9 days in The Balkans Itinerary

9 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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— 1 day
— 1 night
— 1 night
Taxi to Belek, Bus to Goreme
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 1 night
Bus to Konya, Train to Pendi̇k YHT İstasyonu, Train to Istanbul
— 2 nights


Istanbul — 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and then relax and rejuvenate at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Istanbul online trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. Traveling from New Delhi in August, things will get a bit cooler in Istanbul: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Pamukkale.
Museums · Historic Sites · Baths · Spas
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Antalya.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Antalya — 1 night

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 16th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, take a stroll through Kaleici, then go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, then stop by Excalibur Silver, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls.

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You can drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Antalya, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Goreme.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Goreme trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Antalya in August, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Goreme. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Istanbul.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Istanbul — 2 nights

Explore Istanbul further: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul route planner.

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Goreme in August, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Baths
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Cappadocia travel guide

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.