Two-Week Bulgaria Road Trip from Varna to Shumen, Lovech, Sofia, Plovdiv, and Burgas

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15 days & 14 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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Explore the best of Bulgaria on a 15-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Varna, Balchik, Shumen, Veliko Tarnovo, Lovech, Karlukovo, Lukovit, Sofia, Plovdiv, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, Burgas, Stara Zagora, and Nessebar. This road trip itinerary in Bulgaria seamlessly combines exploration with relaxation.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Bulgaria takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 3 nights in Varna, 1 night in Shumen, 1 night in Lovech, 5 nights in Sofia, 3 nights in Plovdiv, 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 Varna, 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 Varna, Balchik, Shumen, Veliko Tarnovo, Lovech, Karlukovo, Lukovit, Sofia, Plovdiv, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, Burgas, Stara Zagora, and Nessebar, 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, 14 nights
Rental car, 15 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia / 5 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
Photo of Iskar Panega Geopark along the Gold Panega River ,Lukovit, Bulgaria.Lukovit
Shumen - region in BulgariaShumen / 1 night
Photo of aerial view of Assen Fortress (Asenova krepost, Petrich), Asenovgrad, Rhodope mountains, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Asenovgrad
Велико Търново -  in BulgariaVeliko Tarnovo
Photo of aerial view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Plovdiv / 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"
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
North Park
Church of Saint Sophia
Park "Geo Milev
Ivan Vazov" National Theater
Photo of Eagles' bridge in Sofia, Bulgaria.Eagles' Bridge
Photo of Prohodna cave is also known as God's eyes near Karlukovo village, Bulgaria.Prohodna Cave
Druzhba Park
Park “Ayazmo“
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
photo of view of Covered wooden bridge in the town of Lovech in Bulgaria over the Osam river.,Lovech bulgaria.Covered Bridge
photo of view of Pink Pelican resting on a wooden bridge across the lake in the autumn city park Varna, Bulgaria. Soft warm colors of the setting sun,Varna Bulgaria.Varna Zoo
Russian Monument Square
West Park
Bedechka Park
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
Boyana Church Museum, Vitosha, Sofia City, Sofia-City, BulgariaBoyana Church
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
Regional History Museum Sofia
National Museum of History, Vitosha, Sofia City, Sofia-City, BulgariaNational Museum of History
Archaeological Museum
Artilereeski Park
Panega Eco Trail
Archaeological Museum Varna
photo of view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria cityscape view of city and the ruins of the old fortress Nebet Tepe, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Nebet Tepe
Zlaten Park
Monument of Mother Bulgaria
The Clock
Riverside Landscape Park "Panega
Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship
Ancient Theatre
Church of the Holy Mother Eleusa
photo of view of Summer view of Varna Clock Tower - one of best known city's landmarks. Varna, Bulgaria.,Varna bulgaria.Clock Tower of Varna
Ascension Cathedral

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Day 1

Day 1 – Varna - arrival day

  • Varna - Arrival day
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  • Sea Garden
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Say hello to Varna! Your exciting road trip through Bulgaria is just about to start. Navigating the top places to see in the region is a breeze with a car. The rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for pickup upon your arrival in the city. You will stay in Varna for 2 nights before you continue your adventure!

Varna 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 Varna. 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 Varna. 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 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 a fantastic bar many locals in Varna recognize. This popular bar is an excellent place to unwind after a busy day and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,527 customers.

You can also enjoy a few drinks and some snacks at Beach Bar Menthol, another popular bar in the city. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,430 customers.

The Garden Bar is a local favorite and a great place to hang out and socialize with other travelers in Varna. Customers have rated the exciting The Garden Bar an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 2,562 reviews.

Raise a toast to the start of your 15-day road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Varna

  • Varna
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Drive 15 km, 39 min

  • Retro Museum
  • Varna Zoo
  • Dolphinarium Varna
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On day 2 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.

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.

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

Make sure to book a table at Staria Chinar - Port Varna, a popular restaurant in Varna. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of food lovers. Its commitment to culinary excellence is evident in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 4,810 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at Godzila Sevastopol during your stay in Varna. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 4,248 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Staria Chinar Restaurant, a renowned dining destination in Varna. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 3,178 satisfied guests.

