18 days in Bulgaria & Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Bulgaria & Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 4 nights
2
Bansko, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
3
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria
— 3 nights
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
5
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights

4
nights
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Family-friendly places like Vitosha Boulevard and St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral will thrill your kids. Visiting Prohodna Cave and Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Sofia: Borovets Ski Resort (in Borovets) and Rila Monastery (in Rila). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, stop by Chilli Hills, and admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sofia online attractions planner.

Doha, Qatar to Sofia is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Doha in May, with highs in Sofia at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bansko.

Things to do in Sofia

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Borovets, Prohodna Cave, Rila Monastery
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Prohodna Cave ©
Prohodna Cave
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School ©
Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain

2
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Bansko, Bulgaria

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
On the 24th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dancing Bears Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Radonova House, Ethnic & Historical Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park.

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Drive from Sofia to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bansko can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Dancing Bears Park, Pirin National Park
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Dancing Bears Park ©
Dancing Bears Park
Pirin National Park ©
Pirin National Park
Vihren ©
Vihren

3
nights
Sunny Beach, Bulgaria

Sunny Beach ©
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
On the 26th (Tue), cool off at Action Aquapark. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Karting Sunny Beach, walk around Camel Park Sunny Beach, learn about winemaking at Winery Messembria, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Savior Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Paraskeva.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sunny Beach trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Bansko to Sunny Beach by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nessebar, Camel Park Sunny Beach
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Karting Sunny Beach ©
Karting Sunny Beach
Camel Park Sunny Beach ©
Camel Park Sunny Beach

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nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Relax by the water at Silivri Sahili and Kisirkaya Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Bentler Tabiat Parki and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

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You can drive from Sunny Beach to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sunny Beach to Istanbul is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Istanbul are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then do a tasting at Kocabag Winery. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, do a tasting at Turasan Sarapcilik, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme online tour planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in June, expect slightly colder with lows of °C in Goreme. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Turasan Sarapcilik, Kocabag Winery
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
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