Cheap 12-Day Bulgaria Road Trip Vacation from Plovdiv traveling north to Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, and Varna

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12 days & 11 nights
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Jan. - Dec.
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Bring out the adventurer in you and embark on an exciting 12-day road trip through Bulgaria! Travel to Plovdiv, Samokov, Sofia, Veliko Tarnovo, Troyan, Gabrovo, Shumen, Varna, Balchik, Nesebar, and Burgas with this cheap holiday package!

Explore Bulgaria for less with this 12-day self-drive package. We'll introduce you to many famous and affordable vacation spots in the country. See the stunning Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis, the captivating St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, 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 3 nights in Plovdiv, 3 nights in Sofia, 2 nights in Veliko Tarnovo, and 3 nights in Varna.

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 Plovdiv, 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 Borisova Gradina Park 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 Sea Garden. You'll visit the incredible Balchik Palace to make lasting memories. You'll also have the chance to admire the outstanding The Sea Garden 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 12-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 12-day vacation in Bulgaria. We'll offer you cheap flights and arrange your hotel reservations for 11 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, 11 nights
Rental car, 12 days
CDW Insurance
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Destinations

Photo of aerial view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Plovdiv / 3 nights
Photo of Saint Anastasia Island in Burgas bay, Black Sea, Bulgaria. Lighthouse tower and old wooden buildings on rocky coast.Burgas
Photo of aerial view of beautiful cityscape of Gabrovo, Bulgaria.Gabrovo
Photo of aerial view of The Cathedral of the Assumption and Varna city at amazing sunset, Bulgaria.Varna / 3 nights
Велико Търново -  in BulgariaVeliko Tarnovo / 2 nights
Photo of beautiful and famous Monastery located in the city of Troyan ,Bulgaria.Troian
Photo of panoramic aerial view of Samokov, Bulgaria.Samokov
Photo of aerial view of the ancient seaside town, Nessebar, Bulgaria.Nesebar
Shumen - region in BulgariaShumen
Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia / 3 nights
Dobrich - region in BulgariaDobrich
Photo of Balchik Palace of Romanian Queen Marie at Bulgarian Black Sea coastline, Balchik, Bulgaria.Balchik

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The Sea Garden, Burgas, BulgariaThe Sea Garden
Photo of Varna spring time, beautiful aerial view above sea garden, Bulgaria.Sea Garden
South Park
Borisova Gradina Park
Photo of Balchik Palace Castle of Romanian Queen Marie at Bulgarian Black Sea coast.Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
Tsar Simeon Garden
Balchik Botanic Garden
Park "Zaimov"
Ethno village Etar
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
Photo of detail of a church situated inside of the Troyan Monastery in Bulgaria.Troyan Monastery
Photo of Medieval ruins on Cape Kaliakra, Black Sea, Bulgaria.Cape Kaliakra
Church of Saint Sophia
Park "Geo Milev
Rila National Park, Samokov, Sofia, BulgariaRila National Park
Ivan Vazov" National Theater
Photo of Eagles' bridge in Sofia, Bulgaria.Eagles' Bridge
Druzhba Park
Dolphinarium Varna
Holy Trinity Park
Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
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
Photo of ruins of a late antiquity fortress with religious complex "Tsari Mali Grad" from the 6th century, Bulgaria.Tsari Mali Grad
Park "Sveti Georgi", Dobrich, BulgariaPark "Sveti Georgi
Sveta Nedelya Church
Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park
Marno Pole Park
Photo of aerial view of the Alyosha soldier monument in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Alyosha Monument
Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
Музей „Дом на хумора и сатирата” Габрово
Monument of Mother Bulgaria
photo of view of Tsarska Bistritsa,Sofia Bulgaria.Tsarska Bistritsa
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Day 1 – Plovdiv - arrival day

Day 1

Day 1 – Plovdiv - arrival day

  • Plovdiv - Arrival day
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  • Alyosha Monument
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Your exciting road trip through Bulgaria starts when you reach the incredible city of Plovdiv, where you'll stay for 3 nights. You'll pick up your rental car in Plovdiv and begin your adventure in Bulgaria.

Plovdiv 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 Plovdiv and get this road trip adventure rolling.

A trip to the amazing Alyosha Monument will make your cheap holiday in Bulgaria truly special. This attraction is a fascinating monument that has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 4,259 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 Plovdiv. An excellent example is the popular Aylyakriya / Aylyakria Restaurant. Serving a menu of mouthwatering dishes, this restaurant is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 1,229 customers.

Another restaurant you should check out during your cheap vacation in Bulgaria is Pavaj. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by 3,861 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 Rahat Tepe. This restaurant has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 2,984 customers, and is an awesome place to satisfy your craving for good food and service.

Club Fargo is a great bar to relax after a busy day. About 1,132 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 Plovdiv we recommend is Kotka i Mishka, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar, an excellent place to meet new friends. This bar offers customers plenty of snack and drink options and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 1,070 customers.

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

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Day 2 – Plovdiv

Day 2

Day 2 – Plovdiv

  • Plovdiv
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Drive 10 km, 1 hour 7 min

  • Singing Fountains
  • Tsar Simeon Garden
  • Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis
  • Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
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Day 2’s road trip itinerary introduces you to many popular attractions and activities in Plovdiv, proving that cheap holidays in Bulgaria can be extraordinary.

You'll begin sightseeing at the extraordinary Singing Fountains. This attraction is a park that has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 11,815 travelers.

Another of the best travel destinations you can explore in this fun and cheap holiday destination is the spectacular Ancient Stadium of Philipopolis. This popular place of interest is a stunning top-tier point of interest that boasts an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 7,228 visitors.

To make your trip to Plovdiv more memorable, spend time at the fascinating Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis. With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 17,047 traveler reviews, it’s not surprising that the fantastic Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis is often mentioned in Bulgaria road trip itineraries.

Your discovery of Plovdiv does not have to stop there. You can add a budget-friendly activity on your itinerary and get to know more about Plovdiv 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 Hemingway Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Plovdiv. This place is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,363 reviews.

You can also check out r-nt , Mal'k Bunardzhik". Offering appetizing foods and refreshing beverages at reasonable prices, this restaurant is an excellent choice for budget travelers in the city. This restaurant is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,166 diners.

Another great restaurant we recommend you go to after your road trip activities is PASA Restaurant. With an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 1,284 customers, this restaurant is sure to provide you a memorable dining experience in Plovdiv.

When you’ve finished your meal, head to some of the most popular bars in Plovdiv for an after-dinner drink. Cap off your night in this cheap holiday destination at Rock Bar Download and try some of its cocktails and snacks. This bar has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 845 customers.

Bar The Post is another great place to hang out in and relax after a busy day in the city. This bar offers various drinks at affordable prices and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 425 customers.

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

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Day 3 – Samokov and Sofia

Day 3

Day 3 – Samokov and Sofia

  • Samokov
  • Sofia
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Drive 404 km, 7 hours 14 min

  • Tsarska Bistritsa
  • Rila National Park
  • Tsari Mali Grad
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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 Samokov and end your day in the city of Sofia, where you'll stay for 3 nights. How much time you’ll spend in each location is up to you.

One of the best places to visit in Samokov is the amazing Tsarska Bistritsa. This travel destination is a palace that has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,090 visitors.

This day is also your chance to stop at the incredible Rila National Park. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars by 9,075 travelers, a visit to this well-known park and sightseeing spot in Samokov is likely to make your vacation in Bulgaria even more memorable.

Another unforgettable sight in Samokov is the outstanding Tsari Mali Grad. This fortress has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 6,546 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 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.

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.

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

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Day 4 – Sofia

Day 4

Day 4 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 21 km, 1 hour 15 min

  • Druzhba Park
  • Park "Geo Milev
  • Park "Zaimov"
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • Ivan Vazov" National Theater
  • More

On day 4 of your road trip adventures in Bulgaria, you’ll go deep into Sofia, where you'll stay for 2 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 Casa Boyana Boutique to ensure a pleasant and affordable vacation in Sofia. This 5-star hotel offers guests comfort and convenience and is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 257 guest reviews.

Another budget-friendly stay option you can check into is the cozy 4-star Best Western Terminus Hotel. This cheap hotel provides a ton of handy amenities perfect for travelers in Sofia. Best Western Terminus Hotel has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 2,749 former guests.

