5-Day Bulgaria Road Trip from Burgas to Stara Zagora and Plovdiv

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Duration
5 days & 4 nights
Available
Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
4 nights included
Car rental
5 days included
Flights
Optional
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Description

Explore the best of Bulgaria on a 5-day road trip! Uncover hidden gems and experience the rich culture firsthand as you journey through Burgas, Sozopol, Ravadinovo, Stara Zagora, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, and Plovdiv. 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 2 nights in Burgas, 1 night in Stara Zagora, and 1 night in Plovdiv. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

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

Upon arriving in Burgas, 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 Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Burgas, Sozopol, Ravadinovo, Stara Zagora, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, and Plovdiv, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Bulgaria. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Bulgaria.

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

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

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

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Included

Hotel, 4 nights
Rental car, 5 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Стара Загора -  in BulgariaStara Zagora / 1 night
Ravadinovo
Photo of aerial view of Assen Fortress (Asenova krepost, Petrich), Asenovgrad, Rhodope mountains, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Asenovgrad
Photo of aerial view of Bulgarian town Sozopol.Sozopol
Photo of aerial view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Plovdiv / 1 night
Photo of Saint Anastasia Island in Burgas bay, Black Sea, Bulgaria. Lighthouse tower and old wooden buildings on rocky coast.Burgas / 2 nights
Bachkovo

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Attractions

The Sea Garden, Burgas, BulgariaThe Sea Garden
Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
Tsar Simeon Garden
Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno
Singing Fountains
Park “Ayazmo“
Castle of Ravadinovo
Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
Photo of the Church of the Holy Mother of God inside of the Asen's Fortress in Rhodopes mountain, Asenovgrad, Bulgaria.Asen's Fortress
Bedechka Park
Harmanite Beach
Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
Artilereeski Park
The Clock
Boris's garden (Borisova gradina)
photo of view of Aerial view of Kavatsite - sand dunes near town of Sozopol , Burgas Region, Bulgaria.Kavatsite
Парк "Минерални бани", Burgas, BulgariaПарк "Минерални бани

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small car
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Medium car

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premium car
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Day 1

Day 1 – Burgas - arrival day

  • Burgas - Arrival day
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  • The Sea Garden
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Say hello to Burgas! 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 Burgas for 1 night before you continue your adventure!

Burgas is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out The Sea Garden or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

Make your way to your chosen hotel. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM in Burgas. Make yourself at home and enjoy some downtime before heading out again.

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

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. With a recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure. Dine in style at ROMANCE Pizzeria Speciale, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Hotel Bulgaria Burgas boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out IN BAR. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Burgas.

Continue your lively evening at Billiard Club Hot Shot, a perfect place for winding down or revving up the night, depending on which mood you’re in. Bar Target is another excellent bar that offers a great selection of drinks to suit any mood. If you prefer to go somewhere else, Bar Bossa ensures a night out tailored to your taste.

Raise a toast to the start of your 5-day road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Burgas, Sozopol, Ravadinovo, and Stara Zagora

  • Stara Zagora
  • Burgas
  • Sozopol
  • Ravadinovo
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Drive 254 km, 3 hours 19 min

  • Boris's garden (Borisova gradina)
  • Castle of Ravadinovo
  • Kavatsite
  • Harmanite Beach
  • Парк "Минерални бани
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On day 2 of your road trip in Bulgaria, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Burgas, Sozopol, and Ravadinovo. In the evening, you’ll end up in Stara Zagora, where you will stay for 1 night.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Ravadinovo, 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 Burgas to Ravadinovo may take around 29 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Ravadinovo, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Take the opportunity to see Boris's Garden (Borisova Gradina). This attraction has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 2,195 visitors.

Парк "Минерални бани" is another sightseeing hotspot in the area. This park has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,653 travelers.

When you’ve had your share of Ravadinovo, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Sozopol. Your travel time is around 8 min.

Journey into the unknown at Kavatsite, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable bay has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,692 reviews.

When you’re ready to continue your sightseeing, Harmanite Beach is a recommended place to visit. This point of interest is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 5,134 reviews.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Stara Zagora, 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 Stara Zagora.

Celebrated as a restaurant, it boasts an exceptional menu. This establishment consistently wows guests, making it a memorable stop during your holiday. Nestled in the city's heart, is a perfect choice for discerning cuisine enthusiasts seeking a new experience. Enjoy a sumptuous meal at The Fat Chef, a highly-rated dining destination in Stara Zagora. If you're eager to try something different, consider At The Admiral, another top spot with a tantalizing menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Restaurant Uniqato. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s an excellent choice to enhance your stay in Stara Zagora this evening.

