26 days in The Balkans Itinerary

26 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey sightseeing planner

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Fly to Antalya, Bus to Alanya
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Alanya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antalya
— 1 night
Drive
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Marmaris
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bodrum City
— 7 nights
Drive
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Cesme
— 2 nights
Drive
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Izmir
— 1 night
Drive
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Eskisehir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bursa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly

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Alanya

— 2 nights
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Kleopatra Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Damlatas Caves, and then step into the grandiose world of Alanya Kalesi. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Hamaxia, then Head underground at Dim Cave, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dimcay, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Alanya road trip planning site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Alanya is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Alanya due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Antalya

— 1 night
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.
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You can drive from Alanya to Antalya in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Marmaris.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Marmaris

— 2 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 Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Gocek) and Iztuzu Beach 2 (in Dalyan). And it doesn't end there: go for a stroll along the water at Marmaris Marina, enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmaris Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Sedir Island.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Marmaris road trip tool.

You can drive from Antalya to Marmaris in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Antalya in July since evenings lows in Marmaris dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Bodrum City

— 7 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bodrum City: Didim (Temple of Apollo & Miletus), Datca (HayItbuku PlajI & Knidos) and Altinkum Beach (in Altinkum). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter, kick back and relax at Bitez Beach, see the interesting displays at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can drive from Marmaris to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Marmaris in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bodrum City, with lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Cesme.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cesme

— 2 nights
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the ancient world of Cesme Castle. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Gemici Winery, then kick back and relax at Ilica Plaji, and then head outdoors with Flyinn Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cesme trip website.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Cesme takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bodrum City in July: highs in Cesme hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Izmir

— 1 night

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.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Izmir journey maker website.

Drive from Cesme to Izmir in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Cesme to Izmir, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Izmir is slightly colder than Cesme - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Izmir

Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Eskisehir

— 2 nights
Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Luletasi Mehmet Bassav Kultur Sanat Evi, then get in on the family fun at Sazova Park, then walk around Eskisehir Science Arts and Culture Park, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Akvaryum Dunyasi. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Yilmaz Buyukersen Balmumu Heykeller Muzesi, examine the collection at Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi, admire the landmark architecture of Leaded Mosque - Eskisehir, then examine the collection at Tayfun Talipoglu Daktilo Muzesi, and finally stroll around Kent Park.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Eskisehir vacation tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Izmir to Eskisehir in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Izmir in July, you will find days in Eskisehir are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Bursa.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Bursa

— 2 nights
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.
On the 21st (Wed), hunt for treasures at Koza Hani, take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Tomb, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Isabey CAMii. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Golyazi, admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami, and then pause for some photo ops at Tombs of Osman and Orhan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bursa road trip website.

Drive from Eskisehir to Bursa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Eskisehir in July since evenings lows in Bursa dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Istanbul

— 6 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

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Traveling by car from Bursa to Istanbul takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. July in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

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.