29 days in The Balkans Itinerary

29 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Drive
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Bursa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Izmir
— 5 nights
Fly
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Antalya
— 4 nights
Fly to Adana Airport, Drive to Mersin
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Mersin
— 1 night
Drive
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Konya
— 4 nights
Train
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Ankara
— 5 nights
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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip tool.

London, UK to Istanbul is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Istanbul. Traveling from London in April, things will get a bit warmer in Istanbul: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 8:

Bursa

— 3 nights
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Explore Bursa's surroundings by going to Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik), Ataturk Kosku (in Termal) and Termal Cinarl Hiyaben Yolu (in Yalova). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Ulu Cami, pause for some photo ops at Tombs of Osman and Orhan, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Bursa Zoo Hayvanat Bahcesi, and examine the collection at Bursa Bilim Merkezi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bursa trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Bursa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. In April in Bursa, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:

Izmir

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Selcuk (Temple of Hadrian, Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), &more) and Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Jonh, stop by Has Deri Leather Shop, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fatih Cinili Cami.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Izmir trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bursa to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Bursa in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in Izmir. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 16:

Antalya

— 4 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antalya: Hip-Notics Cable Ski (in Cakis) and Side (Q Spa & Wellness, Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum), &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Kaleici, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, and examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Antalya trip builder website.

You can fly from Izmir to Antalya in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Izmir in April, expect nights in Antalya to be little chillier, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mersin.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:

Mersin

— 1 night
Mersin is a large city and a port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Girls Castle, then see the interesting displays at Ataturk House Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Mersin Arkeoloji Muzesi, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hz. Mikdat (Mugdat) Mosque.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mersin online road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Antalya to Mersin with the Route module. In April, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Konya.

Things to do in Mersin

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 21:

Konya

— 4 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Change things up with these side-trips from Konya: Aksehir (Iplikci Camii, Nasreddin Hoca Turbesi, &more) and Çatalhöyük (in Cumra). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Mevlana Muzesi, steep yourself in history at Hoca Hasan Camii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Selimiye Mosque, and admire the striking features of Sahip Ata Muzesi ve Camii.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Konya trip tool.

You can drive from Mersin to Konya in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Mersin in April, expect Konya to be little chillier, temps between 21°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 25:

Ankara

— 5 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, ponder the world of politics at Yargitay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bestepe Millet Camii, and get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read Ankara road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Konya to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Konya in April, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Ankara: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ankara

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30: