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
Drive
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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 15th (Sun), ponder the world of politics at Town Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cankarjevo Nabrežje, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Nicholas, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Franciscan Church of the Annunciation.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Ljubljana online trip maker.

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. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in May; daily highs in Ljubljana reach 23°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Bled Castle.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bled trip builder tool.

Getting from Ljubljana to Bled by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Bled can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Postojna.

Things to do in Bled

Parks · Outdoors · 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 17th (Tue): view the masterpieces 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Daniel, do a tasting at Winery Tilia Estate, learn about winemaking at Boris Lisjak Winery, then learn about winemaking at Vinakras Sežana, then explore the fascinating underground world of Škocjan Caves, and finally awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Postojna day trip planning website.

You can drive from Bled to Postojna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Postojna can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pula.

Things to do in Postojna

Museums · Wineries · Parks · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with Scuba Libre Diving, kick back and relax at Debeljak Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Penizule Beach, then learn the secrets of beer at Stella Beer 2 Go, and finally delve into the distant past at Pula Arena. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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 explore the different monuments and memorials at Naval Cemetery.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pula online tour planner.

Drive from Postojna to Pula in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. May in Pula sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Things to do in Pula

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Milino, take in the dramatic scenery at Great Cascades, explore the activities along Gavanovac Lake, then explore the activities along Milanovac Lake, then explore the activities along Burgeti Lakes, and finally explore the activities along Kozjak.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Plitvice Lakes National Park vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Pula to Plitvice Lakes National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zadar.

Things to do in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Parks · Nature

Zadar, Croatia

— 2 nights
Situated along the Adriatic Sea, Zadar preserves a medieval old town that is entirely contained on a peninsula.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sveti Šime, contemplate the long history of Duke's palace, examine the collection at Permanent Exhibition of Religion Art, then stop by Natura Zara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Chrysogonus Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de San Elias - St Elias Church. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Fortica Castle, Head underground at Modric Cave, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Jurja Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Vecka Kula.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zadar trip planner.

Getting from Plitvice Lakes National Park to Zadar by bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Split.

Things to do in Zadar

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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 24th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Saint Domnius, stroll through Marjan Park, admire the masterpieces at Galerija Mestrovic, then take an in-depth tour of Etnografski muzej Split, then stop by Break Time, and finally see the interesting displays at Froggyland.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Split trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Zadar to Split in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Split can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mostar.

Things to do in Split

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 1 night
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Kajtaz House, shop like a local with War Photo Exhibition, explore the galleries of Bosnaseum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Art Studio Pandur, and finally don't miss a visit to Biscevica Kuca (Biscevic House).

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mostar day trip 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 May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can 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.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the ancient world of 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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and finally examine the collection at War Photo Limited. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Treasury, take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagogue, look for gifts at House of Nature, then explore the galleries of Love Stories Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Prijeko street, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Bokar.

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

Drive from Mostar to Dubrovnik in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. May in Dubrovnik sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kotor.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Efesya Souvenir, explore the galleries of Cats Museum, explore the galleries of Namfleg, take in panoramic vistas at Kampana Tower, then pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery and Church of St. Clare, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Anne. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Eustachius, admire the landmark architecture of The Church of St. Matthew, admire the landmark architecture of Zmajević Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mark’s Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Holy Mother Rozaria, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. John the Baptist.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kotor online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Dubrovnik to Kotor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Dubrovnik in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kotor, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) 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 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Mogren Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Trinity, then contemplate the long history of Budva Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery Praskvica, and finally kick back and relax at Pržno Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local 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, then take in the dramatic natural features at Layered Rocks of Rafailovići, then kick back and relax at Rafailovići Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Reževići Monastery.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Budva online tour planner.

Budva is just a stone's throw from Kotor. In May, daytime highs in Budva are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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.
On the 1st (Wed), do a tasting at 13 Jul Plantaže Vineyard, browse the exhibits of Museums and Galleries of Podgorica, explore the galleries of Centre of Contemporary Art at Petrović Palace, then explore the activities along Morača River, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of Montenegro. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manastir Celija Piperska, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dajbabe Monastery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Podgorica road trip planning website.

You can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Shkoder.

Things to do in Podgorica

Wineries · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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 3rd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Venice Art Mask Factory, explore the galleries of Site of Witness and Memory, don't miss a visit to Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity, examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I, and finally explore the historical opulence of Rozafa Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Shkoder Historical Museum, explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rana e Hedhun.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Shkoder travel route builder site.

Drive from Podgorica to Shkoder in 1.5 hours. In June in Shkoder, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tirana.

Things to do in Shkoder

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Tirana, Albania

— 2 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the long history of 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 browse the exhibits of House of Leaves, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection 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 brush up on your military savvy at BunkArt 2, and finally browse the exhibits of Muzeu Historik Kombetar.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tirana day trip planning app.

Getting from Shkoder to Tirana by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Traveling from Shkoder in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tirana, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Ohrid.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Icon Gallery-Ohrid, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nikola Gerakomija, then see the interesting displays at National Workshop For Handmade Paper, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jovan Kaneo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Virgin Mary Kamenko, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Early Christian Basilica, then don't miss a visit to River Drim, and finally explore the activities along Vevchani Springs.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Ohrid trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Tirana to Ohrid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tirana in June, things will get little chillier in Ohrid: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Skopje.

Things to do in Ohrid

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Bazaar, Skopje and Xhamia E Larme. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Macedonia Square and Isa Beg Hammam. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Skopje: Marko's Monastery (in Markova Susica), Mladost (in Veles) and Stobi (in Palikura). Spend the 11th (Sat) wandering through the wild on Explore Macedonia Daily Tours. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Matka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mustafa Pasha Mosque, admire the architecture and history at Memorial House of Mother Teresa, and learn about winemaking at Brzanov Winery.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Skopje trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Ohrid to Skopje takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Ohrid, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Skopje, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sofia.

Things to do in Skopje

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Sofia Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Paraskeva, take an in-depth tour of The Red Flat, stop by Galeria Nina, then get to know the fascinating history of Vitosha Boulevard, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Zelena gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Nikolai Sofiyski, then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Zig Zag Holidays, and finally contemplate the long history of Ancient Serdica Archaeological Complex.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sofia online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Skopje to Sofia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Skopje to Sofia due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Skopje in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sofia: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Sveta Marina Church, get engrossed in the history at House-Museum Hindlian, get a taste of the local shopping with Balabanov House, then see the interesting displays 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 view the masterpieces at Andromeda Art, then learn more about the world around you at Regional Natural History Museum of Plovdiv, and finally don't miss a visit to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Plovdiv takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nirvana Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aladzha Monastery, see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna, take in the exciting artwork at City Art Gallery of Boris Georgiev, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church St. Nicholas the Thaumaturge, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Athanasius Orthodox Church. Keep things going the next day: stop by 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, take an in-depth tour of Museum of new History of Varna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and finally fulfill a lifelong dream with Baracuda Dive Centre.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Varna trip planner.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Varna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Varna are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Bucharest.

Things to do in Varna

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Biserica Kretzulescu, get a taste of the local shopping with Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then get engrossed in the history at Ceausescu Mansion, then get a new perspective on nature at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedrala Patriarhala. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Sfantul Gheorghe Nou, then get all the equipment you need at Romania Motorcycle Tours, then admire the landmark architecture of Muzeul Coleckiilor de Arta, and finally steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bucharest vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Varna to Bucharest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Bucharest, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Church, steep yourself in history at Turnul Alb, steep yourself in history at Draper Bastion, then examine the collection at Casa Muresenilor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra), and finally get engrossed in the history at Rope Street Museum.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Brasov travel route builder tool.

Drive from Bucharest to Brasov in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Timisoara.

Things to do in Brasov

Historic Sites · Museums

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 26th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Fabric Synagogue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Millennium Church, awaken your taste buds at Timisoara Tour Guide, contemplate the long history of Serbian Orthodox Episcopal Church, then walk around Central Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mehala Orthodox Church. On the next day, walk around Dendrological Park, soothe aching muscles at Arena AquaSport, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cetate Synagogue, then look for gifts at La Cave a Vins, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping City Timisoara.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Timisoara day trip site.

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. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Timisoara

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery Petkovac, admire the masterpieces 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 steep yourself in history at Monastery of Vrdnik-Ravanica, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery Beocin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Strand, steep yourself in history at Manastir Velika Remeta, then do a tasting at Vinarija Kis, then learn about winemaking at Podrum Probus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Lower church from 1718.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Novi Sad trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Timisoara to Novi Sad by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Novi Sad can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Parks

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ružica and Cathedral Church. For shopping fun, head to Knez Mihailova or Art for All. Explore Belgrade's surroundings by going to Smederevo (Hram Svetog Đorđa & Smederevo Fortress) and Viminacium Archaeological Park (in Kostolac). The adventure continues: stroll through Ada Ciganlija, admire the masterpieces at Zepter Museum , Belgrade, admire the landmark architecture of Crkva Svetog Marka, and steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan.

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Traveling by shuttle from Novi Sad to Belgrade takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Belgrade, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Romania travel guide

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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.