50 days in The Balkans Itinerary

50 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey vacation planner

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Bursa
— 5 nights
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Ayvalik
— 3 nights
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Bodrum City
— 9 nights
Drive
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Marmaris
— 9 nights
Drive
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Fethiye
— 5 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
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Faralya
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koycegiz
— 1 night
Drive
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Selimiye
— 4 nights
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Datca
— 4 nights
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Kusadasi
— 3 nights

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Bursa

— 5 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.
Step out of Bursa to go to Iznik and see 1. Murat Hamami, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami, stroll around Bursa Culture Park, appreciate the history behind Tombs of Osman and Orhan, and explore the ancient world of Iznik.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bursa road trip planning app.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are İstanbul Airport, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport and İstanbul Atatürk Airport. May in Bursa sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ayvalik.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Ayvalik

— 3 nights
Ayvalık is a seaside town on the northwestern Aegean coast of Turkey. Venture out of the city with trips to Bergama (Haci Hekim Hamami, The Asklepion, &more). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Devil's Feast, stroll through SarImsaklI PlajI, see the interesting displays at Taksiyarhis Cunda Ayvalik Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saatli Cami.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ayvalik trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bursa to Ayvalik in 3 hours. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May in Ayvalik, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Ayvalik

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bodrum City: Sevket Sabanci Kultur ve Sanat Merkezi (in Turgutreis) and Myndos (in Gumusluk). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront activity at Yalikavak Marina, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and look for gifts at Ocean Jewellery.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bodrum City journey planner.

Traveling by car from Ayvalik to Bodrum City takes 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ayvalik to Bodrum City. In May, daily temperatures in Bodrum City can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marmaris

— 9 nights
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.
Step out of Marmaris to go to Akyaka and see Azmak Kaya MezarlarI, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Pack the 31st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at AquaDream Water Park. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina, wander the streets of Bar Street Marmaris, kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach, and stroll through Marmaris Beach.

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Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Marmaris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bodrum City in May since evenings lows in Marmaris dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Fethiye

— 5 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Fethiye is known for nature, historic sites, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Oludeniz, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the verdant scenery at Butterfly Valley, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fethiye driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Fethiye takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, and then stop by Soap Lady Oludeniz.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz day trip website.

Oludeniz is very close to Fethiye. In June, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Faralya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Faralya

— 4 nights
When in Faralya, make a side trip to see Patara Plajı in Patara, approximately Patara away.

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

Faralya is just a short distance from Oludeniz. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel to Koycegiz.

Things to do in Faralya

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Koycegiz

— 1 night
Köyceğiz is a town and district of Muğla Province in the Aegean region of Turkey.The town of Köyceğiz lies at the northern end of a lake of the same name (Köyceğiz Lake) which is joined to the Mediterranean Sea by a natural channel called Dalyan Delta. To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Koycegiz route maker tool.

You can drive from Faralya to Koycegiz in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Koycegiz can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Selimiye.

Things to do in Koycegiz

Parks · Nature · Spas

Selimiye

— 4 nights
Spend the 15th (Tue) among aquatic life with J Diving Center, MSY OKYANUS JD.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Selimiye trip builder app.

Getting from Koycegiz to Selimiye by car takes about 2 hours. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Koycegiz in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Selimiye, with lows around 25°C. You will leave for Datca on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Selimiye

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Datca

— 4 nights
Datça is a district of Muğla Province in south-west Turkey, and the center town of the district. Get out of town with these interesting Datca side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Icmeler) and Palamutbuku (Palamutbükü Plajı & Akvaryum PlajI). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Knidos, make a trip to Can Yucel'in Evi, stroll through Ovabuku PlajI, and kick back and relax at HayItbuku PlajI.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Datca travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Selimiye to Datca by car takes about 1.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. When traveling from Selimiye in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Datca, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Datca

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kusadasi

— 3 nights
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Explore Kusadasi's surroundings by going to Selcuk (Ancient City of Ephesus & Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, stroll around Kusadasi Gazi Begendi Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kusadasi vacation planner.

You can drive from Datca to Kusadasi in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Kusadasi can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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