30 days in The Balkans Itinerary

30 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel route planner
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Bursa
— 7 nights
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Marmaris
— 8 nights
Fly
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Konya
— 7 nights
Fly
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Canakkale
— 6 nights
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Bursa — 7 nights

The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ulu Cami and Cumalikizik. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bursa: Ataturk Kosku (in Termal), Kardanadam (in Uludag National Park) and Yalova (Karaca Arboretum & Pythia Thermal Spa). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Koza Hani, see the interesting displays at Bursa Bilim Merkezi, steep yourself in history at Tombs of Osman and Orhan, and look for gifts at Minnos Dukkan KIrtasiye.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bursa road trip planning site.

Istanbul to Bursa is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in January since evenings lows in Bursa dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Marmaris.
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Marmaris — 8 nights

One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
Kids will enjoy Dalyan Nehri and Downtown Fethiye. Get out of town with these interesting Marmaris side-trips: Fethiye (Tayyareci Fethi Bey Aniti, Turkish Baths, &more), Dalyan (Lycian Rock Tombs, Dalyan Cami, &more) and Azmak Kaya MezarlarI (in Akyaka). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Marmaris Beach, look for gifts at Brooch Jewellery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Siteler Sirinyer Cami, and take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Marmaris road trip planner.

Getting from Bursa to Marmaris by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bursa in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Marmaris, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Konya.
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Konya — 7 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mevlana Muzesi and Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi, get engrossed in the history at Ince Minare Museum, stroll around Türk Yıldızları Parkı, and take a stroll around Irfan Medeniyeti.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Konya travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Marmaris to Konya takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Marmaris in January, expect Konya to be little chillier, temps between 4°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Canakkale.
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Canakkale — 6 nights

A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Bring the kids along to Anzac Cove and Gallipoli National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Canakkale: Gallipoli (BayraklI Baba Turbesi, Azaplar Camii, &more), Bozcaada (Alaybey Camii, Siar Hediyelik Esya, &more) and Eceabat (Kilitbahir Castle, Gallipoli Battlefield, &more). Next up on the itinerary: witness the site of a historic battle at Troy (Truva), get engrossed in the history at Troya Muzesi, pause for some photo ops at KIrmIzI SIrt 125. Alay Siperleri, and take in the exciting artwork at Rhapsodos Mozaik.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Canakkale trip planner.

Fly from Konya to Canakkale in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Konya in January; daily highs in Canakkale reach 10°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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