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

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

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Canakkale
— 2 nights
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Bozcaada, Tenedos Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ayvalik
— 1 night
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Salihli
— 1 night
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Canakkale

— 2 nights
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kilitbahir Castle and Assos Theatre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Canakkale Destani Tanitim Merkezi and 57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Canakkale: Eceabat (Eceabat Tarihe SaygI Aniti & Gallipoli Battle Museum) and Assos (Behramkale & Athena Temple). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namazgah Tabyalari, stroll the grounds of Akbas Sehitligi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kabatepe Kumsali.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Canakkale journey planning website.

Istanbul to Canakkale is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. August in Canakkale sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bozcaada.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Beaches · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bozcaada, Tenedos Island

— 2 nights
Tenedos or Bozcaada is an island of Turkey in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stroll through Akvaryum Koyu, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryem Ana Kilisesi, then examine the collection at Bozcaada Museum, then stop by Sarap Takilari, and finally kick back and relax at Mitos Plaji. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Bozcaada, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alaybey Camii, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beylik Koyu, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ayazma Plaji.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Bozcaada holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Canakkale to Bozcaada takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ayvalik.

Things to do in Bozcaada

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Ayvalik

— 1 night
Ayvalık is a seaside town on the northwestern Aegean coast of Turkey. On the 2nd (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get to know the fascinating history of Devil's Feast.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read Ayvalik tour planner.

You can drive from Bozcaada to Ayvalik in 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Salihli.

Things to do in Ayvalik

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Salihli

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Adala Hermos Kanyonu and then steep yourself in history at Sardis (Sardes).

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Salihli travel route planner.

Drive from Ayvalik to Salihli in 3 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ayvalik to Salihli due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ayvalik in September, expect nights in Salihli to be a bit cooler, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salihli

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.

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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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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