15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Gaziantep
— 4 nights
Drive
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Antakya
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sanliurfa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kahta
— 2 nights
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Gaziantep

— 4 nights
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Step out of Gaziantep with an excursion to Old Halfeti in Halfeti--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Zeugma Mosaic Museum, see the interesting displays at Gaziantep Oyun ve Oyuncak Muzesi, explore the historical opulence of Gaziantep Castle, and take an in-depth tour of Gaziantep Museum of Archaelogy.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gaziantep holiday planning site.

Antalya to Gaziantep is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Gaziantep can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Antakya.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Antakya

— 4 nights
Antakya is the seat of the Hatay Province in southern Turkey.In ancient times, Antakya was known as Antioch, and was for centuries one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Change things up with a short trip to Vespasianus Titus Tunnel in Samandag (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Harbiye Selalesi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Habibi Neccar Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Mosque, and explore the ancient world of St Pierre Kilisesi.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Antakya trip builder.

Traveling by car from Gaziantep to Antakya takes 3 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Gaziantep in July: highs in Antakya hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sanliurfa.

Things to do in Antakya

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Sanliurfa

— 4 nights
Şanlıurfa, often simply known as Urfa or Al-Ruha, in ancient times Edessa, is a city with 561,465 inhabitants in south-eastern Turkey, and the capital of Şanlıurfa Province. Take a break from Sanliurfa with a short trip to Harran Ruins in Harran, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Potbelly Hill, explore the world behind art at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, steep yourself in history at Balikligol, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Halil Ul Rahman Mosque.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sanliurfa online vacation planner.

Drive from Antakya to Sanliurfa in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kahta.

Things to do in Sanliurfa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Kahta

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Karakus Tumulusu, then delve into the distant past at Cendere Bridge, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nemrut. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Nemrut Dagi National Park.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kahta online tour planner.

You can drive from Sanliurfa to Kahta in 2.5 hours. July in Kahta sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kahta

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hatay Province travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Waterfalls
Hatay Province is a province in southern Turkey, on the eastern Mediterranean coast. The administrative capital is Antakya (Antioch), and the other major city in the province is the port city of İskenderun (Alexandretta). It is bordered by Syria to the south and east and the Turkish provinces of Adana and Osmaniye to the north. The province is part of Çukurova (Cilicia), a geographical, economical and cultural region that covers the provinces of Mersin, Adana, Osmaniye, and Hatay. There are border crossing points with Syria in the district of Yayladağı and at Cilvegözü in the district of Reyhanlı. Sovereignty over the province remains disputed with neighbouring Syria, which claims that the province was separated from itself against the stipulations of the French Mandate of Syria in the years following Syria's independence from the Ottoman Empire after World War I. Although the two countries have remained generally peaceful in their dispute over the territory, Syria has never formally renounced its claims to it.

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Sanliurfa Province travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · Ruins · Art Museums
Şanlıurfa Province or simply Urfa Province is a province in southeastern Turkey. The city of Şanlıurfa is the capital of the province which bears its name. The population is 1,845,667 .The province is famous for its Abrahamic sites such as Balıklıgöl, where Prophet Abraham was cast by Nimrod into fire that is believed to have turned to water, and Mevlid-i Halil Mosque where Abraham was born in the cave next to the mosque. Also lying within the district, approximately 12 km northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa, is the pre-historic site of Göbekli Tepe, where continuing excavations have unearthed 12,000-year-old sanctuaries dating from the early Neolithic period, considered to be the oldest temples in the world, predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years.Population in 1990 was 1,001,455; 551,124 in the district centers, 450,331 in rural villages. By 2000, the population of Şanlıurfa province had grown to 1,436,956 and that of Şanlıurfa city, 829,000. Its provincial capital is the city of Şanlıurfa, the traffic code is 63.DistrictsŞanlıurfa province is divided into 13 districts (capital district in bold): Şanlıurfa (Central district. In 2014 it was split into three districts: Eyyübiye, Haliliye and Karaköprü) Akçakale Birecik Bozova Ceylanpınar Halfeti Harran Hilvan Siverek Suruç Viranşehir

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Adiyaman Province travel guide

4.1
Mountains · Bridges · National Parks
Adıyaman Province is a province in south-central Turkey. It was created in 1954 out of part of Malatya Province. It has an area of 7,606.16 km² and a population of 590,935 (2010 est.), up from 513,131 in 1990. The capital is Adıyaman.The area has been inhabited since the earliest times and many civilisations have settled there. There are places of historical interest that attract visitors. Nemrud Dağı is a major site of interest there, noted for its sanctuary of statues built by Antiochus I Theos of Commagene. It is accessed through the town of Kâhta.A branch of the large Atatürk reservoir lies between Adıyaman and the town of Samsat. Kurds have large minority in the province.PoliticsUntil the 1950s, Adıyaman was a city in the province of Malatya. It was made into a province in its own right, on 1 December 1954, as a reward for voting for the winning Democratic Party in the 1954 general election.Adıyaman has since proved relatively high vote shares for Islamist politician, Necmettin Erbakan. His movement (then, the National Salvation Party) scored a landmark 15% there in 1973 a few years after its modest beginning, and his score went on to gradually increase. After being damaged by the military coup in 1980, Erbakan's party (which had become the Welfare Party) came back to win the province with 29.24% and 27% in 1994 and 1999, respectively.

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