If you’re up for getting a drink, consider going to Muffin bar & coffee. Around 1,718 customers have given this incredible bar an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Locals of Varna also enjoy the drinks at The BRICK bar. This place is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,387 customers and is one of the best you can experience in the city.

Another top-rated alternative for a celebratory drink is Bar PUNTA CANA. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,540 customers.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – Varna, Balchik, and Shumen

  • Varna
  • Shumen
  • Balchik
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Drive 169 km, 2 hours 37 min

  • Archaeological Museum Varna
  • Clock Tower of Varna
  • Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
  • Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park
  • Balchik Botanic Garden
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On day 3 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 Varna, Balchik, and Shumen. In the evening, you’ll end up in Shumen, where you will stay for 1 night.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Archaeological Museum Varna. This museum is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 3,157 visitors.

Clock Tower of Varna is another popular attraction you could visit today. This clock tower has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 606 visitors.

Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral is also highly recommended by travelers. This eastern orthodox cathedral has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 7,003 visitors.

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

Make Balchik Palace one of your first sightseeing stops in Balchik. Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 19,545 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Balchik Botanic Garden is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This park is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 15,424 reviews.

After soaking in Balchik’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Shumen. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 1 hour 33 min. When you arrive in Shumen, 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 Shumen. Shumen offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

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

Reserve your spot at Primo Bar & Grill, a popular local restaurant in Shumen. This culinary hotspot and its flavorful dishes have left a lasting impression on guests. Its dedication to culinary mastery is reflected by its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 1,308 satisfied guests.

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

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

Experience the local nightlife scene. BACARDI CLUB is a highly recommended bar with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,210 customers.

You can also enjoy drinks at a popular bar among locals like Zino Club. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 646 bar-goers.

СПОРТЕН БАР И ГРИЛ "РЕФЕРИТЕ" is another great bar that serves various drinks. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 285 customers.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Veliko Tarnovo and Lovech

  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Lovech
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Drive 229 km, 3 hours 21 min

  • Ascension Cathedral
  • Tsarevets Fortress
  • Marno Pole Park
  • Monument of Mother Bulgaria
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Dive into day 4 of your remarkable road trip in Bulgaria. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Veliko Tarnovo and Lovech, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Lovech. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Shumen and set your GPS to Veliko Tarnovo. 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 52 min. Upon reaching Veliko Tarnovo, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Journey into the unknown at Patriarchal Cathedral of the Holy Ascension, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable church has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 224 reviews.

When you’re ready to continue your sightseeing, Tsarevets Fortress is a recommended place to visit. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 11,802 reviews.

Another must-see attraction in Veliko Tarnovo is Marno Pole Park. Rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 4,637 travelers, this popular tourist destination in Veliko Tarnovo offers an experience you will remember.

Monument of Mother Bulgaria is another popular stop on travelers' itineraries in Veliko Tarnovo. This point of interest promises memorable moments of exploring. Other travelers have rated this attraction 4.7 out of 5 stars in 2,765 reviews.

Set your GPS to Lovech and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 11 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Lovech beckons with new experiences!

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

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

Have a delightful culinary experience when you dine at Ачевата механа. Favored by many foreign travelers and locals, this restaurant in Lovech boasts a carefully curated and enticing menu. Its delectable dishes have earned it an impressive rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from around 1,337 visitors.

Another dining spot you shouldn’t miss while in Lovech is Drakata. It has garnered a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,743 diners thanks to its impeccable menu options and flavors.

Experience a celebration of flavors when you dine in at Tavern Varosha, in Lovech. Its delightful menu and flavorful dishes have earned it a stellar rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 930 satisfied customers.

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

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

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

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Lovech, Karlukovo, Lukovit, and Sofia

  • Lovech
  • Lukovit
  • Sofia
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Drive 201 km, 3 hours 18 min

  • Covered Bridge
  • Zlaten Park
  • Riverside Landscape Park "Panega
  • Panega Eco Trail
  • Prohodna Cave
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 5 of your road trip in Bulgaria. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 4 vibrant destinations - Lovech, Karlukovo, Lukovit, 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 5 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Covered Bridge. This extraordinary bridge has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 6,683 visitors.

