11 days in Bulgaria & Transylvania Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
Timisoara, Romania
— 2 nights


Sofia, Bulgaria — 3 nights

Sofia is known for sightseeing, fun & games, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get curious at Museum of illusions Sofia.

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Oklahoma City, USA to Sofia is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Oklahoma City to Sofia, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Oklahoma City in July; daily highs in Sofia reach 34°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly to Nessebar.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Nature
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Nessebar, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): do some two-wheel cruising with Karting Sunny Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, take in the exciting artwork at Art Shop Orange, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Savior Church, and finally do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of St Stephens Church and then delve into the distant past at Nessebar.

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You can fly from Sofia to Nessebar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Nessebar when traveling from Sofia in July, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Brasov.
Historic Sites · Spas · Wineries · Baths
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Brasov, Romania — 2 nights

On the 22nd (Sat), examine the collection at Museum Medieval Bran, then see the interesting displays at Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), then go for a walk through Rasnov Citadel: Garden and Panoramic View, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Sport Wellness Spa. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Buna Vestire, take a stroll through Brasov Historical Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Black Church (Biserica Neagra), then don't miss a visit to Piaka Sfatului, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Muntele Tampa.

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You can drive from Nessebar to Brasov in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Timisoara.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas
Side Trips
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Timisoara, Romania — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): let the kids burn off some steam at Parcul Regina Maria and then make a trip to Piata Victoriei.

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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 July, daily temperatures in Timisoara can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Bulgaria travel guide

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.

Transylvania travel guide

Castles · Landmarks · Historic Walking Areas
While Transylvania may be known in popular culture as the home of Dracula, the incredible lanscape and rich history of this region are not to be overlooked. Located in the Carpathian Mountains in central Romania, travelers flock here for outdoor activities and adventures such as hiking, skiing, and rock climbing. Further, the medieval towns and architecture scattered throughout the region are some of the oldest and best preserved in the country. As host of many festivals and events, Transylvania is a cultural center for foreigners and locals alike. It's the country's largest and most well-known region, and the majority of tourism within Romania exists in this historic area.