23 days in Greece, Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

23 days in Greece, Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Fly to Rhodes, Bus to Lindos
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Lindos, Greece
— 2 nights
Bus to Rhodes, Fly to Rethymnon
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Rethymnon, Greece
— 4 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Thessaloniki, Greece — 1 night

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, don't miss a visit to White Tower of Thessaloniki, then pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, then steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios, and finally don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square.

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Boston, USA to Thessaloniki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Boston to Thessaloniki. Traveling from Boston in August, you will find days in Thessaloniki are somewhat warmer (91°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Lindos.
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Lindos, Greece — 2 nights

A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): kick back and relax at Agathi Beach, explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos, and then stroll through Lindos Beach. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Village of Lindos.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lindos day trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Thessaloniki to Lindos takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Thessaloniki in August since evenings lows in Lindos dip to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Rethymnon.
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Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
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Rethymnon, Greece — 4 nights

Rethymnon combines the old-fashioned charm of a small town with proximity to long sandy beaches with all the modern conveniences usually found in big tourist resorts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rethymnon: The Palace of Knossos (in Knosos), Heraklion (Domaine Paterianakis, Church of Saint Titus, &more) and CRETAquarium (in Gournes). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Rethymnon Old Town, take an exotic tour of Georgioupolis Safari, make a trip to Old Venetian Harbor, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rethymnon trip website.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Rethymnon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Lindos in September, expect little chillier with lows of 68°F in Rethymnon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Fortress Palamidi (in Nafplio) and Archaeological Site Mycenae (in Mycenae). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, and admire the natural beauty at National Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Athens trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Rethymnon to Athens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. September in Athens sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Sofia.
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Sofia, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 10th (Sat), get curious at Museum of illusions Sofia, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church St. George Rotunda, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sofia trip planner.

Getting from Athens to Sofia by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Athens in September, with highs in Sofia at 76°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Varna.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums · Outdoors
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Varna, Bulgaria — 1 night

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 12th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at Orange Fitness, stop by Tina Art Gallery, and then get a new perspective on things with Baracuda Dive Centre.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Varna trip planning site.

You can fly from Sofia to Varna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Varna are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sunny Beach.
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Adventure · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria — 3 nights

Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Sunny Beach is known for theme parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: slough off your stress at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, tour the pleasant surroundings at Karting Sunny Beach, see some colorful creatures with Catamaran Cruise, and delve into the distant past at Nessebar.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sunny Beach trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Varna to Sunny Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Sunny Beach, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the shuttle to Bucharest.
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Bucharest, Romania — 4 nights

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Step out of Bucharest to go to Snagov and see Snagov Club - Pool Bar, which is approximately 54 minutes away. On the 17th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul Nakional de Arta al Romaniei), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take an in-depth tour of Muzeul Karanului Roman.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bucharest road trip tool.

You can take a shuttle from Sunny Beach to Bucharest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sunny Beach in September since evenings lows in Bucharest dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Cluj-Napoca.
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania — 1 night

Treasure City

The multicultural Cluj-Napoca is the capital of the historic region of Transylvania.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cheile Turzii.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cluj-Napoca trip planner.

Getting from Bucharest to Cluj-Napoca by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Bucharest, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cluj-Napoca, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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Greece travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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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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