When you’ve had your share of Lovech, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Lukovit. Your travel time is around 59 min.

When you're ready to see some sights, Zlaten Park is a great place to start with. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 3,150 visitors.

Another popular attraction you can visit today is Riverside Landscape Park "Panega". This park has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 2,258 travelers.

We also recommend a stop at Panega Eco Trail. The sightseeing destination has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 3,406 visitors.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Lukovit, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Sofia. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 51 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

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.

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.

Reserve a table at Hadjidraganov's Houses Restaurant, 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 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,010 guests.

Ensure you experience culinary excellence at Restaurant "Staria Chinar" while in Sofia. This dining establishment presents an exquisite menu that has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, acclaimed by 2,717 discerning diners.

Experience a taste of Sofia at Art Club Museum, 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 2,570 customers.

After dinner, visit one of the best bars in the city, Bar Friday. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 3,410 reviews and guarantees you a great time.

If you want to continue your night somewhere else, head to a popular bar like The Cocktail Bar. This bar is a local favorite, with great drinks, lovely service, and an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,814 customers.

The options in Sofia don’t end there, you could also spend some time at the excellent One More Bar. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,228 customers, this bar is one of the best places to relax after a long, adventure-filled day.

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 17 km, 1 hour 7 min

  • Sofia Zoo
  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Knyazheska Garden
  • National Palace of Culture
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Day 6 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Sofia for 4 nights more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

One of the most unique ways of discovering what else Sofia has to offer is by going on a top-rated tour. Be sure to check out all the experiences Sofia offers and add your favorites to your Bulgaria travel package below.

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

Reserve a table at 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.

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

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

Alternatively, locals recommend 5 Corners Pub. This bar, rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,463 customers, is one of the best bars in the city of Sofia.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Bulgaria!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 23 km, 1 hour 18 min

  • National Museum of History
  • Holy Trinity Park
  • Russian Monument Square
  • Sveta Nedelya Church
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
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Day 7 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.

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 Sofia 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.

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.

Reserve your spot at Mamma Mia Ltd, 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 1,252 satisfied guests.

Make it a priority to experience Island Restaurant during your stay in Sofia. This popular local restaurant offers an unparalleled menu, with a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,035 discerning guests.

Explore the culinary wonders of Марайа Класик / Maraia Classic, 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 1,002 satisfied guests.

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

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

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

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 8

Day 8 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 60 km, 2 hours 7 min

  • West Park
  • Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Park "Zaimov"
  • Golden Bridges
  • More

Day 8 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.

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.

Elevate your experience by savoring a meal in Esterhasi Restaurant, a distinguished dining establishment in Sofia. It has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews of 731 satisfied guests and a menu that’s committed to quality and flavor.

Another dining spot you shouldn't miss while in Sofia is Restaurant "Panchetata". This popular restaurant’s appealing menu has garnered a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews shared by 626 happy diners.

Divaka stands out as a local favorite in Sofia. 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 4.1 out of 5-star rating from 4,532 customers.

BSD 2 NDK is an excellent example. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 838 customers.

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

Bilkova bar is another of the best bars in the city of Sofia that serves various drinks. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 757 customers.

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

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Day 9

Day 9 – Sofia and Musagenitsa

  • Sofia
  • More

Drive 51 km, 1 hour 46 min

  • Boyana Church
  • South Park
  • Muzeiko
  • Druzhba Park
  • Bells Park
  • More

On day 9 of your road trip, you will have an entire day to explore Sofia. You’ll stay in Sofia for 1 night and discover all the best things to see and do in the area.

If you have an appetite for more adventure, check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Sofia on this day of your trip. You'll find the most recommended ones below.

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

For a memorable dining experience, be sure to visit Pod Lipite (Under the Linden Trees) Restaurant. Known for its excellent cuisine and commitment to quality dishes, this restaurant in Sofia has received a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from around 2,625 happy diners.

When seeking local-favorite dining spots, Manastirska Magernitsa Restaurant should be on your list. Situated in the heart of Sofia, it has become a beloved food venue for its delicious menu. It boasts a rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 2,749 satisfied diners, a testament to its favored status.

Ready for a culinary adventure? Book a table at J. J. Murphy's. This highly regarded restaurant in Sofia has earned a rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars, thanks to its flavorful dishes and positive reviews from 2,471 satisfied guests.

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

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Day 10

Day 10 – Sofia, Reduta, and Plovdiv

  • Sofia
  • Plovdiv
  • More

Drive 164 km, 2 hours 42 min

  • Regional History Museum Sofia
  • North Park
  • Lions' Bridge
  • National Museum of Military History
  • Park "Geo Milev
  • More

Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 10 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 Sofia, Reduta, 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 3 nights.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Regional History Museum – Sofia / Регионален исторически музей – София. This museum is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Sofia, with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 4,246 visitors.

North Park is another popular place of interest you can visit today. The average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 10,850 reviews gives you an idea of other visitors’ experience at this attraction.

If it’s still bright and early, make your way to Lions' Bridge. Visitors have rated this footbridge an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 6,331 reviews.

Set your GPS to Plovdiv and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 40 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Plovdiv beckons with new experiences!

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

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

Make a reservation at Айлякрия / Aylyakria Restaurant, a popular dining spot in Plovdiv. Its reputation for being a popular dining spot shines through its 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 1,229 satisfied diners.

Make a reservation at Happy Bar & Grill Novotel while indulging in the charm of Plovdiv. This restaurant offers a delicious menu reflected with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, cherished by 4,350 discerning connoisseurs.

Indulge in the flavors of Torro Grande / Торро Гранде, a treasured establishment in Plovdiv. 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 4,651 satisfied guests.

Rahat Tepe is one of the best bars in Plovdiv and the perfect place for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,984 customers.

You may also want to check out Club Fargo. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your celebrations. Club Fargo is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,132 customers.

Alternatively, head out to Котка и Мишка, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar. Котка и Мишка, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,070 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

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

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Day 11

Day 11 – Plovdiv, Bachkovo, and Asenovgrad

  • Asenovgrad
  • Plovdiv
  • More

Drive 71 km, 2 hours 3 min

  • Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno
  • Asen's Fortress
  • Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
  • Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
  • Youth Hill
  • More

Day 11 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Plovdiv for 2 nights more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

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

Treat yourself to a delightful dining experience at Pavaj while you’re in Plovdiv. Famous for its lovely menu and mouthwatering dishes, it has captivated around 3,861 diners, earning it an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Another favorite dining locale in Plovdiv is Restaurant SOUTH breeze. Have a satisfying meal from the menu that has charmed its way to the hearts of around 3,322 happy customers, who gave it an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

While in Plovdiv, enjoy Hemingway Restaurant’s appetizing dishes. This dining establishment has earned a positive reputation and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, thanks to the endorsements and reviews of around 2,363 satisfied guests.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at one of the best bars in the city. Rock Bar Download is a popular option with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 845 customers.

Another top option is Но сенс клуб. This bar offers a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 984 customers.

Bar The Post is also a great place to continue your evening. This bar is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 425 customers.

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

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Day 12

Day 12 – Plovdiv

  • Plovdiv
  • More

Drive 6 km, 1 hour 27 min

  • Alyosha Monument
  • Singing Fountains
  • Tsar Simeon Garden
  • Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
  • Nebet Tepe
  • More

Day 12 of your road trip across Bulgaria promises a magnificent time exploring Plovdiv. You have 1 night left in Plovdiv. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

To immerse yourself in more memorable moments in Plovdiv, 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 Plovdiv below.

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.

Plan ahead and secure a table at р-нт , Малък Бунарджик", an acclaimed dining establishment in Plovdiv. 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 2,166 satisfied guests.

Do not overlook the culinary excellence of PASA Restaurant while experiencing the best of Plovdiv. This renowned restaurant presents a refined menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 1,284 discerning diners.

Indulge in the rich flavors of Restaurant Rio, an elegant culinary destination in Plovdiv. A menu crafted to perfection guarantees a dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Its stellar reputation is reflected in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,069 previous guests.

Wunderbaer - Hills Beer Bar & Shop is one of the best bars in Plovdiv and the perfect place to go for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 180 customers.

You may also want to check out Morado Bar & Dinner. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your evening endeavors. Morado Bar & Dinner is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars by 2,509 customers.

Alternatively, head out to Secrets Club. Secrets Club has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 880 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

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

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Day 13

Day 13 – Burgas and Stara Zagora

  • Burgas
  • Stara Zagora
  • More

Drive 282 km, 3 hours 38 min

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

On day 13 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Bulgaria, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 3 destinations, Burgas, Stara Zagora, and Burgas. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Burgas, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Plovdiv, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Stara Zagora may take around 1 hour 17 min. Upon your arrival in Stara Zagora, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to “Bedechka” Park. This park is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Stara Zagora, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 6,214 visitors.

Park “Ayazmo“ is another popular place of interest you can visit today. The average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 8,233 reviews gives you an idea of other visitors’ experience at this attraction.

If it’s still bright and early, make your way to Artileriyski Park. Visitors have rated this park an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 3,601 reviews.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Burgas. This car ride takes around 1 hour 45 min.

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

Don't miss out on experiencing Happy Bar & Grill, a renowned dining spot in Burgas. This restaurant's rich flavors have left a lasting impression on diners. Its dedication to culinary perfection is evident in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 6,335 satisfied guests.

Make a reservation at Happy Bar & Grill while immersing yourself in Burgas. This distinguished restaurant offers imaginative dishes, with a remarkable rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 5,139 guests.

Discover the culinary treasures of Romance Pub & Pizza, a beloved dining establishment within Burgas. Its exquisite menu promises to tantalize your taste buds and transport you to culinary bliss. Renowned for its exceptional service, it has earned a 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 2,070 satisfied customers.

If you feel like having a drink or two after your meal, an awesome bar you can go to is Papa Beer - Craft Beer Bar. This place has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 981 customers.

To enjoy a great atmosphere, continue your evening at Caribe. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,358 customers.

Ti Bar & Kitchen - ресторант и бар в Бургас is another great place where you can celebrate your adventures in Burgas. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 835 customers.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Bulgaria!

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Day 14

Day 14 – Nessebar and Varna

  • Nesebar
  • Varna
  • More

Drive 139 km, 2 hours 44 min

  • Archaeological Museum
  • Ancient Theatre
  • Church of Saint Sophia
  • Church of the Holy Mother Eleusa
  • Sunny Beach
  • More

On day 14 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 Nessebar and Varna. In the evening, you’ll end up in Varna, where you will stay for 1 night.

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

Drop by the renowned Nesebar Archaeological Museum. This popular museum has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,715 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Ancient Theatre. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,906 visitors, this point of interest 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 "Holy Mother Eleusa" Church. This point of interest and popular place of interest enjoys a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,185 local and international travelers.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Sunny Beach. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 6,830 travelers, this town is an attraction many avid travelers highly recommend visiting while in Nessebar.

Varna’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Nessebar behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 33 min. Varna welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

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

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

Plan ahead and secure a table at Морска тераса, an acclaimed dining establishment in Varna. This restaurant and its exquisite cuisine have earned the admiration of diners far and wide. Its commitment to culinary excellence shines through its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 3,104 satisfied guests.

Do not overlook the culinary excellence of El Kapan while experiencing the best of Varna. This renowned restaurant presents a refined menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 3,370 discerning diners.

Indulge in the rich flavors of Happy Bar & Grill, an elegant culinary destination in Varna. A menu crafted to perfection guarantees a dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Its stellar reputation is reflected in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 2,955 previous guests.

Cuba Beach Bar is a must-visit. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,018 customers.

You can also enjoy having some snacks and drinks at Cafe Bar Soho. This bar is a popular hangout spot among locals and has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 136 customers.

Makalali Beach is another top-rated city bar we recommend in Varna. Rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 2,461 customers, this bar is a great place to cap off the night.

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

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Day 15

Day 15 – Varna - departure day

  • Varna - Departure day
  • More
  • Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship
  • More

Day 15 of your road trip in Bulgaria is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Varna before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

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

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

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

You’ll then say farewell to Varna. 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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