31 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

31 days in Eastern Europe Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Rila, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
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Bran, Romania
— 3 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Chisinau, Moldova
— 4 nights
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Odessa, Ukraine
— 2 nights
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 4 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 3 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vitosha Boulevard and Church St. George Rotunda. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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Kozhikode, India to Sofia is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Kozhikode to Sofia due to the time zone difference. In October, Sofia is cooler than Kozhikode - with highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Rila.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature
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Rila, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): stroll through Dancing Bears Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Musala Peak, and then steep yourself in history at Rila Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rila visit planner.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Sunny Beach Luna Park, then kick back and relax at Irakli Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Nessebar. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria, then stop by JCraft Jewelry Shop, and finally soak in style at Erma Spa Turkish Bath.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sunny Beach trip builder app.

You can drive from Rila to Sunny Beach in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Rila in October since evenings lows in Sunny Beach dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks · Spas

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti" and Old Town. Step out of Bucharest with an excursion to Therme București in Balotesti--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, walk around Herăstrău Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Rotenberg-Uzunov, and steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bucharest online tour planner.

Take a shuttle from Sunny Beach to Bucharest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sunny Beach in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bucharest, with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bran.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

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Bran, Romania

— 3 nights
Bran is a commune in Brașov County, Romania. Get a sense of the local culture at Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) and Museum Medieval Bran. Visiting Transylvanian Wolf and Poiana Brasov will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Bran side-trips: Sinaia (Cabana Babele & Peles Castle) and Sport Wellness Spa (in Poiana Brasov). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Rasnov Citadel and find something for the whole family at Horror House Bran.

Before you visit Bran, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Bucharest to Bran in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Bran

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

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Belgrade, Serbia

— 4 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Step out of the city life by going to Ada Ciganlija and Special Nature Reserve Obedska Bara. Skadarlija and Kalemegdan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Belgrade: Oplenac (in Topola) and Podrum Probus (in Sremski Karlovci). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, examine the collection at Josip Broz Tito Mausoleum, admire the landmark architecture of Crkva Svetog Marka, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sava Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Belgrade holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bran to Belgrade takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Chisinau.

Things to do in Belgrade

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

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Chisinau, Moldova

— 4 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. Get some cultural insight at Cricova Winery and The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”. Venture out of the city with trips to Bendery Fortress (in Bender) and Asconi Winery (in Puhoi). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, tour the pleasant surroundings at Stefan cel Mare Park, appreciate the history behind Stephen the Great Monument, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bucuria.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Chisinau day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Belgrade to Chisinau takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Odessa.

Things to do in Chisinau

Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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Odessa, Ukraine

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Lanzheron Beach, examine the collection at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum, then don't miss a visit to Passage, and finally gain insight with Ukraine by Locals. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Primorsky Boulevard, make a trip to Potemkin Stairs, then wander the streets of Arcadia district, and finally kick back and relax at Arcadia Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Odessa trip planning site.

Drive from Chisinau to Odessa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Odessa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

— 4 nights
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Get outdoors at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Zverinets Caves and Archangel Mykhail Monastery. Get a sense of the local culture at The Holy Dormition Kyiv Caves Lavra and Golden Gate. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sophia's Cathedral, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, appreciate the history behind Rodina Mat (Motherland), and make a trip to Khreshchatyk.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kyiv (Kiev) day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Odessa to Kyiv (Kiev) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Odessa in October since evenings lows in Kyiv (Kiev) dip to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Lviv.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
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Lviv, Ukraine

— 3 nights

City of Lions

Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
On the 29th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, wander the streets of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Jesuits, then examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Svyatogo Yura Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Lychakiv Cemetery, then take in panoramic vistas at Lviv High Castle, and then stroll through Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lviv day trip planner.

Fly from Kyiv (Kiev) to Lviv in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Lviv are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lviv

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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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.

Serbia travel guide

4.3
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.

Moldova travel guide

3.8
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.

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.