10 days in Turkey, Greece & Bulgaria Itinerary

10 days in Turkey, Greece & Bulgaria Itinerary

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Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 1 night
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Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Selcuk, Turkey

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, then contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, then contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk driving holiday planner.

Mumbai, India to Selcuk is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 2.5 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Mumbai in November; daily highs in Selcuk reach 22°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites

Rhodes Town, Greece

— 1 night
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 10th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Faliraki Beach.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rhodes Town online holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and ferry from Selcuk to Rhodes Town takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Selcuk to Rhodes Town. Traveling from Selcuk in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Rhodes Town. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Athens, Greece

— 2 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Acropolis of Athens, then appreciate the history behind Erechtheion, then take a stroll through Plaka, and finally delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum.

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You can fly from Rhodes Town to Athens in 4 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and car. In November in Athens, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Athens

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Sofia, Bulgaria

— 1 night
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
On the 13th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Boyana Church, then admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and then admire the striking features of Temple Sveti Nikolay.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sofia tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Athens to Sofia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Athens in November, things will get a bit cooler in Sofia: highs are around 13°C and lows about 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites

Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia and Galata Tower. Get a sense of the local culture at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Chora Museum. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Little Hagia Sophia, and stop by Ortakoy.

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You can fly from Sofia to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sofia to Istanbul. Traveling from Sofia in November, expect much warmer with lows of 17°C in Istanbul. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

Greece travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · History Museums
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.

Bulgaria travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Landmarks
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.