17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

17 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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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 16th (Thu), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then hike along The Lycian Way. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Fethiye road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Fethiye. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kas.
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Kas — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the waterfront activity at Kas Marina, and then make a trip to Lions Tomb.

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You can drive from Fethiye to Kas in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Antalya.
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Antalya — 1 night

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 20th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yivli Minaret Mosque, and then go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina.

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Getting from Kas to Antalya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Antakya.
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Antakya — 2 nights

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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the sheer force of Harbiye Selalesi and then take an in-depth tour of Hatay Archeology Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Belen Gecidi Tabiat Parki.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Antalya to Antakya. Traveling from Antalya in December, things will get little chillier in Antakya: highs are around 15°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gaziantep.
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Gaziantep — 2 nights

A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kapicam Tabiat Parki and Spas. Zeugma Mosaic Museum and Ravanda Kalesi will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Hamam Muzesi.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gaziantep trip itinerary website.

Getting from Antakya to Gaziantep by car takes about 3 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Gaziantep when traveling from Antakya in December, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel 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 26th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hz. Eyup Sabir Makami. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Ayn Zeliha Golu and then step into the grandiose world of Castle of Urfa.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sanliurfa sightseeing website.

Getting from Gaziantep to Sanliurfa by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kahta.
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Kahta — 2 nights

On the 28th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Karakus Tumulusu. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Arsemia Antik Kenti.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kahta online trip planner.

Getting from Sanliurfa to Kahta by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mardin.
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Mardin — 3 nights

Mardin is a city and multiple bishopric in southeastern Turkey. Your inner history buff will appreciate Deyrulzafaran Monastery and Latifiye Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Mardin Protestan Kilisesi.

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You can drive from Kahta to Mardin in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Mardin are 9°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C.
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Antalya Province travel guide

Ruins · Beaches · Waterfalls
Once a land of ancient cities, Antalya Province lies along the Mediterranean coast and is now home to Turkey's largest international sea resort. Tour the narrow, cobbled streets and historical houses in the province's eponymous city, or pay a visit to the World Heritage Site of Xanthos. Ancient cities and ruins scattered throughout the province give it its historical character. The 657 km (408 mi) long shoreline offers plenty of space to relax along its immaculate beaches and ports. Fill your holiday itinerary with a yacht tour, game of golf, rock climbing, and bird-watching.

Gaziantep Province travel guide

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.

Sanliurfa Province travel guide

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


Mardin Province travel guide

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.