22 days in Romania, Bulgaria & Serbia Itinerary

22 days in Romania, Bulgaria & Serbia Itinerary

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Varna, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
2
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
3
Bansko, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
4
Baile Herculane, Romania
— 1 night
5
Sasca Montana, Romania
— 1 night
6
Timisoara, Romania
— 2 nights
7
Arad, Romania
— 2 nights
8
Novi Sad, Serbia
— 2 nights
9
Belgrade, Serbia
— 4 nights

3
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Varna, Bulgaria

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varna: Sunny Beach (Action Aquapark, Sunny Beach Luna Park, &more), Queen's Winery House (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery.

For more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Varna tour itinerary planner.

Bilbao, Spain to Varna is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Varna are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Varna

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sunny Beach, Queen's Winery House, Cape Kaliakra
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra
Karting Sunny Beach ©
Karting Sunny Beach

3
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Sofia, Bulgaria

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Step out of Sofia to go to Rila and see Rila Monastery, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vitosha Boulevard, and fly down the slopes at Vitosha Mountain.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sofia journey planning website.

Traveling by flight from Varna to Sofia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Varna in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sofia, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bansko.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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Walking tours
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery

3
nights
Bansko, Bulgaria

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bansko: Pirin National Park (in Pirin), Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church (in Blagoevgrad) and Rila National Park (in Rila). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren and don't miss a visit to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bansko road trip app.

Getting from Sofia to Bansko by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Bansko are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Baile Herculane.

Things to do in Bansko

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pirin National Park, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church, Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains, Rila National Park
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Pirin National Park ©
Pirin National Park
Vihren ©
Vihren

1
night
Baile Herculane, Romania

Baile Herculane
Băile Herculane is a town in Romanian Banat, in Caraș-Severin County, situated in the valley of the Cerna River, between the Mehedinți Mountains to the east and the Cerna Mountains to the west, elevation 168 meters. On the 21st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Cerna Valley and then explore the striking landscape of National Park Domogled.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Baile Herculane trip site.

You can drive from Bansko to Baile Herculane in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Baile Herculane can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Sasca Montana.

Things to do in Baile Herculane

Nature · Parks
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Sasca Montana, Romania

Sasca Montana ©
On the 22nd (Wed), explore the activities along Ochiul Beiului Lake and then take in the dramatic scenery at La Vaioaga Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sasca Montana travel planner.

You can drive from Baile Herculane to Sasca Montana in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sasca Montana can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Timisoara.

Things to do in Sasca Montana

Nature · Parks
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La Vaioaga Waterfall ©
La Vaioaga Waterfall
Ochiul Beiului Lake ©
Ochiul Beiului Lake

2
nights
Timisoara, Romania

Timisoara ©
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Timisoara Historical Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral, then make a trip to Piata Victoriei, and finally stroll around Central Park. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of The Palace of the Serbian Episcopacy, then don't miss a visit to Unirii Square, then have fun at Blue Line - The Shooting Range, and finally walk around Cathedral Park.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Timisoara tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Sasca Montana to Timisoara in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Timisoara can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Arad.

Things to do in Timisoara

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games
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Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral ©
Timisoara Orthodox Cathedral
Piata Victoriei ©
Piata Victoriei
The Palace of the Serbian Episcopacy ©
The Palace of the Serbian Episcopacy

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Arad, Romania

Arad ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Retro IT Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anthony of Padua Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and finally explore the activities along Malul Muresului. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Jewish Neolog Cemetery Arad, steep yourself in history at Șoimoș Fortress, then make a trip to Biserica Rosie, then take in the views from Trajan Bridge, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Arad road trip planner.

Drive from Timisoara to Arad in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Arad

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Șoimoș Fortress
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Biserica Rosie ©
Biserica Rosie
Malul Muresului ©
Malul Muresului
St. Anthony of Padua Church ©
St. Anthony of Padua Church

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Novi Sad, Serbia

Novi Sad ©
The regional and cultural center of northern Serbia, the riverside city of Novi Sad occupies a strategically advantageous position between Belgrade and Budapest.
On the 27th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Church, learn about winemaking at Podrum Probus, then kick back and relax at Strand, and finally have fun at X-Combat. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Svetozar Miletic Square, expand your understanding of the military at Petrovaradin Fortress, and then contemplate the long history of Monastery Petkovac.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arad to Novi Sad in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July in Novi Sad, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Wineries

Side Trip

Sremski Karlovci
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Podrum Probus ©
Podrum Probus
Petrovaradin Fortress ©
Petrovaradin Fortress
Svetozar Miletic Square ©
Svetozar Miletic Square

4
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Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade ©
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Belgrade is known for historic sites, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kalemegdan, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Avala Tower, and stop by Skadarlija.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Belgrade journey builder app.

You can drive from Novi Sad to Belgrade in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. July in Belgrade sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Kalemegdan ©
Kalemegdan
Walking tours
Skadarlija ©
Skadarlija

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