23 days in Europe Itinerary

23 days in Europe Itinerary

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Bucharest, Romania
— 3 nights
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Thessaloniki, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 4 nights
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
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Fethiye, Turkey
— 1 night
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Bucharest, Romania — 3 nights

The booming city of Bucharest is a sophisticated metropolis with a high contrast of old- and new-world architecture.
On the 30th (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Stavropoleos Monastery, and explore the world behind art at Muzeul Karanului Roman.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bucharest travel planner.

Boston, USA to Bucharest is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Boston to Bucharest due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Boston, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Bucharest, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Varna.
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Tours · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 1:

Varna, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 2nd (Fri), take in the exciting artwork at INHOM Art Glass Gallery, soothe aching muscles at Orange Fitness, then examine the collection at Butterfly House Varna, and finally view the masterpieces at Tina Art Gallery. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Historical Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Varna visit planning app.

You can drive from Bucharest to Varna in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Varna sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Sofia.
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Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Spas
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Sofia, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): engage your brain at Museum of illusions Sofia, steep yourself in history at Church St. George Rotunda, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Sofia travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Varna to Sofia by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Varna in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sofia, with lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Thessaloniki.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Childrens Museums
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Thessaloniki, Greece — 1 night

Mother of Israel

A city with a stormy history and a cosmopolitan heart, Thessaloniki attracts visitors with its diverse culinary scene, dynamic nightlife, and youthful energy.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Aristotelous Square, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Byzantine Culture, enjoy breathtaking views from White Tower of Thessaloniki, then contemplate the long history of Arch of Galerius, then steep yourself in history at Hagios Demetrios, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osios David (The Latomou Monastery).

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Thessaloniki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Thessaloniki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Sofia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Thessaloniki, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Athens, Greece — 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Explore Athens' surroundings by going to TASTE3 (in Nafplio) and Mycenae (Archaeological Site Mycenae & Lion Gate). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Acropolis of Athens, don't miss a visit to Plateia Syntagmatos, take an in-depth tour of Acropolis Museum, and appreciate the history behind Erechtheion.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Athens sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Thessaloniki to Athens by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Thessaloniki in September, Athens is a bit warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Rhodes Town.
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Rhodes Town, Greece — 2 nights

A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): kick back and relax at Agathi Beach, stroll through Lindos Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Faliraki Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rhodes Town online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Rhodes Town takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can ride a ferry to Fethiye.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Fethiye, Turkey — 1 night

A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
On the 13th (Tue), see where the ancients bathed at Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Fethiye vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Rhodes Town to Fethiye in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Rhodes Town to Fethiye is 1 hour. Traveling from Rhodes Town in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Fethiye, with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Goreme: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). The adventure continues: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, see Off-Road Tours, and get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park.

You can plan Goreme trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Fethiye to Goreme takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fethiye in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and take a stroll through Ortakoy.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Goreme in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 72°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:

Romania travel guide

4.3
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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Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
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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Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Few places manage to capture the world's imagination quite like Greece, a land of sun-kissed coastlines, tranquil whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns, and well-preserved ancient sites. One of the world's top tourist destinations since ancient times, the country draws nearly 20 million visitors each year. Athens, the birthplace of Western civilization, continues to attract the biggest crowds and serves as a base for exploring the country and its 227 inhabited islands. Away from its cities, Greece features a picturesque countryside of olive groves, vineyards, and tiny settlements nestled against rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges. Explore the old mainland on foot and discover the islands on a guided boat or ferry tour.
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Turkey travel guide

4.4
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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