42 days in The Balkans Itinerary

42 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Canakkale
— 9 nights
Fly
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Gaziantep
— 11 nights
Drive
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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 11 nights
Drive
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Kars
— 8 nights
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Canakkale

— 9 nights
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Canakkale: Eceabat (Canakkale Sehitleri Aniti, Mehmet Cavus Aniti, &more), Assos (Behramkale, Athena Temple, &more) and Gallipoli (Hellas Memorial, Gallipoli National Park, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Troy (Truva), learn about all things military at Canakkale Naval Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alaybey Camii, and explore the different monuments and memorials at SoganlIdere Sehitligi.

To find reviews and tourist information, refer to the Canakkale travel planner.

Istanbul to Canakkale is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in March, Canakkale is slightly colder at night with lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Gaziantep

— 11 nights
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gaziantep: Sanliurfa (Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, Balikligol, &more), Old Halfeti (in Halfeti) and Kahramanmaras (Kapicam Tabiat Parki, 1920 Kurtulus Muzesi, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Zeugma Mosaic Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Elmaci Pazari, explore the historical opulence of Rumkale, and admire the striking features of Seferpasa Konagi.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gaziantep online holiday planner.

Getting from Canakkale to Gaziantep by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Gaziantep can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): Head underground at Selime Monastery, appreciate the views at Ihlara Valley, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilise Camii. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Guzelyurt Valley Monastery, then steep yourself in history at Sivisli Church, then don't miss a visit to Yeraltı Şehri, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Red Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Guzelyurt travel route planner.

Drive from Gaziantep to Guzelyurt in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 11 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Derinkuyu (HakkI Atamutlu Kultur Parki, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, &more). And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip planner.

You can drive from Guzelyurt to Goreme in 1.5 hours. April in Goreme sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C at night. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kars.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kars

— 8 nights
Kars is a city in northeast Turkey and the capital of Kars Province.With a population of 73,836, it is the largest city on the Turkish side of the closed border with Armenia. Explore Kars' surroundings by going to Sarikamis (Katerina Av Kosku & Sarikamis Kayak Merkezi) and Ardahan (Seytan Kalesi & Lake Çıldır). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ani Antik Kenti, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Menucehr Camii, pause for some photo ops at Castle of Kars, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of Tigran Honents.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kars trip maker app.

Drive from Goreme to Kars in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Goreme in April, with highs in Kars at 15°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kars

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
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.