16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

16 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Nigde
— 1 night
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Kayseri
— 2 nights
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Kahramanmaras
— 1 night
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Kahta
— 1 night
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Diyarbakir
— 1 night
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Mardin
— 1 night
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Sanliurfa
— 2 nights
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Gaziantep
— 1 night
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Antakya
— 1 night
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Adana
— 1 night
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Erdemli
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Nigde — 1 night

On the 4th (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at Kayaardi Baglari and then steep yourself in history at Alaeddin Camii.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nigde tour itinerary planner.

Afyonkarahisar to Nigde is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also drive. In September, daytime highs in Nigde are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kayseri.
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Historic Sites · Trails · Wildlife · Parks

Kayseri — 2 nights

Kayseri is a large and industrialised city in Central Anatolia, Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Burunguz Camii and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cami Kebir (Ulu Cami). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Ataturk House Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Haci Kilic Camii, and then appreciate the history behind The Statue of Ataturk.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kayseri travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Nigde to Kayseri takes 2 hours. Traveling from Nigde in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kayseri, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kahramanmaras.
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Historic Sites · Museums

Kahramanmaras — 1 night

Kahramanmaraş is a city in Akdeniz, Turkey (the Mediterranean Region) and the administrative center of Kahramanmaraş Province. On the 7th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Kahramanmaras Etnografya Muzesi and then stop by KapalI CarsI.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kahramanmaras driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kayseri to Kahramanmaras takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kayseri in September, things will get a bit warmer in Kahramanmaras: highs are around 38°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kahta.
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Kahta — 1 night

On the 8th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Yenikale Ruins and then steep yourself in history at Karakus Tumulusu.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kahta trip maker site.

Drive from Kahramanmaras to Kahta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kahramanmaras in September, Kahta is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Diyarbakir.
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Diyarbakir — 1 night

Diyarbakır is one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque and then pause for some serene contemplation at Virgin Mary Ancient Assyrian Church.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Diyarbakir trip planning site.

You can drive from Kahta to Diyarbakir in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Kahta in September, plan for little chillier nights in Diyarbakir, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mardin.
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Mardin — 1 night

Mardin is a city and multiple bishopric in southeastern Turkey. On the 10th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Latifiye Mosque and then admire the masterpieces at Sabanci City Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mardin online itinerary planner.

Drive from Diyarbakir to Mardin in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sanliurfa.
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Sanliurfa — 2 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. On the 11th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Balikligol and then examine the collection at Mutfak Muzesi. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hz. Eyup Sabir Makami.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sanliurfa attractions planner.

Drive from Mardin to Sanliurfa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Gaziantep.
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Gaziantep — 1 night

A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
On the 13th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Gaziantep Museum of Archaelogy, admire the masterpieces at Zeugma Mosaic Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Hamam Muzesi.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Gaziantep trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Sanliurfa to Gaziantep takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Gaziantep sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Antakya.
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Antakya — 1 night

Antakya is the seat of the Hatay Province in southern Turkey.In ancient times, Antakya was known as Antioch, and was for centuries one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Hatay Tibbi Ve Aromatik Bitkiler Muzesi and then wander the streets of Old City of Antakya.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Antakya vacation planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gaziantep to Antakya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Gaziantep in September, Antakya is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Adana.
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Adana — 1 night

Adana is a major city in southern Turkey. On the 15th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami ve Kulliyesi and then examine the collection at Ataturk Scientific & Cultural Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Adana day trip tool.

You can drive from Antakya to Adana in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Erdemli.
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Erdemli — 2 nights

Erdemli is a town and district of Mersin Province in the Mediterranean region of Turkey, 35km west of the city of Mersin.GeographyThe district extends from the Mediterranean coastal plain, the largest agricultural area in Mersin Province, to high in the Taurus Mountains where there is forest, and then a large area (half the land area of the district) is high mountain above the treeline.Erdemli is a quiet rural district where the people are conservative, and is traditionally a stronghold of Turkish nationalist politicians; however some departments of Mersin University are opening branches here which will surely have an effect on the cultural and social life of Erdemli in the future. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Elaiussa-Sebaste and Kiz Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kizkalesi Plaji and Ataturk House Museum. Go for a jaunt from Erdemli to Mersin to see Mersin Forum about 48 minutes away.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Erdemli road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Adana to Erdemli takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.
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Nigde Province travel guide

