Replies: 9 - Last Post: Aug 15, 2012 1:38 PM Last Post By: neckervd
Aug 14, 2012 4:55 PM
I'm currently in Ulcinj and have about two weeks to make my way to Budapest. Travel will be by bus and train.
Please tell me if the below itinerary is nuts. I'm really flexible and pretty much everything is based on what people I've met have told me is good, so I'm always open to more suggestions :)
Ulcinj - Nis - Sofia - Varna or Burgas - Bucharest - Belgrade - Budapest
Do you know any other places on the BlackSea that are preferable and less touristy than Varna and Burgas, but still accessible by train or bus? Or do you have a favorite between the two?
As for Romania, is Bucharest a good stopping point between the Black Sea and Belgrade? Is there another city I should try to see instead? I've heard Timisoara is rather cool.
My main objective in going to Nis Is to break up the long travel between Montenegro and Sofia, but it looks fantastic! Any opinions on Nis or other places to stop between Montenegro and Sofia? I've also heard Skopje is an option.
Any other opinions, comments, criticisms you have are welcome! Thanks everyone
Aug 14, 2012 10:20 PM
1The below itinerery is nuts.....unless you really want to meander around the very long way.Seriously,I don't know when you are going to do the trip,but if it is soon,Varna and Burgas will be less touristy because they will all have gone home.
My advice would be to take in Bosnia,Croatia,Serbia and into Hungary that way before making it up to Budapest.
Edited by: chaika
Aug 14, 2012 10:42 PM
2Six towns in two weeks is far too much. You're going to lose so much time waiting for trains/buses, finding accommodation, checking in and out, etc, especially with a route like that.
Aim for a minimum of three nights wherever you go. In such a short period of time, I'm not sure I'd bother with Sofia.
I'd probably take more of a direct journey, maybe Dubrovnik -> Mostar -> Sarajevo -> Belgrade -> Budapest, or Sarajevo -> Belgrade ->Timisoara -> Budapest
Aug 15, 2012 1:33 AM
Varna is a big city, but not very touristy. Oh and it's beaches aren't up to much.
Half way (roughly) between Varna and Burgas is Irakli.
A pure non-tourist location with a really good beach and prices that the locals like to pay.
there are two excellent restaurants, one fancy and one very traditional.
There are regular buses that pass the end of the Irakli Beach road.
Once you get off, it's a 20 minute walk to the beach.
Watch out for the wild boars. They won't bother you, but see one without warning and it can make you jump.
It's had a bit of new building work there over the last couple of years, but no high-rise stuff.
There is free camping along the top of the cliffs, but no local accommodation (yet ! !).
Aug 15, 2012 2:24 AM
Aug 15, 2012 5:21 AM
5Thank you for the input! I didn't include Bosnia and Croatia bc I've already visited them this summer
I agree, the Black sea is just too far. I'm sad to do so, but I'm taking it off the list. But billy, Irakli sounds amazing! When I finally make it to the Black Sea, I will head there. I'm also not sold on Sofia bc I've heard it's worth skipping from several people, but I'd really like to go to bulgaria.. Is there another city better to see w a good atmosphere?
Please, if you know of any places more appealing than the ones I've said, tell me! I'm not at all familiar w these countries and would love suggestions from people who know more than I !
Aug 15, 2012 5:40 AM
6Is it too much to visit these places (not necessarily in this order): Belgrade, somewhere in Bulgaria, somewhere in Transylvania. Could keep Nis in there, as it seems I have to go through there to get to Bulgaria or to Belgrade, unless you know of a better way to get from Montenegro to Belgrade or Bulgaria.
What do you think of Plevin and Plovdiv in Bulgaria?
What's a good spot in Transylvania? Is it advisable to go through Bucharest ?
Aug 15, 2012 6:34 AM
If you're coming from Serbia you don't have to go through Bucharest; make your way to Timisoara then catch a train or bus to Sibiu.
Aug 15, 2012 6:44 AM
8If you are intent on coming to Bulgaria,I would go to Ruse on the Danube,and make your way to Bucharest and Transylvania frm there,coming from Sofia it is not a difficult journey to do,and not as far as the Black sea,but Ruse is a vibrant city with nice architecture and parks and is well worth a couple of days.
Aug 15, 2012 1:38 PM
9There are direct trains from Montenegro to Belgrade, buses too.
Nis is between Belgrad and Sofia.
The most popular touristic Bulgarian destinations (except the beach towns) are Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo and Rilski Manastir. Ruse is fine too and you will have to pas there anyway if you go to Bucuresti.
In Romania, it's Bucuresti, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu and the Suceava area.
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