11 days in Bulgaria, Turkey & Greece Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Goreme, Turkey
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Athens, Greece
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Sofia, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 18th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Vitosha Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sofia trip itinerary planner.

Detroit, USA to Sofia is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Sofia is 7 hours. Traveling from Detroit in June, Sofia is little chillier at night with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 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: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sofia to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sofia in June since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Goreme.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature
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Goreme, Turkey — 1 night

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.
On the 23rd (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip builder tool.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Goreme, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Athens.
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Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
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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.
Athens is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens, get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, visit Plaka, and contemplate the long history of Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Athens trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Goreme to Athens in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Goreme to Athens due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Goreme in June, Athens is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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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Greece travel guide

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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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