24 days in Greece, Bulgarian Black Sea Coast & Romania Itinerary

24 days in Greece, Bulgarian Black Sea Coast & Romania Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, then contemplate the long history of Arch of Galerius, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagios Demetrios, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Osios David (The Latomou Monastery). Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with Seaworld Scuba Diving Center, then delve into the distant past at Rotunda, then take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Thessaloniki online route planner.

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. While traveling from Boston, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Thessaloniki, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Lindos.
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Lindos, Greece — 4 nights

A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
Get out of town with these interesting Lindos side-trips: Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda) and Kounaki Wines (in Ebonas). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring ancient history at Village of Lindos. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Lindos Beach, stroll through Agathi Beach, and explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lindos trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Thessaloniki to Lindos in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Thessaloniki in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lindos, with lows of 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Athens.
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Athens, Greece — 5 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Venture out of the city with trips to Moni Osiou Patapiou (in Loutraki) and Mycenae (Lion Gate & Archaeological Site Mycenae). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Acropolis of Athens, pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and stroll through Mount Lycabettus.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Athens travel route site.

Getting from Lindos to Athens by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly to Sunny Beach.
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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: catch some excitement at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, head outdoors with Catamaran Cruise, get out on two wheels at Karting Sunny Beach, and learn about winemaking at Wine tasting Messembria.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sunny Beach road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Sunny Beach takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in September, things will get a bit cooler in Sunny Beach: highs are around 77°F and lows about 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Varna.
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Varna, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Historical Park. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with INHOM Art Glass Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Tina Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Butterfly House Varna, pause for some serene contemplation at St Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, then get a taste of the local shopping with Art Gallery Le Papillon, and finally see the interesting displays at The Retro Museum In Varna.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Varna visit app.

Getting from Sunny Beach to Varna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Varna are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bucharest.
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Bucharest, Romania — 3 nights

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 17th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, walk around Herăstrău Park, get engrossed in the history at Muzeul Karanului Roman, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bucharest attractions planner.

Drive from Varna to Bucharest in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Varna in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bucharest, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Brasov.
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Brasov, Romania — 3 nights

With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brasov: Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) (in Bran), Sinaia (Cabana Babele, Peles Castle, &more) and Prapastiile Zarnestiului (in Zarnesti). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Muntele Tampa, fly down the slopes at Poiana Brasov, get to know the fascinating history of Brasov Historical Center, and explore the historical opulence of Rasnov Citadel.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Brasov travel route planner.

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 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Muzeul de Arta and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cluj-Napoca, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Brasov to Cluj-Napoca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Cluj-Napoca can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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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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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