Travelers looking forward to enjoying a cheap vacation in Sofia should also consider Hotel 007. This 3-star hotel offers great value-for-money and is one of the best budget accommodations in the city. Hotel 007 has been rated by 534 guests with an average of 4.2 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 8,323 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 9,902 visitors.

Sofia is also the home of the extraordinary St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Around 18,076 travelers have rated the spectacular St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Another place you’ll want to visit is the captivating Ivan Vazov National Theater. With an impressive average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from a total of 9,201 reviews, a visit to this wonderful must-see tourist destination 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, Restaurant "Staria Chinar". Locals enjoy eating at Restaurant "Staria Chinar" for its good food and ambiance. This excellent restaurant has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,717 diners.

Curious about the nightlife in Sofia? Consider visiting some of the best bars in Sofia after dinner.

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

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Day 5 – Sofia

Day 5

Day 5 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 22 km, 1 hour 18 min

  • Holy Trinity Park
  • Knyazheska Garden
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • Borisova Gradina Park
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Day 5’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 Holy Trinity Park. This attraction is a park that has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 7,629 travelers.

Another of the best travel destinations you can explore in this fun and cheap holiday destination is the spectacular Knyazheska Garden. This popular place of interest is a stunning park that boasts an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 7,458 visitors.

To make your trip to Sofia more memorable, spend time at the fascinating Eagles' Bridge. With an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 9,677 traveler reviews, it’s not surprising that the fantastic Eagles' Bridge is often mentioned in Bulgaria road trip itineraries.

The magnificent Borisova Gradina Park is another stop you might want to add to your sightseeing plans. This park and popular travel destination is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 26,952 reviews.

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.

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.

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

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Day 6 – Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo

Day 6

Day 6 – Sofia and Veliko Tarnovo

  • Sofia
  • Veliko Tarnovo
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Drive 233 km, 3 hours 34 min

  • Sveta Nedelya Church
  • National Palace of Culture
  • South Park
  • Sofia Zoo
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On day 6 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 St. Nedelya Church. This travel destination is a church that has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 5,189 visitors.

This day is also your chance to stop at the incredible National Palace of Culture. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 13,776 travelers, a visit to this well-known convention center and sightseeing spot in Sofia is likely to make your vacation in Bulgaria even more memorable.

Another unforgettable sight in Sofia is the outstanding South Park. This park has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 30,055 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 VkusoteriA. This restaurant provides good food and service and has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 993 customers.

When talking about the best restaurants in Veliko Tarnovo, Shtastliveca ("The Lucky One") 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 8,818 diners.

Another restaurant worth trying is Restaurant Ego 1. 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 3,561 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 7 – Troyan, Gabrovo, and Veliko Tarnovo

Day 7

Day 7 – Troyan, Gabrovo, and Veliko Tarnovo

  • Gabrovo
  • Troian
  • Veliko Tarnovo
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Drive 222 km, 3 hours 37 min

  • Troyan Monastery
  • Музей „Дом на хумора и сатирата” Габрово
  • Ethno village Etar
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You still have 1 night left in the area, giving you plenty of chances to check out top-rated restaurants and try out unique activities that will enhance your road trip experience in Bulgaria.

Today’s adventure starts in Gabrovo. Gabrovo is a popular cheap holiday destination in Bulgaria and the home of the wonderful Muzey na khumora i satirata, Gabrovo. This amazing attraction is a museum that has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 3,482 visitors.

Another of the best places to visit in Gabrovo is the fascinating Ethno village Etar. As one of the most popular sights in the area, this museum and tourist destination has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 13,625 reviews.

Make your road trip vacation in Bulgaria more memorable and epic without spending a fortune. Take advantage of the cheap holiday deals you'll find in Bulgaria and add budget-friendly activities to your travel plan.

When you’re done exploring, you’ll drive back to your accommodation near the city of Veliko Tarnovo.

When you arrive, we recommend eating at a restaurant that locals enjoy, like EGO pizza & grill The Old Town. This restaurant serves delicious dishes at surprisingly cheap prices and has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,580 customers.

Bianko is another excellent restaurant we recommend for budget travelers in Veliko Tarnovo. This restaurant offers good food at even better prices and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 2,466 customers.

Another popular restaurant in Veliko Tarnovo you might want to check out is The Bell. The Bell is a local favorite with a variety of value-for-money dishes on their menu. Customers have rated this fantastic restaurant an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 1,550 reviews.

After your meal, finish off this busy day with a refreshing drink at one of the best bars in the city of Veliko Tarnovo, Sammy's Bar. This bar offers a variety of liquors at different price points and has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 524 customers.

Cybar is another popular bar in the area perfect for cheap holiday goers in Veliko Tarnovo. This bar has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 160 customers and is a great place to relax and enjoy a few drinks.

Locals also recommend Ristretto. This bar offers customers a terrific bar experience at low prices, making it one of the best spots in Veliko Tarnovo. Ristretto has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 153 customers.

Cheers for an adventure-filled road trip vacation in Bulgaria! Celebrate this incredible opportunity for an affordable travel experience in the city of Veliko Tarnovo!

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Day 8 – Veliko Tarnovo, Shumen, and Varna

Day 8

Day 8 – Veliko Tarnovo, Shumen, and Varna

  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Shumen
  • Varna
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Drive 233 km, 3 hours 15 min

  • Monument of Mother Bulgaria
  • Marno Pole Park
  • Tsarevets Fortress
  • Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park
  • Madara Horseman
  • More

Day 8 of your road trip across Bulgaria offers you the chance to visit the wonderful Veliko Tarnovo and the enchanting Shumen, two of the most popular cheap holiday destinations in the country. You'll begin sightseeing in Veliko Tarnovo and end the day in Shumen, where you'll stay for 3 nights.

Buckle up because day 8 of your affordable vacation in Bulgaria will take you to some of locals’ and travelers’ most recommended travel spots!

One place travelers keep coming back to in Veliko Tarnovo is the magnificent Monument of Mother Bulgaria. Around 2,628 visitors have rated this excellent must-see tourist destination and travel destination an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

We also recommend you explore the amazing Marno Pole Park on this leg of your self-drive tour in Bulgaria. This attraction is a well-known park that has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from around 4,458 travelers.

The remarkable Tsarevets Fortress is known to be one of the best places to visit in this cheap vacation spot in Bulgaria. This attraction, an amazing best-rated sightseeing destination, is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 11,511 travelers.

After capturing the beauty and rich culture of Veliko Tarnovo, you’ll get back behind the wheels and continue your road trip to the fantastic city of Shumen.

Start your sightseeing in this cheap holiday destination with a visit to the unforgettable Madara National Historical and Archaeological Park. This popular site is a valued park in Shumen and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 4,333 visitors.

Another must-visit in Shumen is the spectacular Madara Horseman. This outstanding must-see tourist destination and sightseeing destination has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from more than 6,174 travelers.

Exploring one unique site after another provides you the much-needed variety during your self-drive tour across Bulgaria. But to satisfy your curiosity or need for adventure, we recommend you add excursions in today’s agenda. You have a great selection of popular and low-cost activities to choose from in Bulgaria. Make your cheap holiday experience in Bulgaria more memorable by doing something new, bold, or inspiring.

Varna offers many top-rated accommodations suitable for travelers on a budget vacation in Bulgaria. So anytime you need a break from your activities, you’re guaranteed a comfortable and affordable place to rest and stay in the city.

As this adventurous day progresses, satisfy your hunger at one of the best restaurants in the city. Many restaurants in Varna offer good food at even better prices, the perfect combination for travelers on affordable vacations in Bulgaria.

Happy Bar & Grill Center (Varna) is a must try. This restaurant serves a mouthwatering selection of meals and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8,318 diners.

Another popular eating spot in Varna is Staria Chinar - Port Varna, a local favorite. Serving diners fresh, delicious, and affordable meals, this restaurant has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 4,810 customers.

Staria Chinar Restaurant offers customers flavorful food and good ambiance, making it one of the best places to eat in Varna. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 3,178 customers, this restaurant can get packed very quickly. Make sure you get to the restaurant early to save yourself a seat.

When night has fallen and you feel like enjoying a drink, head to some of Varna’s best bars. There are plenty of bars in the city where you can order a few drinks without compromising your budget.

Cubo is an excellent example of a great bar in Varna offering drinks at reasonable prices. This popular bar is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 5,527 customers.

You can also hang out and have a drink at The Garden Bar, another of locals’ go-to bars in Varna. The Garden Bar is among the best city bars offering various beverages at different price points, with around 2,562 customers having rated it an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

The BRICK bar is for you if you’re curious about bars that give you a taste of the nightlife scene in Varna. This bar has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 1,387 bar-goers.

