33 days in The Balkans Itinerary

33 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip itinerary maker

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 9 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bodrum City
— 9 nights
Drive
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Marmaris
— 1 night
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kas
— 4 nights
Drive
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Antalya
— 2 nights

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Istanbul

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, and take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul visit planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 9 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Devrent Valley, Red Valley, Pasabag, and other attractions you added. There's much more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, see Off-Road Tours, stop by Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme road trip planning tool.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 49°F. You'll set off for Pamukkale on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Cleopatra Pools has been added to your itinerary.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 12th (Thu), you're off to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Bodrum City

— 9 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ancient City of Ephesus as well as Orak Adasi. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castle of St. Peter, see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, brush up on your military savvy at Bodrum Maritime Museum, and explore the activities along Bardakci Cove.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Bodrum City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Bodrum City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Marmaris

— 1 night
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): head off the coast to Sedir Island.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Marmaris online trip planner.

You can drive from Bodrum City to Marmaris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bodrum City in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Marmaris, with lows around 57°F. On the 22nd (Sun), you're off to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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 around Oludeniz. Here are some ideas for day two: push the limits with an extreme tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI.

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

Drive from Marmaris to Oludeniz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Kas

— 4 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Scuba & Snorkeling, Rock tombs in Myra, Church of St. Nicholas, and other attractions.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kas road trip planning app.

Drive from Oludeniz to Kas in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Kas sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

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.
Koprulu Kanyon Milli Parki has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi and then explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Koprulu Kanyon Milli Parki.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Antalya holiday builder site.

You can drive from Kas to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 60°F.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.

Bodrum District travel guide

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Beaches · Nightlife · Castles
St.-Tropez of Turkey
Elegant Bodrum is a district and port city, watched over by its 15th-century seaside castle and is home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Formerly a simple fishing village, the town flourished after writer Kabaağaçlı put the city on the map: exiled here in 1925, he adopted the pen name, "The Fisherman of Halicarnassus"--an allusion to the city's name in aniquity. Today this seaside vacation spot charms visitors with a glittering marina, flower-filled cafes, palm-lined promenades, and a host of seafood restaurants. The serene simplicity that caught Kabaağaçlı's eye has since attracted other artists, giving Bodrum a sophistication that sets it apart from other coastal towns.