12-Day Bulgaria Road Trip from Varna to Nesebar, Burgas, Kardzhali & Sandanski

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Starts in
Varna
Ends in
Varna
Duration
12 days & 11 nights
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All Year

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Have the adventure of a lifetime with this 12-day road trip through Bulgaria.

This incredible self-drive vacation package will take you through the best destinations in Bulgaria. Your road trip will enable you to discover the country's most popular attractions and restaurants in Varna, Nesebar, Burgas, Kardzhali, Sandanski, Smolian, Plovdiv, Sofia, Troian, Gabrovo, Veliko Tarnovo, Shumen, and Balchik.

We'll help you experience the best 12 days in Bulgaria you can imagine, so you can leave happy and inspired.

Upon arriving in Bulgaria at Varna, you’ll collect the rental vehicle of your choice. From there, you’ll be off to take in some of the best travel destinations in Bulgaria, including the stunning Приморски парк and Dolphinarium Varna.

You’ll have your choice of the country's best hotels and places to stay throughout your road trip, suitable for all budgets. For example, in the city of Varna, you could choose to stay at a popular hotel like the 3-star Park Hotel. No matter which price range you’re looking for, our local experts will assist you in finding the best stay option for your visit.

Your road trip will bring you close to the best attractions and most incredible sights, such as the magnificent Retro Museum in the city of Varna. Enjoy top travel destinations like the amazing Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral and Varna Zoo.

From the spectacular Детски кът Варна in the city of Varna to the unforgettable Aladzha Monastery in the city of Varna, you'll experience the best the area has to offer on your self-drive road trip through Bulgaria.

Add tours and tickets to each day of your trip to make the most of your time in Bulgaria. You’ll have the opportunity to choose from the best tours and activities that your travel destinations have to offer, meaning you’ll never have a boring moment on your road trip through Bulgaria.

Your travel plan itinerary also gives you plenty of time to shop at the best markets in Bulgaria, where you'll browse souvenirs you can take home to memorialize your road trip.

You’ll return home having experienced the very best of everything Bulgaria has to offer.

You can customize each day of your road trip vacation itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking. Enjoy the benefits of exploring all these great attractions at your own speed.

Your travel plan includes everything you need to experience the best of Bulgaria. You’ll be booked at the best hotels for 11 nights, with plenty of top-rated breakfast and restaurant options nearby. We'll provide you with the best car rental for 11 days during your self-drive road trip, including CDW insurance.

You’ll have access to 24/7 travel support, a personal travel agent, and a step-by-step guide via our flexible mobile app. All taxes are included in your vacation package price. You can choose and add your flight preferences as needed. You can also add tours and tickets to your itinerary each day.

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

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Included

11 nights hotel
Breakfast
12 days car rental
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support
All taxes

Destinations

Варна -  in BulgariaVarna
Кърджали -  in BulgariaКърджали
Nesebar
Бургас -  in BulgariaBurgas
Sandanski
Смолян -  in BulgariaSmolian
Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia
Plovdiv - city in BulgariaPlovdiv
Veliko Tarnovo - city in BulgariaVeliko Tarnovo
Шумен -  in BulgariaShumen

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Attractions

Varna Zoo
Детски кът Варна
Aladzha Monastery, R-1404291, R-13477567, R-186382Aladzha Monastery
Приморски парк
Dolphinarium Varna
Retro Museum
Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral, R-1404291, R-13477567, R-186382Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
Sunny Beach, R-1937059, R-1739523, R-186382Sunny Beach
Church of Saint Sophia
The Sea Garden, Burgas, BulgariaThe Sea Garden
Rozhen Monastery, Sandanski, Blagoevgrad, BulgariaRozhen Monastery
Park "St. Vrach", Sandanski, Blagoevgrad, BulgariaPark "St Vrach"
Еpiscopal Basilica, Sandanski, Blagoevgrad, BulgariaЕpiscopal Basilica
Paleontological Museum of Asenovgrad
Асенова крепост, R-1955789, R-1739536, R-186382Асенова крепост
Ancient theatre of Philippopolis
Singing Fountains
Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
"Ivan Vazov" National Theater
Holy Trinity Park
National Palace of Culture, R-7276261, R-186382, R-4283101National Palace of Culture
South Park
Sofia Zoo, R-7276261, R-186382, R-4283101Sofia Zoo
Park "Geo Milev"
The Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, Rila, Kyustendil, BulgariaRila Monastery
Eagles' Bridge, R-7276261, R-186382, R-4283101Eagles' Bridge
Borisova Gradina Park
Knyazheska Garden
Troyan Monastery, R-1922481, R-1739531, R-186382Troyan Monastery
Ethno village Etar
Музей „Дом на хумора и сатирата” Габрово
Marno Pole Park
Tsarevets Fortress
Park "Sveta Gora"
Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park
Madara Horseman
Cape Kaliakra, R-1739528, R-186382Cape Kaliakra
Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park, R-1933112, R-12644011, R-1739528, R-186382Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park
Balchik Botanic Garden
Park "Sveti Georgi", Dobrich, BulgariaPark "Sveti Georgi"
Asparuhov park
Archaeological Museum Varna
Varna Roman Baths

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Travel dates
Dec 9 - Dec 20

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Day 1

Day 1 in Varna - Arrival Day

  • Varna - Arrival Day
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  • Varna Zoo
  • Детски кът Варна
  • Aladzha Monastery
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Your amazing road trip adventure in Bulgaria begins when you reach the incredible city of Varna. There, you'll have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay.

We also recommend the best 3-star hotels, like the Park Hotel.

If these hotels are not available during your trip to the city of Varna, our system will automatically help you find the best hotel for your stay.

Varna has many popular destinations you can explore. You could visit attractions like the incredible Varna Zoo. This attraction is a zoo and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 5,617 visitors.

Детски кът Варна is another popular attraction in the city of Varna. This unforgettable attraction is an amusement park and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,306 visitors.

Another favorite attraction in the city of Varna is Aladzha Monastery. This outstanding travel destination has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,991 visitors.

When you’re ready for dinner, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Varna, Happy Bar & Grill Center (Varna). The restaurant is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 8,318 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Varna is Staria Chinar - Port Varna. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 4,810 customers.

Locals recommend El Kapan as one of the best restaurants in the city of Varna. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,370 customers.

Varna also has several great bars that will fit all travel budgets. One of the best bars in the city of Varna is Cubo. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,527 customers.

Another of the best bars in the city of Varna is The Garden Bar. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,562 customers.

Locals also enjoy Bar PUNTA CANA. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,540 customers.

Enjoy toasting the start of your 12-day vacation in Bulgaria!

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Day 2

Day 2 in Varna

  • Varna
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  • Приморски парк
  • Dolphinarium Varna
  • Retro Museum
  • Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
  • More

Day 2 will take you to the best attractions the city of Varna has to offer, such as the incredible Приморски парк, Dolphinarium Varna, and Retro Museum.

You’ll continue exploring the city of Varna on day 2 of your self-drive road trip through Bulgaria. Take advantage of this break from your road trip by spending another day sightseeing and eating at some of the best restaurants in Bulgaria.

There are plenty of attractions, markets, and restaurants for you to experience today in the city of Varna. Your accommodation will be conveniently located close to several of the best attractions you won't want to miss.

You'll be able to visit more of the best travel destinations in the city of Varna, like the extraordinary Приморски парк. This attraction is an urban park and has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 28,612 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations in Varna is the spectacular Dolphinarium Varna. This attraction is an aquarium and is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 6,886 visitors.

You could then travel to the amazing Retro Museum museum. This outstanding attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 4,866 visitors.

Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral is another stop you might want to add to your itinerary. This eastern orthodox cathedral is a popular destination among visitors in Varna. Rated at an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 5,889 visitors, it’s one many travelers find worthy a visit.

Your discovery of Bulgaria does not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Varna on this day of your trip. This experience and allows you the opportunity to explore fantastic attractions. Include this activity on your itinerary or choose among other memorable tours in Varna.

After a long day of exploring some of the most popular attractions in Bulgaria, be sure to eat at Staria Chinar Restaurant, which is considered one of the best restaurants in the city of Varna. This restaurant is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,178 customers.

Alternatively, another of the top restaurants in the city of Varna is the popular Старият чинар Преслав. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,788 customers.

Another great restaurant we recommend in the city of Varna is Mr Baba. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,420 customers.

When you’ve finished your meal, The BRICK bar is one of the best bars in the city of Varna for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,387 customers.

Cuba Beach Bar is another of the most popular bars in the city of Varna. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,018 customers.

Alternatively, a great bar that locals enjoy in the city of Varna is Cuba Bar. Cuba Bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 617 customers.

Stopping at one of these popular bars is the perfect way to celebrate another incredible day in the magical city of Varna!

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Day 3

Day 3 in Nesebar, Burgas, and Kardzhali

  • Кърджали
  • Nesebar
  • Burgas
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  • Sunny Beach
  • Church of Saint Sophia
  • The Sea Garden
  • More

Day 3 of your road trip through Bulgaria gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day.

One of the best places to visit in the city of Nesebar is the amazing Sunny Beach. This attraction is a town and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 5,685 visitors.

You could also go sightseeing at the incredible Church of Saint Sophia. This church and travel destination has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 8,582 visitors.

Joining a top-rated tour in Nesebar is another excellent way to spend your new day in Bulgaria. The best tours in this travel destination will take you on an exploration to some of Bulgaria’s most well-known attractions and best-kept secrets. With this tour, you’ll set out on a journey to Bulgaria’s most interesting sights. As you go along this remarkable tour, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of Bulgaria’s scenic spots.

You could then travel to the amazing The Sea Garden in the city of Burgas for some sightseeing. This popular attraction is a park and has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 30,816 visitors.

You’ll also have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Kardzhali.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Kardzhali is the 3-star hotel Park Hotel.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Кораб ресторант Емона, one of the best restaurants in the city of Kardzhali. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,426 customers.

Locals also recommend The Old Home Restaurant as one of the best restaurants in the city of Kardzhali. The Old Home Restaurant is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 889 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Kardzhali is Vodenitsata. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 775 customers.

After dinner, visit MY PLACE - BAR RESTAURANT, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Kardzhali. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 300 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Club Aura. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 214 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through Bulgaria!

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Day 4

Day 4 in Sandanski

  • Sandanski
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  • Rozhen Monastery
  • Park "St Vrach"
  • Еpiscopal Basilica
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Day 4 of your road trip through Bulgaria gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day. You’ll be able to choose how much time you want to spend in each area, where you’ll have the chance to visit attractions like the unforgettable Rozhen Monastery, Park "St. Vrach", Еpiscopal Basilica, and many more.

One of the best places to visit in Sandanski is the amazing Rozhen Monastery. This attraction is a monastery that is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 5,043 visitors.

You could also stop at the incredible park, Park "St. Vrach". With an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 5,722 visitors, this city attraction is one of the top sights in the area.

Another unforgettable travel destination in the city is the outstanding Еpiscopal Basilica. This travel destination has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 375 visitors.

You can make the most of your new day in Sandanski by joining activities and tours that let you discover what else the city has in store for you. The tour allows curious travelers like you to have an unforgettable experience exploring some of Bulgaria’s best spots. This is just one of the many experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your road trip in Bulgaria. So make sure to check it out or browse other top-rated options.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Sandanski, where you will have access to the best hotels and places to stay.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Sandanski is the 3-star City Hotel.

You can also stay at one of the best 4-star hotel. The hotel Aqua Hotel Burgas is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Sandanski.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star Mikado Hotel.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Happy Bar & Grill Sandanski, one of the best restaurants in the city of Sandanski. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,530 customers.

