27 days in The Balkans Itinerary

27 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Drive to Kusadasi
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Kusadasi
— 2 nights
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Dikili
— 1 night
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Cunda Island
— 1 night
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Cesme
— 2 nights
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Urla
— 2 nights
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Bodrum City
— 1 night
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Dalaman
— 1 night
Drive to Dalaman International Airport, Fly to Kayseri
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Kayseri
— 3 nights
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Nevsehir
— 2 nights
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Konya
— 1 night
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Alanya
— 3 nights
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Kas
— 2 nights
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Fethiye
— 3 nights
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
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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.
Step out of Kusadasi to go to Selcuk and see Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, kick back and relax at Silver Sands Beach, cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and stroll through Ladies Beach.

Plan my day in Kusadasi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Baku, Azerbaijan to Kusadasi is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or take a bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. July in Kusadasi sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Dikili.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Dikili

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): admire the sheer force of Asiklar Selalesi and then explore the historical opulence of Candarli Kalesi.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dikili day trip tool.

Drive from Kusadasi to Dikili in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Dikili can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cunda Island.

Things to do in Dikili

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Cunda Island

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Devil's Feast.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cunda Island trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Dikili to Cunda Island takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Cunda Island can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cesme.

Things to do in Cunda Island

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cesme AltInkum Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Gemici Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Ilica Plaji, and then get in on the family fun at Aqua Toy City.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Cesme holiday planning website.

You can drive from Cunda Island to Cesme in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Urla.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Urla

— 2 nights
Urla is a town and the center of the district of the same name in İzmir Province, in Turkey. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Kostem Zeytinyagi Muzesi, look for all kinds of wild species at Serenad Dive Center, and then learn about winemaking at MMG Sarapcilik. On the next day, examine the collection at Ankara Universitesi Mustafa Koc Deniz Arkeoloji Muzesi and then kick back and relax at Boyabagi.

Start your trip to Urla by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Cesme to Urla in an hour. The time zone difference when traveling from Cesme to Urla is 1 hour. While traveling from Cesme, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Urla, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Urla

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bodrum City

— 1 night

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Castle of St. Peter, stop by Gallery Mustafa, then discover the deep blue sea with Aquapro Dive Center, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Avenue Bodrum.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bodrum City trip planner.

You can drive from Urla to Bodrum City in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Urla in August, you will find days in Bodrum City are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Dalaman.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Dalaman

— 1 night
Dalaman is a district, as well as the central town of that district, situated on the southwestern coast of Turkey, in the Muğla Province.Dalaman Stream (Dalaman çayı) forms much of the western border of the district, where its neighbors are Köyceğiz and Ortaca districts. On the 7th (Sat), kick back and relax at Sarigerme Public Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at Belediye Hamami.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dalaman day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Dalaman takes 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Bodrum City in August, with highs in Dalaman at 38°C and lows at 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Kayseri.

Things to do in Dalaman

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Baths

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Kayseri

— 3 nights
Kayseri is a large and industrialised city in Central Anatolia, Turkey. Kayseri is known for nature, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Soganli Valley.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kayseri online trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Dalaman to Kayseri with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dalaman in August since evenings lows in Kayseri dip to 15°C. You will leave for Nevsehir on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Kayseri

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Nevsehir

— 2 nights
Thousands of years of civilization are visibly present at Nevsehir, a major city in Cappaddocia famously graced with fairy chimneys, carved houses, churches, and frescoes.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Gore Harabeleri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki, then explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, and then don't miss a visit to Kaymakli Underground City.

Plan trip to Nevsehir with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Kayseri to Nevsehir takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kayseri in August since evenings lows in Nevsehir dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Konya.

Things to do in Nevsehir

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Konya

— 1 night

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get curious at Konya Science Center, take an in-depth tour of Mevlana Muzesi, steep yourself in history at Hoca Hasan Camii, then appreciate the history behind Ataturk Aniti, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amber Reis Camii.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Konya holiday maker website.

You can drive from Nevsehir to Konya in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Alanya.

Things to do in Konya

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Alanya

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Alanya side-trips: Side (Q Spa & Wellness & Temple of Apollo). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kleopatra Beach, walk around Kedi Evi, step into the grandiose world of Alanya Kalesi, and explore the fascinating underground world of Dim Cave.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Alanya road trip tool.

You can drive from Konya to Alanya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
On the 17th (Tue), head off the coast to Kekova Island, soothe aching muscles at The Field for Yoga Therapies Nature By Beste Sabir, and then kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Young and Partners Carpet and Kilim, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then go for a stroll along the water at Kalekoy Harbour.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kas travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Alanya to Kas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. August in Kas sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fethiye.

Things to do in Kas

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Fethiye

— 3 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fethiye: Dalyan (Iztuzu Beach 2 & Dalyan Spirit Gift&Speciality Shop) and Dalyan Nehri (in Marmaris). The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Calis Beach, stroll around Oludeniz, and step into the grandiose world of Fethiye Kalesi.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Fethiye itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Kas to Fethiye in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Oludeniz

— 2 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Oludeniz PlajI, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag and then walk around Kidrak Natural Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz online trip builder.

Oludeniz is just a stone's throw from Fethiye. In August, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Spas

Izmir Province travel guide

4.1
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.

Mugla Province travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Nightlife · Ruins
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.

Antalya Province travel guide

4.2
Ruins · Beaches · 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.