10 days in The Balkans Itinerary

10 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 2 nights
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Alanya
— 1 day
Drive
4
Antalya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
Drive
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Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly

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Istanbul — 2 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.
You've added Laleli Mosque, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, KadIkoy Sali Pazari, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): hunt for treasures at KadIkoy Sali Pazari, get to know the fascinating history of Sultanahmet District, explore the ancient world of Historic Areas of Istanbul Walls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihrimah Sultan Camii, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nuruosmaniye Camii, and finally make a trip to Hippodrome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Laleli Mosque, take in the views from Bosphorus Bridge, look for gifts at Tuncer Gift Shop, then take in panoramic vistas at KIz Kulesi, then take in the waterfront activity at Viaport Marina, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Venezia Mega Outlet.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul online attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major aiports are İstanbul Airport, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly to Goreme.
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sultan Gift Shop, Devrent Valley and Hot Air Ballooning Cappadocia. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Peri Bacalari, explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, then explore the world behind art at Guray Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Zelve Open Air Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sunset Point. Keep things going the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with Hot Air Ballooning Cappadocia, explore the striking landscape at Zemi Valley, appreciate the views at Red Valley, then appreciate the views at Camel Rock, then appreciate the views at Devrent Valley, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip builder.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in January, you will find days in Goreme are a bit cooler (5°C), and nights are cooler (-4°C). You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for Alanya.
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Alanya — 1 day

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.
Kleopatra Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Seyir Terasi, steep yourself in history at Syedra Castle, browse the different shops at Neva Outlet, then kick back and relax at Kleopatra Beach, and finally make a trip to Aspendos Bridge.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Goreme to Alanya takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.
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Antalya — 3 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Konyaalti Beach, Kaleici, Hadrian's Gate, and other attractions. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Yivli Minaret Mosque, walk around Kecili Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Antalya Saat Kulesi, make a trip to Vielle ville d'Antalya, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and finally visit Kaleici.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Antalya travel planning app.

You can drive from Alanya to Antalya in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Antalya are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale

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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip planner.

You can drive from Antalya to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. You will leave for Selcuk on the 6th (Fri).
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Selcuk — 1 night

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
You've added Temple of Apollo, The Temple of Artemis, The Odeion, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica of Saint John, catch a live performance at The Odeion, then don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, then explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Cittantica Ephesus Park.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk road trip tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 2°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for Istanbul.
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Historic Sites · Nightlife
Side Trip

Istanbul — 1 night

Queen of Cities

Your day by day itinerary now includes Kapali Carsi, Mısır Çarşısı and Bagdat Street. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take a stroll through Bagdat Street, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, look for gifts at Mısır Çarşısı, explore the ancient world of Valens Aqueduct, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally admire the striking features of Yeni Camii.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Istanbul vacation planning website.

Fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Selcuk in January, Istanbul is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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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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