15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Fethiye
— 2 nights
Fly
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
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Selcuk

— 3 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and contemplate the long history of Public Latrine.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip itinerary builder tool.

Pune, India to Selcuk is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. In October in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites
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Fethiye

— 2 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
On the 14th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Lycian Way, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then head outdoors with Billy's Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): admire the ancient design of Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath and then stroll through Oludeniz PlajI.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Fethiye driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Selcuk to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Fethiye are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Urgup.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

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Urgup, Cappadocia

— 3 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, trot along with a tour on horseback, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Urgup trip planner.

You can fly from Fethiye to Urgup in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Fethiye in October: high temperatures in Urgup hover around 24°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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Istanbul

— 6 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 striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip planning site.

Getting from Urgup to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Urgup in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Izmir Province travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
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.