10-Day Road Trip in Romania and Bulgaria from Bucharest to Brasov, Ruse, Sofia, and Veliko Tarnovo

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Get ready for an exhilarating 10-day European road trip. This trip will take you through Romania and Bulgaria and immerse you in the diverse tapestry of European culture.

With this ultimate European tour package, you'll experience the essence of 2 incredible countries, each offering a tapestry of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories. You'll stay 5 nights in Romania and 4 nights in Bulgaria.

In the first leg of your journey, you'll find yourself in the heart of Romania, a land filled with treasures waiting to be discovered. You’ll collect your chosen rental car in the city of Bucharest and begin your adventure from there. Explore Bucharest, Bușteni, Bran, Brasov, and Sinaia, where picturesque vistas and cultural gems await your exploration.

Next, prepare to be mesmerized by the diverse and vibrant landscapes of Bulgaria. Immerse yourself in the allure of Ruse, Pleven, Lukovit, Sofia, Plovdiv, and Veliko Tarnovo, where every street tells a story.

Your multi-country road trip brings you close to some of Europe’s most iconic attractions and landmarks, such as Ruse’s Monument of Liberty. From must-see attractions to breathtaking viewpoints, this meticulously crafted itinerary promises you a glimpse into the unique features of this region in Europe.

Throughout your tour, you’ll stay at some of the best accommodations along your route. Our recommendations always include options with varying levels of comfort, ranging from 3 to 5-star hotels that cater to various preferences and budgets.

Your ultimate multi-country road trip across Romania and Bulgaria will not be complete without indulging in some retail therapy! Embark on a quest for a rare souvenir in each destination. Beyond the thrill of buying unique goods, it’s also an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in local customs and interact with friendly locals at every stop.

By booking this holiday package, you can save yourself from the tedious task of researching and planning your road trip in Europe. We'll handle all the travel arrangements for your 10-day self-drive adventure in Romania and Bulgaria. With our expertise, you can enjoy a hassle-free experience and focus on immersing yourself in incredible destinations without the stress of organizing every detail. This holiday deal also comes with 24/7 travel support and a step-by-step guide accessible via our mobile app to assist you throughout your journey.

Discover breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and iconic landmarks in multiple European countries on one epic road trip! Travel across borders and experience the freedom of the open road as you create lifelong memories in Romania and Bulgaria.

Choose your travel dates today and start planning your unforgettable multi-country road trip with Guide to Europe!

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Destinations

Плевен -  in BulgariaPleven
Sofia - city in BulgariaSofia / 2 nights
Photo of Iskar Panega Geopark along the Gold Panega River ,Lukovit, Bulgaria.Lukovit
Русе -  in BulgariaRuse / 1 night
Велико Търново -  in BulgariaVeliko Tarnovo / 1 night
Sinaia - town in RomaniaSinaia
Brasov - city in RomaniaBrasov / 1 night
Antique building view in Old Town Bucharest city - capital of Romania and Dambrovita river. Bucharest, Romania, Europe.Bucharest / 4 nights
Photo of aerial view of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Plovdiv

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Photo of aerial view of the medieval Castle of Bran, known for the myth of Dracula, Romania.Bran Castle
Parcul Herăstrău (Parcul Regele Mihai I), Sector 1, Bucharest, RomaniaKing Mihai I Park (Herăstrău) CA
Photo of Peles Castle in Sinaia, Romania.Peleș Castle
Photo of Autumn Trees Landscape Of Tineretului Park In Bucharest, Romania.Tineretului Park
Photo of beautiful landscape with green trees, leaves, vintage clock and many small blue forget me not or Scorpion grasses flowers in a sunny day at the entry to Cismigiu Garden (Gradina Cismigiu) in Bucharest, Romania.Cișmigiu Gardens
Sunny Day View in the IOR Park, Bucharest, Romania , Reflection of the Nature in the Water, Nature in the Middle of The City, Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park.Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park (I O R )
South Park
Borisova Gradina Park
Tâmpa
St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Constitution Square
Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
The amazing Park Izvor in the downtown of Bucharest city in a sunny spring day.Izvor Park
Photo of Panoramic view of Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni, Romania.Southern Carpathians Mountains, Transylvania.Cantacuzino Castle
Photo of Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum, Romania.Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum
Tsar Simeon Garden
Photo of national Heroes Memorial in Carol Park in Bucharest, Romania.Carol I Park
Park "Zaimov"
Photo of Dimitrie Ghica Park, Sinaia, Romania.Dimitrie Ghica Park
Photo of sunset aerial view of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.National Palace of Culture
Photo of Romanian Athenaeum is a concert hall in the center of Bucharest, Romania.Romanian Athenaeum
Singing Fountains
Photo of Brasov, Romania, Medieval Council House in the Main Square of the Old Town.Brașov city hall
Tsarevets Fortress
Caraiman Monastery
Children's World Park, Sector 4, Bucharest, RomaniaChildren's World Park
Photo of Eagles' bridge in Sofia, Bulgaria.Eagles' Bridge
Photo of BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum, located in Herastrau Park showcasing traditional Romanian village life.Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum in Bucharest
Beautiful background with the famous fountain against colorful sky in central square of Bucharest, in sunset light.Bucharest Fountains
Pleven Panorama
Park "Sveta Gora
Marno Pole Park
photo of view of Cannon at Skobelev park in Pleven.,Pleven Bulgaria.Skobelev Park
Zlaten Park
Monument of Mother Bulgaria
State Art Gallery "Boris Denev"

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Day 1

Day 1 – Bucharest - arrival day

  • Bucharest - Arrival day
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  • Romanian Athenaeum
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Your unforgettable multi-country road trip in Romania and Bulgaria begins the moment you arrive in the awe-inspiring region of Bucharest in Romania. You’ll check in at a top-rated hotel and stay in Bucharest for 3 nights.

Catch an early flight to Romania to enjoy as much time as possible exploring Bucharest before it’s time to hit the road and drive to your next destination. Discover the region’s rich history, breathtaking sights, and lively atmosphere with visits to the most popular attractions.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Bucharest. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in Romania. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the region.

Before this memorable day of your vacation comes to a close, treat your palate to a taste of Romania's delectable cuisine at one of Bucharest's best restaurants. After a nice meal, enhance your vacation experience by enjoying the local nightlife or unwinding with a drink or two in the region’s most recommended bars.

Elevate your experience by savoring a meal in Coftale Specialty Coffee Shop, a distinguished dining establishment in Bucharest. It has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews of 1,705 satisfied guests and a menu that’s committed to quality and flavor.

Another dining spot you shouldn't miss while in Bucharest is PAPILA. This popular restaurant’s appealing menu has garnered a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews shared by 805 happy diners.

Caru' cu bere stands out as a local favorite in Bucharest. It offers a menu that promises to take you on a flavorful journey. Due to its reputation for delivering a good dining experience, it has earned a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 30,392 customers.

Quench your thirst after a long day of adventure at Origo, a prime hotspot for fun and relaxation seekers in the region. Origo boasts an impressive 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 4,167 customers.

Or, try the exciting drinks at QP Pub, a vibrant place where locals and travelers converge for spirited toasts and amazing stories. QP Pub has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 921 customers.

As the sun dips below the horizon, make a stop at another famous bar in the area, Zeppelin Pub. This bar is a local favorite, with an impressive rating of 4.8 out of 5-star from 921 customers.

Your multi-country road trip in Romania and Bulgaria has only just begun. Brace yourself for more exciting days to come as you cross country borders in the comfort of your rental car and discover the most unique attractions, activities, and foods of each destination.

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Day 2

Day 2 – Bucharest

  • Bucharest
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Drive 23 km, 1 hour 8 min

  • King Mihai I Park (Herăstrău) CA
  • Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum in Bucharest
  • Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum
  • Bucharest Fountains
  • Alexandru Ioan Cuza Park (I O R )
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Day 2 of your multi-country road trip promises a full day of discoveries in beautiful Bucharest. Enjoy time off the road as you’ll be staying in the region for 2 nights more before hitting the road again.

