15 days in Greece, Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

15 days in Greece, Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 3 nights
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Nafplio, Greece
— 2 nights
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Delphi, Greece
— 2 nights
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Kalambaka, Greece
— 1 night
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 2 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Bucharest, Romania
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Athens, Greece

— 3 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Athens is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take an in-depth tour of National Archaeological Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, and admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Athens trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Athens is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Athens is 1 hour. October in Athens sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nafplio.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Nafplio, Greece

— 2 nights
Nafplio, a city famed for its narrow lanes and elegant architecture, provides a comfortable base for exploring the many surrounding ancient sites.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Fortress Palamidi, then admire the masterpieces at Nafplio National Gallery, and then delve into the distant past at Archaeological Site Mycenae. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Nauplion Promenade, take an in-depth tour of Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, look for gifts at TASTE3, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Panaghia, and finally examine the collection at Komboloi Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nafplio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Athens to Nafplio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Athens in October, with highs in Nafplio at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Delphi.

Things to do in Nafplio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Delphi, Greece

— 2 nights
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum, delve into the distant past at Delphi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Apollo In Delphi, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ieros Naos Agiou Georgiou. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tholos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Byzantine Church of Agia Eleousa (Panagia Mavromantila), and then experience rural life at MoKa Honey.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Delphi journey website.

You can drive from Nafplio to Delphi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Nafplio in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Delphi, with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kalambaka.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Kalambaka, Greece

— 1 night
The gateway to one of the largest monastery complexes in Greece, the small town of Kalambaka nestles against a landscape of imposing rock formations rising 400 m (1,300 ft) into the air. Nearly leveled during World War II, the town rebuilt and reinvented itself in the post-war period, quickly becoming one of the region's major travel destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): make a trip to Meteora, then examine the collection at Digital Projection Centre of Meteora’s History and Culture, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery (Agia Triada), and finally snap pictures at Lithaios Central Bridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kalambaka online route planner.

Getting from Delphi to Kalambaka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Delphi in October, with highs in Kalambaka at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Kalambaka

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Thessaloniki, Greece

— 2 nights

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osios David (The Latomou Monastery), take in the spiritual surroundings of Rotunda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St.Sophia, then don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic church of the Immaculate Conception. On your second day here, examine the collection at Hellenic Pharmaceutical Museum, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, then make a trip to White Tower of Thessaloniki, and finally appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Thessaloniki holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Side Trip

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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then look for gifts at Galeria Nina, then admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Thessaloniki to Sofia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Thessaloniki in October, things will get little chillier in Sofia: highs are around 20°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sofia

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Bucharest, Romania

— 3 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Bucharest is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, pause for some serene contemplation at Radu Voda Monastery (Manastirea Radu Voda), get engrossed in the history at Museum of History of the Jewish Community, and steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bucharest route maker site.

You can fly from Sofia to Bucharest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bucharest can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Greece travel guide

4.2
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.

Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
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

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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.