12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly
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Antalya
— 1 night
Fly
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Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Fethiye
— 4 nights
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Drive to Dalaman International Airport, Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Nevsehir
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Nevsehir
— 2 nights
Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Abu Dhabi

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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 20th (Tue): take a stroll through Kaleici. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at The Land of Legends Theme Park and then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya journey maker site.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Antalya is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in July: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 41°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Bursa.

Things to do in Antalya

Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), admire the striking features of Ulu Cami.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Bursa road trip tool.

Getting from Antalya to Bursa by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, Bursa is slightly colder than Antalya - with highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites
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Istanbul

— 3 nights

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.
Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul journey planner.

You can drive from Bursa to Istanbul in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. You will leave for Fethiye on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Fethiye

— 4 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Oludeniz. Change things up with these side-trips from Fethiye: Kas (Kaputas Beach & Lions Tomb), Bazaar Anatolia (in Gocek) and Kumburnu Plaji (in Oludeniz). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Saklikent Milli Parki, enjoy the sand and surf at Calis Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Fethiye sightseeing planning tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Fethiye in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Fethiye, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Nevsehir.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Nevsehir

— 2 nights
Thousands of years of civilization are visibly present at Nevsehir, a major city in Cappaddocia famously graced with fairy chimneys, carved houses, churches, and frescoes.
On the 30th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Kaymakli Underground City, explore the world behind art at Guray Museum, then appreciate the views at Red Valley, and finally enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nevsehir trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Fethiye to Nevsehir with the Route module. Traveling from Fethiye in July, plan for little chillier nights in Nevsehir, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nevsehir

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips