6-Day Bulgaria Road Trip from Sofia traveling west to Blagoevgrad and Kyustendil

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

Escape the ordinary with this exciting 6-day road trip through Bulgaria that promises to leave you speechless. With this exciting adventure, you will have the chance to explore the diverse landscapes and local cultures of Sofia, Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil, Nevestino, Stob, Bistritsa, Pernik, and Leskovets. Pack your bags, hit the road, and prepare for an unforgettable journey where every moment becomes a lasting story.

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 Sofia, 1 night in Blagoevgrad, and 1 night in Kyustendil. 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 Sofia, 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. South Park and Borisova Gradina Park are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Sofia, Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil, Nevestino, Stob, Bistritsa, Pernik, and Leskovets, 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, 5 nights
Rental car, 6 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia / 3 nights
Bistritsa
Blagoevgrad - city in BulgariaBlagoevgrad / 1 night
Leskovets
Nevestino
Кюстендил -  in BulgariaKyustendil / 1 night
Перник -  in BulgariaPernik
Stob

Map

Attractions

South Park
Borisova Gradina Park
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Photo of Beautiful view of the Orthodox Rila Monastery, a famous tourist attraction and cultural heritage monument in the Rila Nature Park mountains in Bulgaria.Rila Monastery
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
North Park
Vitosha
Park "Geo Milev
Ivan Vazov" National Theater
Photo of Eagles' bridge in Sofia, Bulgaria.Eagles' Bridge
Druzhba Park
Holy Trinity Park
photo of  view of View of ruined defence walls and tower of Hisarlaka fortress with big broken jars in Kyustendil, Bulgaria,Kyustendil bulgaria.Hisarlaka Fortress
photo of view of Stock Photo ID: 323530922  Bliznaka (Twin) Lake in Rila mountain, Bulgaria,Bistritsa Bulgaria.Rila
photo of view of Path along the Stob Pyramids Rock Formations in Bulgaria.,Stob Bulgaria.Stob Earth Pyramids
Alis Petting Zoo, Pernik, BulgariaAlis Petting Zoo
Централен парк
Kadin Bridge
photo of view of Museum of Mining,Pernik Bulgaria.Museum of Mining
Living Water Spring

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Car

Small car

Small car

Category
small car
Transmission
People
Large bags
Medium car

Medium car

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Medium
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Large bags
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Premium car

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premium car
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Day 1

Day 1 – Sofia - arrival day

  • Sofia - Arrival day
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  • Park "Zaimov"
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Say hello to Sofia! 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 Sofia for 2 nights before you continue your adventure!

Sofia 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 Park "Zaimov" 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 Sofia. 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 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.

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from guests. As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at Mamma Mia Ltd, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Divaka is another top choice with a popular menu.

If you’re not ready to end the night just yet, Halbite Beer Hall offers a perfect venue to relax and savor a drink. Similarly, Lime Cafe & Cocktails is well-suited for those looking to unwind in a social setting.

Raise a toast to the start of your 6-day road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Sofia and Reduta

  • Sofia
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Drive 44 km, 1 hour 37 min

  • Druzhba Park
  • Park "Geo Milev
  • Sofia Zoo
  • South Park
  • North Park
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Day 2 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Reduta for 1 night more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

Make Druzhba Park your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this park an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 8,509 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Sofia Zoo. With an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 14,962 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this zoo every year.

South Park is another attraction you can visit on this day of your vacation. This park has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 30,763 visitors.

When you’re finished at South Park, the perfect next stop is North Park. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 10,850 reviews.

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.

As you explore more of Sofia, 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 Face bar & dinner, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Art Club Museum? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – Sofia and Blagoevgrad

  • Blagoevgrad
  • Sofia
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Drive 111 km, 2 hours 18 min

  • National Palace of Culture
  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
  • 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 1 vibrant destinations - Sofia. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Blagoevgrad. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Blagoevgrad, 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 Blagoevgrad may take around 1 hour 18 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Blagoevgrad, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to National Palace of Culture. This convention center is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 14,510 visitors.

Borisova Gradina Park is another popular attraction you could visit today. This park has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 27,346 visitors.

Eagles' Bridge is also highly recommended by travelers. This stone bridge has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 10,196 visitors.

St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an attraction you won’t want to miss. This church is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 19,648 reviews.

Another attraction you have the opportunity to visit today is Ivan Vazov National Theater. This sightseeing destination has received an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 9,760 travelers.

At the end of the day, you will drive to Blagoevgrad, 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 Blagoevgrad.

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. 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.

Extend your evening after a delightful meal by visiting BeFree, which offers the perfect atmosphere for a night out. Moreover, Swing is another popular option for a drink or two. Likewise, Найс плейс also provides a great ambiance for reminiscing about the day and raising a toast to your vacation.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil, Nevestino, Rila Monastery, Stob, and Bistritsa

  • Kyustendil
  • Nevestino
  • Stob
  • Bistritsa
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Drive 141 km, 2 hours 57 min

  • Stob Earth Pyramids
  • Rila Monastery
  • Rila
  • Kadin Bridge
  • Hisarlaka Fortress
  • More

Dive into day 4 of your remarkable road trip in Bulgaria. Today you will explore Kyustendil, Nevestino, Rila Monastery, Stob, and Bistritsa, 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 Kyustendil. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Take the opportunity to see Hisarlaka Fortress. This attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 3,960 visitors.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Bistritsa, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Nevestino. This drive usually takes around 32 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

Make Kadin Bridge your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this sightseeing destination an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 1,457 reviews.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Kyustendil. Kyustendil 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 you explore more of Kyustendil, 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.

Renowned for its , this restaurant presents an outstanding menu of cuisine. This distinguished -recipient is a favorite among guests, making it a worthy addition to your holiday plans. With an acclaim, it promises a dining experience you won't want to miss. Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at Restaurant Friends, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Hotel Ramira offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss Vintage bar and dinner. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Kyustendil.

After savoring a delicious meal, step into the vibrant nightlife at Vogue, where the evening is just getting started.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Bulgaria!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Kyustendil, Pernik, Leskovets, and Sofia

  • Sofia
  • Pernik
  • Leskovets
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Drive 184 km, 3 hours 48 min

  • Alis Petting Zoo
  • Централен парк
  • Museum of Mining
  • Living Water Spring
  • Vitosha
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On day 5 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Bulgaria, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 2 destinations, Pernik and Leskovets. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Sofia, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Pernik. This car ride takes around 22 min.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Living Water Spring, a remarkable point of interest where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 394 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at Vitosha Nature Park. This park has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 9,432 travelers.

After soaking in Leskovets’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Pernik. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 22 min. When you arrive in Pernik, it's time to take a break from the road.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Централен парк. This park is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 1,960 reviews.

Next up, make your way to Mining museum of Pernik. This mining museum has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,264 reviews.

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.

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

This -awardee earns consistently high praises from guests. As a top-rated it is an ideal choice in the city. Enjoy a lovely meal at J. J. Murphy's, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Restaurant "Staria Chinar" is another top choice with a popular menu.

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 6

Day 6 – Sofia - departure day

  • Sofia - Departure day
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  • Holy Trinity Park
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Day 6 of your road trip in Bulgaria is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Sofia 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 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.

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

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 Taj Mahal Restaurant, a top recommendation for dinner tonight. Or, for a change of pace, Manastirska Magernitsa Restaurant boasts a menu that's sure to impress.

You’ll then say farewell to Sofia. 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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