9 days in The Balkans Itinerary

9 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Istanbul Airport, Drive to Bursa
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Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
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Izmir
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Patara
— 1 night
Drive
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Konya
— 1 night
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Fly
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly

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Bursa

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami, then see the interesting displays at Bursa City Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Green Tomb.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bursa trip website.

Lahore, Pakistan to Bursa is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Lahore in June: highs in Bursa hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Museums

Izmir

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center, then visit Kemeralti Market, then stop by Kizlaragasi Han Bazaar, and finally view the masterpieces at Arkas Art Center.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Izmir online visit planner.

Getting from Bursa to Izmir by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in June, things will get little chillier in Izmir: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Izmir

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip tool.

Drive from Izmir to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Patara.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Patara

— 1 night
On the 12th (Fri), look for gifts at Class Leather, kick back and relax at Patara Plajı, and then explore the ancient world of Patara Antik Kenti.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Patara road trip planning tool.

Getting from Pamukkale to Patara by car takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Konya.

Things to do in Patara

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Konya

— 1 night

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Aziziye Cami, stop by Konya Kultur Sokagi, then get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Konya trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Patara to Konya in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In June in Konya, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, get outside with Royal Balloon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, then do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, and finally stop by Alaturca Taner.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Goreme attractions planner.

Drive from Konya to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, then admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, then hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online route maker.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Goreme in June, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Antalya Province travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Waterfalls
Once a land of ancient cities, Antalya Province lies along the Mediterranean coast and is now home to Turkey's largest international sea resort. Tour the narrow, cobbled streets and historical houses in the province's eponymous city, or pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Xanthos. Ancient cities and ruins scattered throughout the province give it its historical character. The 657 km (408 mi) long shoreline offers plenty of space to relax along its immaculate beaches and ports. Fill your holiday itinerary with a yacht tour, game of golf, rock climbing, and bird-watching.

Cappadocia travel guide

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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.