20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

20 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip itinerary planner

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Istanbul
— 8 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Antalya
— 3 nights
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Fethiye
— 4 nights
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Istanbul
— 1 night
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Istanbul

— 8 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kinaliada, Miniaturk, Valens Aqueduct, and other attractions you added. Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Cami will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate the long history of Eyüp Sultan Mosque, get a taste of the local shopping with Istiklal Caddesi, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ataturk & Children.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip website.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Karachi, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kaymakli Underground City, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and then admire the striking features of Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme vacation site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in June since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 15°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Lara Beach has been added to your itinerary. Attractions like Kaleici and Lower Duden Waterfalls make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Antalya side-trips: Hip-Notics Cable Ski (in Cakis) and Temple of Apollo (in Side). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Antalya Aquarium, look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Antalya online journey planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Antalya: highs are around 36°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Fethiye.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Neighborhoods · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Fethiye

— 4 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Bring the kids along to Oludeniz PlajI and Iztuzu Beach 2. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fethiye: Kas (Tugra Art Gallery, Kaputas Beach, &more), Babadag (in Oludeniz) and Dalyan Spirit Gift&Speciality Shop (in Dalyan). There's still lots to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, appreciate the views at Butterfly Valley, take in the dramatic scenery at Gizlikent Selalesi, and enjoy the sand and surf at Calis Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fethiye day trip website.

Traveling by bus from Antalya to Fethiye takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Fethiye are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 1 night

Queen of Cities

Your day by day itinerary now includes Kinaliada, Miniaturk, Valens Aqueduct, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at KadIkoy Osman Aga Mosque, step off the mainland to explore Kinaliada, explore the galleries of FIRCA El Sanatlari Merkezi Seramik, don't miss a visit to Sultanahmet Square, then delve into the distant past at Valens Aqueduct, and finally pause for some photo ops at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Aniti. Here are some ideas for day two: visit Ortakoy and then don't miss a visit to Miniaturk.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, read our Istanbul visit app.

You can fly from Fethiye to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Fethiye in June, plan for slightly colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.