19 days in The Balkans Itinerary

19 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Bodrum City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bursa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 3 nights

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Istanbul — 5 nights

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: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip planning website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are İstanbul Airport, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in November, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Goreme.
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Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
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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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Goreme National Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, admire the masterpieces at Guray Museum, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme planning website.

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 November, expect much colder with lows of 32°F in Goreme. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Antalya.
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Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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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.
On the 26th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Antalya Aquarium, then soak in style at Turkish baths, and finally admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, then walk around Kecili Park, and finally visit Kaleici.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya online trip maker.

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 November, expect Antalya to be a bit warmer, temps between 71°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Pamukkale.
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Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Pamukkale — 1 night

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.
On the 28th (Mon), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bodrum City.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
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Bodrum City — 3 nights

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Bodrum City is known for historic sites, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at The Spa at The Bodrum EDITION, go for a stroll along the water at D-Marin Turgutreis, examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and look for gifts at Zeytinlik The Olive Grove.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bodrum City trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Bodrum City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daytime highs in Bodrum City are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Bursa.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Side Trips
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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 2nd (Fri): fly down the slopes at Uludag Ski Center. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Bursa Clocktower, pause for some photo ops at Tombs of Osman and Orhan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bursa online day trip planner.

You can fly from Bodrum City to Bursa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bodrum City in December; daily highs in Bursa reach 51°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Istanbul.
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Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Highlights from your trip

Istanbul — 3 nights

On the 5th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. See some other sides of Istanbul: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Rustem Pasha Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and browse the range of quality goods at Kanyon Shopping Center.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Bursa to Istanbul by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. While traveling from Bursa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 44°F.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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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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