29 days in Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

29 days in Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

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29 days in Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Sibiu, Romania
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Bran, Romania
— 3 nights
taxi + train:  2​h 30​min
3
Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Dobrich, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Primorsko, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
7
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
8
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Vancouver, Canada


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3
nights
Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu ©
Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Let the collections at Art & Crafts and Brukenthal National Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Citadel of Alba Iulia and Cetatea Poienari. Venture out of the city with trips to Transfagarasan Highway (in Curtea de Arges), Sighisoara Historic Center (in Sighisoara) and Alba Iulia (Traseul Celor Trei Fortificatii, Catedrala Reintregirii Neamului (Coronation Cathedral), & more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral & Tower, and contemplate the long history of Passage of Stairs.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sibiu, use our trip itinerary maker.

Vancouver, Canada to Sibiu is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Sibiu, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in July, you will find days in Sibiu are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bran.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Alba Iulia, Sighisoara, Cetatea Poienari, Transfagarasan Highway
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Art & Crafts ©
Art & Crafts
Citadel of Alba Iulia ©
Citadel of Alba Iulia
Cetatea Poienari ©
Cetatea Poienari

3
nights
Bran, Romania

Bran ©
Bran is a commune in Brașov County, Romania. Get a sense of the local culture at Peles Castle and Rasnov Citadel. Popular historic sites such as Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) and Pelisor Castle are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Bran: Busteni (Crucea Caraiman & Cantacuzino Castle), Sinaia Monastery (in Sinaia) and Mountain Postavarul (in Poiana Brasov). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Pensiunea Rhein, get a new perspective on nature at Dino Parc, hit the slopes at Poiana Brasov, and take in the dramatic natural features at La Prapastii Zarnesti.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bran trip itinerary planning site .

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 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bucharest.

Things to do in Bran

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sinaia, Busteni, Poiana Brasov, Rasnov, La Prapastii Zarnesti
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Peles Castle ©
Peles Castle
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Rasnov Citadel ©
Rasnov Citadel

4
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Mogosoaia Palace. Get some historical perspective at Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stravrapoleos) and Lipscani. Explore Bucharest's surroundings by going to Serve Winery (in Ceptura), Therme București (in Balotesti) and Bellu Manor (in Urlati). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Palace of Parliament, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, learn more about the world around you at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, and admire the masterpieces at The National Museum of Art of Romania.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bucharest day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Bran to Bucharest takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Bucharest sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dobrich.

Things to do in Bucharest

Spas Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Serve Winery, Therme București, Bellu Manor, Mogosoaia Palace
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Therme București ©
Therme București
Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
night
Dobrich, Bulgaria

Dobrich ©
Dobrich is the eight most populated city in Bulgaria, the administrative centre of Dobrich Province and the capital of the region of Southern Dobrudzha. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at St George City Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoopark Dobrich, and then take an in-depth tour of Old Dobrich Ethnographic Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cape Kaliakra.

Plan trip to Dobrich with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Bucharest to Dobrich in 3.5 hours. In July in Dobrich, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Dobrich

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra
Old Dobrich Ethnographic Museum ©
Old Dobrich Ethnographic Museum
St George City Park ©
St George City Park

3
nights
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

Sunny Beach ©
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Winery Messembria and Church of St. Blaise. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin and Holy Savior Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sunny Beach: Irakli Beach (in Obzor) and Varna (Church St. Nicholas the Thaumaturge & Grand Mall). There's still lots to do: soak in style at Turkish baths, get out on two wheels at Karting Sunny Beach, make a splash at Action Aquapark, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sunny Beach itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Dobrich to Sunny Beach in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Primorsko.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Nessebar, Varna, Irakli Beach, Church of St. Blaise
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Turkish Baths
Irakli Beach ©
Irakli Beach

3
nights
Primorsko, Bulgaria

Primorsko ©
Primorsko is a town and seaside resort in southeastern Bulgaria, part of Burgas Province. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Veleka Beach and Silistar Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Primorsko: Church of the Assumption (in Tsarevo) and Butamyata Beach (in Sinemoretz). There's lots more to do: stroll through Perla Beach, make a trip to Beglik-Tash, kick back and relax at Arkutino Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ropotamo Nature Reserve.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Primorsko travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Sunny Beach to Primorsko takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Primorsko can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Primorsko

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Butamyata Beach, Veleka Beach, Silistar Beach, Church of the Assumption
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Veleka Beach ©
Veleka Beach
Historical Museum of Primorsko ©
Historical Museum of Primorsko
Butamyata Beach ©
Butamyata Beach

4
nights
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv ©
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.
Oslekov's House and Ethnographic Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Bachkovo Monastery and Hisarja. Venture out of the city with trips to Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay) (in Shipka), Villa Yustina Winery (in Ustina) and Red Church (in Perushtitsa). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, take an in-depth tour of Georgi Benkovski House Museum, examine the collection at Todor Kableshkov House Museum, and steep yourself in history at Assen's Fortress.

Make your Plovdiv itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Primorsko to Plovdiv takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Koprivshtitsa, Midalidare Estate, Shipchenski monastery (St Nikolay), Villa Yustina Winery, Red Church
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Bachkovo Monastery ©
Bachkovo Monastery
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre
Oslekov's House ©
Oslekov's House

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nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral Saint Alexandar Nevski and Boyana Church. National Museum of History and Kvadrat 500 will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Sofia to Rila to see Rila Monastery about 1h 30 min away. Dedicate the 30th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Vitosha Boulevard, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sofia Church, take an in-depth tour of National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Nedelja Church.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sofia trip planner .

You can drive from Plovdiv to Sofia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in July, plan for little chillier nights in Sofia, with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rila Monastery
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church

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