14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey vacation planner

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Mardin
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Ankara
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
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Yalova
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Bursa
— 1 night
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Marmaris
— 1 night
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Antalya
— 1 night
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Alanya
— 1 night
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Goreme, Cappadocia
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Gaziantep
— 1 night
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Mardin
— 1 night
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Mardin

— 1 night
Mardin is a city and multiple bishopric in southeastern Turkey. For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mardin trip site.

Sulaymaniyah, Iraq to Mardin is an approximately 15-hour flight. In July, daytime highs in Mardin are 47°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Mardin

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife

Ankara

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.
To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ankara trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mardin to Ankara. When traveling from Mardin in July, plan for colder days and a bit warmer nights in Ankara: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 30°C at night. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Shopping · Nightlife · Parks

Istanbul

— 6 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ankara in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Istanbul, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yalova.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Yalova

Yalova is a city located in northwestern Turkey, near the eastern coast of the Sea of Marmara. To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yalova online trip maker.

You can drive from Istanbul to Yalova in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Yalova are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Yalova

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isabey CAMii.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Bursa day trip planner.

Getting from Yalova to Bursa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Bursa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Marmaris.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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 15th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Turunc Pazari, enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, and then look for gifts at Kurt Jewellery.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Marmaris road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Bursa to Marmaris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Marmaris

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Antalya trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Marmaris to Antalya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Antalya are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Alanya.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Alanya

— 1 night
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Hamaxia and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kleopatra Beach.

To plan Alanya vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Alanya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Alanya

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Goreme, Cappadocia

Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Goreme trip maker site.

Getting from Alanya to Goreme by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Goreme sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Gaziantep

— 1 night
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gaziantep trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Goreme to Gaziantep takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Goreme in July, with highs in Gaziantep at 43°C and lows at 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Mardin.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Mardin

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami, then pause for some serene contemplation at Deyrulzafaran Monastery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Hirmiz Chaldean Church.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mardin road trip tool.

You can drive from Gaziantep to Mardin in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mardin

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Antalya Province travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · 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.

Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
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.