21 days in The Balkans Itinerary

21 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Kalkan
— 8 nights
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Bademli
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kusadasi
— 6 nights
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Kalkan

— 8 nights
Little more than a quaint fishing village until the 1920s, in the last few decades Kalkan has managed to grow into an upscale vacation destination without succumbing to the pitfalls of mass tourism.
Patara Antik Kenti and Castle of Simena will appeal to history buffs. Visit Kalamar Beach Club and Small Pebble Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Kalkan's surroundings by going to Kas (Kalekoy Harbour, Lions Tomb, &more), Sura Ancient City (in Demre (Kale)) and Island of Kekova (in Kekova). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, head outdoors with Yali Beach Club, kick back and relax at Kalkan Halk PlajI, and stop by Class Leather.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalkan road trip tool.

Istanbul to Kalkan is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Bademli.

Things to do in Kalkan

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Bademli

— 1 night
To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bademli trip planning site.

You can drive from Kalkan to Bademli in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In August in Bademli, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 18th (Tue), you're off to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bademli

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Pamukkale

— 5 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aphrodisias and Laodikeia. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mount Honaz National Park and Guney Selalesi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pamukkale: Philadelphia Siesean Kilisesi (in Alasehir), Aquamall AVM (in Denizli) and Sardis (Sardes) (in Salihli). There's much more to do: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, push the limits with an extreme tour, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale day trip planner.

You can drive from Bademli to Pamukkale in 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bademli to Pamukkale. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kusadasi

— 6 nights
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Miletus and Isa Bey Mosque. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Priene Antik Kenti and Heracles Gate. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Hacivat Shop, head outdoors with Cave Zeus, tour the pleasant surroundings at Silver Sands Beach, and kick back and relax at Pygela.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kusadasi trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Kusadasi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Pamukkale to Kusadasi, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips