31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey sightseeing planner

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Bursa
— 4 nights
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Cunda Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edremit
— 3 nights
Drive
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Uludag National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Cumalikizik
— 1 night
Drive
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Iznik
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sapanca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 8 nights
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Bursa

— 4 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.
Bursa is known for shopping, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Ulu Cami, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yesil Camii, take an in-depth tour of Ordekli Culture and Art Center, and hunt for treasures at Koza Hani.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bursa trip planner.

Doha, Qatar to Bursa is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Expect colder weather when traveling from Doha in August: highs in Bursa hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cunda Island.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Cunda Island

— 3 nights
Cunda Island is known for beaches, nightlife, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Devil's Feast, see the interesting displays at Taksiyarhis Cunda Ayvalik Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ata Kayaliklari, and get advice or help at Sevim & Necdet H. Kent Library.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Cunda Island online journey builder.

You can drive from Bursa to Cunda Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August in Cunda Island, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Edremit.

Things to do in Cunda Island

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Edremit

— 3 nights
Edremit is a district in Balıkesir Province, Turkey, as well as the central city of that district, on the west coast of Turkey, not far from the Greek island of Lesbos.It is situated at the tip of the gulf with the same name (Gulf of Edremit), with its town centre a few kilometres inland, and is an important centre of trade, along with the other towns that are situated on the same gulf (namely Ayvalık, Gömeç, Burhaniye and Havran). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Edremit: Kaz Mountains (in Balikesir), Hasanboguldu Selalesi (in Zeytinli) and Kazdagi Muzesi (in Gure). There's much more to do: delve into the mystery of Zeus AltarI, get outside with Martin Lounge, and see the interesting displays at Ayse Sidika Erke Ethnography Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Edremit online travel planner.

Getting from Cunda Island to Edremit by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Cunda Island to Edremit, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Uludag National Park.

Things to do in Edremit

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uludag National Park

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Uludag Ski Resort and then hit the slopes at Kardanadam.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Uludag National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Edremit to Uludag National Park in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Cumalikizik.

Things to do in Uludag National Park

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors

Cumalikizik

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Cin Araligi and then see the interesting displays at Kupeli Ev.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cumalikizik trip maker website.

Getting from Uludag National Park to Cumalikizik by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Cumalikizik are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Iznik.

Things to do in Cumalikizik

Museums

Iznik

— 6 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Iznik side-trips: Yuruyen Kosk (in Yalova), Bilecik (Tomb of Ertuğrul Gazi & Dursun FakIh Turbesi) and Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik).

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Iznik trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Cumalikizik to Iznik takes an hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Iznik when traveling from Cumalikizik in August, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Sapanca.

Things to do in Iznik

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Sapanca

— 4 nights
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sapanca: Lake Abant Nature Park (in Bolu), Aksemsettin Turbesi (in Goynuk) and Kocaeli Bilim Merkezi (in Izmit). Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Uzuntarla Tabiat Parki.

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

Getting from Iznik to Sapanca by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Sapanca are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sapanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 8 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sapanca to Istanbul takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sapanca in August, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Bursa Province travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · Flea Markets
Mosques, bazaars, monuments, museums, parks, hot springs, and beaches are among the tourist attractions in the seaside holiday spot of Bursa Province. The capital of the Ottoman State between 1326 and 1365, the city of Bursa retains many impressive landmarks from the Ottoman period, including mausoleums of the sultans and edifices throughout the city. Chow down on famous Turkish dishes, including skender kebap, turkish delight, and candied marron glacés from a park bench among the city's many gardens, which give it its nickname, "Green Bursa." Outside the city, the popular ski resort of Mount Uludağ and the therapeutic thermal water in spas draw visitors to the province for health and relaxation.

Balikesir Province travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Balıkesir Province is a province in midwestern Turkey, having coastlines on both the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean. Its adjacent provinces are Çanakkale to the west, İzmir to the southwest, Manisa to the south, Kütahya to the southeast, and Bursa to the east. The provincial capital is Balıkesir City. Most of the province lies in the Marmara Region except the southern parts of Bigadiç Edremit, Kepsut, İvrindi, Savaştepe and Sındırgı districts and ones of Ayvalık, Burhaniye, Dursunbey, Gömeç and Havran, that bound the Aegean Region.Kaz Dağı, known also as Mount Ida, is located in this province.Balıkesir province is famous for its olives, thermal spas, and clean beaches, making it an important tourist destination. The province also hosts immense deposits of kaolinite and borax, with some open-pit mines. The Kaz mountains are also threatened with the expansion of gold mining using cyanide which puts the villagers' lives, the agricultural economy, and tourism at risk.Sites of interestBalıkesir is home to a number of natural attractions, including Kuş Cenneti (bird sanctuary) National Park; the bays of Erdek, Bandırma, and Edremit; Ayvalık's coastal beaches; Şeytan Sofrası, Marmara Islands, Alibey (Cunda) Island; the Erdek and Gönen open-air museums; Pamukçu-Bengi, Balya Dağ, Hisar, Hisarköy (Asarköy), Karağaç (Uyuz), Kepekler hot springs, Dutluca Village mineral springs, and Zeytinli Ada hot springs and mineral water springs.

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