17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gaziantep
— 1 night
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Sanliurfa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Diyarbakir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mardin
— 1 night
Fly to Antalya International Airport, Drive to Belek
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Belek
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karaman
— 3 nights

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Goreme, Cappadocia — 2 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip maker tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Kayseri Erkilet Airport. In August, daytime highs in Goreme are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Zeugma Mosaic Museum, stop by Bakircilar Carsisi, and then see the interesting displays at Hamam Muzesi.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gaziantep road trip app.

You can drive from Goreme to Gaziantep in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in August; daily highs in Gaziantep reach 43°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Sanliurfa.
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Sanliurfa — 3 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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Balikligol and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Abraham. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum and then delve into the distant past at Potbelly Hill.

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Getting from Gaziantep to Sanliurfa by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Diyarbakir.
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Diyarbakir — 2 nights

Diyarbakır is one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Suluklu Han and then steep yourself in history at City Walls. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Cahit Sitki Taranci House Cultural Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Diyarbakir road trip planning app.

You can drive from Sanliurfa to Diyarbakir in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Diyarbakir are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mardin.
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Mardin — 1 night

Mardin is a city and multiple bishopric in southeastern Turkey. On the 27th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Deyrulzafaran Monastery and then delve into the distant past at Dara Mesopotamia Ruins.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mardin road trip planning tool.

Getting from Diyarbakir to Mardin by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mardin are 47°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Belek.
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Belek — 2 nights

Boasting some of the biggest golf courses in the country, Belek sits in a landscape of pine-covered hills pressed against the Mediterranean Sea.
The Land of Legends Theme Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Belek Town Mosque and then play a few rounds at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour, then find something for the whole family at The Land of Legends Theme Park, and then find something for the whole family at The Land of Legends Theme Park.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Mardin to Belek. Traveling from Mardin in August, you will find days in Belek are little chillier (41°C), and nights are a bit warmer (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Kas.
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Kas — 2 nights

An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Get out of town with these interesting Kas side-trips: Fethiye (Saklikent Milli Parki & Oludeniz). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kas journey site.

Traveling by car from Belek to Kas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In August, Kas is a bit cooler than Belek - with highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Karaman.
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Karaman — 3 nights

Karaman is a city in south central Turkey, located in Central Anatolia, north of the Taurus Mountains, about 100km south of Konya. Go for a jaunt from Karaman to Adana to see Taurus Mountains about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aktekke Camii, explore the ancient world of Thousand and One Churches, examine the collection at Karaman Museum, and Head underground at incesu Magarasi.

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Traveling by car from Kas to Karaman takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel 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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