41 days in The Balkans Itinerary

41 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly to Gaziantep International Airport, Drive to Sanliurfa
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Sanliurfa
— 1 night
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Gaziantep
— 1 night
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Adana
— 1 night
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Tarsus
— 2 nights
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Mersin
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Silifke
— 1 night
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Ibradi
— 1 night
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Manavgat
— 2 nights
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Alanya
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Serik
— 2 nights
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Antalya
— 2 nights
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Kemer
— 2 nights
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Burdur
— 2 nights
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Aglasun
— 1 night
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Kas
— 2 nights
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
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Fethiye
— 2 nights
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Mugla
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Aydin
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Izmir
— 1 night
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Bergama
— 2 nights
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Cunda Island
— 1 night
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Ayvalik
— 2 nights
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Geyikli
— 1 night
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Bozcaada
— 2 nights
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Gokceada
— 1 night
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Canakkale
— 2 nights
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Sanliurfa

— 1 night
Şanlıurfa, often simply known as Urfa or Al-Ruha, in ancient times Edessa, is a city with 561,465 inhabitants in south-eastern Turkey, and the capital of Şanlıurfa Province. Your day by day itinerary now includes Balikligol. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Balikligol and then admire the masterpieces at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Gumruk Han.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sanliurfa day trip planner.

Istanbul to Sanliurfa is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Sanliurfa

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Gaziantep

— 1 night
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gaziantep trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Sanliurfa to Gaziantep takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Gaziantep are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Adana.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Adana

— 1 night
Adana is a major city in southern Turkey. To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Adana online trip builder.

Getting from Gaziantep to Adana by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Gaziantep in October, expect Adana to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 18°C. You'll set off for Tarsus on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Adana

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Tarsus

— 2 nights
Tarsus is a historic city in south-central Turkey, 20 km inland from the Mediterranean. On the 7th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Eshab-i Kehf Cave Mosque and then take in the dramatic scenery at Tarsus Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at Nusret Minelayer Museum and then examine the collection at St.Paul's Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tarsus online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Adana to Tarsus takes an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Tarsus can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. On the 9th (Sat), you're off to Mersin.

Things to do in Tarsus

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

Mersin

Mersin is a large city and a port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey. On the 9th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Girls Castle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mersin trip planner.

Getting from Tarsus to Mersin by car takes about an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Silifke.

Things to do in Mersin

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

Silifke

— 1 night
Silifke is a town and district in south-central Mersin Province, Turkey, 80km west of the city of Mersin, on the west end of Çukurova.Silifke is near the Mediterranean coast, on the banks of the Göksu River, which flows from the nearby Taurus Mountains, surrounded by attractive countryside along the river banks.EtymologySilifke was formerly called Seleucia on the Calycadnus — variously cited over the centuries as Seleucia Cilicia, Seleucia Isauria, Seleucia Trachea, and Seleucia Tracheotis —. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Kiz Castle and then Head underground at Caves of Heaven and Hell.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Silifke online route planner.

Getting from Mersin to Silifke by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Ibradi.

Things to do in Silifke

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

Ibradi

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Ormana and then explore the fascinating underground world of Altinbesik Magarasi Milli Parki.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ibradi trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Silifke to Ibradi in 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Manavgat.

Things to do in Ibradi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Manavgat

— 2 nights
Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
On the 12th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Side Museum and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Manavgat Waterfall, stay fit while traveling at Q Spa & Wellness, and then identify plant and animal life at Side Azura Dive Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Manavgat trip maker app.

You can drive from Ibradi to Manavgat in 1.5 hours. In October in Manavgat, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Alanya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Spas · Baths · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Alanya

A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Alanya road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Manavgat to Alanya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll set off for Serik on the 13th (Wed).

Things to do in Alanya

Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 14:

Serik

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of ZeytintasI MagarasI and then tee off at Sirene Belek Golf & Wellness Hotel. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Aspendos Ruins and then delve into the distant past at Aspendos Ruins and Theater.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Serik journey maker website.

Drive from Alanya to Serik in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Serik

Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors · Golf
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi and then kick back and relax at Konyaalti Beach. Keep things going the next day: visit Kaleici, discover the deep blue sea with Deep Walker Diving Resort, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and finally see the interesting displays at Sandland.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Serik to Antalya takes an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kemer.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Kemer

— 2 nights
Situated on the Turkish Riviera, Kemer represents a coastal Mediterranean resort set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop.
On the 18th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Phaselis and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goynuk Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Cirali Beach and then explore the striking landscape at Chimaera.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kemer tour builder tool.

Getting from Antalya to Kemer by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Burdur.

