9 days in The Balkans Itinerary

9 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 1 night
Drive
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Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
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Izmir
— 1 night
Drive
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Bodrum City
— 1 night
Drive
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Denizli
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 1 night

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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 Bosphorus Strait, Sultanahmet District and Galata Tower. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and finally visit Sultanahmet District.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planning tool.

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In March in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Bursa

— 1 night
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isabey CAMii, then contemplate the long history of Tombs of Osman and Orhan, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bursa day trip tool.

You can drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in March since evenings lows in Bursa dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites

Izmir

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Kordonboyu, make a trip to Tarihi Asansor, then take a stroll through Kemeralti Market, and finally stop by Has Deri Leather Shop.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Izmir tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bursa to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bursa in March, with highs in Izmir at 9°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Izmir

Neighborhoods · Shopping

Bodrum City

— 1 night

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter, then steep yourself in history at Myndos Gate, and finally make a trip to Windmills.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bodrum City planner.

You can drive from Izmir to Bodrum City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Izmir in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Bodrum City: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Denizli.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Historic Sites

Denizli

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then stop by Karahayit.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Denizli day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Denizli takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bodrum City in March, things will get a bit cooler in Denizli: highs are around 15°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Denizli

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary planner.

Pamukkale is just a short distance from Denizli. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Goreme day trip app.

Fly from Pamukkale to Goreme in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 1 night

Queen of Cities

On the 18th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul tour planner.

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 March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 14°C.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums

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.