13 days in The Balkans Itinerary

13 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cesme
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kusadasi
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Bodrum City
— 1 night
Drive
5
Marmaris
— 1 night
Drive
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Antalya
— 4 nights
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Usca Winery as well as KEY Museum. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): examine the collection at KEY Museum, then make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), and then visit Kemeralti Market. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Tarihi Asansor, then take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu, and then do a tasting at Usca Winery.

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Tehran, Iran to Izmir is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Iran Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 0.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tehran in March: high temperatures in Izmir hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Cesme.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Cesme

— 1 night
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
On the 20th (Sat), do a tasting at Gemici Winery, kick back and relax at Ilica Plaji, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alacati Pazaryeri Camii.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Cesme trip planner.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Cesme takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Izmir in March; daily highs in Cesme reach 18°C and lows reach 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sun) before leaving for Kusadasi.

Things to do in Cesme

Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Kusadasi

— 3 nights
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Dilek National Park has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Troy Tours and Altinkum Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kusadasi: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) (in Selcuk) and Didim (Cafe Olive & Temple of Apollo). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaleici Camii, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kusadasi trip planner.

Getting from Cesme to Kusadasi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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 25th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at Bodrum Maritime Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City online route builder.

Getting from Kusadasi to Bodrum City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kusadasi to Bodrum City due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Marmaris

— 1 night
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at My Silver Jewellery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Marmaris Beach.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Marmaris road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Marmaris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bodrum City in March since evenings lows in Marmaris dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Antalya

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kleopatra Beach and Lower Duden Waterfalls. Get out of town with these interesting Antalya side-trips: Side (Ancient Theater, Temple of Apollo, &more) and Alanya (Suleymaniye Camii & Hamaxia). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Kaleici, look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Antalya trip maker tool.

You can drive from Marmaris to Antalya in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Antalya are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips