16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Agri
— 1 night
Drive to Erzurum International Airport, Fly to Adnan Menderes International Airport
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Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kusadasi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fethiye
— 4 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 2 nights
Fly

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Agri

— 1 night
Ağrı, formerly known as Karaköse from the early Turkish republican period until 1946, and before that as Karakilise, is the capital of Ağrı Province at the eastern end of Turkey, near the border with Iran.HistoryIn the Ottoman Empire era the area was called Karakilisa (قره‌کلیسا). For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Agri online journey maker.

Bingol to Agri is an approximately 5-hour car ride. Traveling from Bingol in September, expect nights in Agri to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Agri

Nature · Parks
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Izmir

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 6th (Sun), brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, then don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor, then take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, and finally take in the waterfront at Kordonboyu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), wander the streets of Kemeralti Market, then stop by Has Deri Leather Shop, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hisar Mosque.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Izmir attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Agri to Izmir. Traveling from Agri in September, things will get little chillier in Izmir: highs are around 26°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Selcuk

— 4 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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, take an in-depth tour of Turkish Bath Museum, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and look for gifts at Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Selcuk takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Izmir in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Selcuk: highs are around 36°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks

Kusadasi

— 2 nights
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
On the 12th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cool off at Adaland, and then don't miss a visit to Old Town Tanneries. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Ladies Beach, explore the historical opulence of Kusadasi Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaleici Camii, then explore the world behind art at Hacivat Shop, and finally explore the world behind art at Micro Miniature Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kusadasi trip planner.

Kusadasi is very close to Selcuk. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kusadasi when traveling from Selcuk in September, with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fethiye.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Fethiye

— 4 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fethiye: Kas (Kaputas Beach & Lions Tomb), Dalyan (Dalyan Spirit Gift&Speciality Shop, Iztuzu Beach 2, &more) and Babadag (in Oludeniz). There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Mavi Magara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Calis Beach, and explore the stunning scenery at Saklikent Milli Parki.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Fethiye journey website.

Drive from Kusadasi to Fethiye in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kusadasi to Fethiye due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kusadasi in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Fethiye, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Ankara

— 2 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): examine the collection at Ulucanlar Prison Museum, examine the collection at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, then get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii). On the next day, see the interesting displays at 8 Hubb Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, then get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Ankara Castle.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ankara using our trip planner.

Fly from Fethiye to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Fethiye, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.

Aydin Province travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Ruins · Water Parks
Surrounded by tall mountains and covered in fertile lands, Aydın Province enjoys what some call a perfect climate. This Mediterranean region has it all--from hot springs and rivers to its popular coastal tourist resorts. Thanks to the abundant production of figs, olives, and citrus trees, the local cuisine thrives; locals recommend the special Turkish pastries. A distinctive feature of regional culture is Zeybek folk art, which includes bird-like war dances to traditional instruments. Invigorate yourself with the Mediterranean pleasures this vacation spot has to offer.