38 days in The Balkans Itinerary

38 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Antalya
— 2 nights
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Manavgat
— 1 night
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Konya
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 1 day
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Egirdir
— 1 night
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Cirali
— 1 night
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Olympos
— 1 night
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Demre (Kale)
— 1 night
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Kekova
— 1 night
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Kas
— 2 nights
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Kalkan
— 1 night
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Didim
— 1 night
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Selcuk
— 1 night
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Cesme
— 1 night
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Izmir
— 1 night
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Bergama
— 1 night
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Canakkale
— 2 nights
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Gallipoli
— 2 nights
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Bandirma
— 2 nights
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Bursa
— 2 nights
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Eskisehir
— 2 nights
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Iznik
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Yivli Minaret Mosque, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mermerli Beach, then see some colorful creatures with Deep Walker Diving Resort, and finally wander the streets of Ataturk Boulevard.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip builder site.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiport is Antalya International Airport. In June, daytime highs in Antalya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Manavgat.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Manavgat

— 1 night
Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mrk. Kulliye Cami, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manavgat Mosque, surround yourself with nature on Active Nature Tours, then explore the ancient world of Devlet Agorasi, and finally make a trip to Bizans Hastanesi.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Manavgat online travel route planner.

Getting from Antalya to Manavgat by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Konya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amber Reis Camii, contemplate the long history of Hoca Hasan Camii, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapu Camii, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Serafettin Camii. On your second day here, get out on two wheels at Kent Ormani, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ates Baz-i Veli Turbesi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sahip Ata Muzesi ve Camii, then get engrossed in the history at Konyanuma Panorama Museum, and finally visit Konya Kultur Sokagi.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Konya tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Manavgat to Konya by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Manavgat in June, with highs in Konya at 31°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Zelve Open Air Museum and Soganli Valley. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Love Valley and Zemi Valley. And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley, admire the masterpieces at Guray Museum, make a trip to Bezirhane Pottery, and head off-road at local off-road trails.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Goreme day trip site.

Getting from Konya to Goreme by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Pamukkale

— 1 day

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 3rd (Sat), push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

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You can fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Egirdir.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Egirdir

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aya Stefanos Kilisesi, explore the historical opulence of Egirdir Kalesi, then head outdoors with Kovada National Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hizirbey Camii, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dundarbey Medresesi 1281.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Egirdir itinerary site.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Egirdir in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cirali.

Things to do in Egirdir

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Cirali

— 1 night
A charming holiday destination, Cirali offers natural beaches and the iconic Flame of Chimera.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Cirali Beach, then cast your line with Ulupinar Fishing And Picnic, and then explore the striking landscape at Chimaera.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Cirali fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Egirdir to Cirali takes 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cirali can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Olympos.

Things to do in Cirali

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Olympos

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Olympos Archeological Site, kick back and relax at Bucht Von Adrasan, and then see some colorful creatures with Olympos Diving Center.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympos road trip site.

Olympos is very close to Cirali. In July, daytime highs in Olympos are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Demre (Kale).

Things to do in Olympos

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Demre (Kale)

— 1 night
On the 7th (Wed), take a tour by water with Demre Tours - Day Tours, then don't miss a visit to Andriake Ancient City, and then stroll through Tasdibi Plaji.

To find out how to plan a trip to Demre (Kale), use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Olympos to Demre (Kale) in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Demre (Kale) can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Kekova.

Things to do in Demre (Kale)

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Kekova

— 1 night
Kekova, also named Caravola, is a small Turkish island near Demre district of Antalya province which faces the villages of Kaleköy and Üçağız . Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Tersane Koyu and then discover the deep blue sea with Kekova Diving.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kekova holiday site.

Traveling by car from Demre (Kale) to Kekova takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Kas.

Things to do in Kekova

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Kas

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb, explore the ancient world of Aperlai Ancient City, take in the dramatic scenery at Gombe Yaylasi, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cinarlar Plaji, and finally stroll through Narr Beach. Keep things going the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Kas Marina, enjoy the sand and surf at Kas Belediyesi Halk PlajI, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally look for gifts at LikyaArt.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Kas trip planner.

Kas is just a stone's throw from Kekova. July in Kas sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Kalkan.

Things to do in Kas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Adventure

Kalkan

— 1 night
Little more than a quaint fishing village until the 1920s, in the last few decades Kalkan has managed to grow into an upscale vacation destination without succumbing to the pitfalls of mass tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at Patara Wellness Turkish Bath, explore the ancient world of Arch of Triumph, then head outdoors with Yali Beach Club, and finally kick back and relax at Kalkan Halk PlajI.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kalkan day trip planner.

Drive from Kas to Kalkan in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Didim.

Things to do in Kalkan

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Didim

— 1 night
Didim is a small town, popular seaside holiday resort, and district of Aydın Province on the Aegean coast of western Turkey, 123km from the provincial capital city of Aydın. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): cast your line with Aegean Blue Cruise, then admire the masterpieces at Cafe Olive, then explore the ancient world of Miletus, and finally find something for the whole family at Didim Aquapark.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Didim trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kalkan to Didim in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Kalkan in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 28°C in Didim. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Didim

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Selcuk

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stop by Ottoman Textiles, delve into the distant past at Memmius Monument, delve into the distant past at Fountain of Pollio, then delve into the distant past at Brothel, and finally admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Selcuk trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Didim to Selcuk in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Selcuk sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Cesme.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping

Cesme

— 1 night
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
On the 14th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ayios Haralambos Church, then get outside with Dharma Beach Club, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cesme trip builder website.

Getting from Selcuk to Cesme by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Traveling from Selcuk to Cesme, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Selcuk in July, you will find days in Cesme are slightly colder (36°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). You'll set off for Izmir on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque and then examine the collection at Ataturk Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Turkish Riviera / Turquoise Coast, learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fatih Cinili Cami.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Izmir trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Cesme to Izmir in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Cesme to Izmir, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cesme in July, with highs in Izmir at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bergama.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Bergama

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Haci Hekim Hamami, delve into the distant past at Pergamon Antik Kenti, then examine the collection at Izmir Bergama Museum, and finally stop by Sen Naoe Hand Woven Textiles.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bergama trip builder site.

Drive from Izmir to Bergama in 2 hours. Traveling from Izmir in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Bergama: highs are around 38°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Canakkale.

Things to do in Bergama

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Canakkale

— 2 nights
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
On the 18th (Sun), learn about all things military at Military Marine Museum, step into the grandiose world of Bigali Kalesi, then stroll the grounds of Akbas Sehitligi, then appreciate the history behind Seyit Onbasi Monument, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namazgah Tabyalari. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Saat Kulesi, stroll the grounds of SoganlIdere Sehitligi, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kabatepe Kumsali, and finally pause for some photo ops at Conkbayiri Anitlari.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Canakkale online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Bergama to Canakkale takes 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Canakkale are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Gallipoli

— 2 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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): kick back and relax at Sarkoy Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at BayraklI Baba Turbesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Azaplar Camii, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Kabatepe Orman Camp, pause for some photo ops at Eceabat Tarihe SaygI Aniti, learn about all things military at Gallipoli Battle Museum, then appreciate the history behind Respect for History Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Piri Reis Muzesi.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gallipoli trip planner.

Traveling by car from Canakkale to Gallipoli takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Gallipoli can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Bandirma.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Bandirma

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kuscenneti Milli Parki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Kyzikos, make a trip to Kirazli Manastiri, and then examine the collection at Archeological Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bandirma, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Gallipoli to Bandirma in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bandirma can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Bandirma

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Bursa

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somuncu Baba FIrInI ve Cilehanesi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osmangazi Orhangazi Turbesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Muradiye Mosque. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isabey CAMii, admire the landmark architecture of Yildirim Bayezit Mosque (Yildirim Bayezit Camii), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yesil Camii, then admire the landmark architecture of Orhan Gazi Mosque (Orhan Camii), and finally take an in-depth tour of Ordekli Culture and Art Center.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bursa trip planner.

Getting from Bandirma to Bursa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Bursa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Eskisehir

— 2 nights
Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): walk around Dede Korkut Parki, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dursun FakIh Turbesi, then make a trip to Tomb of Ertuğrul Gazi, and finally explore the ancient world of Daglik Frigya Yazilikaya Vadisi. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at TCDD Eskisehir Muzesi, examine the collection at Kazan Tatarlari Muze Evi, get engrossed in the history at Yesil Efendi KonagI, then see the interesting displays at Tayfun Talipoglu Daktilo Muzesi, and finally see the interesting displays at Ahsap Eserler Muzesi.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Eskisehir holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Bursa to Eskisehir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Eskisehir, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Iznik.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Iznik

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Eriklitepe Tabiat Parki. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of CandarlI Ibrahim Pasa Turbesi, admire the landmark architecture of Suleyman Pasha Madrasah, admire the landmark architecture of 1. Murat Hamami, then don't miss a visit to Nicaea, and finally look for gifts at Iznik Vakfi Atolyeleri.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Iznik day trip app.

Drive from Eskisehir to Iznik in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Istanbul.

Things to do in Iznik

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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.
Fatih Mosque and Complex and Kilic Ali Pasa Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Deepist Diving & Travel and Ibb Halic Nedim Parki will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi, admire the striking features of Serefiye Sarnici, stroll the grounds of Ahmet Tevfik Pasa MezarI, and steep yourself in history at Dolmabahçe Mosque.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Istanbul vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Iznik to Istanbul in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Istanbul when traveling from Iznik in July, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Antalya Province travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Waterfalls
Once a land of ancient cities, Antalya Province lies along the Mediterranean coast and is now home to Turkey's largest international sea resort. Tour the narrow, cobbled streets and historical houses in the province's eponymous city, or pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Xanthos. Ancient cities and ruins scattered throughout the province give it its historical character. The 657 km (408 mi) long shoreline offers plenty of space to relax along its immaculate beaches and ports. Fill your holiday itinerary with a yacht tour, game of golf, rock climbing, and bird-watching.

Konya Province travel guide

4.1
History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks
Konya Province showcases the largest and best-preserved Neolithic settlement of Çatalhöyük, an excavation area and World Heritage Site. The city of Konya is burial place of the 13th-century Persian Sufi mystic poet Rumi; visitors to the mausoleum can explore the museum dedicated to him, easily recognized by its tall ornate spires and turquoise conical dome. As a more religiously conservative metropolis of Turkey, the city is also home to the Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes, founded by Rumi's followers. Rich in culture, the city has also thrived on its export of expensive, richly patterned Turkish carpets since the Renaissance.

Izmir Province travel guide

4.1
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.