60 days in Moldova, Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

60 days in Moldova, Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

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Chisinau, Moldova
— 5 nights
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Bender, Moldova
— 2 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 7 nights
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 6 nights
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Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 6 nights
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 6 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 7 nights
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Brasov, Romania
— 7 nights
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Sibiu, Romania
— 6 nights
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Chisinau, Moldova — 5 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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History and The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”. Museum-lovers will get to explore Andrei Mudrea - Modern Art and Peperete Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Chisinau side-trips: Curchi Monastery (in Orhei), Capriana Monastery (in Capriana) and Hancu Monastery (in Nisporeni). There's lots more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, stroll around Stefan cel Mare Park, do a tasting at Cricova Winery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saharna Monastery.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Chisinau online travel route builder.

Denver, USA to Chisinau is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Chisinau is 9 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Bender.
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Bender, Moldova — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Bendery Fortress, and then stroll the grounds of Tighina Military Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castel Mimi Wine Resort and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Joachim and Anna.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bender trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chisinau to Bender takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Bender sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Sofia.
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Sofia, Bulgaria — 7 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 Boyana Waterfall. Visit Rila Monastery and Saint Sofia Church for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Rila National Park (in Rila) and Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church (in Blagoevgrad). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Vitosha Boulevard, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Natural History, Sofia, and admire the landmark architecture of Catedral de Sveta-Nedelya.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sofia road trip planning website.

You can fly from Bender to Sofia in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Sofia sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Plovdiv.
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria — 6 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bachkovo Monastery and Assen's Fortress. Head to The Vazrazdane Art Gallery and Anastas Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Plovdiv side-trips: Massage Studio Natalie (in Kazanlak), Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple (in Shipka) and Red Church (in Perushtitsa). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Plovdiv trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Sofia to Plovdiv in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nessebar.
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Nessebar, Bulgaria — 6 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nessebar and Wine tasting Messembria. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Erma Spa Turkish Bath and Church of Saint Sophia. Change things up with these side-trips from Nessebar: Sozopol (Church of Saint Zosima, Yuzhna krepostna stena i kula, &more) and Irakli Beach (in Obzor). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 29th (Mon) at Aqua Paradise Ltd. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Blaise, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Savior Church, admire the striking features of Church of Christ Pantocrator, and contemplate the long history of St Stephens Church.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nessebar online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Nessebar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Nessebar can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Varna.
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Varna, Bulgaria — 6 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin and Stone Forest. Explore hidden gems such as Cape Kaliakra and Varna Archaeological Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Varna: Tyulenovo Rocks (in Tyulenovo), Aquapark Aquamania (in Albena) and Madara Rider (in Shumen). Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring the collection at Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Retro Museum In Varna, contemplate the long history of St Athanasius Orthodox Church, admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, and take in the exciting artwork at Tina Art Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Varna travel itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Nessebar to Varna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Varna are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bucharest.
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Bucharest, Romania — 7 nights

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul Nakional de Arta al Romaniei) and Mogosoaia Palace. Museum-lovers will get to explore Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History and Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti". Explore Bucharest's surroundings by going to Pitesti Prison Memorial (in Pitesti) and Mănăstirea Curtea de Argeș (in Curtea de Arges). Spend the 12th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Muzeul Coleckiilor de Arta, stop by Carturesti Carusel, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Choral Temple, and browse the different shops at AFI Cotroceni.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bucharest trip planner.

You can drive from Varna to Bucharest in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bucharest when traveling from Varna in September, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Brasov.
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Brasov, Romania — 7 nights

With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Head to Art & Crafts and The Dracula Investigationfor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muntele Tampa and Manastirea Sinaia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brasov: Sinaia (Stancile Franz Joseph & Peles Castle), Viscri (Village de Viscri & Viscri Fortified Church) and Fagaras Fortress (in Fagaras). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Canionul Șapte Scări, explore the historical opulence of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), steep yourself in history at Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer, and take in the pleasant sights at Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway.

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Getting from Bucharest to Brasov by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sibiu.
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Sibiu, Romania — 6 nights

Red Town

Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
You'll explore and learn at Muzeul Astra and Brukenthal National Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Transfagarasan Highway and The Fortified Church of Biertan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sibiu: Castelul Corvinilor (in Hunedoara), Vidraru Dam (in Curtea de Arges) and Alba Iulia (Catedrala Reintregirii Neamului & Cetatea Alba Iulia). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sarmizegetusa Regia, admire the landmark architecture of Catedrala Ortodoxa Sfanta Treime, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centrul Istoric, and pause for some serene contemplation at Copsa Mare Fortified Church.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sibiu trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Brasov to Sibiu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Sibiu sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cluj-Napoca.
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania — 6 nights

Treasure City

The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
Visiting Cheile Turzii and Cetakuia Hill (Dealul Cetakuia) will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Catedrala Sfantul Mihail and Walking tours. Get out of town with these interesting Cluj-Napoca side-trips: Targu Mures (Ascension of the Lord Cathedral & Palatul Culturii) and Turda (Muzeul de Istorie Turda & Salina Turda). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Museum Square (Piaka Muzeului), admire the masterpieces at Muzeul de Arta, pause for some photo ops at Rex Matia Corvin Statue, and take in nature's colorful creations at Gradina Botanica "Alexandru Borza".

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cluj-Napoca travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sibiu to Cluj-Napoca takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Cluj-Napoca are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Moldova travel guide

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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.
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Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
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.
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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.
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