Celebrate another day of your adventure-filled road trip through Bulgaria with a toast. Cheers to a memorable cheap vacation experience in Bulgaria!

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Day 9 – Balchik, Dobrich, and Varna

Day 9

Day 9 – Balchik, Dobrich, and Varna

  • Dobrich
  • Varna
  • Balchik
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Drive 204 km, 3 hours 29 min

  • Balchik Dvoretsa Palace and Park
  • Balchik Botanic Garden
  • Bukvite
  • Cape Kaliakra
  • Park "Sveti Georgi
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You still have 2 nights left in the area, giving you plenty of chances to check out top-rated restaurants and try out unique activities that will enhance your road trip experience in Bulgaria.

Today’s adventure starts in Dobrich. Dobrich is a popular cheap holiday destination in Bulgaria and the home of the wonderful Balchik Palace. This amazing attraction is a palace that has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 19,217 visitors.

Another of the best places to visit in Dobrich is the fascinating Balchik Botanic Garden. As one of the most popular sights in the area, this park and tourist destination has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 15,288 reviews.

To make your time in Dobrich more memorable, visit the incredible Bukvite. This well-known must-see tourist destination and attraction has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 16 visitors.

The outstanding Kaliakra is another attraction you’ll want to include in your road trip itinerary today. This popular place of interest is a famous nature reserve in the area. More than 10,175 visitors have rated the spectacular Kaliakra an average of 4.8 out of a 5 star-rating.

Make your road trip vacation in Bulgaria more memorable and epic without spending a fortune. Take advantage of the cheap holiday deals you'll find in Bulgaria and add budget-friendly activities to your travel plan.

When you’re done exploring, you’ll drive back to your accommodation near the city of Varna.

When you arrive, we recommend eating at a restaurant that locals enjoy, like El Kapan. This restaurant serves delicious dishes at surprisingly cheap prices and has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 3,370 customers.

Stariyat chinar Preslav is another excellent restaurant we recommend for budget travelers in Varna. This restaurant offers good food at even better prices and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 2,788 customers.

Another popular restaurant in Varna you might want to check out is Mr Baba. Mr Baba is a local favorite with a variety of value-for-money dishes on their menu. Customers have rated this fantastic restaurant an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 2,420 reviews.

After your meal, finish off this busy day with a refreshing drink at one of the best bars in the city of Varna, Bar PUNTA CANA. This bar offers a variety of liquors at different price points and has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,540 customers.

Cuba Beach Bar is another popular bar in the area perfect for cheap holiday goers in Varna. This bar has been rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,018 customers and is a great place to relax and enjoy a few drinks.

Locals also recommend Cuba Bar. This bar offers customers a terrific bar experience at low prices, making it one of the best spots in Varna. Cuba Bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 617 customers.

Cheers for an adventure-filled road trip vacation in Bulgaria! Celebrate this incredible opportunity for an affordable travel experience in the city of Varna!

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Day 10 – Varna

Day 10

Day 10 – Varna

  • Varna
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Drive 12 km, 46 min

  • Dolphinarium Varna
  • Sea Garden
  • Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral
  • Retro Museum
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On day 10 of your road trip adventures in Bulgaria, you’ll go deep into Varna, 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 Varna, and meet locals along the way!

Varna 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 Grand Hotel London to ensure a pleasant and affordable vacation in Varna. This 5-star hotel offers guests comfort and convenience and is rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars in 1,053 guest reviews.

Another budget-friendly stay option you can check into is the cozy 4-star Havana Hotel Casino & SPA. This cheap hotel provides a ton of handy amenities perfect for travelers in Varna. Havana Hotel Casino & SPA has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from 2,080 former guests.

Travelers looking forward to enjoying a cheap vacation in Varna should also consider Hotel Exotica. This 3-star hotel offers great value-for-money and is one of the best budget accommodations in the city. Hotel Exotica has been rated by 510 guests with an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Popular hotels and places to stay in Varna 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 Varna the perfect cheap holiday destination is that the city offers easy access to many popular attractions. For example, the outstanding urban park, Sea Garden. This attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 31,686 visitors.

