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jonathanskinner Dec 29th, 2018 07:59 AM

Bulgaria and Romania in 3 Weeks
I'm travelling to Bulgaria and Romania in June and i do not know how much time to spend in each country.

I for sure want to spend time in both Bucharest and Sofia but need help on other places to go. For example, Transylvania is at the top of my list and need to know what area of Bulgaria i should spend time in as well ( I have about 3 weeks).


LancasterLad Dec 29th, 2018 09:21 AM

I'd skip Bucharest except for arrival and departure.

From Bucharest it's easy by train to spend time in Sinaia, Sighisoara, Sibiu and Barasov....then return to Bucharest and exit.

Transylvania [above] is a fantastic destination, inexpensive, quality, clean, and best of all hasn't been hit by being in €uro la-la-land.

Now or never I reckon.

PS. I think that 3 weeks is ideal.

LancasterLad Dec 29th, 2018 09:57 AM

Another quick thing about Bucharest. Within 2 hours of arriving we almost got wasted....came within two seconds of being sandwiched by 2 speeding 4 x 4s at a pedestrian junction.

bgs08 Dec 29th, 2018 01:10 PM

I agree about Bucharest - I’m not sure why but my husband and I were just not charmed by it. We were glad that we were only there for about 36 hours. Sighisoara was charming, Brasov was so-so. The drive from Brasov to Bucharest was beautiful, particularly near Sinaia. I would recommend stopping at Peles Castle, if only for the scenery around it. It’s lovely. The palace itself was interesting but one of the most disorganized tourist attractions I’ve ever seen. Still worth a trip though, especially on a pretty day.

LancasterLad Dec 29th, 2018 11:58 PM

I agree with Peles catle. It's in a wonderful location high above Sinaia, we walked up and back down from Sinaia town centre. We never did the tour as the place was mobbed with Coach Tours, so we jut enjoyed the gardens and many exterior nooks and crannies.

Sighisoara is wonderfu, l though a little touristy tacky. We stayed in both Sibiu and Brasov for a few nights in each, so we were able to scratch below the surface of each, and really enjoyed both. Beautiful architecure, with young and vibrant vibes.

Train rides were brilliant, cheap, but slow. That didn't bother us as we could enjoy the beautiful green and clean countryside as we chugged along.

Having a car would have been a definite advantage, as the roads outside of big town were practically empty of other traffic. But inside the towns, parking could be awkward and keen non-uniformed traffic wardens all over the place.

Michael Dec 30th, 2018 12:14 AM

Contrary to others, we enjoyed Bucharest with its old and new architecture, Its Museum of the Romanian Peasant is not great as a museum, but it probably has the largest gift shop of folk textiles, ceramics and wood products in Romania, although the gift shop in the skansen near Sibiu was quite good. I agree that a car would be useful to see the countryside. These are the pictures we took in Transylvania:
and subsequent pictures by clicking on the left arrow.

We also spent time in Bulgaria, traveling by public transportation and using a guide for two tours outside Sofia. Click on my name for the trip report if interested. Here are the pictures from that trip:

LancasterLad Dec 30th, 2018 03:01 AM

Michael, it wasn't so much that we didn't like Bucharest, we missed a serious two car crash by a couple of seconds [my wife got a brick in her back hurled from the impact debris, and we got a fair sprinkling of dust]. We'd only arrived by train from Brasov a couple of hours earlier. That shook us up and we headed back to the sanctuary of being v.close to our hotel after that, and got well drunk.....we both lost one of our 9 lives that day.

I agree that if well planned, there's sufficient sights to see in Bucharest, and that mainly outdoor Museum on the way to the Airport looked very good.

Our other reason about not seeing Bucharest, is that our aim was to get into Transylvania as quickly as possible. Sinaia, only 90 minutes away by train had that immediate wow factor.

From what we saw, and there's a whole lot we never saw, Romania is a Class Act. Easily done on a 'shoestring' budget, or for not a right lot more, in some luxury. Much better than a lot of the €uro La-La Land must-do destinations.

Nice photos btw.

thursdaysd Dec 30th, 2018 07:04 AM

I'm another fan of Romania, Bulgaria perhaps not so much.

I think Bucharest is worth a day or two, but both Transylvania and the north merit as much time as you can give them. I thought Sighisoara was over full of tourists, while I loved Brasov. I also preferred Pelisor to Peles (it's next door). Agree that it's a good budget destination, my last visit came in at 125/day USD, traveling solo but sleeping in doubles, and I could have done it for less.

Click on my name for my Romania and Bulgaria TRs, or for text with pix start here (links at the top of the page):

neckervd Dec 30th, 2018 07:18 AM

Count about 2 days for all the gems of Bucuresti.
But where will you fly in and from where will you fly out?
You may do a loop from Bucuresti to Suceava and the painted churches and proceed then to Transilvania (Cluj/Klausenburg/Kolosvar - Sighisoara/Schaessburg - Sibiu/Hermannstadt - Brasov/Kronstadt - Bucuresti) and do the same for the Southern part (Bucuresti - Ruse - Shumen - Varna - Nessebar - Stara Zagora - Plovdiv - Bansko - Melnik - Rila - Sofia - Veliko Trnovo - Bucuresti).
But you may go from North to South (may be from Budapest or Timisoara or Bacau to Alexandroupoli or Thessaloniki) as well.

thursdaysd Dec 30th, 2018 07:28 AM

I would recommend skipping Varna and Nessebar unless you are a real beach person. Very disappointing and a long way from other places of interest.

Michael Dec 30th, 2018 09:32 AM

Read this trip report and consider dropping Bulgaria:

jonathanskinner Jan 1st, 2019 12:28 PM

Hi. So much to consider. However, after your advice and some more reading, I have decided to stay in Romania for the whole time.

I will start planning and if I have any more queries, I will ask.

Thank you for all of your time and help and dor the pictures.

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