7 days in Greece, Istanbul & Bulgaria Itinerary

7 days in Greece, Istanbul & Bulgaria Itinerary

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7 days in Greece, Istanbul & Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: Bari, Italy
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Sofia, Bulgaria
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Kavala, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Syvota, Greece
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Bari, Italy

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque and then explore the galleries of Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, then take an in-depth tour of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul itinerary planner.

Bari, Italy to Istanbul is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bari to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bari in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sofia.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

1
night
Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Vitosha Mountain, admire the landmark architecture of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, then stop by Chilli Hills, and finally take a stroll through Vitosha Boulevard.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sofia trip planner .

Fly from Istanbul to Sofia in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Sofia. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sofia when traveling from Istanbul in December, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kavala.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Vitosha Boulevard ©
Vitosha Boulevard
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Vitosha Mountain ©
Vitosha Mountain

2
nights
Kavala, Greece

Kavala ©
Kavala is a city in northern Greece, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia and the capital of Kavala regional unit. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stop by LOREZ ACCESSORIES, then 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. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Elatias Forest, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lydia Baptistery, Philippi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Monastery of Saint Silas the Apostle.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kavala trip app .

Getting from Sofia to Kavala by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Sofia in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Kavala: highs are around 13°C and lows about 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Syvota.

Things to do in Kavala

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Xanthi, Lydia Baptistery, Philippi, Elatias Forest
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The House of Shadow ©
The House of Shadow
Lydia Baptistery, Philippi ©
Lydia Baptistery, Philippi

1
night
Syvota, Greece

Syvota
On the 2nd (Thu), stroll through Pisina Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mega Ammos Beach.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Syvota online travel route planner .

Drive from Kavala to Syvota in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January, Syvota is somewhat warmer than Kavala - with highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Syvota

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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