9-Day Road Trip in Bulgaria and Greece from Sofia to Thessaloniki, Trikala, Serres, and Blagoevgrad

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Set off on a grand 9-day Euro trip through Bulgaria and Greece. Visit multiple cities like Sofia, Kyustendil, Melnik, Thessaloniki, Vergina, and Edessa, each offering a unique experience unlike any other.

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 4 nights in Bulgaria and 4 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, Kyustendil, Melnik, 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, Edessa, Trikala, Kastraki, and Serres, 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 9-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, 8 nights
Rental car, 9 days
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Destinations

Photo of aerial view of Serres city, Greece.Serres Regional Unit / 1 night
Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia / 3 nights
Photo of Saint George is a Medieval Bulgarian Church in the town of Kyustendil, Bulgaria.Sandanski
Blagoevgrad - city in BulgariaBlagoevgrad / 1 night
Vergina
Thessaloniki Municipal Unit - city in GreeceThessaloniki / 2 nights
Photo of Medieval tower with a clock ,Trikala Fortress, Central Greece.Trikala / 1 night
Kastraki
Photo of panoramic aerial view of Edessa Waterfall, Central Macedonia, Greece.Edessa
Photo of aerial view of ancient town of Melnik, Bulgaria.Melnik
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
Photo of Sunset over monastery of Rousanou and Monastery of St. Nicholas Anapavsa in famous greek tourist destination Meteora in Greece.Meteora
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
Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
Photo of Waterfall in the park of the city of Edessa, Greece.Waterfalls Park, Edessa
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
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
North Park
Park "Geo Milev
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
Photo of Eagles' bridge in Sofia, Bulgaria.Eagles' Bridge
Ιερά Μονή Μεγάλου Μετεώρου - Μεταμορφώσεως του Σωτήρος, Kalampaka Municipality, Trikala Regional Unit, Thessaly, Thessaly and Central Greece, GreeceThe Great Meteoron Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour
Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
Knyazheska Garden
Matsopoulos Park, Trikala Municipality, Trikala Regional Unit, Thessaly, Thessaly and Central Greece, GreeceMatsopoulos Park
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)
Park "St. Vrach", Sandanski, Blagoevgrad, BulgariaPark "St Vrach
photo of view ofAtatürk useumM, Thessaloniki, Greece.Atatürk useumM
Kordopulov House, Sandanski, Blagoevgrad, BulgariaKordopulov House

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Day 1

Day 1 – Sofia - arrival day

  • Sofia - Arrival day
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  • North 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 2 nights.

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.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Sofia today. Begin your sightseeing with a visit to the outstanding North Park. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 10,850 visitors.

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 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.

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.

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 Reduta

  • Sofia
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Drive 26 km, 1 hour 10 min

  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • National Palace of Culture
  • South Park
  • Sofia Zoo
  • Park "Geo Milev
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Wake up and see what day 2 of your great European road trip in Bulgaria and Greece has in store for you! You will be staying in Sofia for 1 night before continuing your journey to the next destination.

Something that makes Sofia the perfect holiday destination is that the city offers easy access to many popular places of interest, like the outstanding park, Borisova Gradina Park. This local gem has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 27,346 visitors.

The famous National Palace of Culture is another remarkable sightseeing hotspot in the area. As one of Sofia's most remarkable sights, there's no wonder why around 14,510 travelers have rated this incredible convention center and travel destination an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in reviews.

Sofia is also home to the extraordinary South Park, which boasts a 4.6 out of 5 star rating in 30,763 traveler reviews.

Another place you’ll want to visit is the captivating Sofia Zoo. With an impressive average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from a total of 14,962 reviews, a visit to this wonderful zoo and tourist destination is truly a great idea.

In the evening, prepare to be amazed by Sofia’s regional flavors and culminate your day with a toast. We’ve curated a guide to the city’s culinary and nightlife hotspots to enhance your experience during your multi-country vacation in Bulgaria and Greece.

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 Face bar & dinner, a top-rated dining spot in Sofia. If you're in the mood for something new, try Art Club Museum, another premier location with a delectable menu.

Take in the ambiance of Sofia 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 3

Day 3 – Sofia and Thessaloniki

  • Thessaloniki
  • Sofia
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Drive 297 km, 4 hours 21 min

  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Knyazheska Garden
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
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On day 3 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 Sofia in Bulgaria. In the evening, you’ll end up in Thessaloniki, where you will stay for 2 nights.

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 Thessaloniki, Greece. Your travel time is around 3 hours 40 min.

St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a travelers’ favorite in Sofia, and today you’ll have the opportunity to discover it too! This one-of-a-kind attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 19,648 visitors.

In Sofia, don’t miss Eagles' Bridge, a great stone bridge and place to see in the city. This outstanding attraction has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 10,196 reviews.

Check other top attractions in Sofia off your list when you visit the wonderful Knyazheska Garden. This popular sight is an outstanding park, rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 7,672 travelers.

Beyond the above-mentioned top sights, take the opportunity to visit the outstanding Ivan Vazov National Theater. This point of interest and place of interest has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 9,760 reviews.

An exhilarating day of exploring and driving will have you longing for a comfortable bed at the end of the day. Fortunately, Thessaloniki’s top hotels offer a lovely retreat at day’s end. Choose from options ranging from budget to luxury.

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.

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 Kitchen Bar, a top-rated dining destination in Thessaloniki. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider The Greek, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Ενοχές Bar. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in Thessaloniki this evening.

Continue your lively evening at Vogatsikou 3, a perfect place for winding down or revving up the night, depending on which mood you’re in. Castra- All Day Terrace Bar is another excellent bar that offers a great selection of drinks to suit any mood. If you prefer to go somewhere else, Apallou ensures a night out tailored to your taste.

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

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Day 4

Day 4 – Thessaloniki, Vergina, and Edessa

  • Thessaloniki
  • Vergina
  • Edessa
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Drive 215 km, 3 hours 33 min

  • Waterfalls Park, Edessa
  • Museum of the Royal Tombs at Aigai (Aegae)
  • Atatürk useumM
  • Arch of Galerius and Rotunda
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Greet day 4 of your multi-country road trip across Bulgaria and Greece with a smile and start your day with a hearty breakfast. You will return to Thessaloniki for your remaining 1 night in the city later today, but first, it’s time for some exploring! On the agenda for this day, you’ll find only the best things to see and do in Thessaloniki in Greece.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated house museum and attraction in Thessaloniki — Atatürk Museum. About 7,650 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

The popular Arch of Galerius and Rotunda is another top sight in Thessaloniki that locals and travelers often enjoy spending time at. This attraction is a well-loved tetrapylon in the area, rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 12,215 visitors.

Vergina’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Edessa behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 3 min. Vergina welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

One place travelers keep coming back to in Vergina is the magnificent Museum of the Royal Tombs at Aigai (Aegae). Around 8,578 visitors have rated this excellent museum and travel destination an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Thessaloniki, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Edessa. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 18 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

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.

By dinnertime, you’ll be ready to savor the tastiest bites and enjoy the lively vibes in central Thessaloniki. From mouthwatering restaurants to happening bars, we've got the inside scoop on where to eat and drink at this stop on your multi-country road trip across Bulgaria and Greece.

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 rOOTS, an iconic dining spot in Thessaloniki. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Menta, a popular restaurant in Thessaloniki. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Opsopoion Maganeiai, a hidden gem nestled in Thessaloniki. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

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

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 – Thessaloniki and Trikala

  • Trikala
  • Thessaloniki
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Drive 218 km, 3 hours 12 min

  • The Umbrellas by Zongolopoulos
  • White Tower of Thessaloniki
  • Agias Sofias Square
  • Kapani
  • Aristotelous Square
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 5 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, where you’ll be making 1 stop. The highlights of today include the wonderful destinations of Thessaloniki in Greece. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Trikala, your home for 1 night.

Upon reaching Thessaloniki, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

A favorite among locals and travelers alike in Thessaloniki is the fantastic The Umbrellas Sculpture by Zogolopoulos. As an appreciated sightseeing destination and local gem in the area, The Umbrellas Sculpture by Zogolopoulos has earned an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 13,676 reviews.

Next up on your agenda, you will find the extraordinary White Tower of Thessaloniki, which is a fortified tower that gets around 290,192 visits every year. This attraction is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 51,335 visitors, so don't miss the opportunity to experience it for yourself!

Join countless others in discovering the allure of Agias Sofias Square, a standout square and attraction that's captivated the hearts of many. It has a stellar rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 10,231 reviewers.

Experience the magic that has drawn so many to the doorstep of the outstanding Kapani. This market is a highly recommended attraction in the city boasting an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 11,618 visitor reviews.

Just around the corner lies the magnificent Aristotelous Square, a popular square and attraction many visitors enjoy. More than 42,159 people have rated this attraction an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

After a long day of driving and exploring, you’ll check in at a top-recommended hotel in Trikala of your choice.

As the sun sets on day 5 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Trikala'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, Trikala has them.

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 ALVEO, a top-rated dining spot in Trikala. If you're in the mood for something new, try Trikala Fortress, another premier location with a delectable menu. You might also want to book a table at Palia Istoria. Known for its consistently satisfied patrons, it’s a perfect choice to elevate your evening in Trikala.

If you’re not ready to end the night just yet, Σουίτα Art Cafe offers a perfect venue to relax and savor a drink. Similarly, Factory Café is well-suited for those looking to unwind in a social setting. The Love Shake is another excellent spot to enjoy a nightcap after a delightful meal.

Celebrate day 5 of your multi-country road trip in Europe with a toast, and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Trikala, Kastraki, and Serres

  • Serres Regional Unit
  • Kastraki
  • Trikala
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Drive 340 km, 5 hours 30 min

  • Matsopoulos Park
  • Meteora
  • The Great Meteoron Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour
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On day 6 of your exciting European self-drive vacation in Bulgaria and Greece, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 1 destination, Kastraki in Greece. When you’re not exploring the city and its surrounding areas, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Serres, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Trikala, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Kastraki. This drive usually takes around 33 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

A tour of Kastraki is not complete without a visit to the famous Meteora. This incredible monastery and attraction has an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars from 36,135 travelers.

Make the most of your Kastraki travel adventure by seeing another popular site, the wonderful The Great Meteoron Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour. This place of worship and unique destination is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 8,527 travelers.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Trikala and set your GPS to Kastraki. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 33 min. Upon reaching Kastraki, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

One place travelers keep coming back to in Trikala is the magnificent Matsopoulos Park. Around 8,887 visitors have rated this excellent park and travel destination an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

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

After a day of exploration and awe-inspiring sights, it’s time to replenish your strength. Make the most of this stop on your multi-country road trip across Bulgaria and Greece by rewarding yourself with a taste of Serres’s local cuisine. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax or mingle with the locals and raise a toast to your exciting road trip adventure.

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 Ουζάδικον Το Μπακάλικον, an iconic dining spot in Serres. This culinary treasure and its outstanding menu have enchanted food enthusiasts from around the world. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of KENTRIKON Ouzomezedopoleio, a popular restaurant in Serres. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Experience the culinary magic of Sousouráda, a hidden gem nestled in Serres. Known for its exquisite cuisine and inviting atmosphere, it's a dining experience you won't soon forget.

After enjoying a delightful dinner, why not delve into the vibrant local bar scene? You might want to spend the evening at Αβησσυνία Καφέ, a well-loved spot among locals and tourists. Or, head to ΡΕΣΑΛΤΟ PUB. This bar boasts a welcoming environment that is perfect for winding down. You could also continue your night at 1800 Cafe Bar, another top-rated place in the area.

As the night falls in Serres, take a moment to savor the experiences of the day. Wash away your fatigue with a drink, or lay back and relax at your hotel, and look forward to another thrilling day of your multi-country journey across Europe.

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Day 7

Day 7 – Serres, Kyustendil, Rila Monastery, Melnik, and Blagoevgrad

  • Blagoevgrad
  • Sandanski
  • Melnik
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Drive 238 km, 4 hours 6 min

  • Kordopulov House
  • Park "St Vrach
  • Rila Monastery
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 7 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 - Kyustendil in Bulgaria. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to Blagoevgrad where you'll spend 1 night of well-deserved relaxation.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Kyustendil. This car ride takes around 33 min.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Kyustendil today. Begin your sightseeing with a visit to the outstanding Park "St. Vrach". This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 6,684 visitors.

When you’re ready to jump back into the car and say goodbye to Kyustendil, you’ll hit the road in the direction of Rila Monastery. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 40 min. When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

In Rila Monastery, the extraordinary Rila Monastery awaits. This attraction is a valued monastery that boasts an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 18,157 travelers' reviews.

Melnik’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Serres behind. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 7 min. Melnik welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

A favorite among locals and travelers alike in Melnik is the fantastic Kordopulov House. As an appreciated building and local gem in the area, Kordopulov House has earned an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 3,312 reviews.

Relax your senses after a day of exhilarating activities and fun exploration. Retreat to one of the best accommodations in Blagoevgrad.

In the evening, prepare to be amazed by Blagoevgrad’s regional flavors and culminate your day with a toast. We’ve curated a guide to the city’s culinary and nightlife hotspots to enhance your experience during your multi-country vacation in Bulgaria and Greece.

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 Tchsasovnika, a top-rated place to have dinner tonight. Alternatively, if your taste buds call for something different, Bar All Stars is another top choice with a popular menu. You could also check for a table at Verde. As an establishment that gains consistently high praises from customers, it’s an ideal choice in Blagoevgrad tonight.

Let the evening flow smoothly from dinner to drinks at BeFree, a top-rated bar in the area. For other recommendations, Swing provides a perfect setting for rounding out your night with style and great drinks. Likewise, Найс плейс offers a memorable night with diverse drink options and excellent service.

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 8

Day 8 – 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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Dive into day 8 of your remarkable multi-country road trip across Bulgaria and Greece. Today's main destinations are Plovdiv in Bulgaria, 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.

After soaking in Blagoevgrad’s unique atmosphere, jump into the car with a full heart and drive in the direction of your next destination: Plovdiv. Expect your car journey to take a minimum of 2 hours 41 min. When you arrive in Plovdiv, it's time to take a break from the road.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated point of interest and attraction in Plovdiv — Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis. About 17,603 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

The popular Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis is another top sight in Plovdiv that locals and travelers often enjoy spending time at. This attraction is a well-loved point of interest in the area, rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 7,705 visitors.

“Tsar Simeon Garden” Park is a spectacular park and highlight on travelers’ itineraries in Plovdiv, earning an impressive average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 15,346 enchanted visitors.

As the day moves along, be sure to make time to drop by the magnificent Singing Fountains. Because of its allure and charm, around 12,362 visitors have rated this attraction and park an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

After an exciting day of sightseeing, it’s time to check in at your accommodation in Sofia. 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.

As the day unfolds, you’ll be delighted to find that the city of Sofia boasts an array of restaurants and bars catering to every budget. Take this opportunity to sample the distinctive flavors of Bulgaria.

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 J. J. Murphy's, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Restaurant "Staria Chinar"? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu.

Take in the ambiance of Sofia 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 9

Day 9 – Sofia - departure day

  • Sofia - Departure day
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  • Park "Zaimov"
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On day 9 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.

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.

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 9-day European road trip in Bulgaria and Greece with fond memories. Safe travels!

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