15 days in Moldova, Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Moldova, Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

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Chisinau, Moldova
— 3 nights
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Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Chisinau, Moldova

— 3 nights
Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord” and then stroll through Stefan cel Mare Park. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame, then stroll through Dendrarium Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of Triumphal Arch.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Chisinau trip itinerary planning website.

Athens, Greece to Chisinau is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Brasov.

Things to do in Chisinau

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Brasov, Romania

— 2 nights
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stop by Barrique M, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra), and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Muntele Tampa. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), then step into the grandiose world of Peles Castle, and then kick your exploration up a notch at Parc Aventura Brasov.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Brasov trip planner.

You can drive from Chisinau to Brasov in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Bucharest.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Mogosoaia Palace in Mogosoaia (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, get a taste of local nightlife at Bucharest Party ON, explore the world behind art at Muzeul Karanului Roman, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stavropoleos Monastery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bucharest tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Brasov to Bucharest by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Bucharest

Side Trip

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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the ancient world of The Church of St. John Aliturgetos and then contemplate the long history of St Stephens Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Sunny Beach trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Bucharest to Sunny Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bucharest in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sunny Beach, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Take a break from Sofia with a short trip to Rila Monastery in Rila, about 2h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, don't miss a visit to Dragalevtsi Monastery, and take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sofia day trip planner.

Getting from Sunny Beach to Sofia by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Sunny Beach in October, plan for little chillier nights in Sofia, with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Winter Sports

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Moldova travel guide

3.9
Wineries & Vineyards · Nature & Parks · Monuments
As one of the smallest countries in Europe, Moldova earned its independence in 1991 and remains quite unknown to most of the world. As Moldova is located between Romania and the Ukraine, much of its culture borrows elements, such as language and traditional food, from its two neighbors. Moldova sports a rugged countryside with a mild and sunny climate thanks to the neighboring Black Sea. This region's outdoor activities--biking, hiking, horseback riding, and exploring caves--are its main attractions. While Moldova doesn't attract much tourism, it is one of the last places in Europe where you can get a completely authentic local experience.

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.

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.