11 days in Croatia, Turkey & Sofia Itinerary

11 days in Croatia, Turkey & Sofia Itinerary

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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Zagreb, Croatia
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Dubrovnik, Croatia

— 1 night

Pearl of the Adriatic

Along the Dalmation Coast, the city of Dubrovnik has become famous for its pedestrian-only Old Town surrounded by fortress walls, and its historical heft has earned it World Heritage Site status.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Upper Corner Tower Foundry Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Walls of Dubrovnik, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Blaise. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Old Town, view the masterpieces at Art by Stjepko, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Franciscan Church and Monastery.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dubrovnik tour itinerary builder app.

Barcelona, Spain to Dubrovnik is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Zagreb.

Things to do in Dubrovnik

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Zagreb, Croatia

— 1 night

Little Vienna

Zagreb boasts a combination of Austro-Hungarian and Socialist architecture, but it is beloved for its outdoor cafe culture.
On the 20th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mark's Church, stop by Take Me Home, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Assumption.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zagreb day trip planning app.

You can fly from Dubrovnik to Zagreb in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Dubrovnik in November, with highs in Zagreb at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Sofia.

Things to do in Zagreb

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Sofia, Bulgaria

— 2 nights
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and then admire the landmark architecture of Temple Sveti Nikolay. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Boyana Church, then stroll through Vitosha Mountain, and then look for gifts at Gifted Sofia.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sofia road trip tool.

You can fly from Zagreb to Sofia in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zagreb to Sofia, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. November in Sofia sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Tours · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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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 historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sofia to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sofia to Istanbul, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Sofia in November since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

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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.
Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley, see Off-Road Tours, and look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in November, expect much colder with lows of 0°C in Goreme. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
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Croatia travel guide

4.5
Historic Walking Areas · Landmarks · National Parks
Once situated on the edge of empires between the Balkans and Central Europe, Croatia represents a land of great natural diversity and rich cultural heritage. Croatian cultural tourism relies on the charming juxtaposition of contrasts. Venetian palaces sit next to Napoleonic forts, Viennese mansions face Socialist Realist sculpture, and early Slavic churches built on the sites of ancient Roman settlements offer countless sightseeing opportunities. Croatia's museums present the main stages of the history of Europe. The country's sapphire seawater and long coastline speckled with islands draws visitors, as do numerous nature reserves, marinas, ancient fortified towns, and sandy and rocky beaches. In recent years, Croatia's shoreline has become a famed center for nautical tourism and naturism, and is a promising diving destination. Hikers explore outdoor landscapes of canyons, underground grottoes, dramatic waterfalls, stony peaks, and scenic lakes of the Dinaric Alps, which hug the coastline. Inland areas showcase mountain resorts, national parks, pine forests, vineyards, and spas.

Turkey travel guide

4.3
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.