15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

Make it your trip
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bodrum City
— 1 night
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Kas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Antalya
— 5 nights
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Istanbul

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica Cistern and Yeni Camii. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

For reviews and tourist information, read Istanbul online holiday planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in September, Istanbul is warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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 11th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and then step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bodrum City road trip tool.

Fly from Istanbul to Bodrum City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Bodrum City are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (25°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kas

— 4 nights
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tlos and Old Town. Visit Patara Plajı and Blue Lagoon for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Demre (Kale) (Sura Ancient City & Kekova Island), Fethiye (Ancient Rock Tombes & Mavi Magara) and Oludeniz (Spas & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Big Pebble Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaputas Beach, and don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kas trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Kas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kas when traveling from Bodrum City in September, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Antalya

— 5 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.
Relax by the water at Cirali Beach and Cirali Plaji. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ancient Theater and Perge Ancient City. Venture out of the city with trips to Side (Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) & Temple of Apollo). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, wander the streets of Kaleici, and go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Antalya sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Kas to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips