23 days in Bulgaria, Turkey & Romania Itinerary

23 days in Bulgaria, Turkey & Romania Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Antalya, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
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Brasov, Romania
— 2 nights
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Sibiu, Romania
— 2 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church St. George Rotunda, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay, then admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally shop like a local with Galeria Nina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Boyana Church, and then fly down the slopes at Vitosha Mountain.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sofia sightseeing website.

Boston, USA to Sofia is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Sofia is 7 hours. Traveling from Boston in August, plan for little chillier nights in Sofia, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Plovdiv.
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria — 1 night

City of the Seven Hills

Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
On the 1st (Thu), delve into the distant past at Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, then explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and finally don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town.

Plan trip to Plovdiv with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Sofia to Plovdiv by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Nessebar.
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Nessebar, Bulgaria — 3 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sozopol Old Town and Church of St. Paraskeva. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine tasting Messembria and Saint Nicholas Chapel. Explore Nessebar's surroundings by going to Sozopol (Northern Tower, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more). There's much more to do: cool off at Action Aquapark, do some two-wheel cruising with Karting Sunny Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church Dormition of Theotokos, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Savior Church.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nessebar trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Plovdiv to Nessebar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Nessebar can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chora Museum and Eyüp Sultan Mosque. Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, browse the exhibits of Galata Tower, and steep yourself in history at KIz Kulesi.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul driving holiday planner.

Drive from Nessebar to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nessebar to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Nessebar, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can fly to Goreme.
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Get some historical perspective at Uchisar Castle and Goreme National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Goreme road trip app.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 83°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Antalya.
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Antalya, Turkey — 3 nights

Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Step off the beaten path and head to Phaselis and Perge Ancient City. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hadrian's Gate and Olympos Archeological Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kemer) and Cirali Beach (in Cirali). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Antalya trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Goreme to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in September, Antalya is a bit warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Bucharest.
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Bucharest, Romania — 2 nights

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the world behind art at National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul Nakional de Arta al Romaniei), contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery, then get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Ceausescu Mansion, then stroll around Herăstrău Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", and finally learn more about the world around you at Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bucharest vacation planning app.

Fly from Antalya to Bucharest in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Antalya to Bucharest is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Antalya in September, with highs in Bucharest at 78°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Brasov.
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Brasov, Romania — 2 nights

With the dramatic Carpathian Mountains as backdrop, Brasov is the largest city in a region of mountain resorts.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Rasnov Citadel, then step into the grandiose world of Bran Castle (Dracula's Castle), then take in the awesome beauty at Muntele Tampa, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Brasov Historical Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Peles Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Manastirea Sinaia, then don't miss a visit to Piaka Sfatului, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Black Church (Biserica Neagra).

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Brasov online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Bucharest to Brasov by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sibiu.
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Sibiu, Romania — 2 nights

Red Town

Reminiscent of the height of the bourgeoisie and retaining much of its medieval architecture, Sibiu is Romania's cultural gem.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Muzeul ASTRA, don't miss a visit to Big Square (Piata Mare), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral & Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Centrul Istoric, then snap pictures at Bridge of Lies, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Turnul Sfatului (The Tower of the Council).

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sibiu trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Brasov to Sibiu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Sibiu are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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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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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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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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