7-Day Bulgaria Road Trip from Sofia traveling north to Lovech

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Duration
7 days & 6 nights
Available
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 Sofia, Montana, Tsvetkova Bara, Karlukovo, Lukovit, Lovech, Devetaki, and Kakrina. 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 5 nights in Sofia and 1 night in Lovech. 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, Montana, Tsvetkova Bara, Karlukovo, Lukovit, Lovech, Devetaki, and Kakrina, 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 / 5 nights
Ловеч -  in BulgariaLovech / 1 night
Photo of Iskar Panega Geopark along the Gold Panega River ,Lukovit, Bulgaria.Lukovit
Tsvetkova Bara
Karlukovo
Kakrina
Монтана -  in BulgariaMontana
Devetaki

Map

Attractions

South Park
Borisova Gradina Park
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
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
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
Holy Trinity Park
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 inside the Devetashka Cave near Devetaki village and Osam river in Lovech, Bulgaria. Natural wonder. One of the largest karst cave in Eastern Europe.Devetashka cave
Klisurski Monastery, Varshets, Montana, BulgariaKlisurski Monastery
Panega Eco Trail
Zlaten Park
Riverside Landscape Park "Panega
Museum Kukrinsko Hanche
The Stone Houses
Stratesh
Park Montanezium
Сините Езера

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Car

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Small car

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small car
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Medium car

Medium 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 4 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.

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 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.

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 Mamma Mia Ltd, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Divaka beckons with its unique menu offerings.

Cap off your dinner by heading to Halbite Beer Hall, ideal for a leisurely evening with a drink in hand.

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

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Experiences

Day 2

Day 2 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 23 km, 1 hour 5 min

  • Sofia Zoo
  • South Park
  • National Palace of Culture
  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
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Day 2 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.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Sofia Zoo, a remarkable zoo where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 14,962 reviews.

Next, satisfy your wanderlust at South Park. This park has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 30,763 travelers.

National Palace of Culture is another must-visit attraction. This renowned convention center offers a memorable experience, well worth a stop on your self-guided sightseeing tour. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 14,510 travelers, it's one of the more popular places to see in the area.

Beyond the above-mentioned sites, you also have the opportunity to visit Borisova Gradina Park. This well-loved park boasts a 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 27,346 reviews.

When there’s still energy left for exploring, Ivan Vazov National Theater awaits. If you’ve been interested in experiencing a sightseeing destination, this is a top pick rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 9,760 previous visitors.

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

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.

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 Face bar & dinner, a highly-rated dining destination in Sofia. If you're eager to try something different, consider Art Club Museum, another top spot with a tantalizing menu.

Let the evening flow smoothly from dinner to drinks at Lime Cafe & Cocktails, a top-rated bar in the area.

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

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Day 3

Day 3 – Sofia and Reduta

  • Sofia
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Drive 33 km, 1 hour 13 min

  • North Park
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Park "Geo Milev
  • Druzhba Park
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Day 3 offers a multitude of experiences. You will stay in Reduta for 2 nights more, offering you enough time to explore at a relaxed pace.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to North Park. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 10,850 visitors.

St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is another popular attraction you could visit today. This church has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 19,648 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.

Druzhba Park is an attraction you won’t want to miss. This park is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 8,509 reviews.

Your discoveries in Reduta do not have to stop there. Check out the fantastic selection of tours and tickets offered in Reduta on this day of your trip. You can select your tours below.

As you are wrapping up for the day, treat yourself to a satisfying dinner at a nice restaurant in Sofia. Enjoy a relaxing evening as you savor delicious local cuisine and reflect on the day's adventures.

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 J. J. Murphy's, a top pick for dinner tonight. Alternatively, Restaurant "Staria Chinar" beckons with its unique menu offerings.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Sofia, Montana, and Tsvetkova Bara

  • Sofia
  • Montana
  • Tsvetkova Bara
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Drive 232 km, 4 hours 14 min

  • Klisurski Monastery
  • Park Montanezium
  • Сините Езера
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On day 4 of your road trip in Bulgaria, you’ll start and end your day in Montana, but spend the day exploring what’s beyond the city. Since you will return to Sofia for 1 night more, there’s no need to rush. Experience Montana and Tsvetkova Bara to the fullest today with this curated day itinerary!

After soaking in Tsvetkova Bara’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Montana. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 30 min. When you arrive in Montana, it's time to take a break from the road.

Drop by the renowned Park Montanezium. This popular park has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,642 visitors.

Another unforgettable place to experience is Воден парк Сините Езера. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,245 visitors, this point of interest deserves a spot on today's sightseeing itinerary.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Sofia, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Tsvetkova Bara may take around 1 hour 38 min. Upon your arrival in Tsvetkova Bara, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Be one of the day’s first visitors at Klisurski Monastery. This convent is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 3,630 visitors.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll return to Sofia and your accommodation.

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

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.

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 5

Day 5 – Sofia, Karlukovo, Lukovit, and Lovech

  • Lovech
  • Karlukovo
  • Lukovit
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Drive 192 km, 2 hours 56 min

  • Prohodna Cave
  • The Stone Houses
  • Zlaten Park
  • Riverside Landscape Park "Panega
  • Panega Eco Trail
  • More

On day 5 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 Karlukovo and Lukovit. In the evening, you’ll end up in Lovech, where you will stay for 1 night.

When you’ve had your share of Sofia, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Karlukovo. Your travel time is around 1 hour 23 min.

Your sightseeing of the day begins at Prohodna, a remarkable cave where it’s easy to get lost in exploration. This top attraction is rated an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars in 8,756 reviews.

After soaking in Lukovit’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Lovech. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 57 min. When you arrive in Lovech, it's time to take a break from the road.

Take the opportunity to see The Stone Houses. This attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,962 visitors.

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

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 Ponte Restaurant, a top-rated dining destination in Lovech. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Колор клуб, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at restaurant ONYX. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Lovech this evening.

Unwind after your meal by stepping into БАР Вароша. This venue is celebrated for its extensive drink selections and cozy vibes. Alternatively, Бар КРАФТ (KRAFT Craft Beer Bar) offers a dynamic and energetic atmosphere for a glass or two. Don’t overlook Iron Fe -26 Coffee & Friends, another top-rated bar in the area.

As the day draws to a close, take a moment to unwind and prepare for the next exciting chapter of your road trip in in Bulgaria.

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Day 6

Day 6 – Lovech, Devetaki, Kakrina, and Sofia

  • Sofia
  • Devetaki
  • Lovech
  • Kakrina
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Drive 217 km, 3 hours 21 min

  • Stratesh
  • Covered Bridge
  • Devetashka cave
  • Museum Kukrinsko Hanche
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Dive into day 6 of your remarkable road trip in Bulgaria. Today you will explore Devetaki, Lovech, and Kakrina, 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 Sofia. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

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

Journey into the unknown at Devetashka cave, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable cave has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 6,123 reviews.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Sofia, 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 Lovech to Sofia may take around 2 hours 6 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival in Sofia, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to "Stratesh". This extraordinary park is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,792 visitors.

Next, make your way to Covered Bridge. This top attraction is a bridge with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 6,683 visitors.

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.

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 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.

Raise your glass to another unforgettable day in Bulgaria!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Sofia - departure day

  • Sofia - Departure day
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  • Holy Trinity Park
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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 Sofia before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Maximize your last day in Bulgaria and go on a shopping spree in Sofia’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. Bring a bit of Bulgaria home with you through these charming souvenirs.

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

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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