11 days in Central Hungary, Bulgaria & Central Romania Itinerary

11 days in Central Hungary, Bulgaria & Central Romania Itinerary

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11 days in Central Hungary, Bulgaria & Central Romania Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Varna, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Foot + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Vancouver, Canada

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Head to Andrassy Avenue and Koller Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get some historical perspective at Halaszbastya and Dohány Street Synagogue. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, pick up some local products at Central Market Hall, and see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum.

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

Vancouver, Canada to Budapest is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Budapest due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Budapest, with lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Budapest

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Halaszbastya ©
Halaszbastya
Matthias Church ©
Matthias Church

1
night
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Boyana Church, admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then view the masterpieces at Galeria Nina, and finally wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Budapest to Sofia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Budapest to Sofia is 1 hour. In March in Sofia, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Varna.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Shopping Fun & Games
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Vitosha Boulevard ©
Vitosha Boulevard
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

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Varna, Bulgaria

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tina Art Gallery and Art Gallery Le Papillon. Do some cultural sightseeing at INHOM Art Glass Gallery and Museum of National Revival. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich), Irakli Beach (in Obzor) and Sunny Beach (CRG Airsoft Arena & Turkish Baths). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Salla Estate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption of Holy Virgin Church, and view the masterpieces at City Art Gallery of Boris Georgiev.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Varna day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Varna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Varna sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brasov.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Shopping Wineries

Side Trips

Salla Estate, Cape Kaliakra, Irakli Beach, CRG Airsoft Arena
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Tina Art Gallery ©
Tina Art Gallery
Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra
Irakli Beach ©
Irakli Beach

2
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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 24th (Tue): look for gifts at Autentic - Romanian Handmade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Church (Biserica Neagra), wander the streets of Brasov Historical Center, steep yourself in history at Draper Bastion, then step into the grandiose world of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), and finally step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Brasov trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Varna to Brasov takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Spas

Side Trips

Rasnov Citadel, Fortified Church of Harman, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
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Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Rasnov Citadel ©
Rasnov Citadel
Black Church (Biserica Neagra) ©
Black Church (Biserica Neagra)

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