26 days in The Balkans Itinerary

26 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly to Antalya International Airport, Drive to Manavgat
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Manavgat
— 1 night
Bus
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Konya
— 3 nights
Train
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Ankara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antalya
— 3 nights
Fly

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Manavgat

— 1 night
Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Hip-Notics Cable Ski and then work off some steam at Q Spa & Wellness. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Temple of Apollo, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Theater, then admire the sheer force of Manavgat Waterfall, and finally take a tour by water with Scuba Turtle Diving.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Manavgat online tour itinerary planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to Manavgat is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Baghdad in May, you will find days in Manavgat are colder (30°C), and nights are a bit cooler (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Konya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Baths

Side Trip

Konya

— 3 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Konya is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Mevlana Muzesi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapu Camii, stroll around Türk Yıldızları Parkı, and see the interesting displays at Konyanuma Panorama Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Konya trip planner.

You can take a bus from Manavgat to Konya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, Konya is little chillier than Manavgat - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Ankara.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Ankara

— 3 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamamonu Restored Area, and don't miss a visit to Musa aga camii.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ankara trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by train from Konya to Ankara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Konya, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Edirne.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Edirne

— 3 nights
Edirne is a city in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Edirne is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eski Cami, steep yourself in history at Beyazit II Mosque Complex, and see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Edirne trip planner.

Fly from Ankara to Edirne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Selcuk.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Selcuk

— 4 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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, and look for gifts at Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk attractions planning tool.

Fly from Istanbul to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in May: highs in Selcuk hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Kas

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Castle of Simena, delve into the distant past at Sunken City Ruins of Simena, head off the coast to Island of Kekova, take in the exciting artwork at Tugra Art Gallery, then stop by Silver Harmoni, and finally don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at The Field for Yoga Therapies Nature By Beste Sabir, explore the ancient world of Hellenistic Theatre, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Patara Kum Tepesi.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kas trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Selcuk to Kas by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. May in Kas sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antalya: Kemer (Olbia Park & Kemer Cumhuriyet MeydanI) and Tekirova (Blue World Diving Center & Phaselis). The adventure continues: visit Kaleici, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, and explore the ancient world of Perge Ancient City.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Antalya travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kas to Antalya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Antalya are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · 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.

Konya Province travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks
Konya Province showcases the largest and best-preserved Neolithic settlement of Çatalhöyük, an excavation area and World Heritage Site. The city of Konya is burial place of the 13th-century Persian Sufi mystic poet Rumi; visitors to the mausoleum can explore the museum dedicated to him, easily recognized by its tall ornate spires and turquoise conical dome. As a more religiously conservative metropolis of Turkey, the city is also home to the Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes, founded by Rumi's followers. Rich in culture, the city has also thrived on its export of expensive, richly patterned Turkish carpets since the Renaissance.

Ankara Province travel guide

3.7
History Museums · Specialty Museums · Natural History Museums
The vast plains of Ankara Province are home to the nation's capital, the bustling city of Ankara. Ankara serves as the country's political and commercial center, largely because of its crucial historical position as a crossroads between Turkey's highway and railway networks. The province thrives on its famed Angora goats, cats, rabbits, wool, pears, honey, and Muscat grapes. Visitors have a wealth of things to do and see, including museums, parks, shopping, archaeological sites, mosques, and modern monuments. Amid the government buildings, opera houses, and concert halls, admire the small houses stacked along the hillsides, hiding stories of the bustling province's humble origins.

Edirne Province travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums · Bridges

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.