23 days in Romania, Greece & Veliko Tarnovo Itinerary

23 days in Romania, Greece & Veliko Tarnovo Itinerary

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23 days in Romania, Greece & Veliko Tarnovo Itinerary

Start: Budapest, Hungary
Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Leptokarya, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Delphi, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive + ferry:  4​h 30​min
3
Sami, Greece
— 7 nights
ferry + Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Ioannina, Greece
— 2 nights
5
Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Targu Mures, Romania
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Budapest, Hungary


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2
nights
Leptokarya, Greece

Leptokarya ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Nikolaos Church, then kick back and relax at Panteleimon Beach, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Olympus.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Leptokarya trip itinerary planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Leptokarya is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Budapest to Leptokarya, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Budapest in July, expect Leptokarya to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Delphi.

Things to do in Leptokarya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Litochoro, Mount Olympus, Platamonas Castle, Panteleimon Beach
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Mount Olympus ©
Mount Olympus
Platamonas Castle ©
Platamonas Castle
Monastery of St. Dionysios in Olympus ©

2
nights
Delphi, Greece

Delphi ©
Ancient Greeks revered Delphi as the center of their universe, building an impressive sanctuary to Apollo in order to mark this sacred spot.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, steep yourself in history at Delphi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosios Loukas. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Delphi Archaeological Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tholos.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Delphi vacation builder site .

You can drive from Leptokarya to Delphi in 3.5 hours. July in Delphi sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Sami.

Things to do in Delphi

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Hosios Loukas
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Temple of Apollo In Delphi ©
Temple of Apollo In Delphi
Delphi ©
Delphi
Tholos ©
Tholos

7
nights
Sami, Greece

Sami ©
Sami serves as Cephalonia's main port and provides a convenient gateway to the other Ionian Islands.
Visit Skala Beach and Antisamos Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some historical perspective at Sami Acropolis and Monastery of Agios Andreas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sami: Makris Gialos Beach (in Lassi), Kaminia Beach (in Eleios-Pronnoi) and Lixouri (Petani Beach & Vatsa Bay). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Melissani Cave, trot along with a tour on horseback, step into the grandiose world of St George's Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Panagia Agrilion.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Sami online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Delphi to Sami takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Sami sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Ioannina.

Things to do in Sami

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Peratata, Lixouri, Cephalonia, Skala Beach, Makris Gialos Beach
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Petani Beach ©
Petani Beach
Myrtos Beach ©
Myrtos Beach
Antisamos Beach ©
Antisamos Beach

2
nights
Ioannina, Greece

Ioannina ©
Ioannina, often called Yannena within Greece, is the capital and largest city of Epirus, an administrative region in north-western Greece. On the 24th (Wed), appreciate the history behind The Clock of Ioannina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Voidomatis River, admire the landmark architecture of Kehila Kedosha Yashan Synagogue, see the interesting displays at Vrellis Greek History Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pamvotis, and finally explore the historical opulence of Ioannina Castle.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ioannina road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of ferry and car from Sami to Ioannina in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Thessaloniki.

Things to do in Ioannina

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Voidomatis River, Vrellis Greek History Museum
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Lake Pamvotis ©
Lake Pamvotis
Ioannina Castle ©
Ioannina Castle
Silversmithing Museum ©
Silversmithing Museum

1
night
Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki ©
A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Hagios Demetrios, don't miss a visit to White Tower of Thessaloniki, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of Byzantine Culture, then don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, and finally wander the streets of Ladadika District.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Thessaloniki trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ioannina to Thessaloniki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Thessaloniki

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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White Tower of Thessaloniki ©
White Tower of Thessaloniki
Hagios Demetrios ©
Hagios Demetrios
Museum of Byzantine Culture ©
Museum of Byzantine Culture

1
night
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo ©
Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): deepen your knowledge of military history at Tsarevets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Forty Martyrs Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa della Nativita, then don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, and finally appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Kaya Bunar and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Veliko Tarnovo trip planner .

Drive from Thessaloniki to Veliko Tarnovo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Thessaloniki in July, with highs in Veliko Tarnovo at 34°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sfantu Gheorghe.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Chiesa della Nativita
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita

4
nights
Sfantu Gheorghe, Romania

Sfantu Gheorghe ©
Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer and Fagaras Fortress will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sfantu Gheorghe: Baile Tusnad (Saint Anna Lake & Mohos Peat-Bog), Viscri Fortified Church (in Viscri) and Cetatea Rupea (in Rupea).

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Drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Sfantu Gheorghe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Targu Mures.

Things to do in Sfantu Gheorghe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Baile Tusnad, Fagaras, Viscri Fortified Church, Cetatea Rupea, Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer
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Saint Anna Lake ©
Saint Anna Lake
Peasant Fortified Church at Prejmer ©
Fagaras Fortress ©
Fagaras Fortress

2
nights
Targu Mures, Romania

Targu Mures
Târgu Mureș is the seat of Mureș County in the north-central part of Romania. On the 3rd (Sat), view the masterpieces at Art & Crafts, see the interesting displays at Palace of Culture, then get to know the resident critters at La Gradina Zoo, and finally explore the historical opulence of Targu Mures Fortress. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway and then get to know the fascinating history of Sighisoara Historic Center.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Targu Mures road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sfantu Gheorghe to Targu Mures takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Targu Mures can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Targu Mures

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sighisoara
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Sighisoara Historic Center
Sighisoara Historic Center
Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway ©
Scara Acoperita-Covered Stairway
Targu Mures Fortress ©
Targu Mures Fortress

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