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

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Explore the best of Bulgaria on a 11-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Sofia, Gabrovo, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, Shumen, Balchik, Kavarna, Varna, Nessebar, Burgas, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Bachkovo, and Asenovgrad. This road trip itinerary in Bulgaria seamlessly combines exploration with relaxation.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Bulgaria takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 4 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, 10 nights
Rental car, 11 days
CDW Insurance
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Personal travel agent
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Destinations

Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia / 4 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
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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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
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 beautiful Sunny Beach with umbrellas and sunbeds in Nesebar, Bulgaria.Sunny Beach
Russian Monument Square
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
Asparuhov park
Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
Artilereeski Park
The Clock
photo of view of Aerial drone view of Albena sandy beach resort, Bulgaria. Summer tourism.,Obrochishte Bulgaria.Albena
Museum of Natural Sciences
Sofia Monument
Caliacra Archer Statue

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Day 1

Day 1 – Sofia - arrival day

  • Sofia - Arrival day
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  • Holy Trinity Park
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Say hello to Sofia! Your exciting road trip through Bulgaria is just about to start. Navigating the top places to see in the region is a breeze with a car. The rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for pickup upon your arrival in the city. You will stay in Sofia for 3 nights before you continue your adventure!

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.

Make a reservation at Hadjidraganov's Houses Restaurant, a popular dining spot in Sofia. Its reputation for being a popular dining spot shines through its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,010 satisfied diners.

Make a reservation at Restaurant "Staria Chinar" while indulging in the charm of Sofia. This restaurant offers a delicious menu reflected with a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, cherished by 2,717 discerning connoisseurs.

Indulge in the flavors of Art Club Museum, a treasured establishment in Sofia. Its diverse menu promises to tantalize your palate and elevate your dining experience. Known for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 2,570 satisfied guests.

If you’re in the mood for a drink, visit Bar Friday, one of the best bars in the city. Bar Friday is an excellent place to have a refreshing evening drink after exploring Sofia. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,410 customers.

Alternatively, you could enjoy a toast with locals at The Cocktail Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 2,814 customers.

One More Bar also belongs to the list of the best bars in Sofia, and its ratings and reviews are proof of this claim. 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 11-day road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 17 km, 1 hour 7 min

  • Sofia Zoo
  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Knyazheska Garden
  • National Palace of Culture
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On day 2 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Sofia. You’ll stay in Sofia for 2 nights and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

Your discoveries in Sofia do not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Sofia on this day of your trip. You can select your tours below.

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

Book a table at The Wrong Bar, a famous dining establishment in Sofia. This culinary hotspot and its appetizing cuisine have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts. Its reputation for food excellence is reflected in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 1,293 satisfied diners.

Another dining place you should visit in Sofia is Taj Mahal Restaurant, which boasts a variety of tasteful dishes that cater to different palates. It has earned a commendable 4.3 out of 5 stars, demonstrating the positive feedback from 1,423 satisfied customers.

Locals and visitors alike recommend Sofia’s Luciano for the delightful dining experience it gives. The establishment has garnered positive reviews for its tasty dishes, holding an admirable score of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,291 satisfied diners.

After dinner, visit Halbite Beer Hall, which is considered one of the best bars in the city. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,280 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular place like Lime Cafe & Cocktails. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,223 customers.

Alternatively, check out 5 Corners Pub. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,463 customers.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 16 km, 1 hour 5 min

  • North Park
  • Park "Zaimov"
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
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Day 3 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Sofia for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

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.

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

Reserve a table at Mamma Mia Ltd, a renowned restaurant in Sofia. This culinary gem and its flavorful dishes have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,252 guests.

Ensure you experience culinary excellence at Island Restaurant while in Sofia. This dining establishment presents an exquisite menu that has received a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, acclaimed by 1,035 discerning diners.

Experience a taste of Sofia at Марайа Класик / Maraia Classic, 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 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,002 customers.

After dinner, visit K. E. B. A. To enjoy a couple of drinks and relax. This bar is one of the best in Sofia, with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,055 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular place like By the Way. This bar is a great spot to meet new friends and celebrate your vacation. By the Way has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 909 customers.

Грийн бар is another bar locals often recommend. This bar offers a great variety of snacks and drinks and is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,037 customers.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Sofia, Reduta, and Gabrovo

  • Sofia
  • Gabrovo
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Drive 220 km, 3 hours 25 min

  • Sofia Monument
  • Sveta Nedelya Church
  • South Park
  • Park "Geo Milev
  • Druzhba Park
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On day 4 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Bulgaria, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 3 destinations, Sofia, Reduta, and Gabrovo. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Gabrovo, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Sofia Monument. This extraordinary point of interest has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,110 visitors.

Next, make your way to St. Nedelya Church. This church is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 5,593 reviews.

While in Sofia, we also recommend a visit to South Park. This park has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 30,763 reviews.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Druzhba Park. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 8,509 travelers, this park is a highly recommended stop on your sightseeing around Sofia.

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.

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.

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

Reserve a table at PIZZA TEMPO - Gabrovo, a renowned restaurant in Gabrovo. This culinary gem and its flavorful dishes have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 2,151 guests.

Ensure you experience culinary excellence at Strannopriemnitsa while in Gabrovo. This dining establishment presents an exquisite menu that has received a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, acclaimed by 1,192 discerning diners.

Experience a taste of Gabrovo at Rest, 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 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 1,047 customers.

Kafe-club Alfrida is one of the best bars in Gabrovo and the perfect place for a celebratory drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 589 customers.

You may also want to check out Cafe Music Bar and Dinner "Fashion", offering great drinks and a fantastic atmosphere. Cafe Music Bar and Dinner "Fashion" is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 209 customers.

A third bar where you could have a great time tonight is ZAHIR - Bar & Dinner. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 168 customers.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Bulgaria!

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Day 5

Day 5 – 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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On day 5 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 Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, and Shumen. In the evening, you’ll end up in Shumen, where you will stay 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.

When you're ready to see some sights, Dryanovo monastery "St. Archangel Michael" is a great place to start with. This place of worship is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 5,938 visitors.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Dolni Varpishta, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Veliko Tarnovo may take around 27 min. Upon your arrival in Veliko Tarnovo, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Marno Pole Park. This park is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 4,637 visitors.

When you’re finished at Marno Pole Park, head to Tsarevets Fortress. This one-of-a-kind point of interest is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 11,802 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Shumen. Shumen 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 day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Shumen's best restaurants.

Reserve your spot at Primo Bar & Grill, a popular local restaurant in Shumen. 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 1,308 satisfied guests.

Make it a priority to experience Vienna garden during your stay in Shumen. This popular local restaurant offers an unparalleled menu, with a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,079 discerning guests.

Explore the culinary wonders of Popsheytanov's House, a popular local gem in Shumen. Its enticing menu promises a journey through flavors that will leave a lasting impression. Renowned for its impeccable service, it boasts a 4.3 out of 5-star rating from 840 satisfied guests.

BACARDI CLUB is an excellent example. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,210 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar that locals recommend, like Zino Club. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 646 customers.

СПОРТЕН БАР И ГРИЛ "РЕФЕРИТЕ" is another of the best bars in the city of Shumen that serves various drinks. This bar is rated an average 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 6

Day 6 – Balchik, Kavarna, and Varna

  • Varna
  • Balchik
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Drive 245 km, 3 hours 35 min

  • Albena
  • Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park
  • Balchik Botanic Garden
  • Cape Kaliakra
  • Caliacra Archer Statue
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Dive into day 6 of your remarkable road trip in Bulgaria. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Balchik, Balchik, Kavarna, and Varna, 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 Varna. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

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

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

Make sure to book a table at Sweet Parmy, a popular restaurant in Varna. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of food lovers. Its commitment to culinary excellence is evident in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 645 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at Happy Bar & Grill Center (Varna) during your stay in Varna. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 8,318 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Happy Bar & Grill, a renowned dining destination in Varna. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 7,456 satisfied guests.

If you’re up for getting a drink after dinner, Cubo is a great place to go. Around 5,527 customers have rated this popular bar an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Beach Bar Menthol has an atmosphere and drink selection that guests especially enjoy. Beach Bar Menthol has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,430 reviews and is considered one of the best you can experience in the city.

Another top-rated alternative for a celebratory drink is The Garden Bar. If this is where the night will take you, you’re in for a fun time in Varna. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,562 customers.

As the sun sets on another day of adventure, rest up and recharge for the next leg of your road trip in Bulgaria.

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Day 7

Day 7 – Varna, Nessebar, and Burgas

  • Varna
  • Nesebar
  • Burgas
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Drive 155 km, 3 hours 15 min

  • Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
  • Sea Garden
  • Asparuhov park
  • Sunny Beach
  • Church of Saint Sophia
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 7 of your road trip in Bulgaria, where you’ll be making 3 stops. Today you will experience some of the highlights of this tour package, that is, the wonderful destinations of Varna, Nessebar, and Burgas. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Burgas. Burgas will be your home away from home 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.

Sea Garden is another popular attraction you could visit today. This urban park has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 32,289 visitors.

Asparuhov park is also highly recommended by travelers. This park has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 4,183 visitors.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Nessebar. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 33 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Make Sunny Beach one of your first sightseeing stops in Nessebar. Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 6,830 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Church of Saint Sophia is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This church is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 9,853 reviews.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Burgas, 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 Nessebar to Burgas may take around 44 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

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.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Burgas. 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.

