14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Kemer
— 2 nights
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Izmir
— 1 night
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 3 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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme attractions planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Goreme is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Goreme, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kemer.
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Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Kemer — 2 nights

Situated on the Turkish Riviera, Kemer represents a coastal Mediterranean resort set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take a stroll through Kaleici, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, then stroll around Kecili Park, and finally make a trip to Goynuk Canyon. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Phaselis, identify plant and animal life at Blue World Diving Center, then admire the local landmark of Kemer Cumhuriyet MeydanI, and finally look for gifts at Excalibur Silver.

Plan a Kemer trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Kemer takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in August, Kemer is a bit warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Izmir.
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Izmir — 1 night

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): examine the collection at KEY Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, and then contemplate the long history of Usakizade Kosku.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Izmir tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Kemer to Izmir by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, Izmir is little chillier than Kemer - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Pamukkale — 2 nights

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 6th (Sat): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, and then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pamukkale driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Izmir to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul — 5 nights

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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Pamukkale to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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

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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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