14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey visit planner

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
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Canakkale
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
You've added Istanbul Archaeological Museum, Whirling Dervishes Istanbul, Sogukcesme Sokak, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Mosque, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul online tour builder.

Zurich, Switzerland to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Zurich to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Zurich, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Kaymakli Underground City and Love Valley. On the 11th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, then take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, and finally look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles. On your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley, then appreciate the views at Red Valley, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Goreme online route builder.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Goreme, with lows of 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Antalya

— 2 nights
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 13th (Wed): go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, walk around Karnaval Park, then admire the sheer force of Kursunlu Waterfalls, and finally delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Ancient Theater, then wander the streets of Kaleici, then admire the striking features of Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum), and finally delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Antalya day trip site.

Getting from Goreme to Antalya by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, Antalya is somewhat warmer than Goreme - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

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.
You've now added Lycian Rock Tombs to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take a stroll through Karahayit, and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 16:

Selcuk

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ruins of Pergamum as well as Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Ruins of Pergamum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Canakkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

Canakkale

— 2 nights
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Canakkale: Eceabat (Kilitbahir Castle, Gallipoli Battlefield, &more) and Anzac Cove (in Gallipoli). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Conk Bayiri Mehmetcik Park Aniti Kemalyeri Yaziti, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namazgah Tabyalari, brush up on your military savvy at Canakkale Naval Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Aynali Carsi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Canakkale road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Selcuk to Canakkale in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Selcuk in April, plan for slightly colder days in Canakkale, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
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.