10 days in Rome, Bulgaria & Larnaca Itinerary

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Rome, Italy
— 4 nights
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
Larnaca, Cyprus
— 2 nights


Rome, Italy — 4 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Attractions like Colosseum and Piazza Navona make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Pantheon, wander the streets of Trastevere, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Louis of the French, and steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Rome is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Rome, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in March; daily highs in Rome reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sofia.
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Sofia, Bulgaria — 3 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Bring the kids along to ProX-Treme and Borovets Ski Resort. Change things up with a short trip to Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School in Borovets (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, engage your brain at Museum of illusions Sofia, and explore the striking landscape at Zlatnite_Mostove -Golden Bridges.

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Fly from Rome to Sofia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rome to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rome in March: high temperatures in Sofia hover around 14°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to fly to Larnaca.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites
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Larnaca, Cyprus — 2 nights

Situated on the southernmost coast of Cyprus, the 6,000-year-old city of Larnaka features a bustling promenade full of bars, cafes, restaurants, and plenty of spots in the sun.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): find something for the whole family at Camel Park, explore the ancient world of Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement, explore the activities along Larnaka Salt Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hala Sultan Tekke, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Lazarus.

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Getting from Sofia to Larnaca by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, ferry, and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sofia in March; daily highs in Larnaca reach 23°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Bulgaria travel guide

Eventful history has endowed Bulgaria with a rich cultural, architectural, and artistic heritage, while natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it one of Europe's most desirable holiday destinations. Carpeted by dense forests and fed by mighty rivers, this ancient land once drew invaders from distant corners of Europe. Today, the country's Black Sea coastline and seven rugged mountain ranges top the itineraries of nearly 8 million annual visitors. While its growing cities offer modern shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, Bulgaria's countryside remains a history buff's paradise, boasting well-preserved reminders of ancient civilizations that conquered or passed through this land. Begin your Bulgarian adventure in Sofia, one of Europe's oldest capitals, with over 250 historic landmarks.