Book a table at Happy Bar & Grill, a famous dining establishment in Burgas. This culinary hotspot and its appetizing cuisine have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts. Its reputation for food excellence is reflected in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 6,335 satisfied diners.

Another dining place you should visit in Burgas is Happy Bar & Grill, which boasts a variety of tasteful dishes that cater to different palates. It has earned a commendable 4.5 out of 5 stars, demonstrating the positive feedback from 5,139 satisfied customers.

Locals and visitors alike recommend Burgas’s Romance Pub & Pizza for the delightful dining experience it gives. The establishment has garnered positive reviews for its tasty dishes, holding an admirable score of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,070 satisfied diners.

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. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,358 customers.

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

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Bulgaria!

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Day 8

Day 8 – 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
  • More

Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 8 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.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at The Clock. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,744 visitors.

When you’re finished at The Clock, head to The Sea Garden. This one-of-a-kind park is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 34,703 reviews.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Burgas, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Stara Zagora. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 48 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

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.

Park “Ayazmo“ is another popular attraction you could visit today. This park has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 8,233 visitors.

Artileriyski Park is also highly recommended by travelers. This park has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 3,601 visitors.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Plovdiv. This car ride takes around 1 hour 10 min.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Plovdiv. Plovdiv 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 Plovdiv's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

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.

Rahat Tepe is a must-visit. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,984 customers.

You can also enjoy having some snacks and drinks at Club Fargo. This bar is a popular hangout spot among locals and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,132 customers.

Котка и Мишка, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar is another top-rated city bar we recommend in Plovdiv. Rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,070 customers, this bar is a great place to cap off the night.

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

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Day 9

Day 9 – Plovdiv, Bachkovo, and Asenovgrad

  • Asenovgrad
  • Plovdiv
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Drive 70 km, 3 hours

  • Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno
  • Asen's Fortress
  • Youth Hill
  • Alyosha Monument
  • Museum of Natural Sciences
  • More

Day 9 of your road trip across Bulgaria promises a magnificent time exploring Plovdiv. You have 1 night left in Plovdiv. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities 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.

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

Don't miss out on experiencing Pavaj, 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 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 3,861 satisfied guests.

Make a reservation at Restaurant SOUTH breeze while immersing yourself in Plovdiv. This distinguished restaurant offers imaginative dishes, with a remarkable rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,322 guests.

Discover the culinary treasures of Hemingway Restaurant, 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 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 2,363 satisfied customers.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at a bar. Rock Bar Download is a great place to continue your night. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 845 customers.

If you want to know where locals go, check out Но сенс клуб. This bar has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 984 customers.

Another popular bar in the city is Bar The Post. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 425 customers.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Bulgaria!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Plovdiv and Sofia

  • Plovdiv
  • Sofia
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Drive 146 km, 2 hours 14 min

  • Singing Fountains
  • Tsar Simeon Garden
  • Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
  • Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
  • Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
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On day 10 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Bulgaria, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 2 destinations, Plovdiv and Sofia. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Sofia, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

When you're ready to see some sights, Singing Fountains is a great place to start with. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 12,362 visitors.

Another popular attraction you can visit today is “Tsar Simeon Garden” Park. This park has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 15,346 travelers.

We also recommend a stop at Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis. The sightseeing destination has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 7,705 visitors.

If you're keen to explore more, consider visiting Old Town of Plovdiv. This park is a popular attraction with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 4,329 reviews.

Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis is another easily accessible place to visit on this day of your trip. Stop by this sightseeing destination, rated 4.7 out of 5 stars in 17,603 reviews, to discover more of what makes it unique.

Sofia’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Plovdiv behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 40 min. Sofia welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

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

Plan ahead and secure a table at Esterhasi Restaurant, 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 731 satisfied guests.

Do not overlook the culinary excellence of Restaurant "Panchetata" while experiencing the best of Sofia. This renowned restaurant presents a refined menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 626 discerning diners.

Indulge in the rich flavors of Divaka, 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 4.1 out of 5-star rating from 4,532 previous guests.

After dinner, visit one of the top bars in Sofia. BSD 2 NDK is a popular option, rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 838 customers.

Continue your evening at Kathrine Cocktail - Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 769 customers.

Bilkova bar is another place you could check out tonight. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 757 customers.

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 11

Day 11 – Sofia - departure day

  • Sofia - Departure day
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  • Russian Monument Square
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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 Sofia before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Optimize your last day in Bulgaria and go on a shopping spree in Sofia’s shopping center. This bustling commercial district is conveniently located near your lodging, granting you leisure time to roam and explore its assortment of establishments.

If you love the adrenaline rush of hunting for the best offers and deals in Bulgaria, you’re in for a treat. A variety of goods and gifts await your discovery.

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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