Locals also recommend Ресторант Голчев as one of the best restaurants in the city of Sandanski. Ресторант Голчев is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,294 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Sandanski is Restaurant Oasis. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 731 customers.

After dinner, visit Bar Vega, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Sandanski. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 619 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Coffee Bar Iceberg. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 224 customers.

Alternatively, ELIT - Coffe&Wine is one of the best bars that locals recommend in the city of Sandanski. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 177 customers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure through Bulgaria!

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Day 5

Day 5 in Plovdiv and Smolian

  • Smolian
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  • Paleontological Museum of Asenovgrad
  • Асенова крепост
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Day 5 of your road trip through Bulgaria gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day.

One of the best places to visit in Plovdiv is the amazing Асенова крепост. This attraction is a fortress that is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 6,032 visitors. The tour allows curious travelers like you to have an unforgettable experience exploring some of Bulgaria’s best spots. This is just one of the many experiences you can include in your travel plan to add flavor to your road trip in Bulgaria. So make sure to check it out or browse other top-rated options.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Smolian, where you will have access to the best hotels and places to stay.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Smolian is the 4-star Metropolitan Hotel Sofia.

You can also stay at one of the best 5-star hotel. The hotel Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Smolian.

If you’re looking for a top-rated budget hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star Hotel Lozenetz.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Хотел-ресторант „Българче“, one of the best restaurants in the city of Smolian. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,407 customers.

Locals also recommend Rodopchanka Restaurant as one of the best restaurants in the city of Smolian. Rodopchanka Restaurant is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,892 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Smolian is Pamporovo House. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,223 customers.

After dinner, visit Rodopchanka Restaurant, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Smolian. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,892 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Театро бар и вечеря. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 602 customers.

Alternatively, Venus Bar is one of the best bars that locals recommend in the city of Smolian. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 389 customers.

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Day 6

Day 6 in Plovdiv and Sofia

  • Sofia
  • Plovdiv
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  • Ancient theatre of Philippopolis
  • Singing Fountains
  • Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • "Ivan Vazov" National Theater
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You’ll have time to visit two of the most popular areas in Bulgaria on day 6 of your road trip. You can decide how much time you want to spend in each place, where you’ll see memorable travel destinations, like Ancient theatre of Philippopolis, Singing Fountains, Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis, plus many more.

One of the best places to explore in the city of Plovdiv is Ancient theatre of Philippopolis. This excellent attraction has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 14,962 visitors.

We also recommend you visit the amazing Singing Fountains, an outstanding park, in the city of Plovdiv. Around 10,238 travelers rated this attraction with 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Another of the best travel destinations you can visit in the city of Plovdiv is Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis. This amazing attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 6,139 visitors.

To experience the local culture, see Bulgaria’s best attractions, and meet new people at the same time, we highly recommend you go on a tour. You’ll find many top-rated and popular tours in the city, offering unique experiences that will inspire you. On this tour, you can go on an epic adventure to some of the best places to visit in Bulgaria. You also get to admire popular places of interest. Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience something special in Plovdiv.

You could then travel to St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral for some unforgettable sightseeing experience in the town of Sofia City. This popular attraction is a church and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 15,109 visitors.

You’ll have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Sofia City.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Sofia City is the 4-star hotel Metropolitan Hotel Sofia.

Or, you could enjoy a stay at an exclusive 5-star hotel. The Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Sofia City.

If you’re looking for the best cheap hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star hotel Hotel Lozenetz.

After a long day of traveling and sightseeing, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Sofia City, Hadjidraganov's Houses Restaurant. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,010 customers.

Locals recommend Restaurant Vodenitzata as one of the best restaurants in the city of Sofia City. Restaurant Vodenitzata is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,223 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Sofia City is The School. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,988 customers.

After dinner, visit one of the top bars in the city of Sofia City, Bar Friday. This popular bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,410 customers.

You could also relax with a drink at a popular bar like The School. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,988 customers.

The Cocktail Bar is a popular bar that locals recommend in the city of Sofia City. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,814 customers.

Be sure to celebrate another day of your incredible road trip adventure through Bulgaria with a toast!

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Day 7

Day 7 in Sofia

  • Sofia
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  • Holy Trinity Park
  • National Palace of Culture
  • South Park
  • Sofia Zoo
  • Park "Geo Milev"
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Day 7 will take you to the best attractions the town of Sofia City has to offer, such as the incredible Holy Trinity Park, National Palace of Culture, and South Park.

You’ll continue exploring the town of Sofia City on day 7 of your self-drive road trip through Bulgaria. Take advantage of this break from your road trip by spending another day sightseeing and eating at some of the best restaurants in Bulgaria.

There are plenty of attractions, markets, and restaurants for you to experience today in the town of Sofia City. Your accommodation will be conveniently located close to several of the best attractions you won't want to miss.

You'll be able to visit more of the best travel destinations in the town of Sofia City, like the extraordinary Holy Trinity Park. This attraction is a park and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 6,949 visitors.

Another of the best travel destinations in Sofia City is the spectacular National Palace of Culture. This attraction is a convention center and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 11,302 visitors.

You could then travel to the amazing South Park park. This outstanding attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 27,780 visitors.

Sofia Zoo is another stop you might want to add to your itinerary. This zoo is a popular destination among visitors in Sofia City. Rated at an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 12,550 visitors, it’s one many travelers find worthy a visit.

If you’re interested in seeing something outstanding today, then consider Park "Geo Milev". Park "Geo Milev" is a park and popular attraction in Sofia City. More than 8,960 visitors have rated this place an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Your discovery of Bulgaria does not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Sofia City on this day of your trip. This experience and allows you the opportunity to explore fantastic attractions. Include this activity on your itinerary or choose among other memorable tours in Sofia City.

After a long day of exploring some of the most popular attractions in Bulgaria, be sure to eat at Restaurant "Staria Chinar", which is considered one of the best restaurants in the city of Sofia City. This restaurant is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,717 customers.

Alternatively, another of the top restaurants in the city of Sofia City is the popular Pod Lipite (Under the Linden Trees) Restaurant. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,625 customers.

Another great restaurant we recommend in the city of Sofia City is Merak. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,328 customers.

When you’ve finished your meal, Halbite Beer Hall is one of the best bars in the city of Sofia City for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,280 customers.

One More Bar is another of the most popular bars in the city of Sofia City. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,228 customers.

Alternatively, a great bar that locals enjoy in the city of Sofia City is The Corner. The Corner has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,874 customers.

Stopping at one of these popular bars is the perfect way to celebrate another incredible day in the magical city of Sofia City!

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Day 8

Day 8 in Sofia and Kyustendil

  • Sofia
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  • Rila Monastery
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Knyazheska Garden
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One of the best travel destinations is Rila Monastery. This amazing attraction is a monastery and has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 14,506 visitors. The tour allows travelers to experience the enjoyment of exploring some of Bulgaria’s most popular attractions and hidden treasures.

When you’re done exploring the area’s best attractions, you’ll drive back to your accommodation near the city of Sofia City.

When you arrive, we recommend eating at a restaurant that locals enjoy, like Garden restaurant Yoli. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,745 customers.

Bar & Dinner Relax is one of the top restaurants in the city of Sofia City. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,554 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Sofia City is Hasienda Restaurant. The restaurant has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,469 customers.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at one of the best bars in the city of Sofia City, Bar & Dinner Relax. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,554 customers.

If you’d prefer one of the top bar experiences that locals enjoy in the city of Sofia City, we recommend the cocktails at 5 Corners Pub. This bar has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,463 customers.

Another of the best bars in the city of Sofia City is The Wrong Bar. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,293 customers.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day in the city of Sofia City!

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Day 9

Day 9 in Troian, Gabrovo, and Veliko Tarnovo

  • Veliko Tarnovo
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  • Troyan Monastery
  • Ethno village Etar
  • Музей „Дом на хумора и сатирата” Габрово
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Day 9 of your road trip through Bulgaria gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day.

