12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

12 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
Fly
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Bus to Denizli, Taxi to Pamukkale
3
Pamukkale
— 1 day
Drive
4
Izmir
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Istanbul

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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul travel route builder site.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Jakarta to Istanbul. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Jakarta in January, with highs in Istanbul at 10°C and lows at 10°C. On the 21st (Fri), you're off to Goreme.

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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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.
For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Goreme travel route tool.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Pamukkale

— 1 day

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pamukkale Thermal Pools as well as Hierapolis. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale vacation planner.

Fly from Goreme to Pamukkale in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Izmir

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
You've now added Izmir Ephesus Tours to your itinerary. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable excursion with Izmir Ephesus Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Izmir online tour planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Istanbul.

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Istanbul

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip builder tool.

Getting from Izmir to Istanbul by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

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Cappadocia travel guide

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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.