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Churches · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Niğde Province is a province in the southern part of Central Anatolia, Turkey. Population is 341,412 (2013 est) of which 141,360 live in the city of Niğde. The population was 348,081 in 2000 and 305,861 in 1990. It covers an area of 7,312 km². Neighbouring provinces are Kayseri, Adana, Mersin, Konya, Aksaray and Nevşehir.The province is surrounded on three sides by ranges of the Taurus Mountains, including Mount Hasan and the Melendiz mountains. To the west lies the plain of Emen, which opens up into the wide plain of Konya. The plain is covered with nutritious volcanic soil and Niğde is a successful agricultural region, particularly apples and potatoes.Surrounded by mountains and at a fairly high altitude the area has a dry and chilly climate and is exposed to snows brought by cold north winds in winter. Average rainfall 0.9 mm, 78.5 mm in April, practically zero in July and August. Therefore, the hillsides are more or less bare of vegetation, with some forest at the higher altitudes.(see Niğde for more information about the provincial capital city).DistrictsNiğde province is divided into 6 districts (capital district in bold): AltunhisarBorÇamardıÇiftlikNiğdeUlukışla Some of the towns within these districts are Bademdere, Bahçeli, Çiftehan, Darboğaz, Fertek and Kemerhisar.

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Kayseri Province travel guide

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Volcanos · Shopping Malls · Landmarks
The Kayseri Province is situated in central Turkey. The population is 1,255,349 of which around 1,000,000 live in the city of Kayseri. It covers an area of 16,917 km² and it borders with Sivas, Adana, Niğde, Kahramanmaraş, Yozgat and Nevşehir provinces.The province is an area that has been linked with mythological stories as well as important figures in Turkish history. It is located in Anatolia, and surrounded by the Mount Erciyes, the Mount Hasan and the Mount Ali. The Ali mountain is named like that in honor of Ali Baba, who is said to have lived in the area.HistoryKayseri was first known as the city of Masaka. Later, during the Roman period, the province's name was changed to Kaesarea, then Kayzer before becoming known with its modern name of Kayseri. Danishmend Gazi conquered Kayseri in 1084. The Seljuk Empire then modernised the province, with new buildings and mosques being built around. During this period, the Şifahane, Kayseri's first hospital, and perhaps the first hospital in all of Anatolia, was built. It was built in honor of Princess Gevher Nesibe Hatun, daughter of the Sultan. She died of a disease at a young age. Construction of the hospital was completed in 1206.

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Kahramanmaras Province travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
Kahramanmaraş Province is a province of Turkey. Its provincial capital is the city of Kahramanmaraş, the traffic code is 46.GeographyKahramanmaraş is traversed by the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude.DistrictsKahramanmaraş province is divided into 10 districts (İlçe): Kahramanmaraş (Central district, soon to be split into Dulkadiroğlu and Onikişubat)AfşinAndırınÇağlayanceritEkinözüElbistanGöksunNurhakPazarcıkTürkoğluEconomyKahramanmaraş has historically been famous for its gold. The textile industry is relatively new and mostly machinated.EducationThe Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University is a recently founded university supplying social, language and technical sciences as well as medical education.

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Adiyaman Province travel guide

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Mountains · Bridges · National Parks
Adıyaman Province is a province in south-central Turkey. It was created in 1954 out of part of Malatya Province. It has an area of 7,606.16 km² and a population of 590,935 (2010 est.), up from 513,131 in 1990. The capital is Adıyaman.The area has been inhabited since the earliest times and many civilisations have settled there. There are places of historical interest that attract visitors. Nemrud Dağı is a major site of interest there, noted for its sanctuary of statues built by Antiochus I Theos of Commagene. It is accessed through the town of Kâhta.A branch of the large Atatürk reservoir lies between Adıyaman and the town of Samsat. Kurds have large minority in the province.PoliticsUntil the 1950s, Adıyaman was a city in the province of Malatya. It was made into a province in its own right, on 1 December 1954, as a reward for voting for the winning Democratic Party in the 1954 general election.Adıyaman has since proved relatively high vote shares for Islamist politician, Necmettin Erbakan. His movement (then, the National Salvation Party) scored a landmark 15% there in 1973 a few years after its modest beginning, and his score went on to gradually increase. After being damaged by the military coup in 1980, Erbakan's party (which had become the Welfare Party) came back to win the province with 29.24% and 27% in 1994 and 1999, respectively.

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Diyarbakir Province travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Flea Markets · Historic Sites
Diyarbakır Province is a province in southeastern Turkey. The province covers an area of 15,355 km² and its population is 1,528,958. The provincial capital is the city of Diyarbakır.It has been home to many civilisations and the surrounding area including itself is home to many Mesolithic era stone carvings and artifacts. The province has been ruled by Hurrians, Hittites, Assyria, Armenians, Persia, Macedonian and Seleucid Greeks, Rome, Parthia, Byzantium, Sassanid Persia, Arabs, Seljuk Empire, Mongol Empire, Safavid dynasty, Ottoman Empire, and finally the modern Republic of Turkey.The majority of the province's population is Kurdish.DistrictsDiyarbakır province is divided into 14 districts (capital district in bold): BismilÇermikÇınarÇüngüşDicleDiyarbakırEğilErganiHaniHazroKocaköyKulpLiceSilvan

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Mardin Province travel guide

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Churches · Historic Sites · Ruins
Mardin Province, is a province of Turkey with a population of 744,606. The population was 835,173 in 2000. The capital of the Mardin Province is Mardin. Located near the traditional boundary of Anatolia and Mesopotamia, it has a diverse population, composed of Kurdish, Arab and Assyrian people, with Muslims forming the majority of the province's population.HistoryMardin comes from the Syriac word (ܡܪܕܐ) and means "fortresses".The first known civilization were the Subarian-Hurrians who were then succeeded in 3000BCE by the Hurrians. The Elamites gained control around 2230 BCE. and were followed by the Babylonians, Hittites, Assyrians, Romans and Byzantines.The local Assyrians/Syriacs, while very reduced due to the massacres of the Assyrian Genocide and conflicts between the Kurds and Turks, hold on to two of the oldest monasteries in the world, Dayro d-Mor Hananyo (Turkish Deyrülzafaran, English Saffron Monastery) and Deyrulumur Monastery. The Christian community is concentrated on the Tur Abdin plateau and in the town of Midyat, with a smaller community (approximately 100) in the provincial capital.

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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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Gaziantep Province travel guide

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Art Museums · Specialty Museums · Castles
Gaziantep Province has gained favor and fame for its traditional Turkish baklava, among other tourist attractions. An ancient fortress and citadel, restored by the Byzantines in the 6th century, stand at the center of the province's eponymous capital city. An important trading center for thousands of years, the region is home to many historical bazaars. Explore the ancient city of Zeugma, once a strategic stop on the Silk Road, or stroll the nearby zoo or parks. Get a real taste of Turkish rituals at a Turkish bath, or spend the night at one of the many historical inns.
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Hatay Province travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Sites · Waterfalls
Hatay Province is a province in southern Turkey, on the eastern Mediterranean coast. The administrative capital is Antakya (Antioch), and the other major city in the province is the port city of İskenderun (Alexandretta). It is bordered by Syria to the south and east and the Turkish provinces of Adana and Osmaniye to the north. The province is part of Çukurova (Cilicia), a geographical, economical and cultural region that covers the provinces of Mersin, Adana, Osmaniye, and Hatay. There are border crossing points with Syria in the district of Yayladağı and at Cilvegözü in the district of Reyhanlı. Sovereignty over the province remains disputed with neighbouring Syria, which claims that the province was separated from itself against the stipulations of the French Mandate of Syria in the years following Syria's independence from the Ottoman Empire after World War I. Although the two countries have remained generally peaceful in their dispute over the territory, Syria has never formally renounced its claims to it.

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Adana Province travel guide

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Bridges · Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks
Adana Province, is a province of Turkey located in south-central Anatolia. With a population of 2.18 million, it is the sixth most populous province in Turkey. The administrative seat of the province is the city of Adana, home to 79% of the residents of the province. The province, geographically and as well as economically, is part of the Çukurova region together with the Mersin, Osmaniye and Hatay provinces.GeographyAdana Province has a surface area of 14.030 km². Southern portion of the province is plain, northern section is formed of mountains. The provinces adjacent to it are Mersin to the west, Hatay to the southeast, Osmaniye to the east, Kahramanmaraş to the northeast, Kayseri to the north, and Niğde to the northwest.GovernanceTwo levels of governments are involved in the administration of the Adana Province; Central and the Provincial. Adana Governorship is the provincial branch of the Central government and Adana Province Special Administration is the provincial governing body. Province is divided into 15 districts and each district is divided into municipalities and villages. Municipalities are further divided into neighborhoods(Mahalle).

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Mersin (Icel) travel guide

3.7
Caves · Marinas · Beaches