11 days in Greece, Bulgaria & Romania Itinerary

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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Bucharest, Romania
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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.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Lycabettus, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and take a stroll through Plaka.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Athens trip itinerary planner.

Detroit, USA to Athens is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Athens, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in June, expect Athens to be somewhat warmer, temps between 86°F and 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Thessaloniki.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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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 22nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, take in panoramic vistas at White Tower of Thessaloniki, appreciate the history behind Arch of Galerius, then steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St.Sophia, and finally don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Thessaloniki trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Athens to Thessaloniki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Thessaloniki when traveling from Athens in June, with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Sofia.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Sofia, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain. Keep things going the next day: take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sofia travel planner.

Drive from Thessaloniki to Sofia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Thessaloniki in June, with highs in Sofia at 78°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Nessebar.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
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Nessebar, Bulgaria — 1 night

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): experience the excitement of Erma Spa Turkish Bath and then delve into the distant past at Nessebar.

Make your Nessebar itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Nessebar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Sofia in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nessebar, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bucharest.
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Historic Sites · Baths · Fun & Games · Spas
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Bucharest, Romania — 2 nights

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 26th (Mon), get the lay of the land with Walking tours. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament and then view the masterpieces at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti".

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bucharest online tour builder.

You can drive from Nessebar to Bucharest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in June, and nighttime lows around 58°F. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly 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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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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