53 days in Romania & The Balkans Itinerary

53 days in Romania & The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly to Graz, Shuttle to Ljubljana
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
— 1 night
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Bled, Slovenia
— 1 night
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Postojna, Slovenia
— 3 nights
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Pula, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
— 1 night
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Zadar, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Split, Croatia
— 1 night
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
— 1 night
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Dubrovnik, Croatia
— 2 nights
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Kotor, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Budva, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Podgorica, Montenegro
— 2 nights
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Tirana, Albania
— 2 nights
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Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
— 2 nights
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Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
— 8 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
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Brasov, Romania
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Timisoara, Romania
— 2 nights
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 2 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 6 nights
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Ljubljana, Slovenia

— 1 night
Sitting astride the Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana is marked with picturesque bridges and a marketplace, designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.
On the 18th (Fri), get a sense of history and politics at Town Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cankarjevo Nabrežje, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franciscan Church of the Annunciation.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ljubljana vacation planner.

Mumbai, India to Ljubljana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Ljubljana. When traveling from Mumbai in June, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Ljubljana: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bled.

Things to do in Ljubljana

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Bled, Slovenia

— 1 night
The most popular resort in Slovenia, Bled is marked by its iconic church steeple and medieval castle on glacial Lake Bled.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Bled Castle.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bled visit planner.

You can drive from Ljubljana to Bled in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Bled, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Postojna.

Things to do in Bled

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Postojna, Slovenia

— 3 nights
With its friendly atmosphere, breathtaking landscapes, natural phenomena, and historical monuments, Postojna offers everything you need for a peaceful vacation or a quick getaway from the city.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Tourist Information Centre - Galerija, step into the grandiose world of Predjama Castle, see the interesting displays at Toplar Double Hayrack, then explore the fascinating underground world of Planina Cave, and finally see the interesting displays at Karst Museum. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Daniel, learn about winemaking at Winery Tilia Estate, do a tasting at Boris Lisjak Winery, then do a tasting at Vinakras Sežana, then Head underground at Škocjan Caves, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Postojna attractions planner.

You can drive from Bled to Postojna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Postojna can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Pula.

Things to do in Postojna

Museums · Wineries · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Pula, Croatia

— 2 nights
It's the mild climate and calm seas of Pula that draw visitors to the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula, but the city's ample Roman architecture is a key reason they stay.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with Scuba Libre Diving, kick back and relax at Debeljak Beach, then kick back and relax at Penizule Beach, then sample some tasty brews at Stella Beer 2 Go, and finally explore the ancient world of Pula Arena. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Of Augustus, steep yourself in history at Park Kazuna, kick back and relax at Felsen Strand, then enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Valovine, and finally stroll the grounds of Naval Cemetery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pula online day trip planner.

Drive from Postojna to Pula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Pula

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

— 1 night
Plitvice Lakes National Park, a World Heritage Site, showcases 16 crystalline lakes connected by waterfalls.
On the 24th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Milino, admire the sheer force of Great Cascades, contemplate the waterfront views at Gavanovac Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Milanovac Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Burgeti Lakes, and finally explore the activities along Kozjak.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Plitvice Lakes National Park itinerary tool.

Getting from Pula to Plitvice Lakes National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Nature · Parks

Zadar, Croatia

— 2 nights
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sveti Šime, don't miss a visit to Duke's palace, see the interesting displays at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art, look for gifts at Natura Zara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Chrysogonus Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Elias - St Elias Church. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Fortica Castle, explore the fascinating underground world of Modric Cave, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jurja Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Vecka Kula.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zadar trip itinerary planning website.

You can take a bus from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. June in Zadar sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Split, Croatia

— 1 night

Sportiest City in the World

Experience an authentic Adriatic lifestyle in Split, the largest city along the sea's coast.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, stroll around Marjan Park, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split, then stop by Break Time, and finally see the interesting displays at Froggyland.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Split trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Zadar in June, Split is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mostar.

Things to do in Split

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
On the 28th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Kajtaz House, shop like a local with War Photo Exhibition, then explore the galleries of Bosnaseum, then shop like a local with Art Studio Pandur, and finally contemplate the long history of Biscevica Kuca (Biscevic House).

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mostar trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Split to Mostar takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Mostar can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dubrovnik.

Things to do in Mostar

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Minceta Fortress, contemplate the long history of Dubrovnik City Walls, enjoy breathtaking views from Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dominican Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and finally take an in-depth tour of War Photo Limited. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Treasury, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Synagogue, stop by House of Nature, examine the collection at Love Stories Museum, then don't miss a visit to Prijeko street, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Bokar.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dubrovnik road trip planner.

Getting from Mostar to Dubrovnik by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Mostar in June, you will find days in Dubrovnik are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Kotor, Montenegro

— 2 nights

Bride of the Adriatic Sea

Perched on the edge of a fjord-like bay rimmed by rugged mountains, Kotor grew around a medieval settlement purposely built like a maze.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Efesya Souvenir, explore the galleries of Cats Museum, browse the exhibits of Namfleg, enjoy breathtaking views from Kampana Tower, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery and Church of St. Clare, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Anne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Eustachius, admire the striking features of The Church of St. Matthew, admire the landmark architecture of Zmajević Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mark’s Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Holy Mother Rozaria, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. John the Baptist.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kotor attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Kotor. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Budva.

Things to do in Kotor

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Budva, Montenegro

— 2 nights
Montenegro's top tourist destination, Budva draws big crowds with its pulsating nightlife and sun-kissed beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Mogren Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Trinity, then steep yourself in history at Budva Old Town, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery Praskvica, and finally stroll through Pržno Beach. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Budva Leather, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Punta Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Ivan Church, explore the striking landscape at Layered Rocks of Rafailovići, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rafailovići Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Reževići Monastery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Budva trip app.

Budva is just a short distance from Kotor. In July, daily temperatures in Budva can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Podgorica.

Things to do in Budva

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Podgorica, Montenegro

— 2 nights
One of Europe's most relaxed and newest capital cities, Podgorica sits on the confluence of two rivers, with two sides of it offering two different options for exploring.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): do a tasting at 13 Jul Plantaže Vineyard, browse the exhibits of Museums and Galleries of Podgorica, browse the exhibits of Centre of Contemporary Art at Petrović Palace, then explore the activities along Morača River, and finally browse the different shops at Mall of Montenegro. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Manastir Celija Piperska, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dajbabe Monastery.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Podgorica trip planner.

Drive from Budva to Podgorica in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Podgorica

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Shkoder, Albania

— 2 nights
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory, explore the galleries of Site of Witness and Memory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, then see the interesting displays at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then admire the landmark architecture of Former Palace of King Nikola I, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle. On the next day, explore the galleries of Shkoder Historical Museum, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rana e Hedhun.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shkoder day trip site.

Drive from Podgorica to Shkoder in 1.5 hours. July in Shkoder sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Tirana, Albania

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Durres Amphitheatre, step into the grandiose world of Durres Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach Bar, explore the galleries of Durres Archaeological Museum, then see the interesting displays at House of Leaves, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Bektashi World Center, examine the collection at Museum of Secret Surveillance, shop like a local with Tirana East Gate, step into the grandiose world of Petrela Castle, then browse the exhibits of BunkArt 2, and finally browse the exhibits of Muzeu Historik Kombetar.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tirana online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Shkoder to Tirana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Traveling from Shkoder in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tirana, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Ohrid.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia

— 2 nights

Jerusalem of the Balkans

Located on Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid earned the nickname Jerusalem of the Balkans because it was once home to 365 churches.
On the 11th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Icon Gallery-Ohrid, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nikola Gerakomija, see the interesting displays at National Workshop For Handmade Paper, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Halveti Hayati Tekke, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Mary Perybleptos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jovan Kaneo, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Virgin Mary Kamenko, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Early Christian Basilica, then make a trip to River Drim, and finally explore the activities along Vevchani Springs.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Ohrid vacation planning tool.

Take a shuttle from Tirana to Ohrid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tirana in July, with highs in Ohrid at 34°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

— 8 nights
A melting pot of cultures from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and Yugoslavian rule, Skopje serves as the nation's eclectic capital.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Bazaar, Skopje and Memorial House of Mother Teresa. Museum-lovers will get to explore Macedonian Village Resort Ethnological Museum and Macedonian Museum of Natural History. Venture out of the city with trips to Mladost (in Veles), Marko's Monastery (in Markova Susica) and Stobi (in Palikura). Spend the 15th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Explore Macedonia Daily Tours. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Matka, admire the striking features of Daut Pasha Hamam, get to know the fascinating history of Macedonia Square, and get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Memorial Centre.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Skopje day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Skopje 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 37°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 21st (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Paraskeva, explore the world behind art at The Red Flat, then get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Nina, then get to know the fascinating history of Vitosha Boulevard, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Zelena gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nikolai Sofiyski, then get a dose of the wild on Zig Zag Holidays, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sofia journey builder website.

You can drive from Skopje to Sofia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Skopje, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Sofia, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Marina Church, get engrossed in the history at House-Museum Hindlian, examine the collection at Balabanov House, then examine the collection at Art Gallery Philippopolis, then admire the masterpieces at Icon Gallery - City Art Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Plovdiv Regional Historical Museum - Bulgarian National Revival Exposition. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Bogoroditsa Petrichka Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bachkovo Monastery, see the interesting displays at Air Museum Plovdiv, then look for gifts at Andromeda Art, then get a new perspective on nature at Regional Natural History Museum of Plovdiv, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Plovdiv trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Sofia in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Plovdiv. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Varna.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Varna, Bulgaria

— 2 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 25th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nirvana Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aladzha Monastery, see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna, then get a taste of the local shopping with City Art Gallery of Boris Georgiev, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church St. Nicholas the Thaumaturge, and finally steep yourself in history at St Athanasius Orthodox Church. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Averi Beers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception, get engrossed in the history at Museum of new History of Varna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with Baracuda Dive Centre.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Varna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Varna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Plovdiv in July, plan for slightly colder days in Varna, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Bucharest.

Things to do in Varna

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Bucharest, Romania

— 2 nights
The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 27th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Biserica Kretzulescu, take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", get engrossed in the history at Ceausescu Mansion, then learn more about the world around you at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedrala Patriarhala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Sfantul Gheorghe Nou, get outside with Romania Motorcycle Tours, then don't miss a visit to Muzeul Coleckiilor de Arta, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Stavropoleos Monastery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bucharest day trip planning site.

Drive from Varna to Bucharest in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Bucharest can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Brasov.

Things to do in Bucharest

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Brasov, Romania

With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Church, contemplate the long history of Turnul Alb, contemplate the long history of Draper Bastion, then examine the collection at Casa Muresenilor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra), and finally take an in-depth tour of Rope Street Museum.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Brasov day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Bucharest to Brasov takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Timisoara.

Things to do in Brasov

Museums · Historic Sites

Timisoara, Romania

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fabric Synagogue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Millennium Church, take in the local highlights with Timisoara Tour Guide, pause for some serene contemplation at Serbian Orthodox Episcopal Church, then walk around Central Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mehala Orthodox Church. On your second day here, walk around Dendrological Park, soothe aching muscles at Arena AquaSport, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cetate Synagogue, then look for gifts at La Cave a Vins, and finally browse the different shops at Shopping City Timisoara.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Timisoara trip planner.

You can drive from Brasov to Timisoara in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. July in Timisoara sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Timisoara

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trip

Novi Sad, Serbia

— 2 nights

Serbian Athens

The regional and cultural center of northern Serbia, the riverside city of Novi Sad occupies a strategically advantageous position between Belgrade and Budapest.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Monastery Petkovac, explore the world behind art at Spomen-zbirka Pavla Beljanskog, see the interesting displays at The Gallery of Matica srpska, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Staro Hopovo Monastery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Vrdnik-Ravanica, and finally don't miss a visit to Monastery Beocin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Strand, steep yourself in history at Manastir Velika Remeta, learn about winemaking at Vinarija Kis, then do a tasting at Podrum Probus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Lower church from 1718.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad trip maker.

Traveling by car from Timisoara to Novi Sad takes 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Novi Sad sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Belgrade, Serbia

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Appreciate the collections at Military Museum and Nikola Tesla Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ada Ciganlija and Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice. Get out of town with these interesting Belgrade side-trips: Smederevo (Hram Svetog Đorđa & Smederevo Fortress) and Viminacium Archaeological Park (in Kostolac). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Church, wander the streets of Knez Mihailova, steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ružica.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Belgrade vacation planner.

You can take a shuttle from Novi Sad to Belgrade in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Belgrade sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Romania travel guide

4.4
Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Government Buildings
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.