15 days in Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
— 1 night
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Sibiu, Romania
— 1 night
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Sighisoara, Romania
— 1 night
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Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Rila, Bulgaria
— 2 nights

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj-Napoca ©

Treasure City

The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
On the 30th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Cheile Turzii - Turda Gorge, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Michael's Church.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Cluj-Napoca using our trip planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Cluj-Napoca is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Cluj-Napoca due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Edinburgh in December; daily highs in Cluj-Napoca reach 2°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sibiu.

Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
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Art Museum
Museum of Art
3.2

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Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu ©

Red Town

Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Turnul Sfatului (The Tower of the Council), then don't miss a visit to Big Square (Piata Mare), then see the interesting displays at Landeskirchliches Museum der Evangelischen Kirche, and finally examine the collection at ASTRA Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sibiu travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cluj-Napoca to Sibiu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Sibiu are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sighisoara.

Things to do in Sibiu

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Specialty Museum
ASTRA Museum
4.5

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Sighisoara, Romania

Sighisoara ©
As a World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is visited mostly for its fortified Old Town surrounded entirely by city walls.
On the 1st (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Sighisoara Historic Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Biserica Romano-Catolica, view the masterpieces at Art & Crafts, view the masterpieces at The Spoonman, then take in the pleasant sights at Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway, and finally make a trip to Sighisoara Clock Tower.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sighisoara day trip tool.

You can drive from Sibiu to Sighisoara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Brasov.

Things to do in Sighisoara

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Must see
Art & Crafts
4.8
World heritage site
Sighisoara Historic Center
4.7

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Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Church (Biserica Neagra), then get your game on at Quad Team Building, then explore the historical opulence of Peles Castle, and finally look for gifts at Autentic - Romanian Handmade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Poiana Brasov, explore the galleries of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), and then make a trip to Council Square.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Brasov journey planner.

Traveling by car from Sighisoara to Brasov takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Bucharest.

Things to do in Brasov

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Ski Area
Poiana Brasov
4.1
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Castle
Peles Castle
4.6

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Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): stroll around Herăstrău Park, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, and finally make a trip to Stavropoleos Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Mesteshukar ButiQ, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then explore the world behind art at Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman), then view the masterpieces at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of History of the Jewish Community.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bucharest trip planner.

Getting from Brasov to Bucharest by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bucharest are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Fun & Games
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Room Escape Game
Room Escape Games
4.8

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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo ©
Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Historical Museum, admire the masterpieces at Hadji Nikoli Inn Museum Art Gallery, then step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Archangels Michael and Gabriel.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Veliko Tarnovo trip maker app.

You can drive from Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©

City of the Seven Hills

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, get your game on at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then get your game on at Karting Track Lauta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bachkovo Monastery. On the next day, have fun at 360 Degrees Shooting & Training Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sveta Marina Church, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Level Up.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Veliko Tarnovo to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in January since evenings lows in Plovdiv dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Side Trip

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Entertainment Center
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
4.9
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Room Escape Game
Room Escape Games
4.9

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vitosha Mountain, and then admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church St. George Rotunda, then take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, then stop by Chilli Hills, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Sofia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Parks
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Room Escape Game
Room Escape Games
4.9
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Neighborhood
Vitosha Boulevard
3.8

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Rila, Bulgaria

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then contemplate the long history of Rila Monastery. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

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You can drive from Sofia to Rila in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Rila can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rila

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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National Park
Rila National Park
4.9
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World heritage site
Rila Monastery
4.8
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Mountain
Rila
4.7

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