16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Goreme, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stop by Beyoglu, soak in style at Turkish baths, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia.

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

Singapore, Singapore to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Istanbul, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Istanbul to be cooler, temps between 7°C and 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Spas · Baths · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Goreme, Turkey

— 3 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kaymakli Underground City as well as Turkiye Balloons. Get some cultural insight at Goreme Open-Air Museum and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Cappadocia Dowry Carpet.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Goreme travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -3°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and finally pause for some photo ops at Sultanahmet Square.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Istanbul tour itinerary planning website.

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in December, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Mostar.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 2 nights
Famed for its 16th-century bridge, Mostar boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Old Bridge (Stari Most) has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Biscevica Kuca (Biscevic House), learn about all things military at War Photo Exhibition, steep yourself in history at Kajtaz House, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Bazar Kujundziluk, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koskin-Mehmed Pasha's Mosque, and finally see the interesting displays at Bosnian National Monument Muslibegovic House.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mostar day trip app.

Getting from Istanbul to Mostar by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mostar, with highs around 13°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sarajevo.

Things to do in Mostar

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

— 4 nights

Jerusalem of Europe

Nearly destroyed by war during the 1990s, the riverside city of Sarajevo now serves as one of the region's major educational, cultural, and commercial hubs.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sebilj Brunnen (Fountain) and Andricgrad. Visit Bascarsija and Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Sarajevo for their historical value. Take a break from Sarajevo with a short trip to Olympic Center Jahorina in Jahorina, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Galerija 11/07/95, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katedrala Sarajevo, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferhadija Pedestrian Street, and contemplate the long history of Gazi Husrev Begova Medresa.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarajevo online day trip planner.

Getting from Mostar to Sarajevo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sarajevo

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from KIz Kulesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hagia Triada Church, and finally visit Ortakoy.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Sarajevo to Istanbul takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
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.