19 days in Bulgaria & Istanbul Itinerary

19 days in Bulgaria & Istanbul Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nessebar, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Varna, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Silistra, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Ruse, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Pleven, Bulgaria
— 1 day
Drive
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Vidin, Bulgaria
— 1 day
Drive
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Montana, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Sandanski, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Peshtera, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Smolyan, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Kardzhali, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
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Kazanlak, Bulgaria
— 1 day
Drive
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Yambol, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel route builder.

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major aiports are İstanbul Airport, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In August in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Nessebar.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:

Nessebar, Bulgaria

— 1 night

Pearl of the Black Sea

Between the ruggedly beautiful Balkan Mountains and shores of the Black Sea lies the World Heritage Site, Nessebar.
On the 28th (Sat), stop by JCraft Jewelry Shop, explore the ancient world of Nessebar, and then slough off your stress at Erma Spa Turkish Bath.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nessebar route planner.

Drive from Istanbul to Nessebar in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Istanbul to Nessebar, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 22°C in Nessebar. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a shuttle to Varna.

Things to do in Nessebar

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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Varna, Bulgaria

— 1 night

Marine Capital of Bulgaria

Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, then take an in-depth tour of Varna Archaeological Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and finally explore the ancient world of Stone Forest.

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Take a shuttle from Nessebar to Varna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Varna sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Silistra.

Things to do in Varna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 29:

Silistra, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Silistra is a port city in northeastern Bulgaria. On the 30th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Medzhit Tabiya Fort and then take in nature's colorful creations at Dunavska Gradina.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Silistra online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Varna to Silistra takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Silistra can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ruse.

Things to do in Silistra

Parks
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:
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Ruse, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Ruse is the fifth largest city in Bulgaria. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Dimitrii of Basarbovo Monastery, contemplate the waterfront views at Danube River, and then make a trip to Freedom Square.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ruse trip builder.

Traveling by car from Silistra to Ruse takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Pleven.

Things to do in Ruse

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 30 — 31:

Pleven, Bulgaria

— 1 day
Pleven is the seventh most populous city in Bulgaria. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): walk around Park Kaylaka, take an in-depth tour of Pleven Epopee 1877, and then see the interesting displays at Regional Historical Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pleven online travel planner.

You can drive from Ruse to Pleven in 2 hours. September in Pleven sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Vidin.

Things to do in Pleven

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:
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Vidin, Bulgaria

— 1 day
Vidin is a port town on the southern bank of the Danube in north-western Bulgaria. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vidin Synagogue, see the interesting displays at Baba Vida Fortress, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Panteleimon Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vidin online travel route planner.

You can drive from Pleven to Vidin in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Montana.

Things to do in Vidin

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:

Montana, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Montana is a city in northwestern Bulgaria, located 50km south of the Danube river, 40km northwest of Vratsa and 30km east of the Serbian border. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Ancient Fortress, then pause for some serene contemplation at Klisurski Monastery, and then make a trip to Berkovitsa.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Montana online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Vidin to Montana by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Montana, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Montana

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and then admire the striking features of Church St. George Rotunda.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sofia trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Montana to Sofia in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sofia can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Sandanski.

Things to do in Sofia

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Sandanski, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Sandanski is a town and a recreation centre in south-western Bulgaria, part of Blagoevgrad Province. On the 5th (Sun), stroll around Townpark and then make a trip to Kordopulova House.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sandanski road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Sofia to Sandanski takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Peshtera.

Things to do in Sandanski

Parks

Side Trip

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Peshtera, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Peshtera is a town in southern Bulgaria. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Cars Of Socialism, then Head underground at Cave Snejanka, and then admire the striking features of St. Dimitar Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Peshtera trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sandanski to Peshtera takes 3.5 hours. September in Peshtera sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Peshtera

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

— 1 night

City of the Seven Hills

Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ethnographic Museum, explore the ancient world of Plovdiv Roman Theatre, and then don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Plovdiv route planner.

You can drive from Peshtera to Plovdiv in an hour. In September, daily temperatures in Plovdiv can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Smolyan.

Things to do in Plovdiv

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Smolyan, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Smolyan is a town and ski resort in the far south of Bulgaria near the border with Greece. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to The Wonderful Bridges, then Head underground at Uhlovica Cave, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfalls Canyon.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Smolyan day trip app.

You can drive from Plovdiv to Smolyan in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kardzhali.

Things to do in Smolyan

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

Kardzhali, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John the Baptist, explore the ancient world of Perperikon, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Stone Mushrooms.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kardzhali trip planner.

Traveling by car from Smolyan to Kardzhali takes 2 hours. In September in Kardzhali, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kazanlak.

Things to do in Kardzhali

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:

Kazanlak, Bulgaria

— 1 day
On the 10th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Buzludzha, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rozhdestvo Hristovo Temple, and then make a trip to Thracian Tomb .

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kazanlak day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kardzhali to Kazanlak takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yambol.

Things to do in Kazanlak

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

Yambol, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Museum of Battle Glory and then walk around Central City Park.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Yambol online visit planner.

You can drive from Kazanlak to Yambol in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Yambol when traveling from Kazanlak in September, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yambol

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Bulgaria travel guide

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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.

Pazardzhik Province travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Nightlife · Caves
Pazardzhik Province is a province in Southern Bulgaria, named after its administrative and industrial centre - the city of Pazardzhik. The territory is 4,456.9 km that is divided into 12 municipalities with a total population of 275,548 inhabitants, as of February 2011.HistoryThe territory of the Pazardzhik Province has been inhabited since very early times. There are more than 50 discovered Stone Age and Bronze Age settlements. The earliest civilization to inhabit the region were the Thracians. The remains of the Thracian town Besapara are located in the hills near the provincial capital Pazardzhik. The Panagyurishte Treasure unearthed near the northern town of the same name is known as one of the finest examples of Thracian art. The 6.164 kg of 23-karat gold treasure which consists of nine vessels has been dated back to the 4th and 3rd century BC. In the 1st century BC the region became a Roman province and remained in the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome.Most of the region became part of the Bulgarian Empire in the beginning of the 9th century and remained in Bulgarian hands until the fall of the First Empire. With the rise of the Second Bulgarian Empire the region once again became part of the country until it was overran by the Ottomans in the late 14th century. Some of medieval fortresses are Tsepina near the village of Dorkovo and Krasen in the vicinities of Bata.

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