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 spiritual surroundings of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sofia day trip planning app.

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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Oklahoma City in May, with highs in Sofia at 72°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nessebar.
Historic Sites · Tours · Childrens Museums · Nature
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Nessebar, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Karting Sunny Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Shop Orange, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Savior Church, and finally do a tasting at Wine tasting Messembria. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St Stephens Church and then steep yourself in history at Nessebar.

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Fly from Sofia to Nessebar in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Nessebar can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Brasov.
Historic Sites · Baths · Spas · Wineries
Side Trip
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Brasov, Romania — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum Medieval Bran, then browse the exhibits of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), then go for a walk through Rasnov Citadel: Garden and Panoramic View, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Sport Wellness Spa. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Biserica Buna Vestire, stop by Brasov Historical Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Church (Biserica Neagra), then make a trip to Piaka Sfatului, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Muntele Tampa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Brasov holiday maker site.

You can drive from Nessebar to Brasov in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Timisoara.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas
Side Trips
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Timisoara, Romania — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): let little ones run wild at Parcul Regina Maria and then make a trip to Piata Victoriei.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Timisoara trip builder app.

Getting from Brasov to Timisoara by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. May in Timisoara sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Fun & Games · Parks
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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.