10 days in The Balkans Itinerary

10 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Ankara
— 1 night
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Antalya
— 1 night
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Izmir
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul itinerary builder.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Islamabad in May: highs in Istanbul hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 1:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Wed), admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then look for gifts at Otantik Bazaar, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme itinerary app.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Goreme, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Ankara

— 1 night

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.
On the 4th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, steep yourself in history at Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tacettin Sultan Cami, then examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, and finally learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

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

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Goreme in June: highs in Ankara hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

Antalya

— 1 night
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then take a stroll through Kaleici.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Antalya road trip planning app.

Fly from Ankara to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ankara in June, expect nights in Antalya to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are much warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Izmir.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

Izmir

— 2 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.
On the 6th (Sun), stroll around Izmir Wild Life Park, view the masterpieces at Arkas Art Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu, and finally stop by Has Deri Leather Shop.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Izmir attractions site.

Fly from Antalya to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in June, expect nights in Izmir to be little chillier, around 12°C, while days are colder, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 7:

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
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.

Antalya Province travel guide

4.2
Ruins · Beaches · 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.