13 days in The Balkans Itinerary

13 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 1 night
Drive
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Konya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
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Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul
— 2 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 21st (Tue), view the masterpieces at Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. January in Istanbul sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 10°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, then stop by Alaturca Taner, and finally browse for treasures at La Maison du Kilim.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Urgup trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Istanbul to Urgup in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in January, expect nights in Urgup to be colder, around -4°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Konya.

Things to do in Urgup

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Konya

— 2 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
On the next day, contemplate the long history of Mevlana Muzesi, then see the interesting displays at İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi, then visit Konya Kultur Sokagi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Aziziye Cami.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Konya trip planning website.

You can drive from Urgup to Konya in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Konya sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Antalya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Konya to Antalya takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Konya in January; daily highs in Antalya reach 17°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

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.
For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale planner.

You can drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Selcuk

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Selcuk online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · 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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bursa trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Selcuk to Bursa in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bursa can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bursa

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Visit Sultanahmet District and Suleymaniye Cami for their historical value. Enjoy Istanbul some more: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, wander the streets of Istiklal Caddesi, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary website.

Drive from Bursa to Istanbul in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in January, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · 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.