11 days in Romania, Bulgaria & Turkey Itinerary

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Bucharest, Romania
— 2 nights
Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights


Bucharest, Romania — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Muzeul National al Satului "Dimitrie Gusti", test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get a sense of history and politics at Palace of Parliament, and finally don't miss a visit to Stavropoleos Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bucharest online trip itinerary planner.

Detroit, USA to Bucharest is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Bucharest, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Bucharest are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nessebar.
Tours · Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
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Nessebar, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Pearl of the Black Sea

On the 20th (Tue), do some two-wheel cruising with Karting Sunny Beach, slough off your stress at Erma Spa Turkish Bath, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Savior Church, and finally delve into the distant past at Nessebar. On your second day here, admire the striking features of St Stephens Church, admire the striking features of Church of Christ Pantocrator, and then cool off at Action Aquapark.

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Getting from Bucharest to Nessebar by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Istanbul.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Baths
Side Trip
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Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

Queen of Cities

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 Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Istanbul online visit planner.

Getting from Nessebar to Istanbul by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Nessebar to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature
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Goreme, Turkey — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs & Textiles, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

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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 June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Goreme, with lows of 55°F. You will leave for home on the 27th (Tue).
Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
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Romania travel guide

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.

Bulgaria travel guide

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.

Turkey travel guide

Architectural Buildings · History Museums · 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.