17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel planner

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Oludeniz
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Marmaris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 3 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kapali Carsi and Istiklal Caddesi. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate the long history of Serefiye Sarnici, stop by Jennifer's Hamam, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip itinerary planner.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lahore in May: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 1st (Tue), you'll travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.
On the 1st (Tue), admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls and then go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Carya Golf Club and then stop by Kaleici.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Antalya trip builder.

You can fly from Istanbul to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Antalya, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

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 4th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Sunken City Ruins of Simena, then head off the coast to Island of Kekova, then look for gifts at Young and Partners Carpet and Kilim, and finally stroll through Kaputas Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): make a trip to Lions Tomb, kick back and relax at Patara Plajı, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kas road trip planning website.

Drive from Antalya to Kas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Oludeniz

— 3 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Visiting Oludeniz PlajI and Babadag will get you outdoors. Explore Oludeniz's surroundings by going to Epoca Carpet (in Gocek) and Saklikent Milli Parki (in Fethiye). The adventure continues: hike along The Lycian Way, explore the fascinating underground world of Mavi Magara, explore the activities along Oludeniz, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oludeniz trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kas to Oludeniz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Marmaris

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Icmeler Beach and Marmaris Travel Center. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Iztuzu Beach 2 and Marmaris Beach. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery, take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina, and hike along Carian Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Marmaris online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Marmaris in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Marmaris sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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 12th (Sat): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and then stop by Taksim Square.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip app.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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