32 days in The Balkans Itinerary

32 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Izmir
— 5 nights
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Bodrum City
— 3 nights
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Fethiye
— 7 nights
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Patara
— 1 night
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Belek
— 2 nights
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Alanya
— 5 nights
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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 1 night
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 7 nights
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Izmir

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alsancak and KEY Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Izmir: Selcuk (Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Ancient City of Ephesus, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu, make a trip to Tarihi Asansor, view the masterpieces at Arkas Art Center, and browse the exhibits of Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait to Izmir is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City in January, you will find days in Izmir are much colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Bodrum City

— 3 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Explore hidden gems such as Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology and D-Marin Turgutreis. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Zeki Muren Arts Museum, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Gallery Mustafa, and enjoy the sand and surf at Yahsi Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City planner.

You can drive from Izmir to Bodrum City in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in January: highs in Bodrum City hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Fethiye

— 7 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Explore hidden gems such as Kaunos and Old Town. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fethiye: Marmaris (Homemade By Rachel, Marmaris, Marmaris Museum, &more), Denizli Kayak Merkezi (in Denizli) and Dalyan (Dalyan Cami & Lycian Rock Tombs). There's lots more to do: hike along The Lycian Way, delve into the distant past at Tlos, take in the dramatic scenery at Gizlikent Selalesi, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Fethiye trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Fethiye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Bodrum City in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Fethiye, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Patara.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Patara

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at Patara Wellness Turkish Bath, kick back and relax at Patara Plajı, and then explore the ancient world of Xanthos Antik Kenti.

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You can drive from Fethiye to Patara in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Belek.

Things to do in Patara

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Belek

— 2 nights
Boasting some of the biggest golf courses in the country, Belek sits in a landscape of pine-covered hills pressed against the Mediterranean Sea.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of ZeytintasI MagarasI, tee off at Sueno Hotels Golf Belek, and then tee off at Carya Golf Club. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club, then explore the ancient world of Aspendos Ruins and Theater, and then don't miss a visit to Aspendos Ruins.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Belek trip planner.

You can drive from Patara to Belek in 4 hours. In February, daytime highs in Belek are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Alanya.

Things to do in Belek

Golf · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Alanya

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alanya LimanI and Side Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Side (Tyche Tapinagi, Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum), &more) and Antalya (Kaleici, Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, &more). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Kizilkule, see the interesting displays at Alanya Arkeoloji Muzesi, don't miss a visit to Alanya Shipyard, and explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Alanya road trip app.

Traveling by car from Belek to Alanya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Alanya

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): Head underground at Selime Monastery, then appreciate the views at Ihlara Valley, and then steep yourself in history at Guzelyurt Valley Monastery.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the Guzelyurt trip planning app.

Drive from Alanya to Guzelyurt in 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Goreme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 7 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pasabag and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Step out of Goreme with an excursion to Kaymakli Underground City in Derinkuyu--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Goreme tour builder site.

Getting from Guzelyurt to Goreme by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Izmir Province travel guide

4.2
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.

Bodrum District travel guide

3.4
Beaches · Nightlife · Castles
St.-Tropez of Turkey
Elegant Bodrum is a district and port city, watched over by its 15th-century seaside castle and is home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Formerly a simple fishing village, the town flourished after writer Kabaağaçlı put the city on the map: exiled here in 1925, he adopted the pen name, "The Fisherman of Halicarnassus"--an allusion to the city's name in aniquity. Today this seaside vacation spot charms visitors with a glittering marina, flower-filled cafes, palm-lined promenades, and a host of seafood restaurants. The serene simplicity that caught Kabaağaçlı's eye has since attracted other artists, giving Bodrum a sophistication that sets it apart from other coastal towns.

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.

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.