17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly
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Antalya
— 2 nights
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Cirali
— 1 night
Drive
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Kas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marmaris
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 4 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.
On the 29th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

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Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lahore in May, expect Istanbul to be cooler, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Get some cultural insight at Kaleici and Antalya Muzesi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antalya: Side (Temple of Apollo & Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum)). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Konyaalti Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, and stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Antalya trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect nights in Antalya to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Cirali.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Cirali

— 1 night
A charming holiday destination, Cirali offers natural beaches and the iconic Flame of Chimera.
For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cirali online itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Cirali takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll travel to Kas.

Things to do in Cirali

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · 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.
On the 2nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hidayet koyu, then explore the ancient world of Hellenistic Theatre, then view the masterpieces at Tugra Art Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Patara Antik Kenti, kick back and relax at Patara Plajı, and then explore the ancient world of Xanthos Antik Kenti.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cirali to Kas takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Kas can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, wander the streets of Old Town, then stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, then steep yourself in history at Downtown Fethiye, and finally explore the historical opulence of Fethiye Kalesi. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes, stroll through Oludeniz PlajI, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Oludeniz travel route planner.

You can drive from Kas to Oludeniz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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 6th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siteler Sirinyer Cami, stroll through Marmaris Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Marmaris Museum, and finally take a stroll through Bar Street Marmaris. On the next day, cool off at Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark, then look for gifts at Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Marmaris online route planner.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Marmaris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Marmaris

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
On the 8th (Tue), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take a stroll through Karahayit, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip planning app.

You can drive from Marmaris to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

Do your shopping at Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Caddesi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Taksim Square and Ortakoy. See some other sides of Istanbul: explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Istanbul online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for home on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks