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

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13 days & 12 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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13 days included
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Experience the freedom of the open road in Bulgaria as you embark on an unforgettable 13-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Plovdiv, Sofia, Devetaki, Lovech, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, Veliko Tarnovo, Madara, Balchik, Kavarna, Dobrich, Varna, Nessebar, Obzor, Burgas, and Stara Zagora. 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 2 nights in Plovdiv, 4 nights in Sofia, 1 night in Lovech, 1 night in Veliko Tarnovo, 3 nights in Varna, and 1 night in Burgas. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Included

Hotel, 12 nights
Rental car, 13 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 / 3 nights
Photo of Balchik Palace of Romanian Queen Marie at Bulgarian Black Sea coastline, Balchik, Bulgaria.Balchik
Dobrich - region in BulgariaDobrich
Shumen - region in BulgariaShumen
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
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“
Dolphinarium Varna
Holy Trinity Park
Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
Knyazheska Garden
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
Photo of toy cars with pedals, sleds, bicycles from the USSR in retro museum, Varna, Bulgaria.Retro Museum
Madara Horseman
photo of view of Covered wooden bridge in the town of Lovech in Bulgaria over the Osam river.,Lovech bulgaria.Covered Bridge
Park "Sveti Georgi", Dobrich, BulgariaPark "Sveti Georgi
Russian Monument Square
Photo of view inside the Devetashka Cave near Devetaki village and Osam river in Lovech, Bulgaria. Natural wonder. One of the largest karst cave in Eastern Europe.Devetashka cave
Bedechka Park
Dryanovo monastery "St Archangel Michael
Muzeiko
photo of view of Sofia's cityscape, blending old-world charm with modernity, featuring the iconic lion bridge, Bulgaria.Lions' Bridge
Sveta Nedelya Church
Golden Bridges, Vitosha, Sofia City, Sofia-City, BulgariaGolden Bridges
Bells Park
Youth Hill
Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park
Marno Pole Park
Photo of aerial view of the Alyosha soldier monument in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Alyosha Monument
Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
Archaeological Museum
Artilereeski Park
Monument of Mother Bulgaria
The Clock
photo of view of Aerial drone view of Albena sandy beach resort, Bulgaria. Summer tourism.,Obrochishte Bulgaria.Albena
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Ancient Theatre

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Day 1

Day 1 – Plovdiv - arrival day

  • Plovdiv - Arrival day
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  • Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
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Welcome to Plovdiv, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Bulgaria! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 1 night immersing yourself in Plovdiv's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

Plovdiv 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 Plovdiv. 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 Plovdiv. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Make sure to book a table at Айлякрия / Aylyakria Restaurant, a popular restaurant in Plovdiv. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of food lovers. Its commitment to culinary excellence is evident in its 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 1,229 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at Happy Bar & Grill Novotel during your stay in Plovdiv. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 4,350 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Torro Grande / Торро Гранде, a renowned dining destination in Plovdiv. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 4,651 satisfied guests.

Rahat Tepe is a fantastic bar many locals in Plovdiv recognize. This popular bar is an excellent place to unwind after a busy day and is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,984 customers.

You can also enjoy a few drinks and some snacks at Club Fargo, another popular bar in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,132 customers.

Котка и Мишка, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar is a local favorite and a great place to hang out and socialize with other travelers in Plovdiv. Customers have rated the exciting Котка и Мишка, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 1,070 reviews.

Raise a toast to the start of your 13-day road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Plovdiv and Sofia

  • Plovdiv
  • Sofia
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Drive 154 km, 2 hours 28 min

  • Singing Fountains
  • Tsar Simeon Garden
  • Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
  • Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
  • Youth Hill
  • More

Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 2 of your road trip in Bulgaria. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 2 vibrant destinations - Plovdiv and Sofia. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Sofia. You will spend 4 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Singing Fountains, a remarkable park where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 12,362 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at “Tsar Simeon Garden” Park. This park has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 15,346 travelers.

Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis is another must-visit attraction. This renowned sightseeing destination offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 7,705 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Beyond the above-mentioned sites, you also have the opportunity to visit Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis. This well-loved point of interest boasts a 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 17,603 reviews.

When there’s still energy left for exploring, Youth Hill awaits. If you’ve been interested in experiencing a park, this is a top pick rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 5,014 previous visitors.

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

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.

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

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.

After your meal, consider going for a drink to celebrate this wonderful night in Bulgaria. One of the best bars in the city is Bar Friday. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,410 customers.

To gain one of the best bar experiences in Sofia, we recommend the cocktails at The Cocktail Bar. This bar has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,814 customers and is an excellent place to make local friends.

Another of the best spots to experience the nightlife scene in Sofia is One More Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,228 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 and Reduta

  • Sofia
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Drive 66 km, 2 hours 9 min

  • Druzhba Park
  • Park "Geo Milev
  • Sofia Zoo
  • South Park
  • Golden Bridges
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Day 3 of your road trip across Bulgaria promises a magnificent time exploring Sofia. You have 3 nights left in Sofia. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

To do something one-of-a-kind on this day of your trip, you can join a tour. You can discover all of the most fun and eye-opening experiences in your destination below and secure your spot here.

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

Reserve a table at The Wrong Bar, 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 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 1,293 guests.

Ensure you experience culinary excellence at Taj Mahal Restaurant while in Sofia. This dining establishment presents an exquisite menu that has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, acclaimed by 1,423 discerning diners.

Experience a taste of Sofia at Luciano, 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 1,291 customers.

Halbite Beer Hall is a fantastic bar many locals in Sofia recognize. This popular bar is an excellent place to unwind after a busy day and is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,280 customers.

You can also enjoy a few drinks and some snacks at Lime Cafe & Cocktails, another popular bar in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,223 customers.

5 Corners Pub is a local favorite and a great place to hang out and socialize with other travelers in Sofia. Customers have rated the exciting 5 Corners Pub an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 1,463 reviews.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Bulgaria!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 13 km, 1 hour 2 min

  • North Park
  • Lions' Bridge
  • Sveta Nedelya Church
  • Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
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Day 4 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Sofia has to offer. Cherish the 2 nights you have left in Sofia by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

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

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

Don't miss out on experiencing Mamma Mia Ltd, a renowned dining spot in Sofia. This restaurant's rich flavors have left a lasting impression on diners. Its dedication to culinary perfection is evident in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,252 satisfied guests.

Make a reservation at Island Restaurant while immersing yourself in Sofia. This distinguished restaurant offers imaginative dishes, with a remarkable rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,035 guests.

Discover the culinary treasures of Марайа Класик / Maraia Classic, a beloved dining establishment within Sofia. Its exquisite menu promises to tantalize your taste buds and transport you to culinary bliss. Renowned for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,002 satisfied customers.

If you feel like having a drink or two after your meal, an awesome bar you can go to is K. E. B. A. This place has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,055 customers.

To enjoy a great atmosphere, continue your evening at By the Way. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 909 customers.

Грийн бар is another great place where you can celebrate your adventures in Sofia. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,037 customers.

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Sofia and Musagenitsa

  • Sofia
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Drive 31 km, 1 hour 26 min

  • Holy Trinity Park
  • Russian Monument Square
  • National Palace of Culture
  • Muzeiko
  • Bells Park
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Day 5 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Sofia for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

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

Reserve your spot at Esterhasi Restaurant, a popular local restaurant in Sofia. This culinary hotspot and its flavorful dishes have left a lasting impression on guests. Its dedication to culinary mastery is reflected by its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 731 satisfied guests.

Make it a priority to experience Restaurant "Panchetata" during your stay in Sofia. This popular local restaurant offers an unparalleled menu, with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 626 discerning guests.

Explore the culinary wonders of Divaka, a popular local gem in Sofia. Its enticing menu promises a journey through flavors that will leave a lasting impression. Renowned for its impeccable service, it boasts a 4.1 out of 5-star rating from 4,532 satisfied guests.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at one of the best bars in Sofia, BSD 2 NDK. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 838 customers.

Travelers and locals alike also recommend Kathrine Cocktail - Bar. This bar has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 769 customers.

Bilkova bar is another popular place for a drink, considered one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 757 customers.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Sofia and Lovech

  • Sofia
  • Lovech
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Drive 164 km, 3 hours 18 min

  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Knyazheska Garden
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Park "Zaimov"
  • More

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

Take the opportunity to see St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. This attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 19,648 visitors.

Knyazheska Garden is another sightseeing hotspot in the area. This park has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 7,672 travelers.

Sofia is also the home of Eagles' Bridge. Around 10,196 people have rated this stone bridge an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Another place you’ll want to visit is Borisova Gradina Park. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from a total of 27,346 reviews, a visit to this park is a great idea.

This day of your vacation in Sofia is also your chance to admire Park "Zaimov". This must-visit park enjoys an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 15,209 reviews.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Sofia, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Lovech. This drive usually takes around 2 hours 10 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

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

For a memorable dining experience, be sure to visit Ачевата механа. Known for its excellent cuisine and commitment to quality dishes, this restaurant in Lovech has received a 4.7 out of 5-star rating from around 1,337 happy diners.

When seeking local-favorite dining spots, Drakata should be on your list. Situated in the heart of Lovech, it has become a beloved food venue for its delicious menu. It boasts a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,743 satisfied diners, a testament to its favored status.

Ready for a culinary adventure? Book a table at Tavern Varosha. This highly regarded restaurant in Lovech has earned a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, thanks to its flavorful dishes and positive reviews from 930 satisfied guests.

Many locals go to Iron Fe -26 Coffee & Friends to have a good time. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 661 customers.

If you feel like going somewhere else, another popular option is Бар КРАФТ (KRAFT Craft Beer Bar). This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 153 customers.

Пицария "Версай" is another great option in Lovech. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 174 customers.

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

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Day 7

Day 7 – Devetaki, Lovech, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, and Veliko Tarnovo

  • Lovech
  • Veliko Tarnovo
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Drive 169 km, 2 hours 58 min

  • Covered Bridge
  • Devetashka cave
  • Ethno village Etar
  • Dryanovo monastery "St Archangel Michael
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Dive into day 7 of your remarkable road trip in Bulgaria. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Devetaki, Lovech, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, and Veliko Tarnovo, 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 Veliko Tarnovo. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Make Covered Bridge your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this bridge an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 6,683 reviews.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Lovech and set your GPS to Boicheta. 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 32 min. Upon reaching Boicheta, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Make Ethno village Etar one of your first sightseeing stops in Boicheta. Rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 14,151 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Boicheta, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Dolni Varpishta may take around 28 min. Upon your arrival in Dolni Varpishta, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Dryanovo monastery "St. Archangel Michael". This place of worship is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 5,938 visitors.

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.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Veliko Tarnovo. 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 reserve a table at Restaurant Asenevtsi, an iconic dining spot in Veliko Tarnovo. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Its dedication to culinary innovation is evident in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 1,457 satisfied guests.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy culinary excellence at VkusoteriA while in Veliko Tarnovo. This renowned dining destination showcases an exquisite menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, treasured by 993 previous guests.

Delight in the culinary creations of Shtastliveca ("The Lucky One"), a favorite in Veliko Tarnovo. Its innovative menu offers a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. With a reputation for excellence, it has earned a 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 8,818 discerning guests.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at a bar. Bianko is a great place to continue your night. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,466 customers.

If you want to know where locals go, check out Lino Bar. This bar has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,358 customers.

