23 days in Bulgaria, Romania & Turkey Itinerary

23 days in Bulgaria, Romania & Turkey Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Oludeniz, Turkey
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria — 3 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for sightseeing, fun & games, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Boyana Church, get curious at Museum of illusions Sofia, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Sofia trip itinerary maker app.

Boston, USA to Sofia is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sofia when traveling from Boston in August, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Sunny Beach.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:

Sunny Beach, Bulgaria — 3 nights

Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
Sunny Beach is known for theme parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: slough off your stress at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, cool off at Action Aquapark, get out on two wheels at Karting Sunny Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Savior Church.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sunny Beach trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Sofia to Sunny Beach in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Sofia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sunny Beach, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Bucharest.
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Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:

Bucharest, Romania — 4 nights

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 6th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, explore the ancient world of Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore the world behind art at National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul Nakional de Arta al Romaniei).

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bucharest trip itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Sunny Beach to Bucharest in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sunny Beach in September, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Bucharest. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.
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Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:

Goreme, Turkey — 3 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Goreme: Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Goreme tour itinerary website.

You can fly from Bucharest to Goreme in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Goreme due to the time zone difference. In September in Goreme, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Selcuk.
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Selcuk, Turkey — 2 nights

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 12th (Mon), cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, then stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, and then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Selcuk, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Pamukkale.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the next day, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then stop by Dogan Onyx factory.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale visit planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Oludeniz, Turkey — 1 night

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
On the 16th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then soak in style at Turkish baths.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz day trip planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Oludeniz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Oludeniz to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Oludeniz in September, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Bulgaria travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Ruins · Nightlife
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.
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Romania travel guide

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Castles · Historic Walking Areas · Government Buildings
An image of ancient architecture contrasted against a backdrop of vivdly green landscape represents the country of Romania, which features a diversity of landscape that has been largely undeveloped. With numerous mountain, valley, and lakeside resorts, an abundance of activities await outdoor enthusiasts. The other side of Romanian tourism is its impressive collection of ancient ruins, prehistoric fortresses, and medieval castles. Many of these date back to prehistoric times, the Ottoman Empire, and Austro-Hungarian rule, the influences of which are still apparent in preserved details. Tourism in Romania is not as prevalent as other countries, which this makes the travel experience here feel more authentic and awe-inspiring. Check out this simple but captivating country and discover its natural and historic beauty.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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