26 days in The Balkans Itinerary

26 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly to Istanbul Airport, Drive to Edirne
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Edirne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
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Izmir
— 5 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 5 nights
Drive
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Konya
— 3 nights
Train
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Ankara
— 3 nights
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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. Explore Edirne's surroundings by going to Kirklareli (Istasyon Caddesi, Dupnisa Cave, &more) and Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) (in Uzunkopru). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Selimiye Mosque, contemplate the long history of Beyazit II Mosque Complex, take a stroll through Karaagac, and snap pictures at Meric River Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Edirne trip itinerary maker tool.

Baghdad, Iraq to Edirne is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

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Drive from Edirne to Istanbul in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Izmir.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

Izmir

— 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Izmir: Sirince Koyu (in Sirince), Kusadasi (Scuba & Snorkeling, Kusadasi Castle, &more) and Selcuk (Selcuk hamam, Ayasoluk Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: walk around Izmir Wild Life Park, make a trip to Tarihi Asansor, delve into the distant past at Agora Open Air Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Jonh.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Izmir visit site.

Getting from Istanbul to Izmir by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Istanbul in May, expect Izmir to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Antalya

— 5 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.
Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Side (Side Antik Kenti, Ancient Theater, &more), Hip-Notics Cable Ski (in Cakis) and Carya Golf Club (in Belek). There's still lots to do: stop by Kaleici, get a new perspective on things with Blue World Diving Center, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Antalya online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Antalya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Izmir in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Antalya: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Konya.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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: get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi, see the interesting displays at Konyanuma Panorama Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aziziye Cami, and admire the natural beauty at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Konya driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Antalya to Konya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Antalya in May: high temperatures in Konya hover around 26°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Ankara.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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, admire the landmark architecture of Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii), see the interesting displays at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi, and don't miss a visit to Musa aga camii.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ankara planner.

Getting from Konya to Ankara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Konya in May, plan for slightly colder days in Ankara, with highs around 21°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Konya Province travel guide

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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.