20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Izmir
— 5 nights
Drive
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Balikesir
— 6 nights
Drive
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Eskisehir
— 5 nights
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Drive to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Fly to Gazipaşa Airport, Drive to Anamur
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Anamur
— 1 night
Drive
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Kizkalesi
— 1 night
Drive
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Tarsus
— 1 night
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Izmir

— 5 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar and Forum Bornova. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Isa Bey Mosque and Camlik Locomotive Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Izmir: Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik) and Selcuk (Fountain of Pollio, Temple of Hadrian, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hisar Mosque, admire the striking features of Fatih Cinili Cami, hunt for treasures at Bostanli PazarI, and brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Izmir day trip planning tool.

Adana to Izmir is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Adana in July, with highs in Izmir at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Balikesir.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Balikesir

— 6 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Badavut Beach and Degirmenbogazi Tabiat Parki. Get some historical perspective at Zagnos Pasa Camii and Turnalar Koyu Cami. Change things up with these side-trips from Balikesir: Gure (Pinarbasi Piknik Alani & Kazdagi Muzesi), Anit Agac (in Akcay) and Suuçtu Şelalesi (in Mustafakemalpasa). Spend the 31st (Fri) exploring nature at Kuscenneti Milli Parki.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Balikesir itinerary builder app.

Drive from Izmir to Balikesir in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in July, with highs in Balikesir at 37°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Balikesir

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Eskisehir

— 5 nights
Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Afyon Mevlevihanesi and Imaret Camii. Step off the beaten path and head to Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi and Eskisehir Science Arts and Culture Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Eskisehir: Bilecik (Dursun FakIh Turbesi, Tomb of Ertuğrul Gazi, &more) and Afyonkarahisar Kultur ve Sanat Evi (in Afyonkarahisar). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Leaded Mosque - Eskisehir, don't miss a visit to Odunpazari Evleri, take an in-depth tour of Eskisehir Kurtulus Muzesi, and examine the collection at Ahsap Eserler Muzesi.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Eskisehir planner.

You can drive from Balikesir to Eskisehir in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Balikesir in July since evenings lows in Eskisehir dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Anamur.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Anamur

— 1 night
Anamur is a town and district of the province of Mersin, on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey, between Antalya and the city of Mersin.Anamur is Anatolia's southernmost point, a coastal resort famous for its bananas and peanuts.EtymologyAnamur has mutated from the Ancient Greek "Anemourion", Latinized as "Anemurium", meaning "windmill". On the 6th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Anemurium, then explore the ancient world of Titiopolis Antique City, and then step into the grandiose world of Mamure Kalesi.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Anamur journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Eskisehir to Anamur. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kizkalesi.

Things to do in Anamur

Historic Sites

Kizkalesi

— 1 night
Kızkalesi is a town in Mersin Province, Turkey. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Adamkayalar, kick back and relax at Yaprakli Koyu, then explore the fascinating underground world of Astim Cave, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Caves of Heaven and Hell.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kizkalesi trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Anamur to Kizkalesi takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tarsus.

Things to do in Kizkalesi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Tarsus

— 1 night
Tarsus is a historic city in south-central Turkey, 20 km inland from the Mediterranean. On the 8th (Sat), examine the collection at Nusret Minelayer Museum, then Head underground at Taskuyu Cave, and then make a trip to Makam-i Danyal Camii (Tomb of Daniel).

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tarsus attractions planner.

You can drive from Kizkalesi to Tarsus in 1.5 hours. August in Tarsus sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Tarsus

Nature · Parks · Museums

Mersin (Icel) travel guide

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Caves · Marinas · Beaches