6-Day Road Trip in Bulgaria and Greece from Sofia to Thessaloniki and Blagoevgrad

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6 days & 5 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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5 nights included
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6 days included
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Set off on an exciting multi-country adventure lasting 6 days. The journey covers Bulgaria and Greece, showcasing stunning scenery at every stop.

With this ultimate European tour package, you'll experience the essence of 2 incredible countries, each offering a tapestry of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories. You'll stay 3 nights in Bulgaria and 2 nights in Greece.

In the first leg of your journey, you'll find yourself in the heart of Bulgaria, a land filled with treasures waiting to be discovered. You’ll collect your chosen rental car in the city of Sofia and begin your adventure from there. Explore Sofia, Blagoevgrad, and Plovdiv, where picturesque vistas and cultural gems await your exploration.

Next, prepare to be mesmerized by the diverse and vibrant landscapes of Greece. Immerse yourself in the allure of Thessaloniki, Vergina, and Edessa, where every street tells a story.

Your multi-country road trip brings you close to some of Europe’s most iconic attractions and landmarks, such as Thessaloniki’s White Tower of Thessaloniki. From must-see attractions to breathtaking viewpoints, this meticulously crafted itinerary promises you a glimpse into the unique features of this region in Europe.

Throughout your tour, you’ll stay at some of the best accommodations along your route. Our recommendations always include options with varying levels of comfort, ranging from 3 to 5-star hotels that cater to various preferences and budgets.

Your ultimate multi-country road trip across Bulgaria and Greece will not be complete without indulging in some retail therapy! Embark on a quest for a rare souvenir in each destination. Beyond the thrill of buying unique goods, it’s also an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in local customs and interact with friendly locals at every stop.

By booking this holiday package, you can save yourself from the tedious task of researching and planning your road trip in Europe. We'll handle all the travel arrangements for your 6-day self-drive adventure in Bulgaria and Greece. With our expertise, you can enjoy a hassle-free experience and focus on immersing yourself in incredible destinations without the stress of organizing every detail. This holiday deal also comes with 24/7 travel support and a step-by-step guide accessible via our mobile app to assist you throughout your journey.

Discover breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and iconic landmarks in multiple European countries on one epic road trip! Travel across borders and experience the freedom of the open road as you create lifelong memories in Bulgaria and Greece.

Choose your travel dates today and start planning your unforgettable multi-country road trip with Guide to Europe!

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Hotel, 5 nights
Rental car, 6 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia / 2 nights
Blagoevgrad - city in BulgariaBlagoevgrad / 1 night
Vergina
Thessaloniki Municipal Unit - city in GreeceThessaloniki / 2 nights
Photo of panoramic aerial view of Edessa Waterfall, Central Macedonia, Greece.Edessa
Photo of aerial view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Plovdiv

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Photo of aerial drone view of iconic historic landmark ,old byzantine White Tower of Thessaloniki or Salonica, North Greece.White Tower of Thessaloniki
Photo of aerial drone panoramic view of iconic landmark Aristotelous square in the heart of Thessaloniki or Salonica, North Greece.Aristotelous Square
South Park
Borisova Gradina Park
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
Photo of Waterfall in the park of the city of Edessa, Greece.Waterfalls Park, Edessa
Tsar Simeon Garden
Park "Zaimov"
Photo of sunset aerial view of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.National Palace of Culture
The Umbrellas by Zongolopoulos, 1st District of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Municipal Unit, Municipality of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Regional Unit, Central Macedonia, Macedonia and Thrace, GreeceThe Umbrellas by Zongolopoulos
Singing Fountains
photo of view of Arch of Galerius and Rotunda, Thessaloniki, Greece.Arch of Galerius and Rotunda
Ivan Vazov" National Theater
photo of view of Agia Sofia Square travel guide, Thessaloniki, Greece.Agias Sofias Square
photo of View of a fruits and vegetables stand at the outdoor market Kapani in Thessaloniki Greece,Thessaloniki Greece.Kapani
Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
Museum of the Royal Tombs at Aigai (Aegae), Veria, Imathia Regional Unit, Central Macedonia, Macedonia and Thrace, GreeceMuseum of the Royal Tombs at Aigai (Aegae)
photo of view ofAtatürk useumM, Thessaloniki, Greece.Atatürk useumM

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Day 1

Day 1 – Sofia - arrival day

  • Sofia - Arrival day
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  • Borisova Gradina Park
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Your unforgettable multi-country road trip in Bulgaria and Greece begins the moment you arrive in the awe-inspiring city of Sofia in Bulgaria. You’ll check in at a top-rated hotel and stay in Sofia for 1 night.

Catch an early flight to Bulgaria to enjoy as much time as possible exploring Sofia before it’s time to hit the road and drive to your next destination. Discover the city’s rich history, breathtaking sights, and lively atmosphere with visits to the most popular attractions.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated park and attraction in Sofia — Borisova Gradina Park. About 27,346 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Sofia. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in Bulgaria. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the city.

As the sun dips under the horizon, freshen up and head out to discover the best dining spots in Sofia. Check out our recommendations on where to wine and dine while seeing this marvelous destination in Bulgaria in a new light. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax, mingle with the locals, and raise a toast to your unforgettable road trip vacation in Europe.

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 Mamma Mia Ltd, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Divaka? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Face bar & dinner as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Sofia.

Explore the vibrant nightlife at Halbite Beer Hall after your meal, a hub for lively evenings and memorable moments. Or, head to Lime Cafe & Cocktails for a great selection of flavorful drinks and a charming setting.

Your multi-country road trip in Bulgaria and Greece has only just begun. Brace yourself for more exciting days to come as you cross country borders in the comfort of your rental car and discover the most unique attractions, activities, and foods of each destination.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Sofia and Thessaloniki

  • Thessaloniki
  • Sofia
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Drive 305 km, 4 hours 26 min

  • South Park
  • National Palace of Culture
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 2 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, where you’ll be making 1 stop. The highlights of today include the wonderful destinations of Sofia in Bulgaria. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Thessaloniki, your home for 2 nights.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Sofia, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Set course for Greece! Under favorable conditions, your drive to Thessaloniki may take around 3 hours 40 min. Upon your arrival in Thessaloniki, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

A favorite among locals and travelers alike in Sofia is the fantastic South Park. As an appreciated park and local gem in the area, South Park has earned an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 30,763 reviews.

Next up on your agenda, you will find the extraordinary National Palace of Culture. This attraction is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 14,510 visitors, so don't miss the opportunity to experience it for yourself!

Join countless others in discovering the allure of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a standout church and attraction that's captivated the hearts of many. It has a stellar rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 19,648 reviewers.

Experience the magic that has drawn so many to the doorstep of the outstanding Ivan Vazov National Theater. This point of interest is a highly recommended attraction in the city boasting an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 9,760 visitor reviews.

After an exciting day of sightseeing, it’s time to check in at your accommodation in Thessaloniki. This is not only a place to sleep but your home away from home, offering a warm welcome after a long day on the road.

If you're eager to sample culinary delights during your multi-country road trip in Bulgaria and Greece, you'll be excited to head out for dinner and get a taste of the local cuisine in Thessaloniki. After dinner, head out to a bar to reminisce about your day and raise a toast to this stop on your road trip.

This popular -awarded venue consistently exceeds expectations, ensuring a memorable holiday experience. Have a fantastic dining experience at Kitchen Bar, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, The Greek offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, Ενοχές Bar is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in Thessaloniki.

Extend your evening after a delightful meal by visiting Vogatsikou 3, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a night out. Moreover, Castra- All Day Terrace Bar is another popular option for a drink or two. Likewise, Apallou also provides a great ambiance for reminiscing about the day and raising a toast to your vacation.

Savor the moment and raise a toast to yet another amazing day of your vacation in Bulgaria and Greece! Enjoy your evening in Thessaloniki to the fullest by mingling with the locals at a bar, taking a stroll around the city center, or simply just relaxing.

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Day 3

Day 3 – Thessaloniki, Vergina, and Edessa

  • Thessaloniki
  • Vergina
  • Edessa
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Drive 216 km, 3 hours 35 min

  • Waterfalls Park, Edessa
  • Museum of the Royal Tombs at Aigai (Aegae)
  • White Tower of Thessaloniki
  • The Umbrellas by Zongolopoulos
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On day 3 of your European tour in Bulgaria and Greece, you’ll start and end your day in Thessaloniki, but spend the day exploring what’s beyond the city. Since you will return to Thessaloniki for 1 night more, there’s no need to rush. Experience Thessaloniki in Greece to the fullest today with this curated day itinerary!

You'll enjoy easy access to the most remarkable sights in Thessaloniki, including the outstanding White Tower of Thessaloniki. Having an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 51,335 reviews and welcoming more than 290,192 visitors each year, this fascinating fortified tower and attraction is one of the top travel destinations in the city.

Thessaloniki is also home to the captivating The Umbrellas Sculpture by Zogolopoulos, a local sightseeing destination considered one of the highlights of the city. About 13,676 visitors have rated this incredible site with 4.7 out of 5 stars, proving its popularity.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Vergina. This car ride takes around 1 hour 3 min.

Something that makes Vergina the perfect holiday destination is that the city offers easy access to many popular places of interest, like the outstanding museum, Museum of the Royal Tombs at Aigai (Aegae). This local gem has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 8,578 visitors.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Thessaloniki, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Edessa may take around 1 hour 18 min. Upon your arrival in Edessa, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated urban park and attraction in Edessa — Waterfalls Park, Edessa. About 19,283 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

If you're eager to sample culinary delights during your multi-country road trip in Bulgaria and Greece, you'll be excited to head out for dinner and get a taste of the local cuisine in Thessaloniki. After dinner, head out to a bar to reminisce about your day and raise a toast to this stop on your road trip.

Esteemed as a restaurant, it features an exceptional menu. This venue consistently impresses guests, making it a standout addition to your holiday plans. Located in the heart of the city, is an ideal pick for cuisine lovers seeking top-notch culinary experiences. Treat yourself to a wonderful meal at rOOTS, a top-rated dining spot in Thessaloniki. If you're in the mood for something new, try Menta, another premier location with a delectable menu. You might also want to book a table at Opsopoion Maganeiai. Known for its consistently satisfied patrons, it’s a perfect choice to elevate your evening in Thessaloniki.

After enjoying a delightful dinner, why not delve into the vibrant local bar scene? You might want to spend the evening at Tribeca, a well-loved spot among locals and tourists. Or, head to Kafodeio Greek. This bar boasts a welcoming environment that is perfect for winding down. You could also continue your night at Pulp, another top-rated place in the area.

Take in the ambiance of Thessaloniki as this vacation day slowly comes to an end. Whether you’re going bar hopping or you decide on a quiet night at your hotel, you have another exciting day of your road trip to look forward to!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Thessaloniki and Blagoevgrad

  • Blagoevgrad
  • Thessaloniki
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Drive 202 km, 3 hours 11 min

  • Kapani
  • Aristotelous Square
  • Agias Sofias Square
  • Arch of Galerius and Rotunda
  • Atatürk useumM
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 4 of your multi-country journey across Bulgaria and Greece. This exciting part of your road trip invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 1 vibrant destinations - Thessaloniki in Greece. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to Blagoevgrad where you'll spend 1 night of well-deserved relaxation.

Blagoevgrad’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Thessaloniki behind. This drive usually takes around 2 hours 30 min. Blagoevgrad welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

A tour of Thessaloniki is not complete without a visit to the famous Kapani. This incredible market and attraction has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 11,618 travelers.

Make the most of your Thessaloniki travel adventure by seeing another popular site, the wonderful Aristotelous Square. This square and unique destination is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 42,159 travelers.

You can then move on to the incredible Agias Sofias Square for an experience worth remembering. This local square and standout destination has received an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 10,231 visitors.

If you want to discover more, consider stopping by the famous Atatürk Museum. This amazing site is a wonderful house museum with more than 7,650 wanderlust-filled travelers rating it an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

After a long day of discovery, it's time to settle in at a top-rated hotel in Blagoevgrad. Indulge in well-deserved rest and rejuvenation, preparing for the continued adventure that lies ahead.

