Cheap 11-Day Bulgaria Road Trip from Varna traveling west to Sveti Vlas, Plovdiv, Sofia, and Veliko Tarnovo

Photo of panoramic view on Varna beach on black sea in Bulgaria.
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Jan. - Dec.
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10 nights included
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11 days included
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Bring out the adventurer in you and embark on an exciting 11-day road trip through Bulgaria! Travel to Varna, Sveti Vlas, Plovdiv, Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, and Shumen with this cheap holiday package!

Explore Bulgaria for less with this 11-day self-drive package. We'll introduce you to many famous and affordable vacation spots in the country. See the stunning Sea Garden, the captivating “Tsar Simeon Garden” Park, and marvel at the uniqueness of each attraction. Dine with locals at popular restaurants and bars across Bulgaria and get a taste of the people’s hospitality and authentic food. Lastly, this travel plan allows you to stay and feel comfortable at a top-rated budget hotel for 2 nights in Varna, 1 night in Sveti Vlas, 1 night in Plovdiv, 4 nights in Sofia, and 2 nights in Veliko Tarnovo.

This customizable and cheap Bulgaria travel package promises non-stop adventure. We'll help you have an unforgettable road trip experience in Bulgaria at the lowest price!

On arrival in Varna, you'll pick up your rental vehicle. From there, you'll begin your journey to the best and cheapest places to travel to in Bulgaria. Explore the magnificent Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis to see its unique features. Visit the fascinating South Park and take in its distinct atmosphere. Bulgaria offers a wealth of world-class natural and scenic beauty you wouldn't want to miss!

During your journey, you'll have the pleasure of staying at top-rated budget accommodations, each selected for their exceptional value, comfort, and positive guest reviews. Each stop along your carefully planned route has been chosen to enhance your travel experience, offering you a blend of convenience, comfort, and a touch of local culture, ensuring a restful retreat after a day of adventures.

Choosing the handpicked recommendations gives you easy access to popular places of interest in Bulgaria. With accommodation conveniently located in a downtown area, you can explore its surroundings at your leisure. Here, you can sample the country’s culinary delicacies and buy keepsakes of your travels in Bulgaria.

This cheap holiday package will bring you close to many picture-perfect destinations in Bulgaria, like the stunning Borisova Gradina Park. You'll visit the incredible St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to make lasting memories. You'll also have the chance to admire the outstanding Park "Zaimov" up close.

Your camera will be full of memories you can share with friends and family or on social media. By the end of your 11-day road trip, you'll leave Bulgaria happy and inspired to go on another unique and budget-friendly adventure.

This affordable holiday package includes everything you need for a fantastic 11-day vacation in Bulgaria. We'll offer you cheap flights and arrange your hotel reservations for 10 nights. We'll also provide you with the best budget rental car in Bulgaria with CDW insurance.

You can customize your Bulgaria travel plan for a more personalized holiday experience. Choose from popular and competitively-priced tours and tickets in Bulgaria and add your picks to your itinerary. For example, get cheap tour tickets to uncover the stories behind Bulgaria’s famous sights. Or, try out some of the most fantastic excursions There’s no better way to add more culture and inspiration to your trip!

Booking this cheap holiday package in Bulgaria offers you many perks. You'll get 24/7 travel support. In addition, you'll have access to a step-by-step guide in our mobile app. Here you'll find all your travel documents organized in one place.

So what are you waiting for? Enjoy a hassle-free vacation in Bulgaria with this cheap holiday deal! The best and most affordable tours to Bulgaria fill up fast, so book your adventure today!

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Hotel, 10 nights
Rental car, 11 days
CDW Insurance
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Destinations

Photo of aerial view of The Cathedral of the Assumption and Varna city at amazing sunset, Bulgaria.Varna / 2 nights
Велико Търново -  in BulgariaVeliko Tarnovo / 2 nights
Photo of panoramic aerial view of the sea port of Sveti Vlas in Bulgaria.Sveti Vlas / 1 night
Shumen - region in BulgariaShumen
Photo of aerial view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Plovdiv / 1 night
Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia / 4 nights
Botevgrad
Pravets

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Photo of Varna spring time, beautiful aerial view above sea garden, Bulgaria.Sea Garden
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
Singing Fountains
Tsarevets Fortress
North Park
Church of Saint Sophia
Park "Geo Milev
Ivan Vazov" National Theater
Photo of Eagles' bridge in Sofia, Bulgaria.Eagles' Bridge
Druzhba Park
Dolphinarium Varna
Holy Trinity Park
Knyazheska Garden
Photo of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Varna, Bulgaria. Completed in 1886, and also known as the Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral.Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
Photo of beautiful Sunny Beach with umbrellas and sunbeds in Nesebar, Bulgaria.Sunny Beach
Photo of toy cars with pedals, sleds, bicycles from the USSR in retro museum, Varna, Bulgaria.Retro Museum
Madara Horseman
Sveta Nedelya Church
Hotnitsa Waterfall
Youth Hill
Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
Park "Sveta Gora
Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park
Marno Pole Park
Asparuhov park
Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
Archaeological Museum
Monument of Mother Bulgaria
Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship
Trapezitsa Fortress
Ancient Theatre
Kapinovo Monastery "St Nicholas
Monument to the Assen Dynasty
Градски парк Ботевград
Clock Tower
Museum House of Todor Zhivkov

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Day 1 – Varna - arrival day

Day 1

Day 1 – Varna - arrival day

  • Varna - Arrival day
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  • Sea Garden
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Your exciting road trip through Bulgaria starts when you reach the incredible city of Varna, where you'll stay for 2 nights. You'll pick up your rental car in Varna and begin your adventure in Bulgaria.

Varna is a popular cheap holiday destination in Bulgaria with something to offer every traveler. When you're ready to explore the city, stop at some of the best places to visit in Varna and get this road trip adventure rolling.

A trip to the amazing Sea Garden will make your cheap holiday in Bulgaria truly special. This attraction is a fascinating urban park that has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 32,141 visitors.

When you're done sightseeing for the day, you'll check in at one of the best budget-friendly hotels or places to stay in the city.

When you're hungry and ready to take a break from your adventure, treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of the best restaurants in Varna. An excellent example is the popular Sweet Parmy. Serving a menu of mouthwatering dishes, this restaurant is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 645 customers.

Another restaurant you should check out during your cheap vacation in Bulgaria is Happy Bar & Grill Center (Varna). Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 8,318 customers, this famous restaurant is one of the city's most recommended places to eat.

If you wish to dine at a restaurant locals love, go to the wonderful Happy Bar & Grill. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 7,456 customers, and is an awesome place to satisfy your craving for good food and service.

Cubo is a great bar to relax after a busy day. About 5,527 customers have given this spot an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, making it one of the most popular bars in the area.

Another bar in Varna we recommend is Beach Bar Menthol, an excellent place to meet new friends. This bar offers customers plenty of snack and drink options and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,430 customers.

The Garden Bar is also one of the best places to go to unwind and chat with locals. Over 2,562 bar-goers have rated it an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Enjoy toasting the start of a terrific road trip vacation and cheap holiday experience in Bulgaria!

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Day 2 – Varna and Sveti Vlas

Day 2

Day 2 – Varna and Sveti Vlas

  • Varna
  • Sveti Vlas
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Drive 116 km, 2 hours 20 min

  • Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
  • Dolphinarium Varna
  • Retro Museum
  • Asparuhov park
  • More

On day 2 of your road trip through popular and cheap vacation spots across Bulgaria, you’ll experience two places in one day. You’ll start your day in Varna and end your day in the city of Sveti Vlas, where you'll stay for 1 night. How much time you’ll spend in each location is up to you.

One of the best places to visit in Varna is the amazing Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral. This travel destination is an eastern orthodox cathedral that has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 6,920 visitors.

This day is also your chance to stop at the incredible Retro Museum. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 6,701 travelers, a visit to this well-known museum and sightseeing spot in Varna is likely to make your vacation in Bulgaria even more memorable.

Another unforgettable sight in Varna is the outstanding Asparuhov park. This best-rated sightseeing destination has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 4,162 visitors.

Cheap, budget vacations are nothing but incredible, especially when you’re in Bulgaria. To have the best affordable travel experience in Bulgaria, make time for some unique, challenging, or inspiring activities. Adding a tour to your travel plan promises a one-of-a kind adventure that will make your cheap vacation in Bulgaria unforgettable. Fortunately, you'll find plenty of budget-friendly tours and cheap holiday deals in Bulgaria.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Sveti Vlas. Sveti Vlas is another cheap travel destination in Bulgaria where you have access to hotels, restaurants, bars, and other conveniences.

After a long day of driving and exploring some of the best attractions a budget vacation in Bulgaria can afford, treat yourself to a hearty meal. You’ll find many great restaurants in Sveti Vlas that offer delicious food to help keep you going.

Many locals and cheap holiday goers in Sveti Vlas enjoy dining at this restaurant.

As the day is coming to an end, stop at some of Sveti Vlas’s best bars to celebrate this day of your road trip vacation in Bulgaria.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure and cheap holiday experience in Bulgaria!

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Day 3 – Sveti Vlas and Plovdiv

Day 3

Day 3 – Sveti Vlas and Plovdiv

  • Sveti Vlas
  • Plovdiv
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Drive 298 km, 3 hours 32 min

  • Sunny Beach
  • Ancient Theatre
  • Church of Saint Sophia
  • Archaeological Museum
  • More

On day 3 of your road trip through popular and cheap vacation spots across Bulgaria, you’ll experience two places in one day. You’ll start your day in Sveti Vlas and end your day in the city of Plovdiv, where you'll stay for 1 night. How much time you’ll spend in each location is up to you.

One of the best places to visit in Sveti Vlas is the amazing Sunny Beach. This travel destination is a town that has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 6,801 visitors.

This day is also your chance to stop at the incredible Ancient Theatre. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 1,905 travelers, a visit to this well-known must-see tourist destination and sightseeing spot in Sveti Vlas is likely to make your vacation in Bulgaria even more memorable.

Another unforgettable sight in Sveti Vlas is the outstanding Church of Saint Sophia. This church has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 9,816 visitors.

To make the most of your day in this cheap holiday destination in Bulgaria, drop by the popular Nesebar Archaeological Museum. This attraction, an amazing museum, has been rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,692 travelers.

Cheap, budget vacations are nothing but incredible, especially when you’re in Bulgaria. To have the best affordable travel experience in Bulgaria, make time for some unique, challenging, or inspiring activities. Adding a tour to your travel plan promises a one-of-a kind adventure that will make your cheap vacation in Bulgaria unforgettable. Fortunately, you'll find plenty of budget-friendly tours and cheap holiday deals in Bulgaria.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Plovdiv. Plovdiv is another cheap travel destination in Bulgaria where you have access to hotels, restaurants, bars, and other conveniences.

After a long day of driving and exploring some of the best attractions a budget vacation in Bulgaria can afford, treat yourself to a hearty meal. You’ll find many great restaurants in Plovdiv that offer delicious food to help keep you going.

One restaurant we recommend you try in Plovdiv is Aylyakriya / Aylyakria Restaurant. This restaurant provides good food and service and has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 1,229 customers.

When talking about the best restaurants in Plovdiv, Happy Bar & Grill Novotel is a name locals often mention. This local favorite offers a variety of options, helping it earn an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 4,350 diners.

Another restaurant worth trying is Pavaj. Many locals and cheap holiday goers in Plovdiv enjoy dining at this restaurant. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 3,861 customers.

As the day is coming to an end, stop at some of Plovdiv’s best bars to celebrate this day of your road trip vacation in Bulgaria. For example, you can visit Torro Grande / Torro Grande. Rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 4,651 customers, this bar is considered a favorite in the area.

Another great place to have a refreshing, celebratory drink is Rahat Tepe. This popular bar in Plovdiv has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 2,984 bar-goers.

You can also go to Club Fargo as an alternative. More than a bar, the popular Club Fargo is also a place for fun or relaxation. Around 1,132 customers have given this city bar an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure and cheap holiday experience in Bulgaria!

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Day 4 – Plovdiv and Sofia

Day 4

Day 4 – Plovdiv and Sofia

  • Plovdiv
  • Sofia
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Drive 156 km, 2 hours 40 min

  • Singing Fountains
  • Tsar Simeon Garden
  • Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
  • Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
  • Youth Hill
  • More

On day 4 of your road trip through popular and cheap vacation spots across Bulgaria, you’ll experience two places in one day. You’ll start your day in Plovdiv and end your day in the city of Sofia, where you'll stay for 4 nights. How much time you’ll spend in each location is up to you.

One of the best places to visit in Plovdiv is the amazing Singing Fountains. This travel destination is a park that has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 12,192 visitors.

This day is also your chance to stop at the incredible “Tsar Simeon Garden” Park. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 15,208 travelers, a visit to this well-known park and sightseeing spot in Plovdiv is likely to make your vacation in Bulgaria even more memorable.

Another unforgettable sight in Plovdiv is the outstanding Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis. This best-rated sightseeing destination has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 17,478 visitors.

To make the most of your day in this cheap holiday destination in Bulgaria, drop by the popular Old Town of Plovdiv. This attraction, an amazing park, has been rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 4,234 travelers.

If you’re keen to explore more, you’ll enjoy the fantastic Youth Hill. This park is a popular attraction rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 4,980 visitors from all over the globe.

Cheap, budget vacations are nothing but incredible, especially when you’re in Bulgaria. To have the best affordable travel experience in Bulgaria, make time for some unique, challenging, or inspiring activities. Adding a tour to your travel plan promises a one-of-a kind adventure that will make your cheap vacation in Bulgaria unforgettable. Fortunately, you'll find plenty of budget-friendly tours and cheap holiday deals in Bulgaria.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Sofia. Sofia is another cheap travel destination in Bulgaria where you have access to hotels, restaurants, bars, and other conveniences.

After a long day of driving and exploring some of the best attractions a budget vacation in Bulgaria can afford, treat yourself to a hearty meal. You’ll find many great restaurants in Sofia that offer delicious food to help keep you going.

One restaurant we recommend you try in Sofia is Hadjidraganov's Houses Restaurant. This restaurant provides good food and service and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 4,010 customers.

When talking about the best restaurants in Sofia, Restaurant "Staria Chinar" is a name locals often mention. This local favorite offers a variety of options, helping it earn an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,717 diners.

Many locals and cheap holiday goers in Sofia enjoy dining at this restaurant.

As the day is coming to an end, stop at some of Sofia’s best bars to celebrate this day of your road trip vacation in Bulgaria. For example, you can visit Bar Friday. Rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,410 customers, this bar is considered a favorite in the area.

Another great place to have a refreshing, celebratory drink is The Cocktail Bar. This popular bar in Sofia has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 2,814 bar-goers.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure and cheap holiday experience in Bulgaria!

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Day 5 – Sofia

Day 5

Day 5 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 30 km, 1 hour 18 min

  • Druzhba Park
  • Park "Geo Milev
  • Sofia Zoo
  • South Park
  • National Palace of Culture
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On day 5 of your road trip adventures in Bulgaria, you’ll go deep into Sofia, where you'll stay for 3 nights, and see some of the city’s unforgettable attractions. To learn more of the city's culture, you'll also dine at the most popular restaurants in Sofia, and meet locals along the way!

Sofia offers an incredible variety of budget hotels and places to stay you can choose from and spend the night in.

We recommend you stay at the charming Sofia Hotel Balkan, a Luxury Collection Hotel to ensure a pleasant and affordable vacation in Sofia. This 5-star hotel offers guests comfort and convenience and is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars in 4,376 guest reviews.

Another budget-friendly stay option you can check into is the cozy 4-star Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel. This cheap hotel provides a ton of handy amenities perfect for travelers in Sofia. Best Western Plus Bristol Hotel has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from 4,417 former guests.

Travelers looking forward to enjoying a cheap vacation in Sofia should also consider Leda Hotel. This 3-star hotel offers great value-for-money and is one of the best budget accommodations in the city. Leda Hotel has been rated by 1,201 guests with an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Popular hotels and places to stay in Sofia offering low-cost accommodations get fully-booked fast. If any of these stay options are not available during your visit in the city, our flexible booking system will automatically provide you with the best budget alternatives.

One thing that makes Sofia the perfect cheap holiday destination is that the city offers easy access to many popular attractions. For example, the outstanding park, Druzhba Park. This attraction has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8,441 visitors.

The famous Park "Geo Milev" is another remarkable sightseeing hotspot in the area. This incredible park and travel destination has been rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 10,260 visitors.

Sofia is also the home of the extraordinary South Park. Around 30,616 travelers have rated the spectacular South Park an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Another place you’ll want to visit is the captivating National Palace of Culture. With an impressive average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from a total of 14,244 reviews, a visit to this wonderful convention center and tourist destination is truly a great idea.

This fascinating attraction is a must-visit.

Come to Sofia prepared by adding a tour to your budget vacation package to Bulgaria. If you’re up for a challenging, fun, or inspiring activity, check out the fantastic selection of tours and cheap holiday deals in Sofia.

After a day of exploring, reward yourself by dining at one of the best restaurants in Sofia, Pod Lipite (Under the Linden Trees) Restaurant. Locals enjoy eating at Pod Lipite (Under the Linden Trees) Restaurant for its good food and ambiance. This excellent restaurant has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 2,625 diners.

Art Club Museum serves various affordable and delicious dishes perfect for cheap holiday goers. On top of that, this restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,570 food lovers.

Curious about the nightlife in Sofia? Consider visiting some of the best bars in Sofia after dinner. Locals recommend One More Bar, and it's a great spot to enjoy a refreshing drink after an active day. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,228 customers.

Halbite Beer Hall is another excellent place to relax and have a drink or two after a busy road trip in Bulgaria. Halbite Beer Hall has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 2,280 bar-goers, proving it's one of the most popular bars in Sofia.

Raise a toast and enjoy celebrating this terrific day of your affordable vacation in Bulgaria!

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Day 6 – Sofia

Day 6

Day 6 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 4 km, 1 hour 2 min

  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Knyazheska Garden
  • Church of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
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Day 6’s road trip itinerary introduces you to many popular attractions and activities in Sofia, proving that cheap holidays in Bulgaria can be extraordinary.

You'll begin sightseeing at the extraordinary Borisova Gradina Park. This attraction is a park that has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 27,212 travelers.

Another of the best travel destinations you can explore in this fun and cheap holiday destination is the spectacular Eagles' Bridge. This popular place of interest is a stunning stone bridge that boasts an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 10,102 visitors.

To make your trip to Sofia more memorable, spend time at the fascinating Knyazheska Garden. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 7,658 traveler reviews, it’s not surprising that the fantastic Knyazheska Garden is often mentioned in Bulgaria road trip itineraries.

The magnificent Church of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Maker is another stop you might want to add to your sightseeing plans. This church and popular travel destination is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars in 4,964 reviews.

If you’re interested in seeing something else, make your way to the amazing Ivan Vazov National Theater. More than 9,666 visitors have rated this best-rated sightseeing destination and tourist destination an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Your discovery of Sofia does not have to stop there. You can add a budget-friendly activity on your itinerary and get to know more about Sofia on a personal level. Check out the fantastic selection of affordable tours and tickets offered on this leg of your journey across this top cheap holiday destination in Europe, Bulgaria.

After exploring some of the most remarkable sights in Bulgaria, you also have the chance to experience the country’s food culture. Eat at Taj Mahal Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Sofia. This place is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,423 reviews.

Offering appetizing foods and refreshing beverages at reasonable prices, this restaurant is an excellent choice for budget travelers in the city.

When you’ve finished your meal, head to some of the most popular bars in Sofia for an after-dinner drink. Cap off your night in this cheap holiday destination at The Wrong Bar and try some of its cocktails and snacks. This bar has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,293 customers.

Savor the rest of the night and celebrate another incredible road trip adventure in the magical Sofia!

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Day 7 – Sofia

Day 7

Day 7 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 18 km, 1 hour 15 min

  • North Park
  • Holy Trinity Park
  • Sveta Nedelya Church
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Park "Zaimov"
  • More

Day 7 means another chance to make the best memories in this cheap holiday destination in Bulgaria, Sofia. So buckle up and prepare to be blown away by the city of Sofia!

One of the best destinations you can travel to today is the stunning North Park. With an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in over 10,772 reviews, it’s clear that this remarkable park is truly worth a spot in your road trip plans.

You can also spend some time at the spectacular Holy Trinity Park. This attraction is a park that is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 7,720 travelers.

Another place you’ll also want to make time for today is the incredible St. Nedelya Church. This popular church in Sofia has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 5,501 travelers.

You also have the opportunity to visit the fantastic St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. This church and travel hotspot is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 19,337 visitors.

Excited to see another tourist destination in Sofia? Then make your way to the outstanding park, Park "Zaimov". This local attraction enjoys an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 15,115 visitors.

Beyond the above-mentioned locations, today is the perfect opportunity to join a popular activity in Sofia. Plenty of budget-friendly tours in Sofia offer enriching experiences that will make your cheap holiday in Bulgaria worth remembering for a lifetime.

When it’s time to eat, treat yourself to a lovely meal without paying more than necessary. Sofia has restaurants and bars for all budgets, perfect for cheap holiday goers!

One of the best restaurants worth visiting in Sofia is Mamma Mia Ltd. This restaurant offers good food at reasonable prices and has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,252 customers.

It’s natural to feel curious about what happens around Sofia as the night unfolds. To see what the nightlife looks like in Sofia, consider an after-dinner drink at one of the best bars in the area.

We recommend you visit Lime Cafe & Cocktails, an excellent place to enjoy a couple of drinks. This bar is one of locals’ favorite hangout spots and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,223 customers.

5 Corners Pub serves various snacks and drinks at affordable prices, making it another great bar option for budget travelers in Sofia. Customers have rated 5 Corners Pub an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 1,463 reviews.

You could also relax and have drinks at Luciano. This bar is popular in Sofia for its great selection of drinks and unique atmosphere. Proof of this claim is clear in its average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,291 bar goers.

A road trip vacation in Sofia can’t get any better than this! Toast to another amazing day in this cheap holiday destination in Bulgaria!

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Day 8 – Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo

Day 8

Day 8 – Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo

  • Botevgrad
  • Pravets
  • Veliko Tarnovo
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Drive 241 km, 3 hours 25 min

  • Градски парк Ботевград
  • Clock Tower
  • Museum House of Todor Zhivkov
  • More

On day 8 of your road trip through popular and cheap vacation spots across Bulgaria, you’ll experience two places in one day. You’ll start your day in Sofia and end your day in the city of Veliko Tarnovo, where you'll stay for 2 nights. How much time you’ll spend in each location is up to you.

One of the best places to visit in Sofia is the amazing Gradski park Botevgrad. This travel destination is a best-rated sightseeing destination that has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 927 visitors.

This day is also your chance to stop at the incredible Clock Tower. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 601 travelers, a visit to this well-known museum and sightseeing spot in Sofia is likely to make your vacation in Bulgaria even more memorable.

Another unforgettable sight in Sofia is the outstanding Museum House of Todor Zhivkov. This museum has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 601 visitors.

Cheap, budget vacations are nothing but incredible, especially when you’re in Bulgaria. To have the best affordable travel experience in Bulgaria, make time for some unique, challenging, or inspiring activities. Adding a tour to your travel plan promises a one-of-a kind adventure that will make your cheap vacation in Bulgaria unforgettable. Fortunately, you'll find plenty of budget-friendly tours and cheap holiday deals in Bulgaria.

At the end of the day, you will drive to the city of Veliko Tarnovo. Veliko Tarnovo is another cheap travel destination in Bulgaria where you have access to hotels, restaurants, bars, and other conveniences.

After a long day of driving and exploring some of the best attractions a budget vacation in Bulgaria can afford, treat yourself to a hearty meal. You’ll find many great restaurants in Veliko Tarnovo that offer delicious food to help keep you going.

One restaurant we recommend you try in Veliko Tarnovo is Restaurant Asenevtsi. This restaurant provides good food and service and has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,457 customers.

When talking about the best restaurants in Veliko Tarnovo, VkusoteriA is a name locals often mention. This local favorite offers a variety of options, helping it earn an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 993 diners.

Another restaurant worth trying is Shtastliveca ("The Lucky One"). Many locals and cheap holiday goers in Veliko Tarnovo enjoy dining at this restaurant. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 8,818 customers.

As the day is coming to an end, stop at some of Veliko Tarnovo’s best bars to celebrate this day of your road trip vacation in Bulgaria. For example, you can visit Bianko. Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,466 customers, this bar is considered a favorite in the area.

Another great place to have a refreshing, celebratory drink is Lino Bar. This popular bar in Veliko Tarnovo has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,358 bar-goers.

You can also go to Tequila Bar Funky Monkey as an alternative. More than a bar, the popular Tequila Bar Funky Monkey is also a place for fun or relaxation. Around 493 customers have given this city bar an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Raise your glass in celebration of your incredible road trip adventure and cheap holiday experience in Bulgaria!

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Day 9 – Veliko Tarnovo

Day 9

Day 9 – Veliko Tarnovo

  • Veliko Tarnovo
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Drive 86 km, 1 hour 51 min

  • Hotnitsa Waterfall
  • Trapezitsa Fortress
  • Tsarevets Fortress
  • Park "Sveta Gora
  • Kapinovo Monastery "St Nicholas
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On day 9 of your road trip adventures in Bulgaria, you’ll go deep into Veliko Tarnovo, where you'll stay for 1 night, and see some of the city’s unforgettable attractions. To learn more of the city's culture, you'll also dine at the most popular restaurants in Veliko Tarnovo, and meet locals along the way!

Veliko Tarnovo offers an incredible variety of budget hotels and places to stay you can choose from and spend the night in.

We recommend you stay at the charming Yantra Grand Hotel to ensure a pleasant and affordable vacation in Veliko Tarnovo. This 4-star hotel offers guests comfort and convenience and is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars in 2,102 guest reviews.

Another budget-friendly stay option you can check into is the cozy 4-star Park Hotel Arbanassi. This cheap hotel provides a ton of handy amenities perfect for travelers in Veliko Tarnovo. Park Hotel Arbanassi has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 853 former guests.

Travelers looking forward to enjoying a cheap vacation in Veliko Tarnovo should also consider Hotel Play. This 3-star hotel offers great value-for-money and is one of the best budget accommodations in the city. Hotel Play has been rated by 827 guests with an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars.

Popular hotels and places to stay in Veliko Tarnovo offering low-cost accommodations get fully-booked fast. If any of these stay options are not available during your visit in the city, our flexible booking system will automatically provide you with the best budget alternatives.

One thing that makes Veliko Tarnovo the perfect cheap holiday destination is that the city offers easy access to many popular attractions. For example, the outstanding park, Hotnitsa Waterfall. This attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 5,377 visitors.

The famous Trapezitsa Fortress is another remarkable sightseeing hotspot in the area. This incredible must-see tourist destination and travel destination has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,161 visitors.

Veliko Tarnovo is also the home of the extraordinary Tsarevets Fortress. Around 11,718 travelers have rated the spectacular Tsarevets Fortress an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Another place you’ll want to visit is the captivating Park "Sveta Gora". With an impressive average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from a total of 4,769 reviews, a visit to this wonderful park and tourist destination is truly a great idea.

This day of your road trip through Bulgaria is also your chance to admire the fantastic Kapinovo Monastery "St Nicholas" up close. This fascinating place of worship and attraction is a must-visit. The marvelous Kapinovo Monastery "St Nicholas" enjoys an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,890 travelers.

Come to Veliko Tarnovo prepared by adding a tour to your budget vacation package to Bulgaria. If you’re up for a challenging, fun, or inspiring activity, check out the fantastic selection of tours and cheap holiday deals in Veliko Tarnovo.

After a day of exploring, reward yourself by dining at one of the best restaurants in Veliko Tarnovo, Restaurant Ego 1. Locals enjoy eating at Restaurant Ego 1 for its good food and ambiance. This excellent restaurant has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 3,561 diners.

EGO pizza & grill The Old Town serves various affordable and delicious dishes perfect for cheap holiday goers. On top of that, this restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,580 food lovers.

If you want more options, Pizzeria "SPS" is another great spot. Browse through its exciting menu and you'll see why Pizzeria "SPS" has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 1,455 reviews.

Curious about the nightlife in Veliko Tarnovo? Consider visiting some of the best bars in Veliko Tarnovo after dinner. Locals recommend Sammy's Bar, and it's a great spot to enjoy a refreshing drink after an active day. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 524 customers.

Cybar is another excellent place to relax and have a drink or two after a busy road trip in Bulgaria. Cybar has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 160 bar-goers, proving it's one of the most popular bars in Veliko Tarnovo.

You might also want to cap the night off at Ristretto, a fascinating bar that 153 customers have rated 4.8 out of 5 stars in their reviews.

Raise a toast and enjoy celebrating this terrific day of your affordable vacation in Bulgaria!

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Day 10 – Veliko Tarnovo, Shumen, and Varna

Day 10

Day 10 – Veliko Tarnovo, Shumen, and Varna

  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Shumen
  • Varna
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Drive 229 km, 3 hours 12 min

  • Monument of Mother Bulgaria
  • Marno Pole Park
  • Monument to the Assen Dynasty
  • Madara Horseman
  • Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park
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Day 10 of your self-drive vacation in Bulgaria gives you the opportunity to explore two popular cheap holiday destinations in one day. You’ll start your day in the city of Veliko Tarnovo and end your day in the city of Shumen.

Today's agenda features plenty of popular stops and allows you to stay in Varna for 1 night. How much time you want to spend in each area or attraction is up to you. This way, you’ll have all the time you want to take in the unique atmosphere of each location and make the most of your affordable vacation in Bulgaria.

While you’re in Veliko Tarnovo, it’s a good idea to visit the amazing Monument of Mother Bulgaria. The fantastic Monument of Mother Bulgaria is a popular must-see tourist destination and a sightseeing hotspot. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 2,742 travelers.

Travelers usually have a splendid time at the incredible Marno Pole Park, a well-known park in the area. Currently, this spectacular destination enjoys a 4.6 out of a 5 star-rating from 4,606 travelers.

The top-rated Monument to the Assen Dynasty is another local feature you can check out today. This spectacular must-see tourist destination and destination has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 1,582 travelers.

Once you’ve satisfied your wanderlust in Veliko Tarnovo, you’ll continue to your next road trip destination of the day, the city of Shumen.

Make Madara Horseman your first stop. This popular top-tier point of interest among locals and travelers alike has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 6,348 visitors.

Another unforgettable travel destination in Shumen is the outstanding Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 4,445 visitors, this remarkable park and attraction deserves a spot on your Bulgaria travel bucket list.

Make the most of your time in the country by joining activities that let you discover more about Bulgaria. Check out all of the affordable tours you can join this day of your cheap holiday in Bulgaria and ensure the road trip experience of a lifetime.

You’ll also have your choice of the best budget accommodations in the city of Varna. So when it's time for a break from your adventures in Varna, relax and restore your energy at any of the following affordable places to stay.

After a long day of driving and exploring, we recommend you try Staria Chinar - Port Varna, one of the best restaurants in Varna. This restaurant is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 4,810 customers.

Godzila Sevastopol is yet another of the top places to eat in the city. Godzila Sevastopol is known for serving a variety of delectable dishes and is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,248 diners.

Locals and travelers enjoy dining at Staria Chinar Restaurant, another well-loved restaurant in Varna. Rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,178 guests, this restaurant is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a memorable dining experience in Bulgaria.

After dinner, visit one of the best bars in Varna, Muffin bar & coffee. This famous bar offers snacks and drinks at different price points and is a popular hangout spot among locals. In addition, this bar has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,718 bar goers.

The BRICK bar is a great place for anyone who is into classic bar drinks. This bar is considered one of the best drinking spots in Varna, with its average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,387 customers.

Alternatively, you can drop by Bar PUNTA CANA, where you can have drinks, let loose, and socialize. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,540 customers.

Cherish every minute of your road trip vacation across Bulgaria. Celebrate this opportunity to enjoy a cheap holiday in Bulgaria!

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Day 11 – Varna - departure day

Day 11

Day 11 – Varna - departure day

  • Varna - Departure day
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  • Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship
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It’s soon time to say goodbye to Bulgaria as your road trip vacation is about to end. Day 11 is your departure day and your last chance to capture the beauty of Varna.

Depending on how much time you have before your flight back home, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing to make the most of your cheap holiday experience in Bulgaria.

If you'd rather pass time visiting some attractions, this is your chance to go to places you may not have had the chance to explore yet.

One fantastic attraction you could visit on your last day in Varna is the remarkable Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship. This park and popular place of interest has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 2,432 visitors.

If you have an appetite for one last delicious meal in Varna, consider a top-rated restaurant like Morska terasa. This restaurant has a menu of appetizing and affordable meals and is rated at an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,104 customers.

El Kapan is an excellent alternative if you feel like eating something else. This restaurant serves a variety of savory and budget-friendly dishes and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 3,370 customers.

Another popular restaurant you could check out is Happy Bar & Grill. Rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,955 customers, this restaurant is a great place to enjoy meals that will remind you of Bulgaria and your fun memories in Varna.

You’ll then say farewell to Varna and begin your journey home. You’ll leave filled with unforgettable memories from your terrific and affordable travel experiences in Bulgaria!

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