In the evening, prepare to be amazed by Bucharest’s regional flavors and culminate your day with a toast. We’ve curated a guide to the region’s culinary and nightlife hotspots to enhance your experience during your multi-country vacation in Romania and Bulgaria.

Elevate your experience by savoring a meal in Hanu' Berarilor Casa Oprea Soare, a distinguished dining establishment in Bucharest. It has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews of 11,370 satisfied guests and a menu that’s committed to quality and flavor.

Another dining spot you shouldn't miss while in Bucharest is Restaurant Hanu' lui Manuc. This popular restaurant’s appealing menu has garnered a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, thanks to the positive reviews shared by 11,726 happy diners.

Hanu' Berarilor Casa Elena Lupescu stands out as a local favorite in Bucharest. It offers a menu that promises to take you on a flavorful journey. Due to its reputation for delivering a good dining experience, it has earned a 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 5,626 customers.

If you’re looking for a bar to end the evening at, many locals recommend Nomad Skybar, claiming it’s one of the best in the region. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 4,882 customers.

Another popular place to go for a drink is Shift. It is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 4,444 customers.

Control Club is a place where you can easily spend an hour or two of fun or relaxation. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 3,063 customers.

Go to bed happy and look forward to a good night’s sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Your European tour continues tomorrow!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Bucharest

  • Bucharest
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Drive 9 km, 1 hour 9 min

  • Cișmigiu Gardens
  • Izvor Park
  • Constitution Square
  • Carol I Park
  • Tineretului Park
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On day 3, you will wake up in Bucharest with an entire day of wonders ahead of you! You still have 1 night left in Bucharest before it’s time to get back on the road and continue your European tour across Romania and Bulgaria.

If you're eager to sample culinary delights during your multi-country road trip in Romania and Bulgaria, you'll be excited to head out for dinner and get a taste of the local cuisine in Bucharest. After dinner, head out to a bar to reminisce about your day and raise a toast to this stop on your road trip.

Don't forget to book a table at Excalibur, a well-known eatery in Bucharest. This popular restaurant and its sumptuous cuisine have won the hearts of food lovers. Its commitment to a delicious menu is evident in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 4,700 satisfied guests.

Ensure you visit Stadio Unirii while exploring Bucharest. This popular restaurant offers a delicious menu, distinguished with a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 3,146 discerning guests.

Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Romanian Craft Beer, a popular restaurant in Bucharest. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 2,501 discerning diners.

Order some of the best-tasting cocktails and celebrate the night away at Distrikt 42. This famous bar in Bucharest has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 2,865 customers.

You can also check out an equally popular bar in the area, Arcade Cafe. This amazing place never disappoints with its variety of drinks and fantastic ambiance. Arcade Cafe has received an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 2,781 customers.

If you want to visit another bar, we recommend Haute Pepper. This bar offers guests many choices of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to pair with a great night, helping it earn an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 1,992 customers.

Spend the evening looking over your itinerary for tomorrow and reminisce about what you’ve seen and done so far on your European road trip adventure. New experiences await!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Bucharest, Bușteni, Bran, and Brasov

  • Brasov
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Drive 221 km, 3 hours 29 min

  • Caraiman Monastery
  • Cantacuzino Castle
  • Bran Castle
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On day 4 of your exciting European self-drive vacation in Romania and Bulgaria, you’ll soak in the magnificence of 3 destinations, Bușteni in Romania. When you’re not exploring the city and its surrounding areas, take time to relax at your selected hotel in Brasov, where you’ll be staying for 1 night.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Bușteni. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 58 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Bran’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Bușteni behind. This drive usually takes around 50 min. Bran welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Brasov, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Bran to Brasov may take around 31 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

After a long day of driving and exploring, you’ll check in at a top-recommended hotel in Brasov of your choice.

As the day unfolds, you’ll be delighted to find that the city of Brasov boasts an array of restaurants and bars catering to every budget. Take this opportunity to sample the distinctive flavors of Romania.

Plan ahead and secure a table at Old Jack, an acclaimed dining establishment in Brasov. This restaurant and its exquisite cuisine have earned the admiration of diners far and wide. Its commitment to culinary excellence shines through its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 5,682 satisfied guests.

Do not overlook the culinary excellence of Dei Frati while experiencing the best of Brasov. This renowned restaurant presents a refined menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 3,030 discerning diners.

Indulge in the rich flavors of La Birou Bistro, an elegant culinary destination in Brasov. A menu crafted to perfection guarantees a dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Its stellar reputation is reflected in its 4.8 out of 5-star rating from 968 previous guests.

Quench your thirst after a long day of adventure at Tipografia, a prime hotspot for fun and relaxation seekers in the city. Tipografia boasts an impressive 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 1,566 customers.

Or, try the exciting drinks at Deane's, a vibrant place where locals and travelers converge for spirited toasts and amazing stories. Deane's has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 5,019 customers.

As the sun dips below the horizon, make a stop at another famous bar in the area, Ma Cocotte Gastro Wine Bar. This bar is a local favorite, with an impressive rating of 4.4 out of 5-star from 5,019 customers.

Go to bed happy and look forward to a good night’s sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow. Your European tour continues tomorrow!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Brasov, Sinaia, and Ruse

  • Brasov
  • Ruse
  • Sinaia
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Drive 274 km, 4 hours 32 min

  • Tâmpa
  • Brașov city hall
  • Dimitrie Ghica Park
  • Peleș Castle
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 5 of your multi-country journey across Romania and Bulgaria. This exciting part of your road trip invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 3 vibrant destinations - Brasov in Romania and Ruse in Bulgaria. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to Ruse where you'll spend 1 night of well-deserved relaxation.

A tour of Brasov is not complete without a visit to the famous Tâmpa. This incredible park and attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 18,887 travelers.

Make the most of your Brasov travel adventure by seeing another popular site, the wonderful Brașov city hall. This building and unique destination is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 16,344 travelers.

Continue your road trip and head to your next destination, Sinaia. This car ride takes around 55 min.

You'll enjoy easy access to the most remarkable sights in Sinaia, including the outstanding Dimitrie Ghica Park. Having an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 15,547 reviews, this fascinating park and attraction is one of the top travel destinations in the city.

Sinaia is also home to the captivating Peleș Castle, a local castle considered one of the highlights of the city. About 62,325 visitors have rated this incredible site with 4.7 out of 5 stars, proving its popularity.

Set your GPS to Ruse, Bulgaria and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 3 hours 13 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Ruse beckons with new experiences!

While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Relax your senses after a day of exhilarating activities and fun exploration. Retreat to one of the best accommodations in Ruse.

As the sun dips under the horizon, freshen up and head out to discover the best dining spots in Ruse. Check out our recommendations on where to wine and dine while seeing this marvelous destination in Bulgaria in a new light. After dinner, head out to a bar to relax, mingle with the locals, and raise a toast to your unforgettable road trip vacation in Europe.

Don't forget to book a table at Happy Bar & Grill, a well-known eatery in Ruse. This popular restaurant and its sumptuous cuisine have won the hearts of food lovers. Its commitment to a delicious menu is evident in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 6,967 satisfied guests.

Ensure you visit Chiflika while exploring Ruse. This popular restaurant offers a delicious menu, distinguished with a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 2,542 discerning guests.

Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Restaurant "Pontoon", a popular restaurant in Ruse. With a menu designed to delight, it ensures a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 2,347 discerning diners.

Order some of the best-tasting cocktails and celebrate the night away at Планет фууд. This famous bar in Ruse has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,078 customers.

You can also check out an equally popular bar in the area, hype. This amazing place never disappoints with its variety of drinks and fantastic ambiance. Hype has received an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 751 customers.

If you want to visit another bar, we recommend Tavern "Pri Galka". This bar offers guests many choices of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to pair with a great night, helping it earn an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from 566 customers.

Celebrate day 5 of your multi-country road trip in Europe with a toast, and look forward to more memorable moments to come!

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Day 6

Day 6 – Ruse, Pleven, Lukovit, and Sofia

  • Lukovit
  • Sofia
  • Pleven
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Drive 330 km, 4 hours 53 min

  • Skobelev Park
  • Pleven Panorama
  • Zlaten Park
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Dive into day 6 of your remarkable multi-country road trip across Romania and Bulgaria. Today's main destinations are Pleven in Bulgaria, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Sofia. You’ll stay here for 2 nights.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to Ruse and set your GPS to Pleven. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 2 hours 3 min. Upon reaching Pleven, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Complement your beautiful day with a visit to a top-rated park and attraction in Pleven — Skobelev Park. About 3,554 visitors have rated this attraction an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

The popular Pleven Panorama is another top sight in Pleven that locals and travelers often enjoy spending time at. This attraction is a well-loved museum in the area, rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 6,118 visitors.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Lukovit. This drive usually takes around 49 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Lukovit today. Begin your sightseeing with a visit to the outstanding Zlaten Park. This attraction boasts an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 3,150 visitors.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Sofia. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 50 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

After an exciting day of sightseeing, it’s time to check in at your accommodation in Sofia. This is not only a place to sleep but your home away from home, offering a warm welcome after a long day on the road.

As the day slows down and turns into evening, we encourage you to indulge your taste buds at one of the top-rated restaurants in Sofia. After a delicious dinner, experience the local nightlife or unwind at one of the city’s most popular bars.

For a memorable dining experience, be sure to visit Hadjidraganov's Houses Restaurant. Known for its excellent cuisine and commitment to quality dishes, this restaurant in Sofia has received a 4.5 out of 5-star rating from around 4,010 happy diners.

When seeking local-favorite dining spots, Restaurant "Staria Chinar" should be on your list. Situated in the heart of Sofia, it has become a beloved food venue for its delicious menu. It boasts a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,717 satisfied diners, a testament to its favored status.

Ready for a culinary adventure? Book a table at Art Club Museum. This highly regarded restaurant in Sofia has earned a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, thanks to its flavorful dishes and positive reviews from 2,570 satisfied guests.

If you’re in the mood for a drink, visit Bar Friday, one of the top bars in the city. An excellent place to unwind and enjoy a refreshing evening drink, Bar Friday has earned an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 3,410 customers.

Alternatively, you could enjoy a toast with locals and other travelers at The Cocktail Bar, a crowd-favorite. Around 2,814 customers have rated their experience at The Cocktail Bar an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

One More Bar belongs to the list of the best bars in Sofia, and its ratings and reviews are proof of this claim. This bar is rated an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 2,228 bar-goers.

Spend the evening looking over your itinerary for tomorrow and reminisce about what you’ve seen and done so far on your European road trip adventure. New experiences await!

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Day 7

Day 7 – Sofia

  • Sofia
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Drive 14 km, 1 hour 24 min

  • Borisova Gradina Park
  • Eagles' Bridge
  • St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • National Palace of Culture
  • South Park
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Wake up and see what day 7 of your great European road trip in Romania and Bulgaria has in store for you! You will be staying in Sofia for 1 night before continuing your journey to the next destination.

By dinnertime, you’ll be ready to savor the tastiest bites and enjoy the lively vibes in central Sofia. From mouthwatering restaurants to happening bars, we've got the inside scoop on where to eat and drink at this stop on your multi-country road trip across Romania and Bulgaria.

Reserve a table at The Wrong Bar, a renowned restaurant in Sofia. This culinary gem and its flavorful dishes have captured the hearts of food enthusiasts. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 1,293 guests.

Ensure you experience culinary excellence at Taj Mahal Restaurant while in Sofia. This dining establishment presents an exquisite menu that has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, acclaimed by 1,423 discerning diners.

Experience a taste of Sofia at Luciano, a popular local restaurant. With a menu designed to impress, it promises a journey of flavors that will leave you captivated. Its reputation is reflected in its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 1,291 customers.

Wrap up your evening by visiting the renowned Halbite Beer Hall, a must-visit hotspot in the city of Sofia. This bar has garnered an impressive average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, backed by 2,280 delighted customers.

Alternatively, quench your thirst at the popular Lime Cafe & Cocktails, consistently rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in reviews.

Or, for an authentic local recommendation, head over to 5 Corners Pub, one of the top-rated bars in Sofia, with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 1,463 satisfied customers.

As the night falls in Sofia, take a moment to savor the experiences of the day. Wash away your fatigue with a drink, or lay back and relax at your hotel, and look forward to another thrilling day of your multi-country journey across Europe.

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Day 8

Day 8 – Sofia, Plovdiv, and Veliko Tarnovo

  • Plovdiv
  • Sofia
  • Veliko Tarnovo
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Drive 329 km, 5 hours 7 min

  • Park "Zaimov"
  • Singing Fountains
  • Tsar Simeon Garden
  • Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis
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On day 8 of your multi-country road trip across Romania and Bulgaria, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places to see in Sofia in Bulgaria. In the evening, you’ll end up in Veliko Tarnovo, where you will stay for 1 night.

One of today’s main highlights is the unforgettable Park "Zaimov". This outstanding park and travel destination inspires so many travelers each year. Garnering an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 15,209 travelers, a visit to the remarkable Park "Zaimov" is worth pages in your travel diary.

Set your GPS to Plovdiv and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 1 hour 44 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Plovdiv beckons with new experiences!

A tour of Plovdiv is not complete without a visit to the famous Singing Fountains. This incredible park and attraction has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 12,362 travelers.

Make the most of your Plovdiv travel adventure by seeing another popular site, the wonderful “Tsar Simeon Garden” Park. This park and unique destination is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 15,346 travelers.

You can then move on to the incredible Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis for an experience worth remembering. This local point of interest and standout destination has received an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 17,603 visitors.

When you’ve had your share of Plovdiv, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Veliko Tarnovo. Your travel time is around 2 hours 52 min.

Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination.

This outstanding travel destination inspires so many travelers each year.

Take some time off from the road, it’s time to check in at a top-rated stay in Veliko Tarnovo. Choose a hotel where you can gently let go of the day’s excitement and enjoy some peace and relaxation.

As the sun sets on day 8 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, prepare for a culinary journey. Navigate through Veliko Tarnovo's top restaurants and eateries, each offering a local taste of Bulgaria to remember your trip by. After a fulfilling dinner, dive into the city’s local nightlife. Whether you prefer the bustling energy of popular pubs or want to take in the ambiance of a quiet bar, Veliko Tarnovo has them.

Make sure to book a table at Restaurant Asenevtsi, a popular restaurant in Veliko Tarnovo. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of food lovers. Its commitment to culinary excellence is evident in its 4.7 out of 5-star rating from 1,457 satisfied guests.

Do not miss the opportunity to dine at VkusoteriA during your stay in Veliko Tarnovo. This popular dining spot boasts a tantalizing menu, earning a remarkable rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, esteemed by 993 satisfied guests.

Savor the flavors of Shtastliveca ("The Lucky One"), a renowned dining destination in Veliko Tarnovo. Offering a menu that's sure to please, it has a gained 4.6 out of 5-star rating from 8,818 satisfied guests.

Spend the night with your favorite cocktail in hand at Bianko. This bar is among the most recommended in the city, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2,466 customers.

Embrace relaxation as you toast to a fantastic night at Lino Bar. This popular bar in Veliko Tarnovo is a local favorite with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1,358 customers.

If you want to check out another bar in the area, you’ll love Tequila Bar Funky Monkey. This bar is known for its many choices of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Tequila Bar Funky Monkey has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 493 reviews.

Relax, recharge, and look forward to what tomorrow holds. The opportunities are endless with a European self-drive tour!

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Day 9

Day 9 – Veliko Tarnovo and Bucharest

  • Veliko Tarnovo
  • Bucharest
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Drive 184 km, 3 hours 31 min

  • Monument of Mother Bulgaria
  • Marno Pole Park
  • State Art Gallery "Boris Denev"
  • Park "Sveta Gora
  • Tsarevets Fortress
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 9 of your multi-country road trip in Europe, where you’ll be making 2 stops. The highlights of today include the wonderful destinations of Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria and Bucharest in Romania. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Bucharest, your home for 1 night.

Something that makes Veliko Tarnovo the perfect holiday destination is that the city offers easy access to many popular places of interest, like the outstanding sightseeing destination, Monument of Mother Bulgaria. This local gem has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 2,765 visitors.

The famous Marno Pole Park is another remarkable sightseeing hotspot in the area. As one of Veliko Tarnovo's most remarkable sights, there's no wonder why around 4,637 travelers have rated this incredible park and travel destination an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in reviews.

Veliko Tarnovo is also home to the extraordinary State Art Gallery "Boris Denev", which boasts a 4.7 out of 5 star rating in 253 traveler reviews.

Another place you’ll want to visit is the captivating Park "Sveta Gora". With an impressive average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from a total of 4,790 reviews, a visit to this wonderful park and tourist destination is truly a great idea.

On this Veliko Tarnovo exploration, you'll also have the chance to admire the fantastic Tsarevets Fortress up close. This fascinating point of interest and attraction is a must-visit, and its average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 11,802 travelers is proof.

Bucharest’s wonders await as you prepare for another journey on the road, leaving the breathtaking surroundings of Veliko Tarnovo behind. This drive usually takes around 2 hours 51 min. Bucharest welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Explore multiple popular travel destinations in Veliko Tarnovo today.

When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

An exhilarating day of exploring and driving will have you longing for a comfortable bed at the end of the day. Fortunately, Bucharest’s top hotels offer a lovely retreat at day’s end. Choose from options ranging from budget to luxury.

In the evening, prepare to be amazed by Bucharest’s regional flavors and culminate your day with a toast. We’ve curated a guide to the region’s culinary and nightlife hotspots to enhance your experience during your multi-country vacation in Romania and Bulgaria.

Treat yourself to a delightful dining experience at Bazaar while you’re in Bucharest. Famous for its lovely menu and mouthwatering dishes, it has captivated around 2,635 diners, earning it an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

After your meal, continue your getaway at one of the hottest bars in the region, The PUB Bucharest. This bar has an impressive average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,495 customers.

Alternatively, you can grab a few shots of your favorite drink and have an amazing night at the famous Gilda Music Lounge. This incredible bar has a vibrant atmosphere and plays great music, worthy of its average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 1,458 customers.

Manasia Hub cannot be missed with its wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Around 1,000 bar lovers have given this place a seal of approval with their 4.4 out of 5 stars average rating.

Take in the ambiance of Bucharest as this vacation day slowly comes to an end. Whether you’re going bar hopping or you decide on a quiet night at your hotel, you have another exciting day of your road trip to look forward to!

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Day 10

Day 10 – Bucharest - departure day

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On day 10 you have reached the last destination of your European road trip. Catch one last glimpse of Bucharest before it’s time to leave.

Depending on how much time you have before your departure, you may want to engage in some last-minute shopping or souvenir hunting. Get some unique items to remind you of your great European road trip across Romania and Bulgaria. If shopping isn’t your thing, visit some of the lesser-known attractions you have yet to discover.

On your last day in Romania, take time to indulge in shopping at Bucharest’s popular marketplace. Thanks to your accommodation’s strategic location, region’s bustling commercial district is only a stone’s throw away, giving you ample time to leisurely explore the area, filled with local shops.

Take time to find the perfect present, reminding you of the charms of Romania. Each store here is brimming with unique finds.

Get a last taste of Romania’s tasty traditional food. Choose from a curated list of the best local food and drink spots in Bucharest and enjoy what may be your last vacation meal of this trip. Look forward to recreating these distinct culinary experiences in your own kitchen later to remind you of your unforgettable road trip across Romania and Bulgaria.

The time has come to say farewell to Bucharest for now. You will realize that you’re traveling home with more than you came with as you look back at your 10-day European road trip in Romania and Bulgaria with fond memories. Safe travels!

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