23 days in New York City, Bulgaria & Turkey Itinerary

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New York City, United States
— 7 nights
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Sofia, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Borovets, Bulgaria
— 2 nights
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Edirne, Turkey
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Ankara, Turkey
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New York City, United States — 7 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and don't miss a visit to Empire State Building.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City day trip planner.

Perth, Australia to New York City is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -13 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in March, expect New York City to be colder, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Sofia.
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Sofia, Bulgaria — 2 nights

Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museum of illusions Sofia, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the striking features of St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Sofia Church.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sofia road trip site.

You can fly from New York City to Sofia in 15.5 hours. Traveling from New York City to Sofia, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Borovets.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
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Borovets, Bulgaria — 2 nights

The oldest ski resort in Bulgaria, Borovets today serves as a popular modern destination for winter holidays.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): fly down the slopes at ProX-Treme. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Yanakiev Ski and Snowboard School, take in the awesome beauty at Borovets Ski Resort, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Borovets trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Sofia to Borovets in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Edirne.
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Edirne, Turkey — 1 night

Edirne is a city in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the views from Meric River Bridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dar-ul Hadis Camii, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eski Cami, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Edirne driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Borovets to Edirne takes 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Istanbul.
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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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale route website.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.
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Goreme, Turkey — 2 nights

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at Camur Magarasi Katpatuka, then stroll through Goreme National Park, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Ankara.
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Ankara, Turkey — 1 night

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.
On the 20th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, contemplate the long history of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tacettin Sultan Cami, and finally get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ankara trip builder app.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Goreme in April, plan for little chillier days in Ankara, with highs around 14°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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Turkey travel guide

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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.
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