17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Kas
— 1 night
Drive
4
Oludeniz
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marmaris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
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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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul day trip planning tool.

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. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lahore in May: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. You will leave for Antalya on the 1st (Tue).

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Antalya

— 3 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.
For shopping fun, head to Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery or Balon Park. Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Side (Temple of Apollo & Q Spa & Wellness) and Alanya (Kleopatra Beach & Kedi Evi). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Kaleici, see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Antalya takes 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Baths

Side Trips

Kas

— 1 night
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 5th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then relax and rejuvenate at The Field for Yoga Therapies Nature By Beste Sabir, and then kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kas journey planner.

Getting from Antalya to Kas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kas are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 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 · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Oludeniz PlajI and Patara Plajı. Step out of Oludeniz with an excursion to Saklikent Milli Parki in Fethiye--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Lycian Way, stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, and explore the activities along Oludeniz.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Oludeniz online day trip planner.

You can drive from Kas to Oludeniz in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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.
Do your shopping at Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery and Turunc Pazari. Visit Icmeler Beach and Marmaris Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Marmaris to go to Dalyan and see Iztuzu Beach 2, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: slough off your stress at Turkish baths, take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina, take an exotic tour of Marmaris Travel Center, and explore the historical opulence of Marmaris Museum.

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Getting from Oludeniz to Marmaris by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

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.
On the 12th (Sat), get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip planner.

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

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, browse the exhibits of Galata Tower, then admire the striking features of Rustem Pasha Mosque, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 14th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Baths · Spas