The famous Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral is another remarkable sightseeing hotspot in the area. This incredible eastern orthodox cathedral and travel destination has been rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 6,705 visitors.

Varna is also the home of the extraordinary Retro Museum. Around 6,327 travelers have rated the spectacular Retro Museum an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

This fascinating attraction is a must-visit.

Come to Varna 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 Varna.

After a day of exploring, reward yourself by dining at one of the best restaurants in Varna, Captain Cook Varna. Locals enjoy eating at Captain Cook Varna for its good food and ambiance. This excellent restaurant has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,043 diners.

"Halbata" Restaurant serves various affordable and delicious dishes perfect for cheap holiday goers. On top of that, this restaurant is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,580 food lovers.

If you want more options, 100 Pizzas is another great spot. Browse through its exciting menu and you'll see why 100 Pizzas has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars in 735 reviews.

Curious about the nightlife in Varna? Consider visiting some of the best bars in Varna after dinner. Locals recommend Kultura Speakeasy Bar, and it's a great spot to enjoy a refreshing drink after an active day. This bar is rated an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars by 366 customers.

Cafe Bar Soho is another excellent place to relax and have a drink or two after a busy road trip in Bulgaria. Cafe Bar Soho has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 136 bar-goers, proving it's one of the most popular bars in Varna.

You might also want to cap the night off at Gossip Bar Max, a fascinating bar that 452 customers have rated 4.3 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 11 – Nessebar, Burgas, and Plovdiv

Day 11

Day 11 – Nessebar, Burgas, and Plovdiv

  • Burgas
  • Nesebar
  • Plovdiv
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Drive 393 km, 5 hours 3 min

  • Sunny Beach
  • Church of Saint Sophia
  • The Sea Garden
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Day 11 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 Nessebar and end your day in the city of Burgas.

Today's agenda features plenty of popular stops and allows you to stay in Plovdiv 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 Nessebar, it’s a good idea to visit the amazing Sunny Beach. The fantastic Sunny Beach is a popular town and a sightseeing hotspot. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 6,756 travelers.

Travelers usually have a splendid time at the incredible Church of Saint Sophia, a well-known church in the area. Currently, this spectacular destination enjoys a 4.7 out of a 5 star-rating from 9,769 travelers.

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

Make The Sea Garden your first stop. This popular park among locals and travelers alike has been rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 34,044 visitors.

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 Plovdiv. So when it's time for a break from your adventures in Plovdiv, 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 Kotka i Mishka, Cat and Mouse Beer Bar, one of the best restaurants in Plovdiv. This restaurant is a local favorite and has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,070 customers.

RESTAURANT Raia is yet another of the top places to eat in the city. RESTAURANT Raia is known for serving a variety of delectable dishes and is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 936 diners.

Locals and travelers enjoy dining at Kitchen of Raya / Kukhnyata na Raya, another well-loved restaurant in Plovdiv. Rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 895 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 Plovdiv, Piano Bar Sinatra. 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 4.3 out of 5 stars by 568 bar goers.

Wunderbaer - Hills Beer Bar & Shop is a great place for anyone who is into classic bar drinks. This bar is considered one of the best drinking spots in Plovdiv, with its average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 180 customers.

Alternatively, you can drop by bar Fabrik, where you can have drinks, let loose, and socialize. This bar is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 698 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 12 – Plovdiv - departure day

Day 12

Day 12 – Plovdiv - departure day

  • Plovdiv - Departure day
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  • Old Town Of Plovdiv - Architectural Reserve
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It’s soon time to say goodbye to Bulgaria as your road trip vacation is about to end. Day 12 is your departure day and your last chance to capture the beauty of Plovdiv.

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 Plovdiv is the remarkable Old Town of Plovdiv. This park and popular place of interest has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 3,806 visitors.

If you have an appetite for one last delicious meal in Plovdiv, consider a top-rated restaurant like Sofra. This restaurant has a menu of appetizing and affordable meals and is rated at an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 807 customers.

Restaurant - Garden "Philippopolis" 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 4.3 out of 5 stars from 767 customers.

Another popular restaurant you could check out is Tams House. Rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 522 customers, this restaurant is a great place to enjoy meals that will remind you of Bulgaria and your fun memories in Plovdiv.

You’ll then say farewell to Plovdiv 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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