Following your dinner, dive into the local bar culture at Beer Kolobars Bar. Alternatively, go to Brothers' cafe, the perfect place for those looking to experience the best of the nightlife. Similarly, Hello Cafe provides excellent drinks and a great atmosphere, ensuring a memorable night out.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – Stara Zagora, Bachkovo, Asenovgrad, and Plovdiv

  • Plovdiv
  • Stara Zagora
  • Bachkovo
  • Asenovgrad
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Drive 140 km, 2 hours 47 min

  • Bedechka Park
  • Park “Ayazmo“
  • Artilereeski Park
  • Asen's Fortress
  • Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno
  • More

Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 3 of your road trip in Bulgaria. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 3 vibrant destinations - Stara Zagora, Bachkovo, and Asenovgrad. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Plovdiv. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Stara Zagora, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Asenovgrad may take around 1 hour 16 min. Upon your arrival in Asenovgrad, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is “Bedechka” Park. Previous visitors have rated this park an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 6,214 reviews.

Park “Ayazmo“ is a local recommendation that you also can pay a visit today. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 8,233 reviews.

Another attraction you won't want to miss is Artileriyski Park. This park is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 3,601 reviews.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Asenovgrad, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Bachkovo may take around 16 min. Upon your arrival in Bachkovo, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno", a remarkable place of worship where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 13,019 reviews.

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.

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.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. With a recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure. Dine in style at Rahat Tepe, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Ресторант "Старият Пловдив" boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out RESTAURANT Raia. Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Plovdiv.

Extend your evening after a delightful meal by visiting Rock Bar Download, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a night out. Moreover, Morado Bar & Dinner is another popular option for a drink or two. Likewise, Wunderbaer - Hills Beer Bar & Shop also provides a great ambiance for reminiscing about the day and raising a toast to your vacation.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Plovdiv and Burgas

  • Burgas
  • Plovdiv
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Drive 258 km, 3 hours 1 min

  • Singing Fountains
  • Tsar Simeon Garden
  • Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
  • Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
  • Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
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On day 4 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Bulgaria, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Plovdiv. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Burgas, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Burgas. This car ride takes around 2 hours 27 min.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Singing Fountains. This park is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 12,362 visitors.

“Tsar Simeon Garden” Park is another popular attraction you could visit today. This park has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 15,346 visitors.

Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis is also highly recommended by travelers. This point of interest has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 7,705 visitors.

Old Town of Plovdiv is an attraction you won’t want to miss. This park is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 4,329 reviews.

Another attraction you have the opportunity to visit today is Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis. This sightseeing destination has received an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 17,603 travelers.

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

As you explore more of Burgas, you'll discover that its culinary landscape is as diverse as its attractions. Whether you're craving traditional dishes bursting with local flavors or innovative creations that push the boundaries of taste, you're sure to find a dining experience that satisfies your cravings.

This local establishment consistently satisfies guests, ensuring an unforgettable holiday experience. Known as a top-rated , it's a top choice in the city. Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at Теньова къща, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Neptune? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Gracia Pizzeria as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Burgas.

After enjoying a fulfilling meal, continue your evening at Malibu, ideal for those looking to unwind with a drink in a comfortable setting. Alternatively, Saxa Beach offers a welcoming atmosphere for easing into the nightlife. Similarly, Barabar provides an excellent environment for a relaxed and enjoyable evening.

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 – Burgas - departure day

  • Burgas - Departure day
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  • The Clock
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Day 5 of your road trip in Bulgaria is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Burgas before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

As your final day in Bulgaria unfolds, don’t miss the chance for a last-minute shopping spree in Burgas’s shopping district. Your accommodation’s convenient location near the city’s shopping area offers the luxury of time, so you don’t have to limit yourself from leisurely strolling its streets amidst a collection of establishments.

Look for the perfect gift for your loved ones back home, or buy yourself a little keepsake to remind you of Bulgaria. Keep the spirit of your trip to Bulgaria alive with these special souvenirs.

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

Renowned as a restaurant, it offers an exceptional menu. This restaurant consistently impresses guests, ensuring a memorable addition to your holiday. Nestled in the heart of the city, is an ideal choice for discerning foodies seeking culinary excellence. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Romance Pub & Pizza, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu.

You’ll then say farewell to Burgas. 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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