32 days in The Balkans Itinerary

32 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey tour planner

Make it your trip
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tekirdag
— 1 night
Drive
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Gallipoli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ayvalik
— 1 night
Drive
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Izmir
— 1 night
Drive
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Aydin
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mugla
— 3 nights
Drive
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Antalya
— 12 nights
Fly to Adana Airport, Drive to Mersin
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Mersin
— 1 day
Drive to Adana Airport, Fly to Istanbul Airport

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Istanbul

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bosphorus Strait and Ibb Halic Nedim Parki. You'll explore and learn at Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Fortress. Spend the 2nd (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul journey site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Istanbul. In August, daytime highs in Istanbul are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tekirdag.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Tekirdag

— 1 night
Tekirdağ, is a city in Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque, see the interesting displays at Tekirdag Museum, then do a tasting at Barbare Vineyards, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orta Camii.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tekirdag trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Tekirdag takes 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in September: highs in Tekirdag hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Tekirdag

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Gallipoli

— 3 nights
The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Visit Gallipoli National Park and Anzac Cove for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Bolayir Plaji and Erikli Sahili. Explore Gallipoli's surroundings by going to Eceabat (Canakkale Destani Tanitim Merkezi, Gallipoli Battlefield, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Azaplar Camii and take an in-depth tour of Piri Reis Muzesi.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gallipoli holiday builder site.

You can drive from Tekirdag to Gallipoli in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daily temperatures in Gallipoli can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Ayvalik.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Ayvalik

— 1 night
Ayvalık is a seaside town on the northwestern Aegean coast of Turkey. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Taksiyarhis Cunda Ayvalik Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, get to know the fascinating history of Devil's Feast, and then kick back and relax at Badavut Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ayvalik trip planning site.

You can drive from Gallipoli to Ayvalik in 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gallipoli to Ayvalik. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Ayvalik

Beaches · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Izmir

— 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Agora Open Air Museum, then wander the streets of Kemeralti Market, then brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, and finally explore the galleries of Arkas Art Center.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Izmir road trip planner.

You can drive from Ayvalik to Izmir in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, Izmir is a bit cooler than Ayvalik - with highs of 26°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aydin.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Aydin

— 4 nights
Aydın, ancient Greek Tralles, is a city in and the seat of Aydın Province in Turkey's Aegean Region. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and Public Latrine. Get some cultural insight at Ephesus Museum and Temple of Hadrian. Get out of town with these interesting Aydin side-trips: Sirince Koyu (in Sirince) and Selcuk (Byzantine acquaducts, Grotto of the Seven Sleepers, &more). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Magnesia Antik Kenti and examine the collection at Yoruk Ali Efe Museum.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Aydin online holiday maker.

You can drive from Izmir to Aydin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in September: high temperatures in Aydin hover around 38°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mugla.

Things to do in Aydin

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mugla

— 3 nights
Muğla is a city in south-western Turkey. Get some cultural insight at Stratonikeia Ancient City and Lagina. Gallery Iz and Dibekli Han Kultur ve Sanat will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Mugla side-trips: Dalyan (Dalyan Cami & Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Akbuk Cove, steep yourself in history at Labranda Ruins, and explore the ancient world of Stratonikeia Antik Kenti.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mugla online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aydin to Mugla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Mugla

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Antalya

— 12 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.
Let the collections at Antalya Muzesi and Sandland capture your imagination. Temple of Apollo and Phaselis will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Side (Q Spa & Wellness, Vespasianus Aniti, &more), Diving Center Falcons (in Avsallar) and Kemer (Moon Light Parki & TahtalI Dagi). Spend the 25th (Fri) exploring nature at Gulluk Dagi (Termessos) Milli Parki. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Kaleici, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, look for all kinds of wild species at Chimaera, and delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Mugla to Antalya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mersin.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mersin

— 1 day
Mersin is a large city and a port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey. On the 29th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Girls Castle, see the interesting displays at Ataturk House Museum, and then examine the collection at Nusret Minelayer Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mersin holiday maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Antalya to Mersin. In September, daily temperatures in Mersin can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mersin

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Canakkale Province travel guide

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Battlefields · Beaches · Monuments
Çanakkale Province straddles two continents, touching both Asia and Europe with its sandy shores. The province is home to many legends and abounds with historical and mythological tales. The harbors are crowded with colorful yachts and fishing boats, while quaint white plaster houses with terracotta-tiled roofs and portside cafes line the shores. Home to the archaeological site of Troy, the province was the site of the mythological Trojan War and exhibits the Trojan Horse from the 2004 movie. In the provincial capital city Çanakkale, narrow sloped streets lead to pastel-colored houses. The Mediterranean climate and seaside charm make this a good holiday retreat.

Balikesir Province travel guide

3.8
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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Mersin (Icel) travel guide

3.8
Caves · Marinas · Beaches