12-Day Bulgaria road trip from Sofia to Lovech, Veliko Tarnovo, Varna, Burgas, and Plovdiv

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12 days & 11 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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Experience the freedom of the open road in Bulgaria as you embark on an unforgettable 12-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Sofia, Karlukovo, Lovech, Strugat, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, Madara, Balchik, Kavarna, Dobrich, 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 4 nights in Sofia, 1 night in Lovech, 1 night in Veliko Tarnovo, 2 nights 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, Karlukovo, Lovech, Strugat, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, Madara, Balchik, Kavarna, Dobrich, 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, 11 nights
Rental car, 12 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia / 4 nights
Ловеч -  in BulgariaLovech / 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 / 2 nights
Photo of Balchik Palace of Romanian Queen Marie at Bulgarian Black Sea coastline, Balchik, Bulgaria.Balchik
Photo of Iskar Panega Geopark along the Gold Panega River ,Lukovit, Bulgaria.Lukovit
Photo of beautiful and famous Monastery located in the city of Troyan ,Bulgaria.Troian
Dobrich - region in BulgariaDobrich
Shumen - region in BulgariaShumen
KavarnaKavarna
Photo of aerial view of Assen Fortress (Asenova krepost, Petrich), Asenovgrad, Rhodope mountains, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Asenovgrad
Велико Търново -  in BulgariaVeliko Tarnovo / 1 night
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 detail of a church situated inside of the Troyan Monastery in Bulgaria.Troyan Monastery
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
Photo of Prohodna cave is also known as God's eyes near Karlukovo village, Bulgaria.Prohodna Cave
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
Madara Horseman
Park "Sveti Georgi", Dobrich, BulgariaPark "Sveti Georgi
Russian Monument Square
Bedechka Park
Dryanovo monastery "St Archangel Michael
photo of view of Sofia's cityscape, blending old-world charm with modernity, featuring the iconic lion bridge, Bulgaria.Lions' Bridge
Youth Hill
Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
Park "Sveta Gora
Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park
Photo of aerial view of the Alyosha soldier monument in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Alyosha Monument
Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
photo of view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria cityscape view of city and the ruins of the old fortress Nebet Tepe, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Nebet Tepe
Monument of Mother Bulgaria
The Clock
The Zelen Klin Park
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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  • 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 sure to book a table at Hadjidraganov's Houses Restaurant, a popular restaurant in Sofia. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of food lovers. Its commitment to culinary excellence is evident in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,010 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at Restaurant "Staria Chinar" during your stay in Sofia. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 2,717 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Art Club Museum, a renowned dining destination in Sofia. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 2,570 satisfied guests.

When you’ve finished your meal, Bar Friday is one of the best bars in Sofia for an after-dinner drink. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,410 customers.

The Cocktail Bar is another of the most popular bars in the city. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,814 customers.

Alternatively, check out One More Bar. This popular place has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, as rated by 2,228 customers.

Raise a toast to the start of your 12-day road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Sofia and Reduta

  • Sofia
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Drive 22 km, 1 hour 14 min

  • North Park
  • Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Park "Zaimov"
  • Park "Geo Milev
  • More

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.

You can learn more about Sofia today by going on a tour. Sofia offers many top-rated tours and unique experiences that will inspire you. You can browse and select your favorites below.

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

For a memorable dining experience, be sure to visit The Wrong Bar. Known for its excellent cuisine and commitment to quality dishes, this restaurant in Sofia has received a 4.6 out of 5-star rating from around 1,293 happy diners.

When seeking local-favorite dining spots, Taj Mahal Restaurant should be on your list. Situated in the heart of Sofia, it has become a beloved food venue for its delicious menu. It boasts a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,423 satisfied diners, a testament to its favored status.

Ready for a culinary adventure? Book a table at Luciano. This highly regarded restaurant in Sofia has earned a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, thanks to its flavorful dishes and positive reviews from 1,291 satisfied guests.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at one of the best bars in Sofia, Halbite Beer Hall. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,280 customers.

Travelers and locals alike also recommend Lime Cafe & Cocktails. This bar has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,223 customers.

5 Corners Pub is another popular place for a drink, considered one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating 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 3

Day 3 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 16 km, 1 hour 5 min

  • Sofia Zoo
  • South Park
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Knyazheska Garden
  • 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.

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.

Treat yourself to a delightful dining experience at Mamma Mia Ltd while you’re in Sofia. Famous for its lovely menu and mouthwatering dishes, it has captivated around 1,252 diners, earning it an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Another favorite dining locale in Sofia is Island Restaurant. Have a satisfying meal from the menu that has charmed its way to the hearts of around 1,035 happy customers, who gave it an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

While in Sofia, enjoy Марайа Класик / Maraia Classic’s appetizing dishes. This dining establishment has earned a positive reputation and a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, thanks to the endorsements and reviews of around 1,002 satisfied guests.

When you’ve finished dinner and you’re in the mood for a drink, we recommend visiting one of the best bars in Sofia. K. E. B. A. Offers plenty of drink options for every taste and budget. Around 1,055 customers have given this bar an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Alternatively, go to a bar that locals recommend, like By the Way. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 909 customers.

If you're looking for something else, check out Грийн бар. This bar is one of the best places to enjoy a drink and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,037 customers.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Bulgaria!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Sofia, Karlukovo, and Lovech

  • Lukovit
  • Sofia
  • Lovech
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Drive 195 km, 3 hours 23 min

  • Russian Monument Square
  • National Palace of Culture
  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Druzhba Park
  • Prohodna Cave
  • More

Dive into day 4 of your remarkable road trip in Bulgaria. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Sofia, Karlukovo, and Lovech, 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 Lovech. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

When you're ready to see some sights, Russian Monument Square is a great place to start with. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 6,588 visitors.

Another popular attraction you can visit today is National Palace of Culture. This convention center has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 14,510 travelers.

We also recommend a stop at Borisova Gradina Park. The park has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 27,346 visitors.

If you're keen to explore more, consider visiting Druzhba Park. This park is a popular attraction with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8,509 reviews.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Sofia and set your GPS to Lukovit. 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 21 min. Upon reaching Lukovit, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Lovech’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Lukovit behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 4 min. Lovech welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

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

Don't miss out on experiencing Ачевата механа, a renowned dining spot in Lovech. This restaurant's rich flavors have left a lasting impression on diners. Its dedication to culinary perfection is evident in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 1,337 satisfied guests.

Make a reservation at Drakata while immersing yourself in Lovech. This distinguished restaurant offers imaginative dishes, with a remarkable rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,743 guests.

Discover the culinary treasures of Tavern Varosha, a beloved dining establishment within Lovech. Its exquisite menu promises to tantalize your taste buds and transport you to culinary bliss. Renowned for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.3 out of 5-star rating from 930 satisfied customers.

If you’re looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Iron Fe -26 Coffee & Friends, claiming it’s one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 661 customers.

Another popular place to go for a drink is Бар КРАФТ (KRAFT Craft Beer Bar), rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 153 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.

Пицария "Версай" is yet another top-rated place where you can easily spend an hour or two. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 174 customers.

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Strugat, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, and Veliko Tarnovo

  • Troian
  • Veliko Tarnovo
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Drive 169 km, 2 hours 55 min

  • Troyan Monastery
  • Ethno village Etar
  • Dryanovo monastery "St Archangel Michael
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 5 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 Strugat, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, and Veliko Tarnovo. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Veliko Tarnovo. Veliko Tarnovo will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Troyan’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Lovech behind. This drive usually takes around 39 min. Troyan welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

After soaking in Troyan’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Boicheta. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 1 hour 18 min. When you arrive in Boicheta, it's time to take a break from the road.

An excellent attraction to start your day with is Ethno village Etar. This museum is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 14,151 reviews.

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

Don't forget to book a table at Restaurant Asenevtsi, a well-known eatery in Veliko Tarnovo. This popular restaurant and its sumptuous cuisine have won the hearts of food lovers. Its commitment to a delicious menu is evident in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 1,457 satisfied guests.

Ensure you visit VkusoteriA while exploring Veliko Tarnovo. This popular restaurant offers a delicious menu, distinguished with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 993 discerning guests.

Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Shtastliveca ("The Lucky One"), a popular restaurant in Veliko Tarnovo. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 8,818 discerning diners.

If you're looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Bianko, claiming it's one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,466 customers.

Another popular place to go for a drink is Lino Bar. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,358 customers.

Tequila Bar Funky Monkey is another top-rated bar where you can spend an hour or two. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 493 customers.

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

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Day 6

Day 6 – Veliko Tarnovo, Madara, and Varna

  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Shumen
  • Varna
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Drive 234 km, 3 hours 32 min

  • Monument of Mother Bulgaria
  • Park "Sveta Gora
  • Tsarevets Fortress
  • Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park
  • Madara Horseman
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 6 of your road trip in Bulgaria. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 3 vibrant destinations - Veliko Tarnovo, Madara, and Varna. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Varna. You will spend 2 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Monument of Mother Bulgaria. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,765 visitors.

When you’re finished at Monument of Mother Bulgaria, head to Park "Sveta Gora". This one-of-a-kind park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 4,790 reviews.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Tsarevets Fortress. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 11,802 visitors.

When you’ve had your share of Veliko Tarnovo, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Shumen. Your travel time is around 2 hours 2 min.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Varna, 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 Shumen to Varna may take around 53 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 Varna, 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 Varna.

Have a delightful culinary experience when you dine at Sweet Parmy. Favored by many foreign travelers and locals, this restaurant in Varna boasts a carefully curated and enticing menu. Its delectable dishes have earned it an impressive rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from around 645 visitors.

Another dining spot you shouldn’t miss while in Varna is Happy Bar & Grill Center (Varna). It has garnered a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8,318 diners thanks to its impeccable menu options and flavors.

Experience a celebration of flavors when you dine in at Happy Bar & Grill, in Varna. Its delightful menu and flavorful dishes have earned it a stellar rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 7,456 satisfied customers.

To get a drink at one of the best bars in the city, go to Cubo. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,527 customers.

If you’d like to continue your evening somewhere else, we recommend heading to Beach Bar Menthol. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,430 customers.

A third bar where you could have a great time tonight is The Garden Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,562 customers.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Bulgaria!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Balchik, Kavarna, Dobrich, and Varna

  • Dobrich
  • Kavarna
  • Varna
  • Balchik
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Drive 191 km, 3 hours 12 min

  • Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park
  • Balchik Botanic Garden
  • Cape Kaliakra
  • Ronnie James Dio monument
  • Park "Sveti Georgi
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Greet day 7 of your road trip in Bulgaria with a smile and start your day with a hearty breakfast. You will return to Varna for your remaining 1 night in the city later today, but first, it’s time for some exploring! On the agenda for this day, you’ll find only the best things to see and do in Balchik, Kavarna, Dobrich, Kavarna, and Varna.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Balchik, 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 Varna to Balchik may take around 40 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 Kaliakra. This nature reserve is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 10,418 reviews.

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

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Dobrich and set your GPS to Varna. 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 47 min. Upon reaching Varna, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

When you’re done exploring the area’s best attractions, you’ll drive back to your accommodation in Varna.

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

Elevate your experience by savoring a meal in Staria Chinar - Port Varna, a distinguished dining establishment in Varna. It has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews of 4,810 satisfied guests and a menu that’s committed to quality and flavor.

Another dining spot you shouldn't miss while in Varna is Godzila Sevastopol. This popular restaurant’s appealing menu has garnered a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews shared by 4,248 happy diners.

Staria Chinar Restaurant stands out as a local favorite in Varna. It offers a menu that promises to take you on a flavorful journey. Due to its reputation for delivering a good dining experience, it has earned a 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 3,178 customers.

If you feel like having a drink or two after your meal, an awesome bar you can go to is Muffin bar & coffee. This place has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,718 customers.

To enjoy a great atmosphere, continue your evening at The BRICK bar. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,387 customers.

Bar PUNTA CANA is another great place where you can celebrate your adventures in Varna. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,540 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 – 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 8 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.

Drop by the renowned Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral. This popular eastern orthodox cathedral has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 7,003 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Retro Museum. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 6,851 visitors, this museum deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Sea Garden. This urban park has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 32,289 reviews.

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.

Start your day with a visit to Church of Saint Sophia. This extraordinary church is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 9,853 visitors.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Nessebar, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Burgas. This drive usually takes around 44 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

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.

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.

Treat yourself to a delightful dining experience at Happy Bar & Grill while you’re in Burgas. Famous for its lovely menu and mouthwatering dishes, it has captivated around 6,335 diners, earning it an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Another favorite dining locale in Burgas is Happy Bar & Grill. Have a satisfying meal from the menu that has charmed its way to the hearts of around 5,139 happy customers, who gave it an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

While in Burgas, enjoy Romance Pub & Pizza’s appetizing dishes. This dining establishment has earned a positive reputation and a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, thanks to the endorsements and reviews of around 2,070 satisfied guests.

After dinner, visit Papa Beer - Craft Beer Bar to enjoy a couple of drinks and relax. This bar is one of the best in Burgas, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 981 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular place like Caribe. This bar is a great spot to meet new friends and celebrate your vacation. Caribe has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,358 customers.

Ti Bar & Kitchen - ресторант и бар в Бургас is another bar locals often recommend. This bar offers a great variety of snacks and drinks and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 835 customers.

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

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Day 9

Day 9 – Burgas, Stara Zagora, and Plovdiv

  • Burgas
  • Stara Zagora
  • Plovdiv
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Drive 276 km, 3 hours 45 min

  • The Clock
  • The Sea Garden
  • Bedechka Park
  • The Zelen Klin Park
  • Park “Ayazmo“
  • More

On day 9 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 Burgas, Stara Zagora, and Plovdiv. In the evening, you’ll end up in Plovdiv, where you will stay for 2 nights.

Make The Clock one of your first sightseeing stops in Burgas. Rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,744 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

The Sea Garden is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This park is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 34,703 reviews.

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

An excellent attraction to start your day with is “Bedechka” Park. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 6,214 reviews.

Continue your journey at The Dog Garden. This park is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,187 travelers from near and far.

Stara Zagora is also the home of Park “Ayazmo“. This park has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 8,233 visitors.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Plovdiv. This car ride takes around 1 hour 19 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.

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

Elevate your experience by savoring a meal in Айлякрия / Aylyakria Restaurant, a distinguished dining establishment in Plovdiv. It has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews of 1,229 satisfied guests and a menu that’s committed to quality and flavor.

Another dining spot you shouldn't miss while in Plovdiv is Happy Bar & Grill Novotel. This popular restaurant’s appealing menu has garnered a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews shared by 4,350 happy diners.

Torro Grande / Торро Гранде stands out as a local favorite in Plovdiv. It offers a menu that promises to take you on a flavorful journey. Due to its reputation for delivering a good dining experience, it has earned a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 4,651 customers.

Rahat Tepe is a great bar to relax after a busy day. About 2,984 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 Plovdiv we recommend is Club Fargo, an excellent place to meet new friends. This bar offers customers plenty of snack and drink options and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,132 customers.

Котка и Мишка, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar is also one of the best places to go to unwind and chat with locals. Over 1,070 bar-goers have rated it an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

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

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Day 10

Day 10 – Plovdiv, Bachkovo, and Asenovgrad

  • Asenovgrad
  • Plovdiv
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Drive 66 km, 2 hours 7 min

  • Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno
  • Asen's Fortress
  • Singing Fountains
  • Tsar Simeon Garden
  • Alyosha Monument
  • More

Day 10 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.

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.

Book a table at Pavaj, a famous dining establishment in Plovdiv. 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 3,861 satisfied diners.

Another dining place you should visit in Plovdiv is Restaurant SOUTH breeze, which boasts a variety of tasteful dishes that cater to different palates. It has earned a commendable 4.4 out of 5 stars, demonstrating the positive feedback from 3,322 satisfied customers.

Locals and visitors alike recommend Plovdiv’s Hemingway Restaurant for the delightful dining experience it gives. The establishment has garnered positive reviews for its tasty dishes, holding an admirable score of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,363 satisfied diners.

If you’re in the mood for a drink, visit Rock Bar Download, one of the best bars in the city. Rock Bar Download is an excellent place to have a refreshing evening drink after exploring Plovdiv. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 845 customers.

Alternatively, you could enjoy a toast with locals at Но сенс клуб. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 984 customers.

Bar The Post also belongs to the list of the best bars in Plovdiv, and its ratings and reviews are proof of this claim. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 425 customers.

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

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Day 11

Day 11 – Plovdiv and Sofia

  • Plovdiv
  • Sofia
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Drive 155 km, 2 hours 31 min

  • Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
  • Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
  • Nebet Tepe
  • Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
  • Youth Hill
  • More

Dive into day 11 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.

Take the opportunity to see Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis. This attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 7,705 visitors.

Old Town of Plovdiv is another sightseeing hotspot in the area. This park has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 4,329 travelers.

Plovdiv is also the home of Nebet Tepe. Around 2,910 people have rated this hill an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Another place you’ll want to visit is Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from a total of 17,603 reviews, a visit to this point of interest is a great idea.

This day of your vacation in Plovdiv is also your chance to admire Youth Hill. This must-visit park enjoys an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 5,014 reviews.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Plovdiv, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Sofia may take around 1 hour 45 min. Upon your arrival in Sofia, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Sofia, 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 Sofia's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

Make sure to reserve a table at Esterhasi 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 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 731 satisfied guests.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy culinary excellence at Restaurant "Panchetata" while in Sofia. This renowned dining destination showcases an exquisite menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, treasured by 626 previous guests.

Delight in the culinary creations of Divaka, 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 4.1 out of 5-star rating from 4,532 discerning guests.

Experience the local nightlife scene. BSD 2 NDK is a highly recommended bar with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 838 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar among locals like Kathrine Cocktail - Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 769 bar-goers.

Bilkova bar is another great bar that serves various drinks. 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 12

Day 12 – Sofia - departure day

  • Sofia - Departure day
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  • Lions' Bridge
  • More

Day 12 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.

On your last day in Bulgaria, take time to indulge in shopping at Sofia’s popular marketplace. Thanks to your accommodation’s strategic location, city’s bustling commercial district is only a stone’s throw away, giving you ample time to leisurely explore the area, filled with local shops.

Take time to find the perfect present, reminding you of the charms of Bulgaria. Each store here is brimming with unique finds.

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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