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
— 3 nights
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Antalya
— 1 night
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Bursa
— 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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip tool.

Lahore, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Lahore in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Goreme.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 3 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.
Take a break from Goreme with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, steep yourself in history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Goreme sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Antalya.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, take a stroll through Kaleici, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and finally see some colorful creatures with Deep Walker Diving Resort.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip itinerary app.

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Antalya, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Bursa.
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Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Bursa — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yesil Camii and then admire the striking features of Ulu Cami.

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You can fly from Antalya to Bursa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Antalya in September, with highs in Bursa at 31°C and lows at 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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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.
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