47 days in The Balkans Itinerary

47 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Istanbul
— 7 nights
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Pamukkale
— 6 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 7 nights
Drive
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Izmir
— 5 nights
Drive
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Canakkale
— 6 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 6 nights
Drive
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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 7 nights
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Istanbul

— 7 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul journey builder website.

Singapore, Singapore to Istanbul is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Singapore to Istanbul. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Singapore in June: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Pamukkale

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Pamukkale: Kibyra Antik Kenti (in Golhisar), Denizli (Yazir Camii & Tripolis Antik Kenti) and Tasyaran Vadisi Tabiat Parki (in Usak). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, and explore the ancient world of Aphrodisias.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Selcuk

— 7 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Selcuk: Aydin (Tralles Ruins, KocarlI Cihanoglu Kulliyesi, &more) and Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, look for gifts at Sultan Carpet and Kilim, cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Izmir

— 5 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Izmir side-trips: Didim (Aegean Blue Cruise & Temple of Apollo) and Kusadasi (Ladies Beach, Kaleici Camii, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at KEY Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Jonh, view the masterpieces at Arkas Art Center, and stop by Alsancak.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Izmir trip planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Izmir takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Selcuk in June: highs in Izmir hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Canakkale.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Canakkale

— 6 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: Athena Temple (in Assos), Eceabat (Mehmet Cavus Aniti, Canakkale Sehitleri Aniti, &more) and Gallipoli (Anzac Cove, Hellas Memorial, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Conk Bayiri Mehmetcik Park Aniti Kemalyeri Yaziti, brush up on your military savvy at Military Marine Museum, take an in-depth tour of Troya Muzesi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namazgah Tabyalari.

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You can drive from Izmir to Canakkale in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in July: high temperatures in Canakkale hover around 37°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Ankara.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Ankara

— 6 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, examine the collection at Altindag Belediyesi Sair ve Yazarlar Evi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at DogramacIzade Ali Sami Pasa Camii, and pause for some serene contemplation at Tacettin Sultan Cami.

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You can fly from Canakkale to Ankara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Canakkale in July, you will find days in Ankara are slightly colder (31°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (30°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
On the 16th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Selime Monastery, then admire the verdant scenery at Ihlara Valley, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koc Church. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Red Church, then contemplate the long history of Sivisli Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilise Camii, and finally contemplate the long history of Guzelyurt Valley Monastery.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Guzelyurt tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Ankara to Guzelyurt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 7 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.
Explore Goreme's surroundings by going to Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Kaymakli Underground City, &more). There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, see Off-Road Tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Goreme trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Guzelyurt to Goreme takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
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.