Things to do in Kemer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Burdur

— 2 nights
Burdur is a city southwestern Turkey and the seat of the Burdur Province of Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Firdevs Bey Cami ve Bedesteni and then Head underground at Insuyu Magarasi. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Village of Kuyucak and then see the interesting displays at Archeological Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Burdur trip planning app.

Drive from Kemer to Burdur in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Kemer in October, things will get a bit cooler in Burdur: highs are around 25°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Aglasun.

Things to do in Burdur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Aglasun

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the ancient world of Sagalassos.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Aglasun trip planning tool.

Getting from Burdur to Aglasun by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kas.

Things to do in Aglasun

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Kas

— 2 nights
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
On the 23rd (Sat), view the masterpieces at Tugra Art Gallery and then stroll through Kaputas Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, and then make a trip to Lions Tomb.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kas trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Aglasun to Kas by car takes about 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:

Oludeniz

— 2 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see where the ancients bathed at Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath and then take in the awesome beauty at Babadag.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oludeniz trip planner.

You can drive from Kas to Oludeniz in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Fethiye.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:

Fethiye

— 2 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Fethiye Museum and then stroll through Calis Beach. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate the long history of Downtown Fethiye.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Fethiye trip planning website.

Fethiye is just a short distance from Oludeniz. In October, daytime highs in Fethiye are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mugla.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Mugla

Muğla is a city in south-western Turkey. For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mugla trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Mugla takes 2 hours. On the 28th (Thu), you're off to Aydin.

Things to do in Mugla

Outdoors · Nightlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:

Aydin

— 2 nights
Aydın, ancient Greek Tralles, is a city in and the seat of Aydın Province in Turkey's Aegean Region. On the 29th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Aydin Museum and then delve into the distant past at Magnesia Antik Kenti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): take a stroll through Uzun CarsI and then examine the collection at Yoruk Ali Efe Museum.

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Drive from Mugla to Aydin in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Aydin can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Aydin

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

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 31st (Sun): take a stroll through Sirince Koyu and then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Selcuk holiday planning site.

Getting from Aydin to Selcuk by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Aydin in October, expect nights in Selcuk to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 1:

Izmir

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Agora Open Air Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, and then stop by Kemeralti Market.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Izmir trip planner.

Getting from Selcuk to Izmir by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Selcuk, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Izmir, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Bergama.

Things to do in Izmir

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

Bergama

— 2 nights
On the 3rd (Wed), delve into the distant past at Pergamon Theatre and then examine the collection at Izmir Bergama Museum. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at The Asklepion and then explore the ancient world of Ruins of Pergamum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bergama route builder site.

Drive from Izmir to Bergama in 2 hours. Traveling from Izmir in November, expect Bergama to be a bit warmer, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cunda Island.

Things to do in Bergama

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Cunda Island

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stroll around Ayvalik Adalari Tabiat Parki and then get advice or help at Sevim & Necdet H. Kent Library.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cunda Island online travel planner.

You can drive from Bergama to Cunda Island in 1.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bergama to Cunda Island due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bergama in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cunda Island, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ayvalik.

Things to do in Cunda Island

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

Ayvalik

— 2 nights
Ayvalık is a seaside town on the northwestern Aegean coast of Turkey. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at SarImsaklI PlajI and then get to know the fascinating history of Devil's Feast. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see the interesting displays at Taksiyarhis Cunda Ayvalik Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ayvalik visit planning website.

Ayvalik is very close to Cunda Island. In November in Ayvalik, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Geyikli.

Things to do in Ayvalik

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:

Geyikli

— 1 night
On the 8th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Geyikli Halk Plaji and then explore the ancient world of Alexandria Troas Antik Kenti.

Discover how to plan a Geyikli trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ayvalik to Geyikli takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Ayvalik in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 10°C in Geyikli. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bozcaada.

Things to do in Geyikli

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:

Bozcaada

— 2 nights
Tenedos or Bozcaada is an island of Turkey in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. On the 9th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koprulu Mehmet Pasa Camii and then kick back and relax at Ayazma Plaji. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Alaybey Camii, then browse the exhibits of Nunc, and then stop by Zeynep Aksu GLASS STUDIO.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bozcaada road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Geyikli to Bozcaada takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Gokceada.

Things to do in Bozcaada

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

Gokceada

— 1 night
On the 11th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Gokceada Kent Muzesi and then get to know the fascinating history of Kalekoy.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gokceada trip builder site.

Traveling by journey from Bozcaada to Gokceada takes 3.5 hours. In November in Gokceada, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Canakkale.

Things to do in Gokceada

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 11:

Canakkale

— 2 nights
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
On the 12th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Canakkale Truva Heykeli and then brush up on your military savvy at Canakkale Naval Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: witness the site of a historic battle at Troy (Truva).

Discover how to plan a Canakkale trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Gokceada to Canakkale takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip