18 days in The Balkans Itinerary

18 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Antalya
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fethiye
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 day
Drive
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Bodrum City
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Konya
— 1 day
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
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Antalya

— 4 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 Ataturk House & Museum and Antalya Toy Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum) and Temple of Apollo. Change things up with a short trip to Side Antik Kenti in Side (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, wander the streets of Ataturk Boulevard, visit Kaleici, and buy something for everyone on your list at TerraCity.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Antalya is an approximately 17.5-hour travel. You can also fly. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to Antalya due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Karachi in October: high temperatures in Antalya hover around 31°C and lows are around 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Fethiye.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Fethiye

— 3 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Town and Boat Tours & Water Sports. We've included these beaches for you: Calis Beach and Oludeniz PlajI. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, step into the grandiose world of Fethiye Kalesi, and hike along The Lycian Way.

Before you visit Fethiye, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Antalya to Fethiye in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. October in Fethiye sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Pamukkale.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then stop by Babadaglilar Ishani.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale travel route planner.

You can drive from Fethiye to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Bodrum City

— 3 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Myndos Gate, examine the collection at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, then see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Barakuda Bodrum.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Bodrum City driving holiday site.

Drive from Pamukkale to Bodrum City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bodrum City can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Visit Hagia Sophia and KIz Kulesi for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Topkapi Palace and Yeni Camii. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Halic, wander the streets of Ortakoy, and see the interesting displays at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip planning site.

You can travel from Bodrum City to Istanbul in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bodrum City in October, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Konya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Konya

— 1 day

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi, get engrossed in the history at Konyanuma Panorama Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Konya trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Konya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in October, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Konya: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums

Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Konya to Istanbul by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Konya in October, you will find days in Istanbul are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping