New Year - new destination! We're working on an itinerary for late April/May travel that will include both countries. We're flying into Sofia and home from Bucharest. We're relaxed travelers and prefer larger cities to smaller ones but a mix is o.k. We like museums and enjoy local foods and wine. For now, we're considering using public transportation but want to investigate the feasibility of renting a car. Right now the working itinerary is:
Sofia - 4 nights
Plovdiv - 4 nights
Veliko Tarnovo - 3 nights
Ruse - 2 nights (mainly to be near Bucharest for a flight to Timisoara)
Timisoara - 4 nights
Clju-Napoka - 3 nights
Sibiu - 3 nights
Brasov - 3 nights
Bucharest - 3 nights
Question 1: Does this seem like the right amount of time for each city?
Question 2: Is there a place that isn't worth the time or an additional one we should consider?
Question 3: Has anyone rented a car in Romania? Would it be reasonable to consider renting a car in Bucharest to see the places we want to visit in Romania rather than flying Bucharest to Timisoara and then taking trains/buses between cities?
Happy New Year!