Another popular bar in the city is Tequila Bar Funky Monkey. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 493 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 – Veliko Tarnovo, Madara, and Varna

  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Shumen
  • Varna
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Drive 233 km, 3 hours 10 min

  • Monument of Mother Bulgaria
  • Marno Pole Park
  • Tsarevets Fortress
  • Madara Horseman
  • Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park
  • More

On day 8 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Bulgaria, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 3 destinations, Veliko Tarnovo, Madara, and Varna. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Varna, where you’ll be staying for 3 nights.

Journey into the unknown at Monument of Mother Bulgaria, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable sightseeing destination has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 2,765 reviews.

When you’re ready to continue your sightseeing, Marno Pole Park is a recommended place to visit. This park is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 4,637 reviews.

Another must-see attraction in Veliko Tarnovo is Tsarevets Fortress. Rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 11,802 travelers, this popular tourist destination in Veliko Tarnovo offers an experience you will remember.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Shumen. This car ride takes around 1 hour 58 min.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Varna. This car ride takes around 53 min.

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.

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

Don't forget to book a table at Sweet Parmy, a well-known eatery in Varna. 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 645 satisfied guests.

Ensure you visit Happy Bar & Grill Center (Varna) while exploring Varna. This popular restaurant offers a delicious menu, distinguished with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 8,318 discerning guests.

Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Happy Bar & Grill, a popular restaurant in Varna. 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 7,456 discerning diners.

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

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

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

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Bulgaria!

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Day 9

Day 9 – Balchik, Kavarna, Dobrich, and Varna

  • Dobrich
  • Varna
  • Balchik
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Drive 197 km, 3 hours 25 min

  • Albena
  • Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park
  • Balchik Botanic Garden
  • Cape Kaliakra
  • Park "Sveti Georgi
  • More

On day 9 of your road trip, you’ll start and end your day in Varna, but spend part of the day exploring places of interest outside the immediate town. On today's itinerary, you'll find attractions in Balchik, Balchik, Kavarna, Dobrich, and Varna. You still have 2 nights left in Varna.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Varna. This drive usually takes around 47 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

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

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

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.

After dinner, visit one of the best bars in the city, Muffin bar & coffee. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 1,718 reviews and guarantees you a great time.

If you want to continue your night somewhere else, head to a popular bar like The BRICK bar. This bar is a local favorite, with great drinks, lovely service, and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,387 customers.

The options in Varna don’t end there, you could also spend some time at the excellent Bar PUNTA CANA. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,540 customers, this bar is one of the best places to relax after a long, adventure-filled day.

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

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Day 10

Day 10 – Varna

  • Varna
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Drive 12 km, 46 min

  • Dolphinarium Varna
  • Sea Garden
  • Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
  • Retro Museum
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On day 10 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Varna. You’ll stay in Varna for 1 night and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

There are plenty of experiences you can choose from in Bulgaria that will add excitement to your vacation. When you’re keen to discover what else Varna has in store for you, use this day to go on a tour. This tour allows curious travelers like you to experience the best of the country. You can make the most of your time in Bulgaria by scrolling down and selecting tours and activities to include on your itinerary for the day.

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

Have a delightful culinary experience when you dine at Морска тераса. 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 4.6 out of 5 stars from around 3,104 visitors.

Another dining spot you shouldn’t miss while in Varna is El Kapan. It has garnered a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 3,370 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 2,955 satisfied customers.

Cuba Beach Bar is an excellent example. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,018 customers.

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

Makalali Beach is another of the best bars in the city of Varna that serves various drinks. This bar is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 2,461 customers.

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

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Day 11

Day 11 – Nessebar, Obzor, and Burgas

  • Nesebar
  • Burgas
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Drive 142 km, 2 hours 47 min

  • Парк Обзор
  • Sunny Beach
  • Ancient Theatre
  • Church of Saint Sophia
  • Archaeological Museum
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 11 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 Nessebar, Obzor, 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.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Varna, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Nessebar may take around 53 min. Upon your arrival in Nessebar, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Sunny Beach. This town is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 6,830 reviews.

Next up, make your way to Ancient Theatre. This sightseeing destination has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,906 reviews.

When you’re ready for your next sight of the day, continue to Church of Saint Sophia. This church has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 9,853 visitors.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Nesebar Archaeological Museum. This museum is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,715 visitors.

After soaking in Nessebar’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Burgas. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 43 min. When you arrive in Burgas, it's time to take a break from the road.

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

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

Make a reservation at Happy Bar & Grill, a popular dining spot in Burgas. Its reputation for being a popular dining spot shines through its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 6,335 satisfied diners.

Make a reservation at Happy Bar & Grill while indulging in the charm of Burgas. This restaurant offers a delicious menu reflected with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, cherished by 5,139 discerning connoisseurs.

Indulge in the flavors of Romance Pub & Pizza, a treasured establishment in Burgas. Its diverse menu promises to tantalize your palate and elevate your dining experience. Known for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 2,070 satisfied guests.

If you’re in the mood for a drink, visit Papa Beer - Craft Beer Bar, one of the best bars in the city. Papa Beer - Craft Beer Bar is an excellent place to have a refreshing evening drink after exploring Burgas. This bar is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 981 customers.

Alternatively, you could enjoy a toast with locals at Caribe. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,358 customers.

Ti Bar & Kitchen - ресторант и бар в Бургас also belongs to the list of the best bars in Burgas, and its ratings and reviews are proof of this claim. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 835 customers.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 12

Day 12 – Stara Zagora and Plovdiv

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

  • The Clock
  • The Sea Garden
  • Bedechka Park
  • Park “Ayazmo“
  • Artilereeski Park
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 12 of your road trip in Bulgaria. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 3 vibrant destinations - Burgas, Stara Zagora, and Plovdiv. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Plovdiv. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to The Clock. This point of interest is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Burgas, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,744 visitors.

The Sea Garden is another popular place of interest you can visit today. The average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 34,703 reviews gives you an idea of other visitors’ experience at this attraction.

When you’ve had your share of Burgas, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Stara Zagora. Your travel time is around 1 hour 48 min.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at “Bedechka” Park, a remarkable park where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 6,214 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Park “Ayazmo“. This park has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 8,233 travelers.

Artileriyski Park is another must-visit attraction. This renowned park offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,601 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Stara Zagora and set your GPS to Plovdiv. 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 10 min. Upon reaching Plovdiv, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

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

Have a delightful culinary experience when you dine at Pavaj. Favored by many foreign travelers and locals, this restaurant in Plovdiv boasts a carefully curated and enticing menu. Its delectable dishes have earned it an impressive rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from around 3,861 visitors.

Another dining spot you shouldn’t miss while in Plovdiv is Restaurant SOUTH breeze. It has garnered a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 3,322 diners thanks to its impeccable menu options and flavors.

Experience a celebration of flavors when you dine in at Hemingway Restaurant, in Plovdiv. Its delightful menu and flavorful dishes have earned it a stellar rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,363 satisfied customers.

If you’re up for getting a drink after dinner, Rock Bar Download is a great place to go. Around 845 customers have rated this popular bar an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Но сенс клуб has an atmosphere and drink selection that guests especially enjoy. Но сенс клуб has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 984 reviews and is considered one of the best you can experience in the city.

Another top-rated alternative for a celebratory drink is Bar The Post. If this is where the night will take you, you’re in for a fun time in Plovdiv. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 425 customers.

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

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Day 13

Day 13 – Plovdiv - departure day

  • Plovdiv - Departure day
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  • Alyosha Monument
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Day 13 of your road trip in Bulgaria is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Plovdiv before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Make the most of your final day in Bulgaria by visiting Plovdiv’s iconic markets and shopping establishments. Your stay’s proximity to the city’s retail haven invites an unhurried and unforgettable exploration of its variety of stores and establishments.

Secure the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends back home or buy yourself a remembrance of your amazing experience in Bulgaria.

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

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

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