One of the best places to visit in the city of Troian is the amazing Troyan Monastery. This attraction is a monastery and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 9,065 visitors.

Joining a top-rated tour in Troian is another excellent way to spend your new day in Bulgaria. The best tours in this travel destination will take you on an exploration to some of Bulgaria’s most well-known attractions and best-kept secrets. With this tour, you’ll set out on a journey to Bulgaria’s most interesting sights. As you go along this remarkable tour, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of Bulgaria’s scenic spots.

You could then travel to the amazing Ethno village Etar in the city of Gabrovo for some sightseeing. This popular attraction is a museum and has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 11,858 visitors.

Another unforgettable travel destination in the city of Gabrovo is the outstanding Музей „Дом на хумора и сатирата” Габрово. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,979 visitors, the remarkable Музей „Дом на хумора и сатирата” Габрово deserves a spot on travelers' bucket lists.

You’ll also have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Veliko Tarnovo.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Veliko Tarnovo is the 4-star hotel Metropolitan Hotel Sofia.

You can also stay at one of the best 5-star hotel. The hotel Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Veliko Tarnovo.

If you’re looking for the best cheap hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star hotel Hotel Lozenetz.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try VkusoteriA, one of the best restaurants in the city of Veliko Tarnovo. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 993 customers.

Locals also recommend Shtastliveca ("The Lucky One") as one of the best restaurants in the city of Veliko Tarnovo. Shtastliveca ("The Lucky One") is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 8,818 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Veliko Tarnovo is Restaurant Ego 1. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,561 customers.

After dinner, visit Bianko, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Veliko Tarnovo. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,466 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Lino Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,358 customers.

Alternatively, Tequila Bar Funky Monkey is one of the best bars that locals recommend in the city of Veliko Tarnovo. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 493 customers.

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Day 10

Day 10 in Veliko Tarnovo and Shumen

  • Shumen
  • Veliko Tarnovo
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  • Marno Pole Park
  • Tsarevets Fortress
  • Park "Sveta Gora"
  • Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park
  • Madara Horseman
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You’ll have time to visit two of the most popular areas in Bulgaria on day 10 of your road trip. You can decide how much time you want to spend in each place, where you’ll see memorable travel destinations, like Marno Pole Park, Tsarevets Fortress, Park "Sveta Gora", plus many more.

One of the best places to explore in the city of Veliko Tarnovo is Marno Pole Park. This excellent attraction is a park that has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,986 visitors.

We also recommend you visit the amazing Tsarevets Fortress in the city of Veliko Tarnovo. Around 10,600 travelers rated this attraction with 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Another of the best travel destinations you can visit in the city of Veliko Tarnovo is Park "Sveta Gora". This amazing attraction is a park and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 4,280 visitors.

To experience the local culture, see Bulgaria’s best attractions, and meet new people at the same time, we highly recommend you go on a tour. You’ll find many top-rated and popular tours in the city, offering unique experiences that will inspire you. On this tour, you can go on an epic adventure to some of the best places to visit in Bulgaria. You also get to admire popular places of interest. Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience something special in Veliko Tarnovo.

You could then travel to Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park for some unforgettable sightseeing experience in the city of Shumen. This popular attraction is a park and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 3,907 visitors.

You’ll have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Shumen.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Shumen is the 3-star hotel Sevastokrator Hotel.

Or, you could enjoy a stay at an exclusive 4-star hotel. The Bolyarski Meridian is a luxurious place to stay in the city of Shumen.

If you’re looking for the best cheap hotel, we recommend staying at the 3-star hotel Arbanashki Han Hotelcomplex.

After a long day of traveling and sightseeing, we recommend you try one of the best restaurants in the city of Shumen, Barbarossa Beach Club. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,743 customers.

Locals recommend Primo Bar & Grill as one of the best restaurants in the city of Shumen. Primo Bar & Grill is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,308 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Shumen is Popsheytanov's House. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 840 customers.

