15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Ferry to Marmaris, Shuttle to Dalaman, Fly to Istanbul
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bodrum City
— 5 nights
Drive
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Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Konya
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly

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Istanbul

— 3 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul driving holiday planner.

Rhodes Town, Greece to Istanbul is an approximately 7-hour combination of ferry, shuttle, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Rhodes Town to Istanbul is 1 hour. Traveling from Rhodes Town in November, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Bodrum City

— 5 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Bodrum City is known for historic sites, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Castle of St. Peter, make a trip to Windmills, explore the world behind art at Zeki Muren Arts Museum, and discover the deep blue sea with Aquapro Dive Center.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Bodrum City vacation site.

Fly from Istanbul to Bodrum City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in November, you will find days in Bodrum City are a bit warmer (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
On the 10th (Wed), wander the streets of Kaleici, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and then examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi. On the next day, observe the fascinating underwater world at Antalya Aquarium and then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya road trip site.

You can drive from Bodrum City to Antalya in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Bodrum City in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Antalya, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Konya.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 11:

Konya

— 2 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque and then get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Konya travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Konya takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Antalya in November, with highs in Konya at 15°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums
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Istanbul

— 1 night

Queen of Cities

Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria Draperis Church, and finally explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul road trip site.

Getting from Konya to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Konya in November, Istanbul is much hotter at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Nature · Parks · Museums · Spas
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