22 days in The Balkans Itinerary

22 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Bursa
— 1 night
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Drive to Istanbul Airport, Fly to Adana Airport, Drive to Mersin
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Mersin
— 2 nights
Drive to Adana Airport, Fly to Antalya
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Antalya
— 3 nights
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Kas
— 3 nights
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Marmaris
— 3 nights
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Kusadasi
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Manisa
— 1 night
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Canakkale
— 2 nights
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Tekirdag
— 1 night
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Bursa

— 1 night
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Isabey CAMii, browse the eclectic array of goods at Koza Hani, and then admire the striking features of Ulu Cami. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yesil Camii, take in the spiritual surroundings of Emir Sultan Camii, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Somuncu Baba FIrInI ve Cilehanesi.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bursa tour itinerary maker tool.

Istanbul to Bursa is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. August in Bursa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mersin.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Mersin

— 2 nights
Mersin is a large city and a port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey. On the 17th (Tue), Head underground at Mirror Lake - Gilindir Cave. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Girls Castle, take in the waterfront activity at Mersin Marina, then admire the landmark architecture of Hz. Mikdat (Mugdat) Mosque, and finally take an in-depth tour of Mersin Arkeoloji Muzesi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mersin online trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bursa to Mersin. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bursa in August; daily highs in Mersin reach 41°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Mersin

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Side (Ancient Theater & Temple of Apollo) and Phaselis (in Tekirova). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Kaleici, see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Antalya travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mersin to Antalya. In August in Antalya, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Kas

— 3 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fethiye (Oludeniz, Mavi Magara, &more), Xanthos Antik Kenti (in Kalkan) and Oludeniz (Babadag, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, &more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Kas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Kas is a bit cooler than Antalya - with highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Kas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Iztuzu Beach 2 (in Dalyan) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Gocek). There's lots more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Marmaris Marina, step off the mainland to explore Sedir Island, look for gifts at Simons Diamonds, and kick back and relax at Marmaris Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Marmaris, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kas to Marmaris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Kusadasi

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Miletus, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dilek National Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a splash at Adaland, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaleici Camii, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Hacivat Shop.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kusadasi road trip planning site.

Drive from Marmaris to Kusadasi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Marmaris to Kusadasi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kusadasi when traveling from Marmaris in August, with lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Selcuk

— 3 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Step out of Selcuk to go to Germencik and see Magnesia Antik Kenti, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isa Bey Mosque, don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, and see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip planner.

Selcuk is very close to Kusadasi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Selcuk can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Manisa.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Manisa

— 1 night
Manisa is a large city in Turkey's Aegean Region and the administrative seat of Manisa Province.Modern Manisa is a booming center of industry and services, advantaged by its closeness to the international port city and the regional metropolitan center of İzmir and by its fertile hinterland rich in quantity and variety of agricultural production. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Aigai Ancient City, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Spil, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Camii ve Kulliyesi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Manisa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Manisa takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Selcuk in September: high temperatures in Manisa hover around 26°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Canakkale.

Things to do in Manisa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Canakkale

— 2 nights
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the history at Gallipoli National Park. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Hellas Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at Canakkale Sehitleri Aniti, then explore the different monuments and memorials at 57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli Battlefield.

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You can drive from Manisa to Canakkale in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Manisa in September, expect Canakkale to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tekirdag.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Tekirdag

— 1 night
Tekirdağ, is a city in Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Rakoczi Museum, examine the collection at Tekirdag Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rustem Pasha Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Orta Camii.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tekirdag trip maker tool.

Getting from Canakkale to Tekirdag by car takes about 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tekirdag

Museums · Historic Sites

Mersin (Icel) travel guide

3.8
Caves · Marinas · Beaches

Antalya Province travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Waterfalls
Once a land of ancient cities, Antalya Province lies along the Mediterranean coast and is now home to Turkey's largest international sea resort. Tour the narrow, cobbled streets and historical houses in the province's eponymous city, or pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Xanthos. Ancient cities and ruins scattered throughout the province give it its historical character. The 657 km (408 mi) long shoreline offers plenty of space to relax along its immaculate beaches and ports. Fill your holiday itinerary with a yacht tour, game of golf, rock climbing, and bird-watching.

Mugla Province travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Nightlife · Bodies of Water
Muğla Province boasts a handful of large holiday resorts, complete with fantastic beaches and a broad array of water sports in the pristine blue sea. Crisp, white buildings and traditional Greek- and Turkish-style wooden houses dot the rolling hills. Quaint streets and historical monuments are preserved in their original state, including the World Heritage Site of Letoon. The province's history dates back to 3000 BCE, so take the opportunity to explore its many ancient ruins and monuments.

Aydin Province travel guide

3.8
Beaches · Ruins · Water Parks
Surrounded by tall mountains and covered in fertile lands, Aydın Province enjoys what some call a perfect climate. This Mediterranean region has it all--from hot springs and rivers to its popular coastal tourist resorts. Thanks to the abundant production of figs, olives, and citrus trees, the local cuisine thrives; locals recommend the special Turkish pastries. A distinctive feature of regional culture is Zeybek folk art, which includes bird-like war dances to traditional instruments. Invigorate yourself with the Mediterranean pleasures this vacation spot has to offer.

Izmir Province travel guide

4.2
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.

Canakkale Province travel guide

4
Battlefields · Beaches · Monuments
Çanakkale Province straddles two continents, touching both Asia and Europe with its sandy shores. The province is home to many legends and abounds with historical and mythological tales. The harbors are crowded with colorful yachts and fishing boats, while quaint white plaster houses with terracotta-tiled roofs and portside cafes line the shores. Home to the archaeological site of Troy, the province was the site of the mythological Trojan War and exhibits the Trojan Horse from the 2004 movie. In the provincial capital city Çanakkale, narrow sloped streets lead to pastel-colored houses. The Mediterranean climate and seaside charm make this a good holiday retreat.