10 days in The Balkans Itinerary

10 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Istanbul
Drive
2
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
3
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly

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Istanbul

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.
For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker site.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 1 hour. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Istanbul reach 7°C and lows reach 7°C. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Shopping · Nightlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Pamukkale

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, get in on the family fun at The Land of Legends Theme Park, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Antalya Aquarium.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Antalya trip site.

Getting from Pamukkale to Antalya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Antalya are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Urgup.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Urgup, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): soar above the sights with a balloon tour. On the next day, trot along with a tour on horseback and then look for gifts at Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles.

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Getting from Antalya to Urgup by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Antalya in December, plan for cooler days in Urgup, with highs around 6°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around -3°C. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Urgup

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

See even more of Istanbul: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, visit Ortakoy, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip app.

Fly from Urgup to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Urgup in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
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.