovo
  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Shumen
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Drive 209 km, 3 hours 11 min

  • Ethno village Etar
  • Dryanovo monastery "St Archangel Michael
  • Marno Pole Park
  • Tsarevets Fortress
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Dive into day 7 of your remarkable road trip in Bulgaria. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, and Shumen, 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 Shumen. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Set your GPS to Dolni Varpishta and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 28 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Dolni Varpishta beckons with new experiences!

Kick off the day at Dryanovo monastery "St. Archangel Michael", a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This place of worship is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 5,938 reviews.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Dolni Varpishta, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Veliko Tarnovo. This drive usually takes around 27 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Make Marno Pole Park your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this park an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 4,637 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Tsarevets Fortress. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 11,802 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this point of interest every year.

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

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.

One of the best bars in Shumen you could visit tonight after your dinner is BACARDI CLUB. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,210 customers.

Another popular bar in the city is Zino Club. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 646 customers.

Locals also enjoy СПОРТЕН БАР И ГРИЛ "РЕФЕРИТЕ". This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 285 customers.

Relax and reminisce about your day in Bulgaria and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 8

Day 8 – 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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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 8 of your road trip in Bulgaria, where you’ll be making 5 stops. Today you will experience some of the highlights of this tour package, that is, the wonderful destinations of Balchik, Balchik, Kavarna, Kavarna, and Varna. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Varna. Varna will be your home away from home for 1 night.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Kaliakra. This much-appreciated nature reserve is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars in 10,418 reviews.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Kavarna, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Varna may take around 54 min. Upon your arrival in Varna, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

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.

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

Plan ahead and secure a table at Sweet Parmy, an acclaimed dining establishment in Varna. This restaurant and its exquisite cuisine have earned the admiration of diners far and wide. Its commitment to culinary excellence shines through its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 645 satisfied guests.

Do not overlook the culinary excellence of Happy Bar & Grill Center (Varna) while experiencing the best of Varna. This renowned restaurant presents a refined menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 8,318 discerning diners.

Indulge in the rich flavors of Happy Bar & Grill, an elegant culinary destination in Varna. A menu crafted to perfection guarantees a dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Its stellar reputation is reflected in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 7,456 previous guests.

If you’re looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Cubo, claiming it’s one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,527 customers.

Another popular place to go for a drink is Beach Bar Menthol. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,430 customers.

The Garden Bar is another top-rated bar where you can spend an hour or two. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,562 customers.

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

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Day 9

Day 9 – Varna, Nessebar, and Burgas

  • Varna
  • Nesebar
  • Burgas
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Drive 147 km, 3 hours 2 min

  • Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
  • Varna Zoo
  • Sea Garden
  • Church of Saint Sophia
  • More

On day 9 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Bulgaria, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 3 destinations, Varna, Nessebar, and Burgas. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Burgas, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

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

Next, make your way to Varna Zoo. This top attraction is a zoo with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 7,104 visitors.

We also recommend a visit to Sea Garden. This urban park is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 32,289 travelers.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Varna and set your GPS to Nessebar. 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 1 hour 50 min. Upon reaching Nessebar, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

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.

Set your GPS to Burgas and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 44 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Burgas beckons with new experiences!

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

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

Reserve your spot at Happy Bar & Grill, a popular local restaurant in Burgas. This culinary hotspot and its flavorful dishes have left a lasting impression on guests. Its dedication to culinary mastery is reflected by its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 6,335 satisfied guests.

Make it a priority to experience Happy Bar & Grill during your stay in Burgas. This popular local restaurant offers an unparalleled menu, with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 5,139 discerning guests.

Explore the culinary wonders of Romance Pub & Pizza, a popular local gem in Burgas. Its enticing menu promises a journey through flavors that will leave a lasting impression. Renowned for its impeccable service, it boasts a 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 2,070 satisfied guests.

If you’re looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Papa Beer - Craft Beer Bar, claiming it’s one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 981 customers.

Another popular place to go for a drink is Caribe, rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,358 customers. This spot is known for its unique atmosphere and impressive selection of beverages, making it a must-visit for both locals and tourists alike.

Ti Bar & Kitchen - ресторант и бар в Бургас is yet another top-rated place where you can easily spend an hour or two. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 835 customers.

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

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Day 10

Day 10 – Stara Zagora and Plovdiv

  • Burgas
  • Stara Zagora
  • Plovdiv
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Drive 278 km, 3 hours 35 min

  • The Clock
  • The Sea Garden
  • Bedechka Park
  • Park “Ayazmo“
  • Artilereeski Park
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 10 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 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Journey into the unknown at The Clock, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable sightseeing destination has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,744 reviews.

When you’re ready to continue your sightseeing, The Sea Garden is a recommended place to visit. This park is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 34,703 reviews.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Stara Zagora. This car ride takes around 1 hour 48 min.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like “Bedechka” Park. This extraordinary park has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 6,214 visitors.

Next, make your way to Park “Ayazmo“. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 8,233 reviews.

While in Stara Zagora, we also recommend a visit to Artileriyski Park. This park has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 3,601 reviews.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Plovdiv. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 10 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Plovdiv, 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 Plovdiv's best restaurants.

Don't forget to book a table at р-нт , Малък Бунарджик", a well-known eatery in Plovdiv. This popular restaurant and its sumptuous cuisine have won the hearts of food lovers. Its commitment to a delicious menu is evident in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 2,166 satisfied guests.

Ensure you visit PASA Restaurant while exploring Plovdiv. This popular restaurant offers a delicious menu, distinguished with a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 1,284 discerning guests.

Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Restaurant Rio, a popular restaurant in Plovdiv. 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 1,069 discerning diners.

If you’re not yet ready to call it a day, pop into Wunderbaer - Hills Beer Bar & Shop. This bar is considered one of the best in Plovdiv and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 180 customers.

You may also want to check out Morado Bar & Dinner. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your evening endeavors. Morado Bar & Dinner is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 2,509 customers.

Alternatively, head out to Secrets Club. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 880 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Bulgaria!

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Day 11

Day 11 – Plovdiv - departure day

  • Plovdiv - Departure day
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  • Tsar Simeon Garden
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Day 11 of your road trip in Bulgaria is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Plovdiv before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

As you approach the end of your journey in Bulgaria, take a moment for some retail therapy in Plovdiv’s celebrated shopping district. Thanks to your stay’s premier location, you can easily visit the city’s commercial hubs and wander through its diverse range of local shops without rushing.

Whether you’re on a hunt for an ideal present to give to your friends or family, or looking for a personal memento to remind you of Bulgaria, a variety of items are waiting for you.

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

You’ll then say farewell to Plovdiv. 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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