16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey vacation planner

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Kapali Carsi and Jennifer's Hamam. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the exhibits of Rumeli Fortress, take in the exciting artwork at Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip planning site.

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Cape Town in June, things will get a bit warmer in Istanbul: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Goreme National Park and Balloon Rides. Get a sense of the local culture at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Uchisar Castle. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley, admire the striking features of Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii, and see Off-Road Tours.

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You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in June since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 10th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, then admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi, and finally Head underground at Kaklik Cave.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale tour itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Pamukkale takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kizilkule and Prof. Dr. Turan Yazgan Hali ve Kilim Muzesi. Get a sense of the local culture at Sagalassos and Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami. Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Cirali Beach (in Cirali), Blue World Diving Center (in Tekirova) and Kleopatra Beach (in Alanya). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bucht Von Adrasan, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and walk around Olbia Park.

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You can drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June in Antalya, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
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.