14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Konya
— 2 nights
Fly
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Fethiye
— 3 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bosphorus Strait. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. May in Istanbul sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:

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. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, see Off-Road Tours, and take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme journey planning app.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in May, Goreme is slightly colder at night with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Konya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Konya

— 2 nights

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 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapu Camii, walk around Kultur Park Alaeddin Tepesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aziziye Cami, and finally make a trip to Sille. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Konyanuma Panorama Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Mevlana Muzesi, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Konya road trip planning website.

Drive from Goreme to Konya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Konya, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fethiye.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Fethiye

— 3 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Step out of Fethiye to go to Oludeniz and see Babadag, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: hike along The Lycian Way, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI, explore the ancient world of Tlos, and stroll around Oludeniz.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Fethiye trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Konya to Fethiye takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Konya in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Fethiye, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 12:

Selcuk

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, then pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and finally see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally contemplate the long history of Public Latrine.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk online travel route builder.

Drive from Fethiye to Selcuk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Konya Province travel guide

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History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks
Konya Province showcases the largest and best-preserved Neolithic settlement of Çatalhöyük, an excavation area and World Heritage Site. The city of Konya is burial place of the 13th-century Persian Sufi mystic poet Rumi; visitors to the mausoleum can explore the museum dedicated to him, easily recognized by its tall ornate spires and turquoise conical dome. As a more religiously conservative metropolis of Turkey, the city is also home to the Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes, founded by Rumi's followers. Rich in culture, the city has also thrived on its export of expensive, richly patterned Turkish carpets since the Renaissance.