29 days in Bulgaria, Romania & Moldova Itinerary

29 days in Bulgaria, Romania & Moldova Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
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Chisinau, Moldova
— 2 nights
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Soroca, Moldova
— 1 night
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
— 2 nights
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Brasov, Romania
— 4 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 4 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Step out of the city life by going to Vitosha Mountain and Zlatnite_Mostove -Golden Bridges. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral and Rila Monastery. Go for a jaunt from Sofia to Borovets to see Horseback Riding Tours about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, steep yourself in history at Church St. George Rotunda, and delve into the distant past at Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka".

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sofia day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Sofia is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Sofia to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

— 3 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.
Visiting Marvelous Bridges and Your Plovdiv Trips will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Plovdiv Roman Theatre and Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Plovdiv: Red Church (in Perushtitsa) and Bachkovo Monastery (in Bachkovo). The adventure continues: make a trip to Plovdiv Old Town, examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis, get a new perspective on nature at Regional Natural History Museum of Plovdiv, and admire the landmark architecture of Bakalova House.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Plovdiv trip builder site.

Getting from Sofia to Plovdiv by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. September in Plovdiv sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nessebar and Wine Shop and Bar Region. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Veleka Beach and Irakli Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Silistar Beach (in Ahtopol) and Sozopol (Church of Saint Zosima, Saint Nicholas Chapel, &more). There's more to do: make a splash at Action Aquapark and do some two-wheel cruising with Karting Sunny Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nessebar sightseeing planner.

Getting from Plovdiv to Nessebar by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Varna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Varna, Bulgaria

— 3 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik and INHOM Art Glass Gallery. Visit Cape Kaliakra and Bolata Bay for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Baracuda Dive Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Le Papillon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Varna trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Nessebar to Varna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Bucharest.

Things to do in Varna

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Bucharest, Romania

— 4 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti" and Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman). There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, learn more about the world around you at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, walk around Herăstrău Park, and explore the world behind art at The National Museum of Art of Romania.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bucharest trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Varna to Bucharest by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Varna in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Bucharest. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Chisinau.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chisinau, Moldova

— 2 nights
Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll around Stefan cel Mare Park, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, and then learn about winemaking at Cricova Winery. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, steep yourself in history at Stephen the Great Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capriana Monastery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Curchi Monastery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chisinau road trip website.

Getting from Bucharest to Chisinau by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Soroca.

Things to do in Chisinau

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Soroca, Moldova

— 1 night
Soroca is a city and municipality in Moldova, situated on the Dniester river about 160 km north of Chișinău. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Soroca Fortress, then make a trip to The Candle of Gratitude Monument, and then stop by Gypsy Hill.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Soroca trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Chisinau to Soroca takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Soroca are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cluj-Napoca.

Things to do in Soroca

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Cluj-Napoca, Romania

— 2 nights

Treasure City

The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
On the 19th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Cheile Turzii - Turda Gorge, then relax and rejuvenate at Salina Turda, then have fun and explore at Muzeul de Istorie Turda, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Reformed Church of Cluj-Napoca. Keep things going the next day: hike along TransyBike - Day Tours, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cluj-Napoca vacation maker site.

Getting from Soroca to Cluj-Napoca by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Soroca in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cluj-Napoca, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Brasov.

Things to do in Cluj-Napoca

Parks · Museums · Spas · Nature

Side Trip

Brasov, Romania

— 4 nights
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) and Black Church (Biserica Neagra). Escape the urban bustle at Mount Tampa and Canionul Șapte Scări. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brasov: Museum Medieval Bran (in Bran) and Sinaia (Stancile Franz Joseph, Peles Castle, &more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Poiana Brasov, look for all kinds of wild species at Bunloc, take an in-depth tour of Rope Street Museum, and steep yourself in history at Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Brasov road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cluj-Napoca to Brasov takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Brasov

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Landmarks
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 · Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks
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.

Moldova travel guide

3.9
Wineries & Vineyards · Parks · Monuments
As one of the smallest countries in Europe, Moldova earned its independence in 1991 and remains quite unknown to most of the world. As Moldova is located between Romania and the Ukraine, much of its culture borrows elements, such as language and traditional food, from its two neighbors. Moldova sports a rugged countryside with a mild and sunny climate thanks to the neighboring Black Sea. This region's outdoor activities--biking, hiking, horseback riding, and exploring caves--are its main attractions. While Moldova doesn't attract much tourism, it is one of the last places in Europe where you can get a completely authentic local experience.