12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Urgup, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and finally stop by Efendi Sarapevi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, then see Off-Road Tours, and then take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Urgup road trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Urgup is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Urgup, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in February, things will get colder in Urgup: highs are around 12°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk journey planner.

You can fly from Urgup to Selcuk in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In February, Selcuk is a bit warmer than Urgup - with highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Theme Parks

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 formedĀ calcite bathing pools.
On the 7th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi and then explore the ancient world of Laodikeia.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves asĀ a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.