6 days in Manisa Province, Balikesir Province & Canakkale Province Itinerary

6 days in Manisa Province, Balikesir Province & Canakkale Province Itinerary

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Salihli
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Ayvalik
— 1 night
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Bozcaada, Tenedos Island
— 1 night
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Canakkale
— 3 nights
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Salihli

— 1 day
On the 28th (Sat), take in breathtaking views at Adala Hermos Kanyonu and then contemplate the long history of Sardis (Sardes).

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Salihli holiday planning site.

Istanbul to Salihli is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Istanbul in August, expect nights in Salihli to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 42°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ayvalik.

Things to do in Salihli

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Ayvalik

— 1 night
Ayvalık is a seaside town on the northwestern Aegean coast of Turkey. On the 29th (Sun), kick back and relax at SarImsaklI PlajI, get to know the fascinating history of Devil's Feast, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Badavut Beach.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ayvalik tour planner.

Traveling by car from Salihli to Ayvalik takes 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Salihli in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ayvalik: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bozcaada.

Things to do in Ayvalik

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bozcaada, Tenedos Island

— 1 night
Tenedos or Bozcaada is an island of Turkey in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Ayazma Plaji, kick back and relax at Akvaryum Koyu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alaybey Camii, and finally head off the coast to Bozcaada.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Bozcaada trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ayvalik to Bozcaada by car takes about 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ayvalik to Bozcaada is 1 hour. In August in Bozcaada, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Canakkale.

Things to do in Bozcaada

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Canakkale

— 3 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: Assos (Athena Temple & Behramkale), Eceabat (Seyit Onbasi Monument, Gallipoli Battlefield, &more) and Gallipoli National Park (in Gallipoli). There's still lots to do: witness the site of a historic battle at Troy (Truva) and appreciate the history behind Canakkale Truva Heykeli.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Canakkale road trip planner.

Drive from Bozcaada to Canakkale in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Canakkale are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Manisa Province travel guide

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Ruins · Mountains · Shopping Malls
Manisa Province is a province in western Turkey. Its neighboring provinces are İzmir to the west, Aydın to the south, Denizli to the south east, Uşak to the east, Kütahya to the north east, and Balıkesir to the north. The seat of the province is the city of Manisa. Its provincial capital is the city of Manisa, the traffic code is 45.Sites of interestThe Mount Sipylus national park (Spil Dağı Milli Parkı) near the city of Manisa covers a richly forested area, hot springs, and the famous "crying rock" of Niobe, and a Hittite carving of the Goddess Cybele (Mother Goddess). The park boasts of having within its boundaries about 120 varieties of native plants, especially wild tulips. The park provides opportunities for mountaineering and camping.Sardis, in Salihli, was the ancient capital of Lydia, once ruled by King Croesus, who was renowned for his wealth. Due to numerous earthquakes, most of the visible remains date back only to Roman times. There are the remains of the temple of Artemis and a restored gymnasium, exhibiting of the past splendor of this ancient city. The splendid synagogue from the 3rd century is worth visiting, with its elaborate mosaics and artfully carved colored-stone panels.

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Balikesir Province travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Specialty Museums
Balıkesir Province is a province in midwestern Turkey, having coastlines on both the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean. Its adjacent provinces are Çanakkale to the west, İzmir to the southwest, Manisa to the south, Kütahya to the southeast, and Bursa to the east. The provincial capital is Balıkesir City. Most of the province lies in the Marmara Region except the southern parts of Bigadiç Edremit, Kepsut, İvrindi, Savaştepe and Sındırgı districts and ones of Ayvalık, Burhaniye, Dursunbey, Gömeç and Havran, that bound the Aegean Region.Kaz Dağı, known also as Mount Ida, is located in this province.Balıkesir province is famous for its olives, thermal spas, and clean beaches, making it an important tourist destination. The province also hosts immense deposits of kaolinite and borax, with some open-pit mines. The Kaz mountains are also threatened with the expansion of gold mining using cyanide which puts the villagers' lives, the agricultural economy, and tourism at risk.Sites of interestBalıkesir is home to a number of natural attractions, including Kuş Cenneti (bird sanctuary) National Park; the bays of Erdek, Bandırma, and Edremit; Ayvalık's coastal beaches; Şeytan Sofrası, Marmara Islands, Alibey (Cunda) Island; the Erdek and Gönen open-air museums; Pamukçu-Bengi, Balya Dağ, Hisar, Hisarköy (Asarköy), Karağaç (Uyuz), Kepekler hot springs, Dutluca Village mineral springs, and Zeytinli Ada hot springs and mineral water springs.

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Canakkale Province travel guide

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Beaches · Battlefields · Monuments
Çanakkale Province straddles two continents, touching both Asia and Europe with its sandy shores. The province is home to many legends and abounds with historical and mythological tales. The harbors are crowded with colorful yachts and fishing boats, while quaint white plaster houses with terracotta-tiled roofs and portside cafes line the shores. Home to the archaeological site of Troy, the province was the site of the mythological Trojan War and exhibits the Trojan Horse from the 2004 movie. In the provincial capital city Çanakkale, narrow sloped streets lead to pastel-colored houses. The Mediterranean climate and seaside charm make this a good holiday retreat.