14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Drive
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Izmit
— 1 day
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Drive to Istanbul Airport, Fly to Adana Airport, Drive to Tarsus
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Tarsus
— 1 night
Drive
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Adana
— 1 night
Fly to Antalya International Airport, Drive to Alanya
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Alanya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antalya
— 3 nights
Bus to Fethiye, Taxi to Oludeniz
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marmaris
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Izmit

— 1 day
İzmit, ancient Nicomedia, is a city in Turkey, the administrative center of the Kocaeli Province as well as the Metropolitan Municipality. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): walk around Seka Park.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Izmit tour itinerary planning app.

Istanbul to Izmit is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Istanbul in May, plan for little chillier nights in Izmit, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tarsus.

Things to do in Izmit

Parks
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Tarsus

— 1 night
Tarsus is a historic city in south-central Turkey, 20 km inland from the Mediterranean. On the 1st (Mon), examine the collection at Tarsus Museum and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tarsus Waterfall.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tarsus sightseeing planning site.

Explore your travel options from Izmit to Tarsus with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Izmit in May, with highs in Tarsus at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Adana.

Things to do in Tarsus

Parks · Nature · Museums

Adana

— 1 night
Adana is a major city in southern Turkey. On the 2nd (Tue), stop by Art Jophiel, then make a trip to Buyuk Saat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sabanci Merkez Camii, and finally take in the views from Tas Kopru.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Adana trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tarsus to Adana takes an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Alanya.

Things to do in Adana

Historic Sites · Shopping

Alanya

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Alanya Gardens and then explore the stunning scenery at Sapadere Kanyonu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Alanya Arkeoloji Muzesi, learn about all things military at Kizilkule, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Alanya visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Adana to Alanya with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Antalya

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Cirali Beach and The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to TahtalI Dagi and ZeytintasI MagarasI. Change things up with these side-trips from Antalya: Koprulu Kanyon Milli Parki (in Manavgat) and Carya Golf Club (in Belek).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Antalya holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Alanya to Antalya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Antalya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Oludeniz

— 2 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take a stroll through Old Town and then hike along The Lycian Way. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the ancient world of Tlos.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Oludeniz trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Antalya to Oludeniz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marmaris

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): soak in style at Turkish baths, then appreciate the history behind Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and then explore the historical opulence of Marmaris Museum. On the next day, stop by Trust Gold & Diamonds and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Marmaris trip planner.

Drive from Oludeniz to Marmaris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
On the 12th (Fri), cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, then explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, and then explore the ancient world of Public Latrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, and then delve into the distant past at Isa Bey Mosque.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk route maker.

You can drive from Marmaris to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Kocaeli Province travel guide

3.6
Zoos · Shopping Malls · Parks
Kocaeli Province is a province of Turkey and one of only two to not have the same official name as its capital, İzmit, which is thus also sometimes called Kocaeli. The province is the successor of the Ottoman-era Sanjak of Kocaeli. The largest towns in the province are İzmit and Gebze. The traffic code is 41. The province is located at the easternmost end of the Marmara Sea around the Gulf of İzmit. Kocaeli is bordered by the province of Istanbul and the Marmara Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north, the province of Sakarya to the east, the province of Bursa to the south and the province of Yalova to the southwest. The metropolitan area of Istanbul extends to the Kocaeli-Istanbul provincial border. The size and natural conditions of the Bay of İzmit allow for extensive port facilities, including the Gölcük Naval Base. The province is called the industrial capital of Turkey. Kocaeli has an airport named Cengiz Topel Naval Air Station which is used for military and civilian transport. Kocaeli has two universities: Kocaeli University and Gebze Technical University.

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Mersin (Icel) travel guide

3.8
Caves · Marinas · Beaches

Adana Province travel guide

3.9
Bridges · Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks
Adana Province, is a province of Turkey located in south-central Anatolia. With a population of 2.18 million, it is the sixth most populous province in Turkey. The administrative seat of the province is the city of Adana, home to 79% of the residents of the province. The province, geographically and as well as economically, is part of the Çukurova region together with the Mersin, Osmaniye and Hatay provinces.GeographyAdana Province has a surface area of 14.030 km². Southern portion of the province is plain, northern section is formed of mountains. The provinces adjacent to it are Mersin to the west, Hatay to the southeast, Osmaniye to the east, Kahramanmaraş to the northeast, Kayseri to the north, and Niğde to the northwest.GovernanceTwo levels of governments are involved in the administration of the Adana Province; Central and the Provincial. Adana Governorship is the provincial branch of the Central government and Adana Province Special Administration is the provincial governing body. Province is divided into 15 districts and each district is divided into municipalities and villages. Municipalities are further divided into neighborhoods(Mahalle).

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Antalya Province travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · 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.

Mugla Province travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Nightlife · Bodies of Water
Muğla Province boasts a handful of large holiday resorts, complete with fantastic beaches and a broad array of water sports in the pristine blue sea. Crisp, white buildings and traditional Greek- and Turkish-style wooden houses dot the rolling hills. Quaint streets and historical monuments are preserved in their original state, including the World Heritage Site of Letoon. The province's history dates back to 3000 BCE, so take the opportunity to explore its many ancient ruins and monuments.

Izmir Province travel guide

4.2
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.