23 days in The Balkans Itinerary

23 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aksaray
Drive
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Konya
— 1 night
Drive
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Antalya
— 6 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cesme
— 2 nights
Drive
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Izmir
— 3 nights
Drive
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Canakkale
— 1 night
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and finally look for gifts at Otantik Bazaar. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Uchisar Castle, explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, and then appreciate the views at Camel Rock.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Goreme day trip planning tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Goreme is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Goreme is 2 hours. Traveling from Zurich in July, expect nights in Goreme to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for Aksaray.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Aksaray

Aksaray is a city in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey and the capital district of Aksaray Province. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hasan and then Head underground at Selime Monastery.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Aksaray tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Goreme to Aksaray takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Konya.

Things to do in Aksaray

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Konya

— 1 night

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Konya trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Aksaray to Konya in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Konya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Konya

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Antalya

— 6 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Attractions like The Land of Legends Theme Park and Lower Duden Waterfalls make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Kemer Cumhuriyet MeydanI (in Kemer), Blue World Diving Center (in Tekirova) and Side (Ancient Theater, Temple of Apollo, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Kaleici, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

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You can drive from Konya to Antalya in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Konya in July, expect Antalya to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pamukkale

— 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 19th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale day trip app.

Getting from Antalya to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cesme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Cesme

— 2 nights
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.
On the 21st (Wed), do a tasting at Gemici Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Ilica Plaji, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Flyinn Beach and then kick back and relax at Cesme AltInkum Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cesme trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Pamukkale to Cesme in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pamukkale to Cesme due to the time zone difference. July in Cesme sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Izmir.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Izmir

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Kids will enjoy Yali Castle Aquapark and Alsancak. There's still lots to do: stroll around Izmir Wild Life Park, admire the striking features of Fatih Cinili Cami, make a trip to Tarihi Asansor, and take in the waterfront at Kordonboyu.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Izmir attractions planning site.

Getting from Cesme to Izmir by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Cesme to Izmir is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cesme in July: high temperatures in Izmir hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Canakkale.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Canakkale

— 1 night
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): kick back and relax at Dardanos Beach, admire the striking features of Troy (Truva), then browse the exhibits of Rhapsodos Mozaik, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Aynali Carsi, and finally pause for some photo ops at Canakkale Truva Heykeli.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Canakkale sightseeing website.

Getting from Izmir to Canakkale by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Izmir in July, expect Canakkale to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Canakkale

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia and Dolmabahce Palace. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

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You can fly from Canakkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canakkale in July, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
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.

Antalya Province travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Waterfalls
Once a land of ancient cities, Antalya Province lies along the Mediterranean coast and is now home to Turkey's largest international sea resort. Tour the narrow, cobbled streets and historical houses in the province's eponymous city, or pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Xanthos. Ancient cities and ruins scattered throughout the province give it its historical character. The 657 km (408 mi) long shoreline offers plenty of space to relax along its immaculate beaches and ports. Fill your holiday itinerary with a yacht tour, game of golf, rock climbing, and bird-watching.