8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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8 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
Melnik
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Arbanasi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Nessebar
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Varna
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote

1
day
Melnik

Melnik ©
Melnik is a town in Blagoevgrad Province, southwestern Bulgaria, in the southwestern Pirin Mountains, about 440 m above sea level. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rozhen Monastery, then make a trip to Kordopulova House, and then do a tasting at Villa Melnik Winery.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Melnik trip planner.

Puerto Del Carmen, Spain to Melnik is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Melnik

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Villa Melnik Winery
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Rozhen Monastery ©
Rozhen Monastery
Villa Melnik Winery ©
Villa Melnik Winery
Kordopulova House ©
Kordopulova House

2
nights
Plovdiv

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress, then see the interesting displays at Art Gallery Philippopolis, and then pause for some serene contemplation at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Roman Ruins and Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dzhumaya Mosque, and then see the interesting displays at Regional Archaeological Museum Plovdiv.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Melnik to Plovdiv in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Arbanasi.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Roman Ruins and Tomb, Assen's Fortress
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Assen's Fortress ©
Assen's Fortress

1
night
Arbanasi

Arbanasi ©
Arbanasi is a village in Veliko Tarnovo Municipality, Veliko Tarnovo Province of central northern Bulgaria, set on a high plateau between the larger towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Gorna Oryahovitsa. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Lyaskovets Monastery "Sv. Sv. Peter and Paul", take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel, then see the interesting displays at Konstantsalieva House, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arbanasi road trip planning site .

Drive from Plovdiv to Arbanasi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April in Arbanasi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Arbanasi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Lyaskovets Monastery "Sv. Sv. Peter and Paul"
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Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita
Konstantsalieva House ©
Konstantsalieva House

2
nights
Nessebar

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
On the 12th (Sun), examine the collection at Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. John the Baptist, do a tasting at Winery Messembria, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Savior Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Blaise. On the next day, admire the striking features of St Stephens Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Sophia, visit a coastal fixture at Embankment, then see the interesting displays at Archeological Museum Burgas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St George Church Църква Св.Георги.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nessebar trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Arbanasi to Nessebar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Nessebar are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Varna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Church of St. Blaise, Archeological Museum Burgas, Embankment, St George Church Църква Св.Георги
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Archaeological Museum ©
Archaeological Museum
St Stephens Church ©
St Stephens Church
Winery Messembria ©
Winery Messembria

1
night
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of new History of Varna, then see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna, and finally get your game on at Varna Karting Track.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Varna journey planner.

Getting from Nessebar to Varna by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In April, daily temperatures in Varna can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Fun & Games
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Ретро Музей/Retro Museum ©
Ретро Музей/Retro Museum
Butterfly House Varna ©
Butterfly House Varna
Museum of new History of Varna ©
Museum of new History of Varna

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