60 days in Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

60 days in Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
— 6 nights
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Timisoara, Romania
— 5 nights
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Sibiu, Romania
— 6 nights
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Bran, Romania
— 3 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 6 nights
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 6 nights
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Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 6 nights
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 7 nights
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Borovets, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Bansko, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 7 nights
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania

— 6 nights

Treasure City

The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cluj-Napoca: Palatul Culturii (in Targu Mures), Turda (Muzeul de Istorie Turda & Salina Turda) and Szekelyko (in Rimetea). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Muzeul de Arta, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedrala Sfantul Mihail, take a stroll through Avenue of Heroes in Cluj-Napoca (B-dul Eroilor), and admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cluj-Napoca online trip itinerary planner.

Cleveland, USA to Cluj-Napoca is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Cleveland in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Cluj-Napoca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Timisoara.

Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 4:

Timisoara, Romania

— 5 nights
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Arad (Retro IT Museum & Malul Muresului). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Piata Victoriei, indulge your senses at Timisoara Tour Guide, admire the striking features of The Palace of the Serbian Episcopacy, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Timisoara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cluj-Napoca to Timisoara takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sibiu.

Things to do in Timisoara

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

Sibiu, Romania

— 6 nights

Red Town

Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Venture out of the city with trips to Alba Iulia (Cetatea Alba Iulia & St Michael's Roman Catholic Cathedral), Transalpina (in Gorj County) and Curtea de Arges (Transfagarasan Highway & Vidraru Dam). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castelul Corvinilor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral & Tower, see the interesting displays at Brukenthal National Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Centrul Istoric.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sibiu route planner.

Getting from Timisoara to Sibiu by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Timisoara in October, Sibiu is little chillier at night with lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bran.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 15:

Bran, Romania

— 3 nights
Bran is a commune in Brașov County, Romania. Explore Bran's surroundings by going to Sport Wellness Spa (in Poiana Brasov) and Sinaia (Cabana Babele, Pelisor Castle, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), fly down the slopes at Poiana Brasov, and see the interesting displays at Museum Medieval Bran.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bran trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Sibiu to Bran in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bucharest.

Things to do in Bran

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

Bucharest, Romania

— 6 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Go for a jaunt from Bucharest to Mogosoaia to see Mogosoaia Palace about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, admire the natural beauty at Cismigiu Parc, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul Nakional de Arta al Romaniei), and steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bucharest trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bran to Bucharest takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Varna.

Things to do in Bucharest

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 24:

Varna, Bulgaria

— 6 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Get out of town with these interesting Varna side-trips: Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich), Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Yaylata National Archeological Reserve (in Kavarna). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, examine the collection at Butterfly House Varna, take an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at INHOM Art Glass Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Varna trip planner.

You can drive from Bucharest to Varna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Varna can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 30:

Nessebar, Bulgaria

— 6 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nessebar: Sozopol (Sozopol Old Town, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Burgas (Armenian Church Saint Cross, Sea Garden, &more). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Nessebar, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. John the Baptist, and awaken your taste buds at Wine Shop and Bar Region.

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Take a shuttle from Varna to Nessebar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Nessebar sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 5:

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

— 7 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo) and Thracian Tomb (in Kazanlak). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress, get engrossed in the history at Small Basilica, and see the interesting displays at Air Museum Plovdiv.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Plovdiv trip itinerary app.

Getting from Nessebar to Plovdiv by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Borovets.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 12:

Borovets, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see what you can catch with Go Borovets. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, then grab your bike and head to Borovets Mountain Bike Park, and then don't miss a visit to Tsarska Bistritsa.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Borovets road trip planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Borovets in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Borovets

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

Bansko, Bulgaria

— 5 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Venture out of the city with trips to Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church (in Blagoevgrad), Pirin National Park (in Pirin) and Rila (Rila Monastery & Rila National Park). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, admire the sheer force of Popinolashki Waterfall, contemplate the long history of Neofit Rilski Museum, and walk around Townpark.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bansko planning website.

You can drive from Borovets to Bansko in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 19:

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 7 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for fun & games, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church St. George Rotunda, pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Bansko to Sofia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 26:

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.