15 days in Turkey, Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

15 days in Turkey, Romania & Bulgaria Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Goreme, Turkey
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Bucharest, Romania
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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
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Istanbul, Turkey — 4 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultanahmet District. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Solar Plajı and Dalia Beach. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and don't miss a visit to Sultanahmet Square.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul travel route planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Istanbul is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Budapest in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Goreme.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
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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.
You'll explore and learn at Zelve Open Air Museum and Naile Art Gallery. Get some historical perspective at Uchisar Castle and Goreme National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Goreme: Mazi Yeralti Sehri (in Urgup) and Saruhan Culture and Event Center (in Nevsehir). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and head outdoors with Royal Balloon.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme attractions planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Goreme. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Bucharest.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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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 28th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Stavropoleos Monastery, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then browse the exhibits of Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", then pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Saviour Italian Church, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Ferma Animalelor. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Mogosoaia Palace, then see a show at Ateneul Roman, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Biserica Sfantul Anton - Curtea Veche, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedrala Patriarhala.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bucharest trip builder.

You can fly from Goreme to Bucharest in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Goreme to Bucharest is minus 1 hour. In July in Bucharest, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Sunny Beach.
Historic Sites · Nightlife · Parks · Fun & Games
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Sunny Beach, Bulgaria — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the striking features of Church of the Assumption, examine the collection at Pomorie Museum of History, and then do some two-wheel cruising with Karting Sunny Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Church of St. John Aliturgetos, steep yourself in history at St Stephens Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Ji'votnoto and Gallery - TA, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Irakli Beach.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sunny Beach trip app.

Getting from Bucharest to Sunny Beach by shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Sunny Beach sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Turkey travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Romania travel guide

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Castles · Churches · Historic Walking Areas
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.

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.