25 days in Bulgaria, Romania & Turkey Itinerary

25 days in Bulgaria, Romania & Turkey Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Rila, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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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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Kas, Turkey
— 1 night
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Oludeniz, Turkey
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 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 29th (Mon): engage your brain at Museum of illusions Sofia, steep yourself in history at Church St. George Rotunda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude 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 see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip planner.

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sofia, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rila.
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Rila, Bulgaria — 1 night

Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 31st (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Rila National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rila trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Rila takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. August in Rila sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sunny Beach.
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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: relax and rejuvenate at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, get out on two wheels at Karting Sunny Beach, explore the ancient world of Nessebar, and make a splash at Action Aquapark.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sunny Beach tour builder site.

You can drive from Rila to Sunny Beach in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Rila in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sunny Beach, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Bucharest.
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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 5th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at Palace of Parliament, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Art of Romania (Muzeul Nakional de Arta al Romaniei), take an in-depth tour of Museum of History of the Jewish Community, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bucharest visit planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Sunny Beach to Bucharest takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sunny Beach in September since evenings lows in Bucharest dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Goreme tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Bucharest to Goreme takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, and then make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, and finally stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk travel planning tool.

You can fly from Goreme to Selcuk in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 62°F in Selcuk. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): push the limits with an extreme tour, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and finally take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Keep things going the next day: stop by Dogan Onyx factory, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip maker site.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kas.
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Kas, Turkey — 1 night

An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): slough off your stress at Spa Marin, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by Young and Partners Carpet and Kilim.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kas trip itinerary website.

Drive from Pamukkale to Kas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fethiye Port.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Oludeniz attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Kas to Oludeniz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul, Turkey — 5 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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip planning tool.

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 a bit warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 72°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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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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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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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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