60 days in The Balkans Itinerary

60 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 28 nights
Drive
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Bursa
— 12 nights
Fly
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Konya
— 9 nights
Drive
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Sanliurfa
— 9 nights
Drive

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Istanbul — 28 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Sinan Pasa Turbesi in Gallipoli (about 3h 45 min away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Istanbul. In October in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bursa.
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Bursa — 12 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.
When in Bursa, make a side trip to see Mudanya Armistice House Museum in Mudanya, approximately Mudanya away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Ulu Cami, hunt for treasures at Koza Hani, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque, and pause for some photo ops at Tombs of Osman and Orhan.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bursa online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Bursa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in November since evenings lows in Bursa dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly to Konya.
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Konya — 9 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Konya is known for museums, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi, walk around 80 Binde Devr-i Alem Parki, stroll the grounds of Seyh Tavusbaba Turbesi ve Camii, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iplikci Cami.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Konya tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Bursa to Konya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Bursa in November, expect Konya to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sanliurfa.
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Sanliurfa — 9 nights

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sanliurfa: Gaziantep (Gaziantep Museum of Archaelogy, Bakircilar Carsisi, &more), Harran (Harran Ruins & Harran Sit Alani) and Adiyaman (Sofraz Ruins & Mount Nemrut). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, steep yourself in history at Gumruk Han, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Halil Ul Rahman Mosque, and see the interesting displays at Mutfak Muzesi.

Before you visit Sanliurfa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Konya to Sanliurfa takes 8 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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