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

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14 days & 13 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 14-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Plovdiv, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, 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 3 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, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, 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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Hotel, 13 nights
Rental car, 14 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
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 / 3 nights
Photo of Saint Anastasia Island in Burgas bay, Black Sea, Bulgaria. Lighthouse tower and old wooden buildings on rocky coast.Burgas / 1 night

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Attractions

The Sea Garden, Burgas, BulgariaThe Sea Garden
Photo of Varna spring time, beautiful aerial view above sea garden, Bulgaria.Sea Garden
South Park
Borisova Gradina Park
Photo of Balchik Palace Castle of Romanian Queen Marie at Bulgarian Black Sea coast.Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
Tsar Simeon Garden
Balchik Botanic Garden
Park "Zaimov"
Ethno village Etar
Sofia Zoo, R-7276261, R-186382, R-4283101Sofia Zoo
Photo of sunset aerial view of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.National Palace of Culture
Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno
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 Church of the Holy Mother of God inside of the Asen's Fortress in Rhodopes mountain, Asenovgrad, Bulgaria.Asen's Fortress
Photo of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Varna, Bulgaria. Completed in 1886, and also known as the Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral.Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
Photo of beautiful Sunny Beach with umbrellas and sunbeds in Nesebar, Bulgaria.Sunny Beach
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
Sveta Nedelya Church
Golden Bridges, Vitosha, Sofia City, Sofia-City, BulgariaGolden Bridges
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
National Museum of Military History, R-7276261, R-186382, R-4283101National Museum of Military History
Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
Archaeological Museum
Artilereeski Park
photo of view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria cityscape view of city and the ruins of the old fortress Nebet Tepe, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Nebet Tepe
Monument of Mother Bulgaria
The Clock
photo of view of Aerial drone view of Albena sandy beach resort, Bulgaria. Summer tourism.,Obrochishte Bulgaria.Albena
Museum of Natural Sciences
Парк Обзор
Ancient Theatre

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Day 1

Day 1 – Plovdiv - arrival day

  • Plovdiv - Arrival day
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  • Alyosha Monument
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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 2 nights 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.

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

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

Treat yourself to a delightful dining experience at Айлякрия / Aylyakria Restaurant while you’re in Plovdiv. Famous for its lovely menu and mouthwatering dishes, it has captivated around 1,229 diners, earning it an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Another favorite dining locale in Plovdiv is Happy Bar & Grill Novotel. Have a satisfying meal from the menu that has charmed its way to the hearts of around 4,350 happy customers, who gave it an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

While in Plovdiv, enjoy Torro Grande / Торро Гранде’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 4,651 satisfied guests.

If you’re looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Rahat Tepe, claiming it’s one of the best. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,984 customers.

If you feel like going somewhere else, another popular option in the city is Club Fargo. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,132 customers.

Котка и Мишка, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar is yet another top-rated place where you can easily spend an hour or two. This bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,070 customers.

Raise a toast to the start of your 14-day road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Plovdiv

  • Plovdiv
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Drive 3 km, 42 min

  • Singing Fountains
  • Tsar Simeon Garden
  • Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
  • Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
  • Nebet Tepe
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On day 2 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Plovdiv. You’ll stay in Plovdiv for 1 night and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

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 Plovdiv 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.

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

Don't miss out on experiencing Pavaj, a renowned dining spot in Plovdiv. This restaurant's rich flavors have left a lasting impression on diners. Its dedication to culinary perfection is evident in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 3,861 satisfied guests.

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

Discover the culinary treasures of Hemingway Restaurant, a beloved dining establishment within Plovdiv. Its exquisite menu promises to tantalize your taste buds and transport you to culinary bliss. Renowned for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 2,363 satisfied customers.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at one of the best bars in Plovdiv, Rock Bar Download. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 845 customers.

Travelers and locals alike also recommend Но сенс клуб. This bar has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 984 customers.

Bar The Post is another popular place for a drink, considered one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 425 customers.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – Plovdiv, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, and Sofia

  • Asenovgrad
  • Plovdiv
  • Sofia
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Drive 207 km, 3 hours 19 min

  • Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
  • Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno
  • Asen's Fortress
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 3 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 Plovdiv, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, and Sofia. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Sofia. Sofia will be your home away from home for 4 nights.

Make Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis one of your first sightseeing stops in Plovdiv. Rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 7,705 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Museum of Natural Sciences is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This museum is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 2,478 reviews.

Set your GPS to Asenovgrad and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 39 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Asenovgrad beckons with new experiences!

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Asen's Fortress. This fortress is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 7,063 visitors.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Sofia, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Asenovgrad to Sofia may take around 2 hours 7 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Sofia. Sofia offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

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

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

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

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

Bar Friday is one of the best bars you can visit in Sofia tonight. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,410 customers.

You can also enjoy a glass or two at a popular place like The Cocktail Bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 2,814 customers.

Alternatively, try One More Bar. One More Bar is the perfect place to get to know some locals in the city. This top-recommended bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,228 customers.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 7 km, 1 hour 10 min

  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Knyazheska Garden
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Park "Zaimov"
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Day 4 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.

