10 days in The Balkans Itinerary

10 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Goreme
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Drive
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Konya
— 1 night
Drive
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Antalya
— 1 night
Drive
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Patara
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Izmir
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 1 night
Drive
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Bursa
— 1 night
Drive to Istanbul Airport, Fly to Islamabad International Airport

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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 9th (Tue): see Off-Road Tours, get outside with Royal Balloon, then learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, and finally look for gifts at Alaturca Taner.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Goreme is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Islamabad to Goreme. Traveling from Islamabad in June, expect nights in Goreme to be colder, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Konya.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trip

Konya

— 1 night

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): wander the streets of Konya Kultur Sokagi and then take an in-depth tour of Mevlana Muzesi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Konya trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Goreme to Konya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Konya can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Antalya

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi and then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip itinerary builder site.

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. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Konya in June, with highs in Antalya at 36°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Patara.

Things to do in Antalya

Museums · Nature · Parks

Patara

On the 11th (Thu), look for gifts at Class Leather.

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

Getting from Antalya to Patara by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Patara

Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Hierapolis and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Patara to Pamukkale in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Izmir.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Izmir

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center, then visit Kemeralti Market, then look for gifts at Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Izmir trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Pamukkale to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. June in Izmir sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and then get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planning app.

Fly from Izmir to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Izmir in June, expect Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Ordekli Culture and Art Center and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bursa online travel route planner.

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. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Museums
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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.