31 days in Turkey, Sofia & Athens Itinerary

31 days in Turkey, Sofia & Athens Itinerary

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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 5 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Ankara, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Antakya, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Athens, Greece
— 6 nights

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Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Get some historical perspective at Rila Monastery and Temple Sveti Nikolay. Appreciate the collections at Lyuben Karavelov Museum and National Museum of Military History. Explore Sofia's surroundings by going to Blagoevgrad (Varosha Ethnographic Complex & Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Church), Koprivshtitsa (Todor Kableshkov House Museum, Lyutov House Museum, &more) and Plovdiv (Casa Lamartine, Plovdiv Roman Theatre, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the ancient world of Ancient Orthodox Church Saint Parascheva - the Old "St. Petka", and admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sofia online tour itinerary maker.

Denver, USA to Sofia is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Denver to Sofia due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sofia, with lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sofia

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Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©

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.
Visit Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Topkapi Palace and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. Explore Istanbul's surroundings by going to Bursa (Bursa Archaeological Museum, Ulu Cami, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia, steep yourself in history at Eyüp Sultan Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Archaeological Museum, and admire the striking features of Yeni Camii.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip website.

Fly from Sofia to Istanbul in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sofia to Istanbul is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sofia in March since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Side Trip

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia ©
Hagia Sophia
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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Ankara, Turkey

Ankara ©

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Get some historical perspective at Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii) and Tacettin Sultan Cami. Get a sense of the local culture at Anitkabir and Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ankara: Beypazari (Turkish Hamam Museum, Beypazari Kent Tarihi Muzesi, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, get engrossed in the history at PTT Pul Muzesi, admire the masterpieces at Muze Evliyagil, and get to know the fascinating history of Hamamonu Restored Area.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ankara trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in March; daily highs in Ankara reach 49°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Antakya.

Things to do in Ankara

Side Trips

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Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi ©
Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi

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Antakya, Turkey

Antakya ©
Antakya is the seat of the Hatay Province in southern Turkey.In ancient times, Antakya was known as Antioch, and was for centuries one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Do some cultural sightseeing at Antakya Archaeological Museum and Vespasianus Titus Tunnel. Osmaniye Karatepe and St Simeon Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Explore Antakya's surroundings by going to Darb-i Sak Kalesi (in Kirikhan) and Payas Castle (in Dortyol). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Vakifli Village, step into the grandiose world of Koz Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hain der Daphne, and admire the striking features of Ulu Mosque.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Antakya trip maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ankara to Antakya. When traveling from Ankara in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Antakya, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Antakya

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Antakya Archaeological Museum ©
Antakya Archaeological Museum
Osmaniye Karatepe ©
Osmaniye Karatepe
Darb-i Sak Kalesi ©
Darb-i Sak Kalesi

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Athens, Greece

Athens ©

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Temple of Hephaestus and Fortress Palamidi. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Philopappos Hill. Change things up with these side-trips from Athens: Nafplio (Kolokotroni Statue, Catholic Church of Metamorphosis Tou Sotiros, &more) and Archaeological Museum of Vravrona (in Vravrona). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Acropolis Museum, appreciate the history behind Temple of Olympian Zeus, admire the masterpieces at Benaki Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kapnikarea.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Athens tour builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Antakya to Athens with the Route module. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in March, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Temple of Hephaestus ©
Temple of Hephaestus
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum

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