7 days in The Balkans Itinerary

7 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly
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Bodrum City
— 1 day
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 1 day

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Istanbul

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hagia Sophia as well as Zeyrek Mosque. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, and then explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yeni Valide Mosque Complex, then admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then browse the exhibits of Galata Tower, and finally contemplate the long history of Zeyrek Mosque.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Istanbul tour planner.

Berlin, Germany to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Berlin to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Bodrum City

— 1 day

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bitez Beach. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Bitez Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter, and then delve into the distant past at Bodrum Amphitheater.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Bodrum City online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Bodrum City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, Bodrum City is a bit warmer than Istanbul - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Anatolia Cemetery. On the 8th (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale road trip site.

You can drive from Bodrum City to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Goreme Open-Air Museum as well as Cappadocia Cave Dwellings. On the 9th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings and then take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. April in Goreme sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 1 day

Queen of Cities

Your day by day itinerary now includes Kapali Carsi. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Goreme in April, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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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.