Before this memorable day of your vacation comes to a close, treat your palate to a taste of Bulgaria's delectable cuisine at one of Blagoevgrad's best restaurants. After a nice meal, enhance your vacation experience by enjoying the local nightlife or unwinding with a drink or two in the city’s most recommended bars.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from previous guests, making it a must-visit addition to your holiday experience. This awardee is a highly recommended choice for an unforgettable meal. Make sure to reserve a table at Tchsasovnika, an iconic dining spot in Blagoevgrad. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Bar All Stars, a popular restaurant in Blagoevgrad. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Verde, a hidden gem nestled in Blagoevgrad. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

Explore the vibrant nightlife at BeFree after your meal, a hub for lively evenings and memorable moments. Or, head to Swing for a great selection of flavorful drinks and a charming setting. Furthermore, Найс плейс is perfect for those looking to extend their night with a touch of local flavor.

Go to bed happy and look forward to a good night’s sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Your European tour continues tomorrow!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Blagoevgrad, Plovdiv, and Sofia

  • Sofia
  • Plovdiv
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Drive 386 km, 4 hours 43 min

  • Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
  • Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
  • Tsar Simeon Garden
  • Singing Fountains
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On day 5 of your multi-country road trip across Bulgaria and Greece, 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 to see in Plovdiv in Bulgaria. In the evening, you’ll end up in Sofia, where you will stay for 1 night.

This outstanding travel destination inspires so many travelers each year.

When you’ve had your share of Blagoevgrad, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Plovdiv. Your travel time is around 2 hours 41 min.

One place travelers keep coming back to in Plovdiv is the magnificent Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis. Around 17,603 visitors have rated this excellent point of interest and travel destination an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

We also recommend you explore the amazing Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis on this leg of your adventure in Bulgaria. This attraction is a well-known point of interest that has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from around 7,705 travelers.

The remarkable “Tsar Simeon Garden” Park is known to be one of the best places to visit in Plovdiv, and its average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 15,346 traveler reviews is proof.

Dive deeper into Plovdiv by exploring the captivating Singing Fountains. With a stellar average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 12,362 travelers, make sure this wonderful site is on your Plovdiv exploration list!

Take some time off from the road, it’s time to check in at a top-rated stay in Sofia. Choose a hotel where you can gently let go of the day’s excitement and enjoy some peace and relaxation.

As the sun sets on day 5 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Sofia's top restaurants and eateries, each offering a local taste of Bulgaria to remember your trip by. After a fulfilling dinner, dive into the city’s local nightlife. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of popular pubs or want to take in the ambiance of a quiet bar, Sofia has them.

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 Art Club Museum, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, J. J. Murphy's boasts a menu that's sure to impress. Also, be sure to check out Restaurant "Staria Chinar". Known as a local hotspot, it’s a great choice for tonight in Sofia.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Sofia - departure day

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  • Park "Zaimov"
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On day 6 you have reached the last destination of your European road trip. Catch one last glimpse of Sofia before it’s time to leave.

Depending on how much time you have before your departure, you may want to engage in some last-minute shopping or souvenir hunting. Get some unique items to remind you of your great European road trip across Bulgaria and Greece. If shopping isn’t your thing, visit some of the lesser-known attractions you have yet to discover.

On your last day in Bulgaria, take time to indulge in shopping at Sofia’s popular marketplace. Thanks to your accommodation’s strategic location, the 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. These souvenirs will help you treasure your memories of Bulgaria forever.

Get a last taste of Bulgaria’s tasty traditional food. Choose from a curated list of the best local food and drink spots in Sofia and enjoy what may be your last vacation meal of this trip. Look forward to recreating these distinct culinary experiences in your own kitchen later to remind you of your unforgettable road trip across Bulgaria and Greece.

Esteemed for its , this restaurant offers a remarkable selection of cuisine. This esteemed -recipient consistently impresses guests, making it a must-visit spot during your holiday. With its recognition, it guarantees an unforgettable dining adventure. Savor the flavors at Taj Mahal Restaurant, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Manastirska Magernitsa Restaurant beckons with its unique menu offerings.

The time has come to say farewell to Sofia for now. You will realize that you’re traveling home with more than you came with as you look back at your 6-day European road trip in Bulgaria and Greece with fond memories. Safe travels!

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