30 days in Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

30 days in Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

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30 days in Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  22​h 15​min
1
Bucharest, Romania
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
2
Sibiu, Romania
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h
3
Brasov, Romania
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Varna, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 45​min
5
Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Yogyakarta, Indonesia


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5
nights
Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest ©
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Visit Mogosoaia Palace and Patriarchal Cathedral for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History and Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche. Change things up with a short trip to Neagra Bison Reservation in Bucsani (about 1h 35 min away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Ceausescu Mansion, admire the striking features of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Biserica Kretzulescu.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bucharest route maker .

Yogyakarta, Indonesia to Bucharest is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Yogyakarta to Bucharest is minus 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Yogyakarta in August since evenings lows in Bucharest dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Sibiu.

Things to do in Bucharest

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mogosoaia Palace, Neagra Bison Reservation, Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains
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Stavropoleos Monastery ©
Stavropoleos Monastery
Mogosoaia Palace ©
Mogosoaia Palace
Patriarchal Cathedral ©
Patriarchal Cathedral

5
nights
Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu ©
Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Get some historical perspective at Citadel of Alba Iulia and The Fortified Church of Biertan. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like ASTRA Museum and Old Town. Explore Sibiu's surroundings by going to Transfagarasan Highway (in Curtea de Arges), Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway (in Sighisoara) and Cetatea Poienari (in Arefu). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral & Tower, take a stroll through Passage of Stairs, make a trip to Telescaun Paltinis, and admire the landmark architecture of Turnul Sfatului (The Tower of the Council).

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sibiu trip planning website .

Getting from Bucharest to Sibiu by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bucharest in August, expect nights in Sibiu to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Brasov.

Things to do in Sibiu

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway, Cetatea Poienari, Transfagarasan Highway, Telescaun Paltinis, Citadel of Alba Iulia
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Transfagarasan Highway ©
Transfagarasan Highway
Citadel of Alba Iulia ©
Citadel of Alba Iulia
Old Town ©
Old Town

5
nights
Brasov, Romania

Brasov ©
With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) and Brasov Historical Center. Peles Castle and Sinaia Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brasov: Fagaras Fortress (in Fagaras), Pelisor Castle (in Sinaia) and Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti (in Zarnesti). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, make a trip to Schei Gate, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tampa, and fly down the slopes at Poiana Brasov.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Brasov day trip app .

Getting from Sibiu to Brasov by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Varna.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sinaia, Libearty Bear Sanctuary Zarnesti, Fagaras Fortress, Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer
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Peles Castle ©
Peles Castle
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) ©
Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle)
Sinaia Monastery ©
Sinaia Monastery

4
nights
Varna, Bulgaria

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik and Stone Forest. Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin and Aladzha Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varna: Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum, see the interesting displays at Ретро Музей/Retro Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena, and admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Varna trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Brasov to Varna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Varna are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nessebar.

Things to do in Varna

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cape Kaliakra, Aquapark Aquamania, Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Monastery of Saints Constantine and Helena
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Aladzha Monastery ©
Aladzha Monastery
Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra

3
nights
Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Church of Saint Sophia and Church of St. Blaise. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St Stephens Church and Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nessebar: Sozopol (Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Irakli Beach (in Obzor). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Winery Messembria, soak in style at Turkish baths, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Christ Pantocrator.

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

Traveling by bus from Varna to Nessebar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Nessebar, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Nessebar

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sozopol, Irakli Beach, Church of St. Blaise
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Irakli Beach ©
Irakli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get some cultural insight at Saint Sofia Church and St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rila National Park and Catedral de Sveta-Nedelya. Go for a jaunt from Sofia to Rila to see Rila Monastery about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Boyana Waterfall, admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay, take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard, and steep yourself in history at The Rotunda Church of St George.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sofia route maker app .

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Sofia takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sofia when traveling from Nessebar in August, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rila
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Saint Sofia Church ©
Saint Sofia Church
Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery

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