31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

31 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Bursa
— 4 nights
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Ayvalik
— 2 nights
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Cunda Island
— 1 night
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Balikesir
— 3 nights
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Uludag National Park
— 1 night
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Yalova
— 3 nights
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Sapanca
— 6 nights
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Istanbul
— 10 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.
Koza Hani and Mudanya Armistice House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Green Tomb and Bursa City Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Mosque, appreciate the history behind Tombs of Osman and Orhan, and admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami.

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Doha, Qatar to Bursa is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Doha in August, expect nights in Bursa to be slightly colder, around 24°C, while days are much colder, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ayvalik.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Ayvalik

— 2 nights
Ayvalık is a seaside town on the northwestern Aegean coast of Turkey. On the 6th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Taksiyarhis Kilisesi and then examine the collection at Taksiyarhis Cunda Ayvalik Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Kazdagi Muzesi and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Devil's Feast.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ayvalik trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Bursa to Ayvalik in 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bursa to Ayvalik. In August, daily temperatures in Ayvalik can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cunda Island.

Things to do in Ayvalik

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Cunda Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cunda Kesebir Beach and then get your bearings at Sevim & Necdet H. Kent Library.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Cunda Island attractions planner.

Cunda Island is very close to Ayvalik. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Balikesir.

Things to do in Cunda Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Balikesir

— 3 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kaz Mountains and Degirmenbogazi Tabiat Parki. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rahmi Koc Museum and BalIkesir National Forces Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Balikesir online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cunda Island to Balikesir takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cunda Island to Balikesir. Traveling from Cunda Island in August, Balikesir is slightly colder at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Uludag National Park.

Things to do in Balikesir

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Uludag National Park

— 1 night
On the 12th (Thu), fly down the slopes at Kardanadam and then fly down the slopes at Uludag Ski Resort.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Uludag National Park tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Balikesir to Uludag National Park in 3 hours. In August in Uludag National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yalova.

Things to do in Uludag National Park

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors

Yalova

— 3 nights
Yalova is a city located in northwestern Turkey, near the eastern coast of the Sea of Marmara. Get in touch with nature at Asaf Family Beach and Altinkemer Local Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Burgazada and Inonu Evi Muzesi. Venture out of the city with trips to Oksijen O3 AVM (in Dilovasi) and Alman Koyu (in Heybeliada).

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Traveling by car from Uludag National Park to Yalova takes 2.5 hours. In August in Yalova, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sapanca.

Things to do in Yalova

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Sapanca

— 6 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Abant Nature Park and Seka Park. Step out of the city life by going to Golcuk Tabiat Parki and Lake Golcuk. Venture out of the city with trips to Kuzuyayla Tabiat Parki (in Kartepe) and Kuzuluk Tabiat Parki (in Kuzuluk).

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sapanca vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Yalova to Sapanca takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yalova in August, plan for little chillier nights in Sapanca, with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Istanbul.

Things to do in Sapanca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 10 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Istanbul Toy Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Eminonu Square and Ortakoy. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, see the interesting displays at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary builder.

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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sapanca in August since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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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Yalova Province travel guide

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Historic Sites · Parks · Waterfalls
Yalova Province is a province in northwestern Turkey, on the eastern coast of the Sea of Marmara. Its adjacent provinces are Bursa to the south and Kocaeli to the east. The provincial capital is the city of Yalova. The population of the Yalova Province was 203,741 in 2010. Prior to 1930, the area around Yalova constituted a district of Kocaeli Province; from 1930 to 1995, it was made part of Istanbul Province; in 1995, the area was separated and made into the current Yalova Province.DistrictsYalova Province is divided into 6 districts: Altınova Armutlu Çiftlikköy Çınarcık Termal YalovaNotable natives Muharrem İnce - Politician Mehmet Okur - NBA basketball player Şebnem Ferah - Singer İzel (İzel Çeliköz) - Singer Dilara Yüzer - Actress

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