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Road Trip

Bulgaria is one of the best countries to road trip through. The country has stunning landscapes, diverse cities, more beach than you can imagine, and is way less expensive than western Europe. The almost square shape of the country allows for a really easy circuit that can be extended or shortened in many spots. While the rural roads are poor compared to many western countries, the main highways are in good condition and easy to navigate. 

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Travel Day 1


Start by navigating to the capital of Sofia by train, bus, or plane. The central train station has easy connections from Romania, Turkey, and Hungary, while the bus station will connect you to the western Balkans and Greece. The relaxed city with great history sets you up nicely for what to expect within the rest of the country. Take your time and explore the many parks in town before heading to Saint Aleksandar Nevski Memorial Cathedral. The city has awesome internet speeds and lots of free wifi so it is easy to keep in touch with others. There is no need to have a car when you are in Sofia as almost everything can be done by walking or if needed the metro and bus lines. Click here to learn more about Sofia. We would suggest you spend at least 2 full days in the city before picking up your rental car.

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Travel Day 2


Pick up your car on your way out of the city and head southeast towards Rila National Park. Many people come to the monastery as a day trip but the surrounding national park is worth a bit of time. There are a number of hikes that take you to beautiful viewpoints or down to rivers. Spend part of the day in the wilderness then head to the UNESCO site of the Rila Monastery. The colourful 10th-century monastery is the largest in Bulgaria and is one of the most important sites in the country. Spend at least 1 night in the area as there is lots to see but if you love hiking and nature you can easily spend a few nights. If you travel in the winter, there are numerous ski resorts that offer some of the best (and well priced) skiing in Europe!

Rila National Park

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Travel Day 3

After your time in Rila, drive east to Plovdiv, your home base for the next couple of days. Plovdiv is Europe's oldest continuously occupied city with 8,000 years of occupation. Laying underneath the main walking street is the partially exposed Roman stadium that is open to explore or even 


have a picnic in! After that head to the Archeological Museum to get a full picture of Plovdiv. Here you will find local statues from 4000 BCE, gold chalices from the 4th century BCE, and a floor mosaic of a menorah from Bulgaria's only ancient synagogue. Give yourself at least 2 days to explore the city and more if you want to add a day trip. Going north you will find the Valley of Roses, Kazanluk, Buzludzha and the Monument of Freedom, while south will take you into the mountains and past Bachkovo Monastery and Asen's Fortress. We 

Asen Fortress

highly suggest doing Kazanluk and Buzludzha from either Plovdiv or Veliko Tarnovo so pick which one works best for you!

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Veliko Tarnovo

Travel Day 4


Pack the car again and head out to the coast for some relaxation time. If you are wanting a beautiful beach with lots of nightlight, Sunny Beach is perfect while Sozopol is best for families. Burgas, the second largest Bulgarian coastal city, is about an hour south of Sunny Beach and is worth a stop or a day trip. Nessebar, about 20 minutes south of Sunny Beach, is believed to have the most churches per capita in the world. Even is you are staying in Sozopol, it is absolutely worth it to spend a day to travel up to Nessebar. The whole island city is fortified with beautiful old wooden houses intermixed between the almost 50 churches. 


If you want to split up your time between two beach towns, check out either Golden Sands or Albena which are a few hours north and just outside of the biggest coastal city of Varna. Even if you aren't spending a few nights in the area, on your way from Sunny Beach to Veliko Tarnovo, stop into Varna and head to the Archaeological Museum to see the world's oldest golden treasure! A more comprehensive breakdown of what each beach town offers can be found on the Black Sea page HERE