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Bran Castle, Romania - Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria itineraryThree countries, 11 unforgettable, action-packed days. Beautiful cities, medieval towns, ancient castles, huge forests and wild mountains – this itinerary has it all. Click for Luxury, Mid-range or Budget.

Here’s your Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria itinerary:

Luxury Budapest, Hungary
1 โœˆTo Budapest (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon ๐ŸจAria Hotel Budapest (Book >) All hotels >
Upon arrival into Budapest, visit the immense St Stephen’s Basilica. If you’re not up for much walking, buy a public transport pass at the airport.
2 Walk over the chain bridge and marvel at the views from Fishermanโ€™s Bastion, including over the impressive Hungarian Parliament Building, then continue on to Buda Castle (under which is The Hospital in the Rock) and Heroesโ€™ Square. Try to catch a performance at the beautiful Hungarian State Opera House. There are many interesting free walking tours in Budapest (don’t forget to tip!)
3 ๐Ÿš„Budapest to Sighiศ™oara train (Book >) Dep: 23:10 ๐ŸจTrain
Begin your day with a tour around Vajdahunyad Castle then go for a soak in the healing waters of the famous Szรฉchenyi Thermal Baths. Buying an Interrail pass (Eurail pass if you don’t live in Europe) can save you money.
4 ๐Ÿš„Budapest to Sighiศ™oara train Arr: 11:06 ๐ŸจDoubleTree by Hilton (Book >) All hotels >
Sighiศ™oara’s well-preserved old town walls encircle the 12th century citadel in which you’ll find the clock tower (good views form the top), the Monastery Church, the bust of Vlad Tepes and the Covered Staircase which leads to the Church on the Hill. If you have a little more time then hike or bike into the Transylvanian countryside and up to the Breite plateau. This is the town in which Vlad Tepes (aka Vlad the Impaler/Dracula) was born – his birth home is now a restaurant (Casa Vlad Dracul).
5 ๐Ÿš„Sighiศ™oara to BraลŸov train (Book >) Dep: 11:08 Arr: 13:46 ๐ŸจHotel Kronwell (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve dropped your bags at the hotel walk to the medieval Catherine’s Gate and then along the city wall. Squeeze down String Street (Strada Sforii) – at 4ft wide reputedly the narrowest in Europe. Visit Saint Nicholas Basilica and admire the ornate interior. Beware of pickpockets, especially in crowded areas and larger train stations.
6 Take a taxi to Bran Castle – one of several deemed to be the home of Dracula, but certainly the most photogenic. Consider adding a day to explore other castles in the area including Corvin Castle, where Vlad Tepes was allegedly held prisoner for several years. Learn a few basic Romanian words and phrases.
7 ๐Ÿš„BraลŸov to Bucharest train
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Dep: 11:20 Arr: 14:05 ๐ŸจHotel Epoque (Book >) All hotels >
The immense Palace of Parliament – one of the world’s largest buildings – is a good place to start in Bucharest. Stroll around Ciศ™migiu Gardens and the cobbled streets of Old Town (don’t miss Stavropoleos Church). Although cheaper, Romania’s R-trains are slower – spend just a little more to make the most of your time here.
8 ๐Ÿš„Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo train (Book >) Dep: 12:40 Arr: 20:41 ๐ŸจAgusta Spa Hotel (Book >) All hotels >
In Bucharest go to Revolution Square (Piaศ›a Revoluศ›iei) – an important place in Romania’s history. This site has useful Bucharest public transport info.
9 ๐ŸšŒVeliko Tarnovo to Sofia bus
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Dep: 16:15 Arr: 19:15 ๐ŸจSense Hotel Sofia (Book >) All hotels >
Bursting with history, the Bulgarian mountain city of Veliko Tarnovo has a wonderful old town which is best explored on foot. The Tsaravets fortress is a must-see. Bus travel is faster than train travel in Bulgaria.
10 Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the National History Museum, the Sveti Georgi Rotunda are all must-sees. If you’ve some spare time then the National Palace Of Culture often has great events and fascinating exhibitions. Pick up souvenirs at Bitaka Flea Market. Learning some basic Bulgarian Cyrillic can help you get around, especially if you stay in the country for more than a few days.
11 Sofia to Home (โœˆBook >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria itinerary with the Slovenia & Croatia, Western Turkey or Austria & Munich itinerary
Not ready to go home? Extend your Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria itinerary with a visit to Bulgaria’s beautiful Black Sea beaches.
Mid-range Brasov, Romania
1 โœˆTo Budapest (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon ๐ŸจHotel Bo33 Family & Suites (Book >) All hotels >
Upon arrival into Budapest, visit the immense St Stephen’s Basilica. If you’re not up for much walking, buy a public transport pass at the airport.
2 Walk over the chain bridge and marvel at the views from Fishermanโ€™s Bastion, including over the impressive Hungarian Parliament Building, then continue on to Buda Castle (under which is The Hospital in the Rock) and Heroesโ€™ Square. Try to catch a performance at the beautiful Hungarian State Opera House. There are many interesting free walking tours in Budapest (don’t forget to tip!)
3 ๐Ÿš„Budapest to Sighiศ™oara train (Book >) Dep: 23:10 ๐ŸจTrain
Begin your day with a tour around Vajdahunyad Castle then go for a soak in the healing waters of the famous Szรฉchenyi Thermal Baths. Buying an Interrail pass (Eurail pass if you don’t live in Europe) can save you money.
4 ๐Ÿš„Budapest to Sighiศ™oara train Arr: 11:06 ๐ŸจCasa Savri (Book >) All hotels >
Sighiศ™oara’s well-preserved old town walls encircle the 12th century citadel in which you’ll find the clock tower (good views form the top), the Monastery Church, the bust of Vlad Tepes and the Covered Staircase which leads to the Church on the Hill. If you have a little more time then hike or bike into the Transylvanian countryside and up to the Breite plateau. This is the town in which Vlad Tepes (aka Vlad the Impaler/Dracula) was born – his birth home is now a restaurant (Casa Vlad Dracul).
5 ๐Ÿš„Sighiศ™oara to BraลŸov train (Book >) Dep: 11:08 Arr: 13:46 ๐ŸจCasa Veche (Book >) All hotels >
Once you’ve dropped your bags at the hotel walk to the medieval Catherine’s Gate and then along the city wall. Squeeze down String Street (Strada Sforii) – at 4ft wide reputedly the narrowest in Europe. Visit Saint Nicholas Basilica and admire the ornate interior. Beware of pickpockets, especially in crowded areas and larger train stations.
6 Take a 35-minute bus journey from terminal #2 to Bran Castle – one of several deemed to be the home of Dracula, but certainly the most photogenic. Consider adding a day to explore other castles in the area including Corvin Castle, where Vlad Tepes was allegedly held prisoner for several years. Learn a few basic Romanian words and phrases.
7 ๐Ÿš„BraลŸov to Bucharest train
(Book >)
Dep: 11:20 Arr: 14:05 ๐ŸจHotel Christina (Book >) All hotels >
The immense Palace of Parliament – one of the world’s largest buildings – is a good place to start in Bucharest. Stroll around Ciศ™migiu Gardens and the cobbled streets of Old Town (don’t miss Stavropoleos Church). Although cheaper, Romania’s R-trains are slower – spend just a little more to make the most of your time here.
8 ๐Ÿš„Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo train (Book >) Dep: 12:40 Arr: 20:41 ๐ŸจGurko (Book >) All hotels >
In Bucharest go to Revolution Square (Piaศ›a Revoluศ›iei) – an important place in Romania’s history. This site has useful Bucharest public transport info.
9 ๐ŸšŒVeliko Tarnovo to Sofia bus
(Book >)
Dep: 16:15 Arr: 19:15 ๐ŸจInterContinental Sofia (Book >) All hotels >
Bursting with history, the Bulgarian mountain city of Veliko Tarnovo has a wonderful old town which is best explored on foot. The Tsaravets fortress is a must-see. Bus travel is faster than train travel in Bulgaria.
10 Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the National History Museum, the Sveti Georgi Rotunda are all must-sees. If you’ve some spare time then the National Palace Of Culture often has great events and fascinating exhibitions. Pick up souvenirs at Bitaka Flea Market. Learning some basic Bulgarian Cyrillic can help you get around, especially if you stay in the country for more than a few days.
11 Sofia to Home (โœˆBook >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria itinerary with the Slovenia & Croatia, Western Turkey or Austria & Munich itinerary
Not ready to go home? Extend your Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria itinerary with a visit to  Bulgaria’s beautiful Black Sea beaches.
Budget Sofia, Bulgaria
1 โœˆTo Budapest (Book >) Dep: Morning Arr: Afternoon ๐ŸจAVAIL Hostel (Boo k >) All hostels >
Upon arrival into Budapest, visit the immense St Stephen’s Basilica. If you’re not up for much walking, buy a public transport pass at the airport.
2 Walk over the chain bridge and marvel at the views from Fishermanโ€™s Bastion, including over the impressive Hungarian Parliament Building, then continue on to Buda Castle (under which is The Hospital in the Rock) and Heroesโ€™ Square. Try to catch a performance at the beautiful Hungarian State Opera House. There are many interesting free walking tours in Budapest (don’t forget to tip!)
3 ๐Ÿš„Budapest to Sighiศ™oara train (Book >) Dep: 23:10 ๐ŸจTrain
Begin your day with a tour around Vajdahunyad Castle then go for a soak in the healing waters of the famous Szรฉchenyi Thermal Baths. Buying an Interrail pass (Eurail pass if you don’t live in Europe) can save you money.
4 ๐Ÿš„Budapest to Sighiศ™oara train Arr: 11:06 ๐ŸจBurg Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
Sighiศ™oara’s well-preserved old town walls encircle the 12th century citadel in which you’ll find the clock tower (good views form the top), the Monastery Church, the bust of Vlad Tepes and the Covered Staircase which leads to the Church on the Hill. If you have a little more time then hike or bike into the Transylvanian countryside and up to the Breite plateau. This is the town in which Vlad Tepes (aka Vlad the Impaler/Dracula) was born – his birth home is now a restaurant (Casa Vlad Dracul).
5 ๐Ÿš„Sighiศ™oara to BraลŸov train (Book >) Dep: 11:08 Arr: 13:46 ๐ŸจHostel Boemia (Book >) All hostels >
Once you’ve dropped your bags at the hotel walk to the medieval Catherine’s Gate and then along the city wall. Squeeze down String Street (Strada Sforii) – at 4ft wide reputedly the narrowest in Europe. Visit Saint Nicholas Basilica and admire the ornate interior. Beware of pickpockets, especially in crowded areas and larger train stations.
6 Take a 35-minute bus journey from terminal #2 to Bran Castle – one of several deemed to be the home of Dracula, but certainly the most photogenic. Consider adding a day to explore other castles in the area including Corvin Castle, where Vlad Tepes was allegedly held prisoner for several years. Learn a few basic Romanian words and phrases.
7 ๐Ÿš„BraลŸov to Bucharest train
(Book >)
Dep: 11:20 Arr: 14:05 ๐ŸจMil Pasos Penthouse Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
The immense Palace of Parliament – one of the world’s largest buildings – is a good place to start in Bucharest. Stroll around Ciศ™migiu Gardens and the cobbled streets of Old Town (don’t miss Stavropoleos Church). Although cheaper, Romania’s R-trains are slower – spend just a little more to make the most of your time here.
8 ๐Ÿš„Bucharest to Veliko Tarnovo train (Book >) Dep: 12:40 Arr: 20:41 ๐ŸจRooster Hostel (Book >) All hostels >
In Bucharest go to Revolution Square (Piaศ›a Revoluศ›iei) – an important place in Romania’s history. This site has useful Bucharest public transport info.
9 ๐ŸšŒVeliko Tarnovo to Sofia bus
(Book >)
Dep: 16:15 Arr: 19:15 ๐ŸจHostel Mostel (Book >) All hostels >
Bursting with history, the Bulgarian mountain city of Veliko Tarnovo has a wonderful old town which is best explored on foot. The Tsaravets fortress is a must-see. Bus travel is faster than train travel in Bulgaria.
10 Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the National History Museum, the Sveti Georgi Rotunda are all must-sees. If you’ve some spare time then the National Palace Of Culture often has great events and fascinating exhibitions. Pick up souvenirs at Bitaka Flea Market. Learning some basic Bulgarian Cyrillic can help you get around, especially if you stay in the country for more than a few days.
11 Sofia to Home (โœˆBook >) Dep: Afternoon Arr: Afternoon Connect this Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria itinerary with the Slovenia & Croatia, Western Turkey or Austria & Munich itinerary
Not ready to go home? Extend your Hungary, Romania & Bulgaria itinerary with a visit to Bulgaria’s beautiful Black Sea beaches.

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