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.

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

Reserve your spot at The Wrong Bar, 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 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 1,293 satisfied guests.

Make it a priority to experience Taj Mahal Restaurant during your stay in Sofia. This popular local restaurant offers an unparalleled menu, with a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,423 discerning guests.

Explore the culinary wonders of Luciano, 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 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,291 satisfied guests.

To get a drink at one of the best bars in the city, go to Halbite Beer Hall. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,280 customers.

If you’d like to continue your evening somewhere else, we recommend heading to Lime Cafe & Cocktails. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,223 customers.

A third bar where you could have a great time tonight is 5 Corners Pub. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,463 customers.

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Reduta, Musagenitsa, and Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 21 km, 1 hour 7 min

  • Muzeiko
  • Sofia Zoo
  • National Museum of Military History
  • Park "Geo Milev
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Day 5 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Reduta for 2 nights 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.

Make sure to book a table at Mamma Mia Ltd, 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 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,252 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at Island Restaurant during your stay in Sofia. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 1,035 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Марайа Класик / Maraia Classic, 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 1,002 satisfied guests.

If you’re up for getting a drink, consider going to K. E. B. A. Around 1,055 customers have given this incredible bar an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Locals of Reduta also enjoy the drinks at By the Way. This place is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 909 customers and is one of the best you can experience in the city.

Another top-rated alternative for a celebratory drink is Грийн бар. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,037 customers.

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

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Day 6

Day 6 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 54 km, 1 hour 51 min

  • North Park
  • Holy Trinity Park
  • Golden Bridges
  • Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
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Day 6 of your road trip will take you to the best attractions Sofia has to offer. Cherish the 1 night you have left in Sofia by discovering the best things there are to see and do in the city.

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

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

Plan ahead and secure a table at Esterhasi Restaurant, an acclaimed dining establishment in Sofia. This restaurant and its exquisite cuisine have earned the admiration of diners far and wide. Its commitment to culinary excellence shines through its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 731 satisfied guests.

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

Indulge in the rich flavors of Divaka, an elegant culinary destination in Sofia. A menu crafted to perfection guarantees a dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Its stellar reputation is reflected in its 4.1 out of 5-star rating from 4,532 previous guests.

If you feel like having a drink or two after your meal, an awesome bar you can go to is BSD 2 NDK. This place has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 838 customers.

To enjoy a great atmosphere, continue your evening at Kathrine Cocktail - Bar. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 769 customers.

Bilkova bar is another great place where you can celebrate your adventures in Sofia. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 757 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 7

Day 7 – Sofia and Lovech

  • Sofia
  • Lovech
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Drive 165 km, 2 hours 56 min

  • Sveta Nedelya Church
  • Russian Monument Square
  • National Palace of Culture
  • South Park
  • Druzhba Park
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On day 7 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Bulgaria, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 2 destinations, Sofia and Lovech. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Lovech, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

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

When you’re finished at St. Nedelya Church, head to Russian Monument Square. This one-of-a-kind point of interest is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 6,588 reviews.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit National Palace of Culture. This convention center is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 14,510 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, then consider a visit to South Park. This park is a much-appreciated attraction with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 30,763 visitors.

To round off your sightseeing experience, make your way to Druzhba Park. This famous park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 8,509 travelers.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Lovech, 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 Sofia to Lovech may take around 1 hour 50 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 Lovech, 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 Lovech's best restaurants.

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.

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.

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

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Day 8

Day 8 – 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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On day 8 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 Devetaki, Lovech, Boicheta, Dolni Varpishta, and Veliko Tarnovo. In the evening, you’ll end up in Veliko Tarnovo, where you will stay for 1 night.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Covered Bridge. This bridge is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Lovech, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 6,683 visitors.

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.

Journey into the unknown at Ethno village Etar, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable museum has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 14,151 reviews.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Boicheta, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Dolni Varpishta. This drive usually takes around 28 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

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

At the end of the day, you will drive to Veliko Tarnovo, 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 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.

Treat yourself to a delightful dining experience at Restaurant Asenevtsi while you’re in Veliko Tarnovo. Famous for its lovely menu and mouthwatering dishes, it has captivated around 1,457 diners, earning it an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Another favorite dining locale in Veliko Tarnovo is VkusoteriA. Have a satisfying meal from the menu that has charmed its way to the hearts of around 993 happy customers, who gave it an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

While in Veliko Tarnovo, enjoy Shtastliveca ("The Lucky One")’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 8,818 satisfied guests.

Experience the local nightlife scene. Bianko is a highly recommended bar with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,466 customers.

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

Tequila Bar Funky Monkey is another great bar that serves various drinks. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 493 customers.

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

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Day 9

Day 9 – 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
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 9 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 3 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Journey into the unknown at Monument of Mother Bulgaria, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable point of interest 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.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Shumen. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 58 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

After soaking in Shumen’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Varna. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 53 min. When you arrive in Varna, it's time to take a break from the road.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Varna. Varna offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

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

Make sure to reserve a table at Sweet Parmy, an iconic dining spot in Varna. 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 645 satisfied guests.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy culinary excellence at Happy Bar & Grill Center (Varna) while in Varna. This renowned dining destination showcases an exquisite menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, treasured by 8,318 previous guests.

Delight in the culinary creations of Happy Bar & Grill, a favorite in Varna. 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 7,456 discerning guests.

Cubo is one of the best bars in Varna and the perfect place to go for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,527 customers.

You may also want to check out Beach Bar Menthol. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your evening endeavors. Beach Bar Menthol is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,430 customers.

Alternatively, head out to The Garden Bar. The Garden Bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,562 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Bulgaria!

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Day 10

Day 10 – 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

Greet day 10 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 2 nights 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, Balchik, Kavarna, Dobrich, and Varna.

When you’ve had your share of Dobrich, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Varna. Your travel time is around 47 min.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll return to Varna and your accommodation.

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

Make a reservation at Staria Chinar - Port Varna, a popular dining spot in Varna. Its reputation for being a popular dining spot shines through its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 4,810 satisfied diners.

Make a reservation at Godzila Sevastopol while indulging in the charm of Varna. This restaurant offers a delicious menu reflected with a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, cherished by 4,248 discerning connoisseurs.

Indulge in the flavors of Staria Chinar Restaurant, a treasured establishment in Varna. 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 3,178 satisfied guests.

After dinner, visit Muffin bar & coffee, which is considered one of the best bars in the city. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,718 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular place like The BRICK bar. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,387 customers.

Alternatively, check out Bar PUNTA CANA. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,540 customers.

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

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Day 11

Day 11 – Varna

  • Varna
  • More

Drive 12 km, 46 min

  • Dolphinarium Varna
  • Sea Garden
  • Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
  • Retro Museum
  • More

On day 11 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.

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

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

Book a table at Морска тераса, a famous dining establishment in Varna. 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 3,104 satisfied diners.

Another dining place you should visit in Varna is El Kapan, which boasts a variety of tasteful dishes that cater to different palates. It has earned a commendable 4.5 out of 5 stars, demonstrating the positive feedback from 3,370 satisfied customers.

Locals and visitors alike recommend Varna’s Happy Bar & Grill for the delightful dining experience it gives. The establishment has garnered positive reviews for its tasty dishes, holding an admirable score of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,955 satisfied diners.

Cuba Beach Bar is one of the best bars in Varna and the perfect place for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,018 customers.

You may also want to check out Cafe Bar Soho. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your celebrations. Cafe Bar Soho is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 136 customers.

Alternatively, head out to Makalali Beach. Makalali Beach has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 2,461 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Bulgaria!

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Day 12

Day 12 – Nessebar, Obzor, and Burgas

  • Nesebar
  • Burgas
  • More

Drive 143 km, 2 hours 52 min

  • Парк Обзор
  • Sunny Beach
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Church of Saint Sophia
  • Ancient Theatre
  • More

Dive into day 12 of your remarkable road trip in Bulgaria. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Nessebar, Obzor, and Burgas, 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 Burgas. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

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

Drop by the renowned Sunny Beach. This popular town has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 6,830 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Nesebar Archaeological Museum. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,715 visitors, this museum deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Church of Saint Sophia. This church has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 9,853 reviews.

Another favorite attraction in the area is Ancient Theatre. This sightseeing destination and popular place of interest enjoys a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,906 local and international travelers.

Set your GPS to Burgas and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 43 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Burgas beckons with new experiences!

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

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

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

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

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

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at one of the best bars in Burgas. Papa Beer - Craft Beer Bar is a fantastic option, with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 981 customers.

To end your night the best way possible, don't forget to check out Caribe. This bar offers a great variety of drinks and has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,358 customers.

Another bar with a great atmosphere is Ti Bar & Kitchen - ресторант и бар в Бургас. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 835 customers.

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

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Day 13

Day 13 – Burgas, Stara Zagora, and Plovdiv

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

  • The Clock
  • The Sea Garden
  • Bedechka Park
  • Park “Ayazmo“
  • Artilereeski Park
  • More

Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 13 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 Burgas, Stara Zagora, and Plovdiv. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Plovdiv. Plovdiv will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Drop by the renowned The Clock. This popular sightseeing destination has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,744 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is The Sea Garden. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 34,703 visitors, this park deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

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

Start your sightseeing with a visit to “Bedechka” Park. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 6,214 visitors.

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

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

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.

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

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

Make sure to book a table at р-нт , Малък Бунарджик", 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 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 2,166 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at PASA Restaurant during your stay in Plovdiv. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 1,284 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Restaurant Rio, 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 1,069 satisfied guests.

If you’re looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Wunderbaer - Hills Beer Bar & Shop, claiming it’s one of the best in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 180 customers.

Another popular place to go for a drink is Morado Bar & Dinner. This bar is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 2,509 customers.

Secrets Club 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 880 customers.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Bulgaria!

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Day 14

Day 14 – Plovdiv - departure day

  • Plovdiv - Departure day
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  • Youth Hill
  • More

Day 14 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.

On your last day in Bulgaria, take time to indulge in shopping at Plovdiv’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 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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