7 days in Greece, Istanbul & Bulgaria Itinerary

7 days in Greece, Istanbul & Bulgaria Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kavala, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Syvota, Greece
— 1 night
Drive

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and then view the masterpieces at Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip site.

Bari, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bari to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bari in December, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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 30th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vitosha Mountain, then admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then look for gifts at Chilli Hills, and finally wander the streets of Vitosha Boulevard.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sofia trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Sofia takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Sofia. Traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sofia, with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Kavala.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Winter Sports

Kavala, Greece

— 2 nights
Kavala is a city in northern Greece, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the capital of Kavala regional unit. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): look for gifts at LOREZ ACCESSORIES, view the masterpieces at The House of Shadow, then browse the exhibits of Municipal Art Gallery of Xanthi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lydia Baptistery, Philippi. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Elatias Forest and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Monastery of Saint Silas the Apostle.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kavala day trip planning app.

Drive from Sofia to Kavala in 4.5 hours. In December, Kavala is a bit warmer than Sofia - with highs of 13°C and lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Syvota.

Things to do in Kavala

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Syvota, Greece

— 1 night
Syvota is a village and a former municipality in Thesprotia, Epirus, Greece. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Pisina Beach and then kick back and relax at Mega Ammos Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Syvota journey planner.

You can drive from Kavala to Syvota in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Kavala in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Syvota: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Syvota

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

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.

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.

Igoumenitsa travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Nightlife · Fishing Charters & Tours
Igoumenitsa, is a coastal city in northwestern Greece. It is the capital of the regional unit of Thesprotia.Igoumenitsa is the chief port of Thesprotia and Epirus, and one of the largest passenger ports of Greece, connecting northwestern Mainland Greece with the Ionian Islands and Italy. The city is built on easternmost end of the Gulf of Igoumenitsa in the Ionian Sea and primary aspects of the economy are maritime, transport, services, agriculture and tourism. The 670km long Egnatia Highway, which serves northern Greece, terminates at Igoumenitsa, making it a popular starting point for tourists coming from Europe and ending point for trucks from Turkey.Igoumenitsa features many shops, schools, offices and cargo storages, a Technological Educational Institute, a library, an archeological museum, several sport stadiums and tennis courses, a courthouse and a medical clinic. The Thesprotia Police Headquarters and the Municipal Sailing Club are located here. The city itself is built on the slopes of a forested mountain and expands perimetrically around the gulf.The 2011 census recorded 25,814 inhabitants for the wider Municipality, of which 9,820 in the municipal unit of Igoumenitsa proper. Igoumenitsa is known for being surrounded by several forests and for its blue waters. The nearby Drepanos Beach is one of the longest sand beaches in the region, with a length of over 7 kilometers.NamesIgoumenitsa is known by various names in different time periods. Igoumenitsa's original ancient name used to be Titani (Τιτάνη), Gitani, Gitana, and Goumani. During the medieval and ottoman times, it was known as Grava (Γράβα) which means "cave". In 1938, after it became the capital city of the prefecture of Thesprotia, its name was changed to the current Igoumenitsa. The name is a derivation from the Greek word Igoumeni which means "commander; abbot". The name has been adopted as Gomenizza in Italian and as Gumenicë in Albanian.

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