15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel route planner

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Fly
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Cesme
— 1 night
Drive
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Marmaris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Alanya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Cesme

— 1 night
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Gemici Winery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ilica Plaji, then get in on the family fun at Aqua Toy City, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cesme AltInkum Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cesme trip itinerary website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Cesme is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Cesme is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in July: high temperatures in Cesme hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches

Marmaris

— 3 nights
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Marmaris Marina. Get out of town with these interesting Marmaris side-trips: Bazaar Anatolia (in Gocek) and Iztuzu Beach 2 (in Dalyan). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach and head outdoors with Mar.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Marmaris itinerary maker website.

Getting from Cesme to Marmaris by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Marmaris due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Marmaris can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Alanya.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Alanya

— 2 nights
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
On the 14th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Kizilkule, then explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi, then delve into the distant past at Hamaxia, and finally kick back and relax at Kleopatra Beach. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Sapadere Kanyonu and then see some colorful creatures with Diving Center Falcons.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Alanya trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Alanya takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Goreme.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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.
Explore Goreme's surroundings by going to Derinkuyu (Uzumlu Kilise, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, &more). There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme journey planning website.

Getting from Alanya to Goreme by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Cami . There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, and stop by Ortakoy.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Istanbul trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in July, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.