7-Day Bulgaria Road Trip from Plovdiv traveling west to Sofia and Pazardzhik

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Duration
7 days & 6 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
6 nights included
Car rental
7 days included
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Description

Experience the freedom of the open road in Bulgaria as you embark on an unforgettable 7-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like Plovdiv, Samokov, Dupnitsa, Bistritsa, Sofia, Pazardzhik, and Bachkovo. Set off on the ultimate European adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Bulgaria takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 3 nights in Plovdiv, 2 nights in Sofia, and 1 night in Pazardzhik. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

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

Upon arriving in Plovdiv, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Bulgaria on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Bulgaria. 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 Plovdiv, Samokov, Dupnitsa, Bistritsa, Sofia, Pazardzhik, and Bachkovo, 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, 6 nights
Rental car, 7 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia / 2 nights
Bistritsa
Photo of amazing aerial view of the regional town Pazardzhik, Bulgaria.Pazardzhik / 1 night
Photo of panoramic aerial view of Samokov, Bulgaria.Samokov
Photo of aerial view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Plovdiv / 3 nights
Photo of aerial view of Center of Dupnitsa town, Bulgaria.Dupnitsa
Bachkovo

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South Park
Borisova Gradina Park
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
Tsar Simeon 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
North Park
Park "Geo Milev
Ivan Vazov" National Theater
Photo of Eagles' bridge in Sofia, Bulgaria.Eagles' Bridge
Druzhba Park
Holy Trinity Park
Knyazheska Garden
Photo of ruins of a late antiquity fortress with religious complex "Tsari Mali Grad" from the 6th century, Bulgaria.Tsari Mali Grad
Youth Hill
Photo of aerial view of the Alyosha soldier monument in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Alyosha Monument
Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
photo of view of Stock Photo ID: 323530922  Bliznaka (Twin) Lake in Rila mountain, Bulgaria,Bistritsa Bulgaria.Rila
photo of view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria cityscape view of city and the ruins of the old fortress Nebet Tepe, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Nebet Tepe
City Park by the river Iskar
Fountain on Freedom Square - Dupnitsa

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Day 1

Day 1 – Plovdiv - arrival day

  • Plovdiv - Arrival day
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  • Youth Hill
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Say hello to Plovdiv! 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 Plovdiv for 2 nights before you continue your adventure!

Plovdiv 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 Youth Hill or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Plovdiv. 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 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 popular -awarded venue consistently exceeds expectations, ensuring a memorable holiday experience. Have a fantastic dining experience at Rahat Tepe, a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, Ресторант "Старият Пловдив" offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu. Additionally, RESTAURANT Raia is worth considering. Renowned for satisfying diners, it’s an ideal option for tonight in Plovdiv.

Round off your dining experience by visiting Rock Bar Download, a prime location for a drink. Alternatively, explore the distinctive characteristics of Morado Bar & Dinner, a bar catering to every mood and preference. Wunderbaer - Hills Beer Bar & Shop likewise offers a unique atmosphere, perfect for a memorable night out.

Raise a toast to the start of your 7-day road trip in Bulgaria!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Plovdiv

  • Plovdiv
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Drive 3 km, 42 min

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

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

Next, make your way to “Tsar Simeon Garden” Park. This top attraction is a park with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 15,346 visitors.

We also recommend a visit to Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis. This sightseeing destination is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 17,603 travelers.

If you’re keen to keep exploring, visit Old Town of Plovdiv. This highly recommended sightseeing destination has received an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 4,329 travelers.

Today is also your chance to spend some time at Nebet Tepe. This hill is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,910 travelers.

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.

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

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 Италиански ресторант Пикантино, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Айлякрия / Aylyakria Restaurant offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss Pri Ilyas (Brazilia). With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Plovdiv.

Cap off your dinner by heading to ANYWAY Social Bar, ideal for a leisurely evening with a drink in hand. Крилото Cocktail Bar is another bar that offers an enjoyable setting. Similarly, Cocktail Bar Noris is also a popular place to go on a night out, perfect for relaxing and socializing.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – Plovdiv, Samokov, Dupnitsa, Bistritsa, and Sofia

  • Sofia
  • Samokov
  • Dupnitsa
  • Bistritsa
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Drive 259 km, 3 hours 53 min

  • City Park by the river Iskar
  • Tsari Mali Grad
  • Fountain on Freedom Square - Dupnitsa
  • Rila
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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 - Samokov, Dupnitsa, and Bistritsa. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Sofia. You will spend 2 nights here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Samokov, 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 Plovdiv to Samokov may take around 1 hour 50 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Samokov, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Make City Park by the river Iskar one of your first sightseeing stops in Samokov. Rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 2,225 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Bistritsa. This car ride takes around 8 min.

A top pick for your self-guided sightseeing tour today is Fountain on Freedom Square - Dupnitsa. Previous visitors have rated this point of interest an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 181 reviews.

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

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 Mamma Mia Ltd, a highly-rated dining destination in Sofia. If you're eager to try something different, consider Divaka, another top spot with a tantalizing menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Face bar & dinner. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s an excellent choice to enhance your stay in Sofia this evening.

Continue your evening by exploring the vibrant nightlife scene at Halbite Beer Hall, a prime destination for a thrilling night out. Also, don’t forget to check out Lime Cafe & Cocktails, a bar that offers unique local touches.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 28 km, 1 hour 20 min

  • Sofia Zoo
  • South Park
  • National Palace of Culture
  • Holy Trinity Park
  • North Park
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Day 4 of your road trip across Bulgaria promises a magnificent time exploring Sofia. You have 1 night left in Sofia. Take the opportunity to experience more of the best attractions and activities in the city.

Seize the day by visiting some of the best attractions in the area, like Sofia Zoo. This extraordinary zoo has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 14,962 visitors.

Next, make your way to South Park. This park is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 30,763 reviews.

While in Sofia, we also recommend a visit to National Palace of Culture. This convention center has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 14,510 reviews.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Holy Trinity Park. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 7,768 travelers, this park is a highly recommended stop on your sightseeing around Sofia.

Make your way to North Park, perhaps the most famous park in Sofia. This attraction 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.

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

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 Art Club Museum, a highly-rated dining destination in Sofia. If you're eager to try something different, consider J. J. Murphy's, another top spot with a tantalizing menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Restaurant "Staria Chinar". With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s an excellent choice to enhance your stay in Sofia this evening.

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

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Day 5

Day 5 – Sofia and Pazardzhik

  • Pazardzhik
  • Sofia
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Drive 117 km, 2 hours 9 min

  • Park "Zaimov"
  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Knyazheska Garden
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
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On day 5 of your exciting self-drive vacation in Bulgaria, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Sofia. When you’re not sightseeing, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Pazardzhik, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Set your GPS to Pazardzhik and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 18 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Pazardzhik beckons with new experiences!

Drop by the renowned Park "Zaimov". This popular park has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 15,209 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Borisova Gradina Park. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 27,346 visitors, this park deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

We also recommend a visit to Eagles' Bridge. This stone bridge has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 10,196 reviews.

Another favorite attraction in the area is Knyazheska Garden. This park and popular place of interest enjoys a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 7,672 local and international travelers.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Ivan Vazov National Theater. With an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 9,760 travelers, this point of interest is an attraction many avid travelers highly recommend visiting while in Sofia.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Pazardzhik. Pazardzhik 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 day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Pazardzhik's best restaurants.

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. Enjoy a delicious meal at Тука Е Така, a top-rated dining destination in Pazardzhik. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider FRANGO, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Хюга Ресторант / Hygge Restaurant. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Pazardzhik this evening.

Cap off your dinner by heading to Coffee "Corleone", ideal for a leisurely evening with a drink in hand. Paradise Bar is another bar that offers an enjoyable setting.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Bulgaria!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Pazardzhik, Reduta, Bachkovo, Sofia, and Plovdiv

  • Plovdiv
  • Bachkovo
  • Sofia
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Drive 321 km, 4 hours 29 min

  • Druzhba Park
  • Park "Geo Milev
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Bachkovo Monastery "Uspenie Bogorodichno
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Dive into day 6 of your remarkable road trip in Bulgaria. Today you will explore Reduta, Bachkovo, and Sofia, 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 Plovdiv. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Upon your arrival in Reduta, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Park "Geo Milev". This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 10,324 reviews.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Bachkovo. This drive usually takes around 2 hours 6 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

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.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Plovdiv, 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 you explore more of Plovdiv, 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 Hemingway Restaurant, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Restaurant Rio offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss Le Petit Paris. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Plovdiv.

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

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

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Day 7

Day 7 – Plovdiv - departure day

  • Plovdiv - Departure day
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  • Alyosha Monument
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Day 7 of your road trip in Bulgaria is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Plovdiv before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

On your last day in Bulgaria, take time to indulge in shopping at Plovdiv’s popular marketplace. Thanks to your accommodation’s strategic location, 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 Plovdiv.

This popular -awarded venue consistently exceeds expectations, ensuring a memorable holiday experience. Have a fantastic dining experience at р-нт , Малък Бунарджик", a highly recommended choice for tonight's dinner. If you're looking to mix things up, Torro Grande / Торро Гранде offers an enticing alternative with its varied menu.

You’ll then say farewell to Plovdiv. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Bulgaria!

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