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
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Aristotelous Square, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, pause for some photo ops at Arch of Galerius, then steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios, and finally contemplate the long history of Osios David (The Latomou Monastery). Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Seaworld Scuba Diving Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rotunda, then take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Thessaloniki online travel route planner.

Boston, USA to Thessaloniki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Boston to Thessaloniki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Boston in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Thessaloniki: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to 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: Kounaki Wines (in Ebonas) and Ancient Kamiros (in Kalavarda). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring ancient history at Village of Lindos. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lindos Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Tsambika Beach, and explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Lindos.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lindos road trip planner.

Getting from Thessaloniki to Lindos by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. Traveling from Thessaloniki in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lindos, with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Athens: Mycenae (Lion Gate & Archaeological Site Mycenae) and Moni Osiou Patapiou (in Loutraki). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, wander the streets of Plaka, explore the world behind art at Benaki Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens visit planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Athens takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Athens, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 69°F at night. 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, admire the striking features of St Stephens Church, learn about winemaking at Wine tasting Messembria, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Assumption.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sunny Beach itinerary planner.

Getting from Athens to Sunny Beach by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Athens in September; daily highs in Sunny Beach reach 77°F and lows reach 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Historical Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at INHOM Art Glass Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Tina Art Gallery, examine the collection at Butterfly House Varna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church, then view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Le Papillon, and finally examine the collection at The Retro Museum In Varna.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Varna trip planner.

Getting from Sunny Beach to Varna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Varna, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can 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 lots more to do: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul Nakional de Arta al Romaniei), take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", and get engrossed in the history at Muzeul Karanului Roman.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bucharest travel planner.

Getting from Varna to Bucharest by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Varna in September, Bucharest is slightly colder at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Brasov: Sinaia (Cabana Babele, Peles Castle, &more), Prapastiile Zarnestiului (in Zarnesti) and Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle) (in Bran). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Muntele Tampa, step into the grandiose world of Rasnov Citadel, get to know the fascinating history of Brasov Historical Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra).

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Brasov holiday planner.

Drive from Bucharest to Brasov in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Cluj-Napoca.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas
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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 21st (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Muzeul de Arta and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cluj-Napoca itinerary planner.

You can drive from Brasov to Cluj-Napoca in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can 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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