16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip itinerary planner

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Fly
1
Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly
2
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Marmaris
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Istanbul
— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at artSumer, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then look for gifts at Mısır Çarşısı.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planning website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Istanbul, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in May, things will get much colder in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Shopping · Spas · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Konyaalti Beach, stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, and then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Antalya Bazaar, then take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and then take a stroll through Kaleici.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Antalya trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Antalya takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Antalya, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Beaches

Kas

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Island of Kekova, explore the ancient world of Sunken City Ruins of Simena, then look for gifts at Young and Partners Carpet and Kilim, and finally kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Xanthos Antik Kenti, kick back and relax at Patara Plajı, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kas journey site.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Kas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), stop by Anadolu el Sanatlari, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Fethiye Kalesi, then take a stroll through Old Town, then contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye, and finally delve into the distant past at Ancient Rock Tombes.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kas to Oludeniz in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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.
On the 25th (Tue), examine the collection at Kapurcuk Kultur ve Gastronomi Evi, then stop by Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Icmeler Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmaris Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siteler Sirinyer Cami, browse the different shops at Grand Bazzar, then stop by Bar Street Marmaris, and finally step into the grandiose world of Marmaris Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Marmaris trip maker.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Marmaris in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Marmaris

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, then take a stroll through Karahayit, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, browse the different shops at Forum Camlik, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kapali Carsi and Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery. Explore Istanbul further: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take a stroll through Ortakoy, stop by Taksim Square, and don't miss a visit to Istiklal Caddesi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping