60 days in Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

60 days in Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

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Sibiu, Romania
— 5 nights
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Curtea de Arges, Romania
— 3 nights
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Sinaia, Romania
— 2 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 7 nights
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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
— 6 nights
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 6 nights
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Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 6 nights
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Sozopol, Bulgaria
— 6 nights
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 7 nights
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Rila, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 8 nights
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Sibiu, Romania

— 5 nights

Red Town

Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Muzeul ASTRA and Muzeul Pr. Zosim Oancea. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral & Tower and Centrul Istoric. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Catedrala Ortodoxa Sfanta Treime, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Evanghelică Fortificată, explore the activities along Ocna Sibiului Salt Mine, and don't miss a visit to Big Square (Piata Mare).

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New York City, USA to Sibiu is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Sibiu due to the time zone difference. In September, Sibiu is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 73°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Curtea de Arges.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Curtea de Arges, Romania

— 3 nights
Curtea de Argeș is a city in Romania on the right bank of the Argeş River, where it flows through a valley of the lower Carpathians (the Făgăraș Mountains), on the railway from Pitești to the Turnu Roșu Pass. Discover out-of-the-way places like Transfagarasan Highway and Cetatea Poienari. Visit Mănăstirea Curtea de Argeș and Cozia Monastery for their historical value. Take a break from Curtea de Arges with a short trip to Anton Pann Memorial House in Ramnicu Valcea, about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: see human ingenuity at work at Vidraru Dam.

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Getting from Sibiu to Curtea de Arges by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October in Curtea de Arges, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sinaia.

Things to do in Curtea de Arges

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Sinaia, Romania

— 2 nights

Pearl Of The Carpathians

Named after the monastery around which it was built, Sinaia is a mountain resort and popular holiday destination for Romanians and foreigners alike.
On the 9th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Pelisor Castle and then step into the grandiose world of Peles Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Cazinoul Sinaia and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Manastirea Sinaia.

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Traveling by car from Curtea de Arges to Sinaia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bucharest.

Things to do in Sinaia

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Bucharest, Romania

— 7 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
You'll explore and learn at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul Nakional de Arta al Romaniei). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ceausescu Mansion. Dedicate the 12th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, pause for some serene contemplation at Stavropoleos Monastery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Sinaia to Bucharest in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Bucharest, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 17:

Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

— 6 nights
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR and Konstantsalieva House. Museum-lovers will get to explore Historical Museum and Ethnographic Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Veliko Tarnovo: Troyan Monastery (in Troyan), Devetashka Cave (in Devetaki) and Krushunskiye Waterfalls (in Krushuna). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita, stroll the grounds of Thracian Tomb , and step into the grandiose world of Tsarevets.

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You can drive from Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Varna, Bulgaria

— 6 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin and Varna Archaeological Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Grand Mall and Art Gallery Le Papillon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varna: Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich), Madara Rider (in Shumen) and Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Stone Forest, get close to the beloved marine mammals with Baracuda Dive Centre, examine the collection at The Retro Museum In Varna, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Veliko Tarnovo in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Varna, with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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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.
Visiting Irakli Beach and Pomorie Lake will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine tasting Messembria and Church of Saint Sophia. Spend a fun-filled day on the 4th (Thu) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Blaise, examine the collection at Archaeological Museum, indulge your taste buds at Wine Shop and Bar Region, and admire the striking features of St Stephens Church.

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Traveling by shuttle from Varna to Nessebar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Nessebar are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Sozopol.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

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Sozopol, Bulgaria

— 6 nights
The romantic atmosphere that lives on in this old city, located along the stunning Black Sea coast, makes Sozopol a popular seaside getaway.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Veleka Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Kavatsite Beach and Silistar Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Burgas (Poda Protected Site & Sea Garden), Dokuzak Falls (in Malko Tarnovo) and Butamyata Beach (in Sinemoretz). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Nicholas Chapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Saint Zosima, and explore the historical opulence of Ravadinovo Castle.

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Drive from Nessebar to Sozopol in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in November, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sozopol

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Central Balkan National Park and Wine Diversion. Appreciate the collections at Ethnographic Museum and UTOPIA Art & Design House. Go for a jaunt from Plovdiv to Bachkovo to see Bachkovo Monastery about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, see the interesting displays at Balabanov House, appreciate the history behind Alyosha, and steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress.

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Getting from Sozopol to Plovdiv by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in November, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rila.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 17:

Rila, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Rila and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rila Monastery. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

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Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Rila takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November in Rila, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Rila

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 8 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get some historical perspective at Saint Sofia Church and Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church. You'll explore and learn at National Museum of History and National Museum of Military History. When in Sofia, make a side trip to see Go Borovets in Borovets, approximately Borovets away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, get a taste of the local shopping with Vitosha Boulevard, admire the striking features of Boyana Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church St. George Rotunda.

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Traveling by car from Rila to Sofia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 36°F. You will leave for home on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 27:

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.