30 days in The Balkans Itinerary

30 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 2 nights
Drive
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Safranbolu
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Ankara
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Aksaray
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Konya
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Izmir
— 3 nights
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Ankara
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take a stroll through Besiktas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Ecumenical Patriarchate, then contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Caferaga Medresesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Sakip Sabanci Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, then examine the collection at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Pera Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online attractions planner.

Zagreb, Croatia to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Zagreb to Istanbul. Traveling from Zagreb in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Safranbolu.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Safranbolu

— 2 nights
Safranbolu is a town and district of Karabük Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): go for a walk through Safranbolu Eski Carsi and then examine the collection at Kaymakamlar Muze. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tokatli Kanyonu, take in the views from Incekaya Su Kemeri, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koprulu Mehmet Pasa Camii, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Tarihi Demirciler Carsisi.

Make your Safranbolu itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Istanbul to Safranbolu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Istanbul in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 6°C in Safranbolu. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Safranbolu

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like DogramacIzade Ali Sami Pasa Camii and State Cemetery Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pink Pavilion and Pirinc Han. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Republic, stop by Mohair&Angora Flagship Store, admire the striking features of Maltepe Mosque, and see the interesting displays at Vakif Eserleri Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ankara online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Safranbolu to Ankara takes 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Ankara are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Aksaray.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping

Aksaray

— 2 nights
Aksaray is a city in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey and the capital district of Aksaray Province. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Selime Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilise Camii, and then steep yourself in history at Sivisli Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Aksaray Muzesi, buy something for everyone on your list at NoraCity AVM, then admire the striking features of Karamanoglu Ulu Camii, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Somuncu Baba Turbesi.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Aksaray tour planner.

You can drive from Ankara to Aksaray in 3 hours. When traveling from Ankara in April, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Aksaray: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Aksaray

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Explore hidden gems such as Red Valley and Love Valley. Get a sense of the local culture at Kaymakli and Goreme National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Gomeda Vadisi (in Mustafapasa) and Mazi Yeralti Sehri (in Urgup). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Zelve Open Air Museum, look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, and do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Goreme day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Aksaray to Goreme takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Konya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Konya

— 2 nights

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 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Serafettin Camii, then admire the striking features of Sahip Ata Muzesi ve Camii, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapu Camii, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Ataturk Aniti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amber Reis Camii, steep yourself in history at Hoca Hasan Camii, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ates Baz-i Veli Turbesi, then visit Konya Kultur Sokagi, and finally see the interesting displays at Konyanuma Panorama Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Konya holiday website.

You can drive from Goreme to Konya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Antalya

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate, stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Sandland. On your second day here, take a stroll through Ataturk Boulevard, then admire the landmark architecture of Yivli Minaret Mosque, and then browse the different shops at MarkAntalya.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Antalya trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Konya to Antalya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In April, Antalya is a bit warmer than Konya - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 13th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, learn about winemaking at Pamukkale Winery, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Pamukkale trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Antalya to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Selcuk

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, see the interesting displays at Camlik Locomotive Museum, then delve into the distant past at Magnesia Antik Kenti, and finally explore the ancient world of Fountain of Pollio. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Memmius Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally delve into the distant past at Trajan's Fountain.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Selcuk online route planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Selcuk are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Izmir.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Izmir

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center and Arkas Art Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sultan Camii ve Kulliyesi and Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Izmir: Mount Spil (in Manisa) and Urla Winery (in Urla). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Izmir Museum of Arts & Sculpture, see the interesting displays at Ataturk Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Polycarp Church, and stop by Has Deri Leather Shop.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Izmir trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Izmir in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Selcuk in April, expect nights in Izmir to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Ankara

— 2 nights

Heart of Turkey

Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ataturk House Museum, get engrossed in the history at II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi, and then learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at State Art and Sculpture Museum, examine the collection at Gokyay Chess Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Tacettin Sultan Cami, then contemplate the long history of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, and finally admire the striking features of Aslanhane Mosque.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ankara online trip planner.

You can fly from Izmir to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Izmir in April; daily highs in Ankara reach 14°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites

Istanbul

— 2 nights

Queen of Cities

Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then walk around Gulhane Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Little Hagia Sophia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and finally stop by Jennifer's Hamam.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip tool.

You can fly from Ankara to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ankara in April, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Izmir Province travel guide

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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.