12 days in Ukraine, Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

12 days in Ukraine, Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Dobrich, Bulgaria
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Bucharest, Romania
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Iasi, Romania
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Timisoara, Romania
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 1 night
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Narodniy Dim Ukraine, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyiv (Kiev) road trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kyiv (Kiev) is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv in November, expect Kyiv (Kiev) to be cooler, temps between 6°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sofia.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Tours · Spas · Shopping · Museums
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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Head to Vitosha Boulevard and Galeria Ninafor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Vitosha Mountain and Saint Sofia Church. When in Sofia, make a side trip to see Go Borovets in Borovets, approximately Borovets away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Boyana Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

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Fly from Kyiv (Kiev) to Sofia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kyiv (Kiev) in November: highs in Sofia hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can fly to Dobrich.

Things to do in Sofia

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Tours

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Dobrich, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Dobrich is the eight most populated city in Bulgaria, the administrative centre of Dobrich Province and the capital of the region of Southern Dobrudzha. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stroll around St George City Park and then kick back and relax at Cape Kaliakra.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dobrich day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Dobrich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Sofia in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Dobrich, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Dobrich

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
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Bucharest, Romania

— 4 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Head to Carturesti Carusel and AFI Cotrocenifor some retail therapy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Baneasa Shopping City and Beer Tastings & Tours. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stavropoleos Monastery.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bucharest trip planner.

Drive from Dobrich to Bucharest in 3.5 hours. In November, Bucharest is slightly colder than Dobrich - with highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Iasi.

Things to do in Bucharest

Shopping · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums
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Iasi, Romania

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Botanic Garden Anastasie Fatu (Gradina Botanica Anastasie Fatu) and then buy something for everyone on your list at Palas Iasi.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Iasi trip maker tool.

Getting from Bucharest to Iasi by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November in Iasi, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Timisoara.

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Parks · Shopping
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Timisoara, Romania

— 1 night
Timișoara is the capital city of Timiș County, and the main social, economic and cultural centre in western Romania.The third most populous city in the country, with 319,279 inhabitants as of the 2011 census, Timișoara is the informal capital city of the historical region of Banat. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): make a trip to Unirii Square and then go all around town with Timisoara Tour Guide.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Timisoara trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Iasi to Timisoara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

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Ukraine travel guide

4.5
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Churches
Bread Basket of Europe
As the largest country entirely within Europe, it comes as no surprise that Ukraine is a hugely diverse nation. Despite its varied and vibrant tourist attractions, it is a relatively under-visited part of the world. This is mostly good news for those who do decide to vacation here because they can enjoy an authentic and unusual experience. Sip coffee in city cafes, hike the Carpathians, unwind by the beach, and explore picturesque forests. Those interested in architecture will be delighted by the massive array on offer, including grand Gothic towers, wooden churches, and looming Stalinist constructions.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.

Romania travel guide

4.4
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.