35 days in Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

35 days in Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
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Bansko, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
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Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
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Brasov, Romania
— 3 nights
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Sibiu, Romania
— 3 nights
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
— 3 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 4 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sofia: Saint George (in Zlatolist) and Go Borovets (in Borovets). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Sveti Nikolay, take an in-depth tour of National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sofia travel route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Sofia is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Sofia are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bansko.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

Bansko, Bulgaria

— 4 nights
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Get out of town with these interesting Bansko side-trips: Park Bachinovo (in Blagoevgrad), Rila (Rila Monastery & Rila National Park) and Pirin National Park (in Pirin). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vihren, steep yourself in history at Neofit Rilski Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bansko trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Sofia to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Bansko sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plovdiv: House-Museum of Ivan Vazov (in Sopot) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, and take an in-depth tour of Small Basilica.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Plovdiv attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Bansko to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:

Nessebar, Bulgaria

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Explore Nessebar's surroundings by going to Sozopol (Church of Saint Zosima, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Nessebar, get in on the family fun at Sunny Beach Luna Park, do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria, and try out the rides at Action Aquapark.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nessebar online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Nessebar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Nessebar are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Varna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

Varna, Bulgaria

— 4 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Varna: Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at ''Primorski'' park, look for gifts at Averi Beers, take an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum, and see some colorful creatures with Baracuda Dive Centre.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Varna day trip planning website.

Take a shuttle from Nessebar to Varna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Varna sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bucharest.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

Bucharest, Romania

— 4 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Spend the 12th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stavropoleos Monastery, take in nature's colorful creations at Cismigiu Parc, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bucharest trip planner.

Traveling by car from Varna to Bucharest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Varna in October, plan for little chillier nights in Bucharest, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

Brasov, Romania

— 3 nights
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Explore Brasov's surroundings by going to Sinaia (Peles Castle & Stancile Franz Joseph), Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) (in Bran) and La Prapastii Zarnesti (in Zarnesti). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Rasnov Citadel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Church (Biserica Neagra), make a trip to Piaka Sfatului, and relax and rejuvenate at Sport Wellness Spa.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Brasov trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bucharest to Brasov takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sibiu.

Things to do in Brasov

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Sibiu, Romania

— 3 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 Cetatea Alba Iulia (in Alba Iulia), Castelul Corvinilor (in Hunedoara) and Transfagarasan Highway (in Curtea de Arges). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Big Square (Piata Mare), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica fortificata din Cristian, and get to know the fascinating history of Centrul Istoric.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sibiu day trip site.

Drive from Brasov to Sibiu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Sibiu, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Cluj-Napoca.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

— 3 nights

Treasure City

The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Muzeul de Arta and then appreciate the history behind Rex Matia Corvin Statue. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheile Turzii and then relax and rejuvenate at Salina Turda.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cluj-Napoca trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Sibiu to Cluj-Napoca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Cluj-Napoca, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Museums · Parks · Spas · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
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
Castles · Churches · Historic Walking Areas
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.