After dinner, visit one of the top bars in the city of Shumen, BACARDI CLUB. This popular bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,210 customers.

You could also relax with a drink at a popular bar like Zino Club. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 646 customers.

Lavazza Coffee and Cocktails Club is a popular bar that locals recommend in the city of Shumen. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 231 customers.

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Day 11

Day 11 in Balchik, Dobrich, and Varna

  • Varna
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  • Cape Kaliakra
  • Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park
  • Balchik Botanic Garden
  • Park "Sveti Georgi"
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Day 11 of your road trip through Bulgaria gives you the opportunity to experience two places in one day.

One of the best places to visit in the city of Balchik is the amazing Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park. This attraction is a palace and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 17,402 visitors.

You could also go sightseeing at the incredible Balchik Botanic Garden. This park and travel destination has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 13,848 visitors.

Joining a top-rated tour in Balchik is another excellent way to spend your new day in Bulgaria. The best tours in this travel destination will take you on an exploration to some of Bulgaria’s most well-known attractions and best-kept secrets. With this tour, you’ll set out on a journey to Bulgaria’s most interesting sights. As you go along this remarkable tour, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of Bulgaria’s scenic spots.

You could then travel to the amazing Cape Kaliakra in the region of Dobrich for some sightseeing. This popular attraction is a nature reserve and has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 8,554 visitors.

Another unforgettable travel destination is the outstanding Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 17,402 visitors, the remarkable Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park deserves a spot on travelers' bucket lists.

We also recommend a visit to the popular Balchik Botanic Garden. This attraction, a stunning park, has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 13,848 travelers.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to the fantastic Park "Sveti Georgi". With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 5,678 travelers, this is one attraction many highly recommend.

You’ll also have your choice of the best hotels and places to stay in the city of Varna.

One of the best hotel options in the city of Varna is the 3-star hotel Park Hotel.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Captain Cook Varna, one of the best restaurants in the city of Varna. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,043 customers.

Locals also recommend "Halbata" Restaurant as one of the best restaurants in the city of Varna. "Halbata" Restaurant is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,580 customers.

Another of the best restaurants in the city of Varna is 100 Pizzas. This restaurant has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 735 customers.

After dinner, visit Kultura Speakeasy Bar, which is considered one of the best bars in the city of Varna. This bar is rated an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars by 366 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar like Cafe Bar Soho. This bar has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 136 customers.

Alternatively, Gossip Bar Max is one of the best bars that locals recommend in the city of Varna. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 452 customers.

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Day 12

Day 12 in Varna - Departure Day

  • Varna - Departure Day
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  • Asparuhov park
  • Archaeological Museum Varna
  • Varna Roman Baths
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Day 12 of your road trip in Bulgaria is your departure day. This is your chance to catch one last glimpse of Varna before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. When you have time to explore the area before you make your way home, we recommend visiting some of the following attractions.

Asparuhov park is an extraordinary attraction you could visit to enjoy your last day in Varna. This park and popular site of interest has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,603.

If you're interested in seeing something else, the Archaeological Museum Varna museum is another great option. This attraction certainly lives up to its reputation for its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 2,509 reviews.

You can also stop at Varna Roman Baths to capture the beauty and wonder of Varna one last time. This outstanding attraction is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,294.

Your accommodation will also be strategically located for some last-minute shopping in the city of Varna before you conclude your short European break.

You could then enjoy your last meal in the city of Varna at Chuchura Restaurant before you travel home. This popular restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 625 customers.

Alternatively, we also recommend Ресторант Къщата на Ви Варна for your last chance at a meal in the city of Varna. The Ресторант Къщата на Ви Варна restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 527 customers.

If you'd prefer a popular restaurant that locals enjoy, try Parmy Family Restaurant. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 599 customers.

You’ll then say farewell to Bulgaria and begin your journey home, now filled with memories of unforgettable experiences in Bulgaria!

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