14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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14 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Zonguldak, Turkey
Drive:  4 h 15 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
2
Sami, Greece
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Fira, Greece
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  7 h 45 min
4
Oludeniz, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
End: Zonguldak, Turkey

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi and Sultanahmet Square. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Istanbul journey planner.

Zonguldak to Istanbul is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. In June, daytime highs in Istanbul are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sami.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Sami, Greece

Sami ©
Sami serves as Cephalonia's main port and provides a convenient gateway to the other Ionian Islands.
On the 24th (Wed), Head underground at Melissani Cave, then enjoy the sand and surf at Makris Gialos Beach, and then stroll through Skala Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Myrtillo, then don't miss a visit to Assos, and then kick back and relax at Myrtos Beach.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Sami trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Sami in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Sami due to the time zone difference. In June in Sami, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Fira.

Things to do in Sami

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Myrtos Beach, Myrtillo, Makris Gialos Beach, Skala Beach, Assos
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Melissani Cave ©
Melissani Cave
Assos ©
Assos
Myrtos Beach ©
Myrtos Beach

3
nights
Fira, Greece

Fira, the busy capital of Santorini, sits on the very edge of a volcanic caldera.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Amoudi Bay. There's lots more to do: trek along Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, do a tasting at Santo Winery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Fira online itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sami to Fira takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, train, and ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June in Fira, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Fira

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Akrotiri, Gaia Winery, Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail, Santo Winery, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail ©
Ekklisia Theoskepasti hiking trail
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach

1
night
Oludeniz, Turkey

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stop by Fethiye Harbour and then explore the stunning scenery at Saklikent Milli Parki. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Oludeniz vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Fira to Oludeniz in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or ride a ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fira to Oludeniz. Traveling from Fira in June, Oludeniz is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Fethiye
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Babadag ©
Babadag
Spas

2
nights
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Kaleici, then take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and then delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Antalya road trip planner.

Drive from Oludeniz to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, then explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and then enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Goreme online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Antalya to Goreme by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, Goreme is little chillier than Antalya - with highs of 37°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar Castle, Pasabag
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Off-Road Tours
Gulludere Vadisi ©
Gulludere Vadisi

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