14 days in Greece, Turkey & Bulgaria Itinerary

14 days in Greece, Turkey & Bulgaria Itinerary

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14 days in Greece, Turkey & Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly:  11​h 30​min
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
subway + Fly:  2​h 45​min
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
Marmaris, Turkey
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h
Goreme, Turkey
— Few hours
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  9​h 45​min
Nessebar, Bulgaria
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Mumbai, India

2
days
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, then see the interesting displays at Acropolis Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Athens.

Before you visit Athens, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Mumbai, India to Athens is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Athens

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
National Archaeological Museum ©
National Archaeological Museum

2
days
Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Saint Titus, then explore the ancient world of The Palace of Knossos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stalis Beach. On your second day here, meet the residents at Aquaworld Aquarium & Reptile Rescue Centre, then examine the collection at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete.

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Traveling by combination of subway and flight from Athens to Heraklion takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or ride a ferry. When traveling from Athens in July, plan for slightly colder days in Heraklion, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hersonissos, Stalis Beach
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The Palace of Knossos ©
The Palace of Knossos
Stalis Beach ©
Stalis Beach
Heraklion Archaeological Museum ©
Heraklion Archaeological Museum

1
day
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Afandou Beach, then take a stroll around Kalithea Springs, and then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum of Rhodes (Hospital of the Knights).

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rhodes Town trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Heraklion to Rhodes Town by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Rhodes Town are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can ride a ferry to Marmaris.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Afandou Beach, Kalithea Springs
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Kalithea Springs ©
Kalithea Springs
Afandou Beach ©
Afandou Beach

2
days
Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
On the 1st (Wed), go for a stroll along the water at Marmaris Marina, enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, and then stop by Latina Goldsmith. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Dalyan and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dalyan Nehri.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Marmaris trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Rhodes Town to Marmaris by ferry takes about an hour. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rhodes Town to Marmaris due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Marmaris when traveling from Rhodes Town in July, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Marmaris

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Latina Goldsmith
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Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Dalyan Nehri ©
Dalyan Nehri
Dalyan ©
Dalyan

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Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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 3rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme travel planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Marmaris to Goreme takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Goreme when traveling from Marmaris in August, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Nessebar.

Things to do in Goreme

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

few
hours
Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar ©
Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): cool off at Action Aquapark and then steep yourself in history at Nessebar.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nessebar day trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Goreme to Nessebar takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Goreme to Nessebar due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Goreme in August, you will find days in Nessebar are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Nessebar

#Theme Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sunny Beach
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Nessebar ©
Nessebar

3
days
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica Cistern and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get some cultural insight at Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Modern Museum. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and steep yourself in history at Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Nessebar to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nessebar to Istanbul. In August, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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