60 days in The Balkans Itinerary

60 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Konya
— 4 nights
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Sanliurfa
— 3 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 8 nights
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Antalya
— 7 nights
Drive
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Kas
— 7 nights
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Selcuk
— 7 nights
Drive
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Bozcaada, Tenedos Island
— 5 nights
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Canakkale
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 16 nights

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Konya — 4 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mevlana Muzesi and Seyh Tavusbaba Turbesi ve Camii. Discover out-of-the-way places like Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden and İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aziziye Cami, take a stroll through Konya Kultur Sokagi, steep yourself in history at Hoca Hasan Camii, and get engrossed in the history at Konyanuma Panorama Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Konya trip planner.

Istanbul to Konya is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. While traveling from Istanbul, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Konya, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sanliurfa.
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Sanliurfa — 3 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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Balikligol and Hz. Eyup Sabir Makami. Explore hidden gems such as Potbelly Hill and Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Gumruk Han, admire the landmark architecture of Rizvaniye Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Halil Ul Rahman Mosque, and see the interesting displays at Mutfak Muzesi.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sanliurfa trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Konya to Sanliurfa by car takes about 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Goreme.
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 8 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Fairy Chimneys and Gulludere Vadisi. Kids will enjoy Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Love Valley. Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Guzelyurt (Selime Monastery & Ihlara Valley) and Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Uchisar Castle, explore the world behind art at Guray Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and take some stellar pictures from Sunset Point.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sanliurfa to Goreme takes 7 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Goreme can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can fly to Antalya.
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Antalya — 7 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.
Let the collections at Antalya Muzesi and Side Museum capture your imagination. You'll get in some beach time at Konyaalti Beach and Cirali Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Antalya side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Kemer), Phaselis (in Tekirova) and Alanya (Alanya Arkeoloji Muzesi & Alanya Kalesi). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ancient Theater, admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, contemplate the long history of Hadrian's Gate, and stop by Excalibur Silver.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in November, expect Antalya to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kas.
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Kas — 7 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.
You'll get in some beach time at Patara Beach and Kaputas Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Church of St. Nicholas and Myra Antik Kenti. Explore Kas' surroundings by going to Sunken City Ruins of Simena (in Kekova), Patara (Patara Antik Kenti & Arch of Triumph) and Demre (Kale) (Sura Ancient City, Rock tombs in Myra, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the waterfront activity at Kalekoy Harbour, explore the stunning scenery at Gombe Yaylasi, and explore the ancient world of Xanthos Antik Kenti.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kas trip planner.

Getting from Antalya to Kas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Kas are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Selcuk.
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Selcuk — 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Public Latrine and Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop. Get some historical perspective at Temple of Hadrian and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, delve into the distant past at Hercules Gate, and make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk planner.

Traveling by car from Kas to Selcuk takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kas in November, things will get slightly colder in Selcuk: highs are around 22°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Bozcaada.
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Bozcaada, Tenedos Island — 5 nights

Tenedos or Bozcaada is an island of Turkey in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Escape the urban bustle at Akvaryum Koyu and Bozcaada. Kids will enjoy Athena Temple and Nunc. Get out of town with these interesting Bozcaada side-trips: Assos (Behramkale & Assos Theatre). There's lots more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Bozcaada Rüzgar Enerji Santrali, stop by Siar Hediyelik Esya, step into the grandiose world of Bozcaada Kalesi, and take in the pleasant sights at Bozcaada Wind Farm.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bozcaada day trip site.

You can drive from Selcuk to Bozcaada in 5.5 hours. In November in Bozcaada, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Canakkale.
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Canakkale — 2 nights

A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
On the 1st (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Gallipoli National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Canakkale Naval Museum, contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli Battlefield.

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

You can drive from Bozcaada to Canakkale in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Canakkale can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul — 16 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Chora Museum. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, stop by Ortakoy, examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Canakkale to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Canakkale in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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Konya Province travel guide

4.2
History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens
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.
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Sanliurfa Province travel guide

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Historic Sites · Ruins · Art Museums
Şanlıurfa Province or simply Urfa Province is a province in southeastern Turkey. The city of Şanlıurfa is the capital of the province which bears its name. The population is 1,845,667 .The province is famous for its Abrahamic sites such as Balıklıgöl, where Prophet Abraham was cast by Nimrod into fire that is believed to have turned to water, and Mevlid-i Halil Mosque where Abraham was born in the cave next to the mosque. Also lying within the district, approximately 12 km northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa, is the pre-historic site of Göbekli Tepe, where continuing excavations have unearthed 12,000-year-old sanctuaries dating from the early Neolithic period, considered to be the oldest temples in the world, predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years.Population in 1990 was 1,001,455; 551,124 in the district centers, 450,331 in rural villages. By 2000, the population of Şanlıurfa province had grown to 1,436,956 and that of Şanlıurfa city, 829,000. Its provincial capital is the city of Şanlıurfa, the traffic code is 63.DistrictsŞanlıurfa province is divided into 13 districts (capital district in bold): Şanlıurfa (Central district. In 2014 it was split into three districts: Eyyübiye, Haliliye and Karaköprü) Akçakale Birecik Bozova Ceylanpınar Halfeti Harran Hilvan Siverek Suruç Viranşehir

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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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Antalya Province travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Ruins · 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.
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Izmir Province travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.
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Canakkale Province travel guide

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Beaches · Battlefields · Monuments
Çanakkale Province straddles two continents, touching both Asia and Europe with its sandy shores. The province is home to many legends and abounds with historical and mythological tales. The harbors are crowded with colorful yachts and fishing boats, while quaint white plaster houses with terracotta-tiled roofs and portside cafes line the shores. Home to the archaeological site of Troy, the province was the site of the mythological Trojan War and exhibits the Trojan Horse from the 2004 movie. In the provincial capital city Çanakkale, narrow sloped streets lead to pastel-colored houses. The Mediterranean climate and seaside charm make this a good holiday retreat.
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