11 days in The Balkans Itinerary

11 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Antalya
— 2 nights
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Ankara
— 4 nights
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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.
On the 6th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul journey planning app.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Lahore in May, things will get cooler in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Selcuk

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, then make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, then delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, and finally examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks

Antalya

— 2 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.
On the 10th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, then look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, then go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and finally examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take a stroll through Kaleici, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Antalya Aquarium, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Antalya online holiday planner.

Getting from Selcuk to Antalya by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. May in Antalya sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Ankara.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Ankara

— 4 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, admire the striking features of Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii), learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and see the interesting displays at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ankara journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Ankara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Antalya, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Izmir Province travel guide

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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.

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.