60 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 12 nights
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Bilecik
— 4 nights
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Bursa
— 7 nights
Fly
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Konya
— 7 nights
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 9 nights
Drive
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Sanliurfa
— 6 nights
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Halfeti
— 1 night
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Drive to Gaziantep International Airport, Fly to Antalya International Airport, Drive to Kas
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Kas
— 6 nights
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Antalya
— 7 nights
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Istanbul — 12 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.
Family-friendly places like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, and visit Ortakoy.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Istanbul. In October in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Bilecik.
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Bilecik — 4 nights

Attractions like Tomb of Ertuğrul Gazi and Bilecik Museum make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bilecik: Ilicaksu Sarikiz (in Domanic) and Goynuk (Goynuk Zafer Kulesi & Aksemsettin Turbesi).

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bilecik trip planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Bilecik by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in October, expect nights in Bilecik to be much colder, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Bursa.
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Bursa — 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Ulu Cami and Somuncu Baba FIrInI ve Cilehanesi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bursa: Ormanya (in Kartepe) and Ataturk Kosku (in Termal). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Yesil Camii, take an in-depth tour of Ordekli Culture and Art Center, make a trip to Hamzabey Camii, and pause for some photo ops at Tombs of Osman and Orhan.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bursa trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Bilecik to Bursa takes 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bilecik in November since evenings lows in Bursa dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can fly to Konya.
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Konya — 7 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Family-friendly places like Mevlana Muzesi and Iplikci Cami will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Konya: Eflatunpinar Hitit Su Aniti (in Beysehir) and Aksehir (BatI Cephesi Karargahi Muzesi & Nasreddin Hoca Turbesi). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Seyh Tavusbaba Turbesi ve Camii, admire the natural beauty at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, stroll around 80 Binde Devr-i Alem Parki, and examine the collection at Konya Archaeological Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Konya online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Bursa to Konya by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bursa in November: high temperatures in Konya hover around 15°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Goreme.
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 9 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.
Explore Goreme's surroundings by going to Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri) and Guzelyurt (Selime Monastery & Ihlara Valley). There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Goreme road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Konya to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sanliurfa.
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Sanliurfa — 6 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Harran (Harran Ruins & Harran Sit Alani). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rizvaniye Mosque, contemplate the long history of Balikligol, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Abraham.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Sanliurfa day trip app.

Traveling by car from Goreme to Sanliurfa takes 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Halfeti.
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Halfeti — 1 night

On the 1st (Thu), contemplate the long history of Old Halfeti.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Halfeti trip planning site.

Getting from Sanliurfa to Halfeti by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kas.
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Kas — 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Patara Antik Kenti. Get out of town with these interesting Kas side-trips: Sura Ancient City (in Demre (Kale)), Kekova (Tersane Koyu & Sunken City Ruins of Simena) and Patara (Patara Amphitheatre & Arch of Triumph). There's still lots to do: slough off your stress at Spa Marin, go for a stroll along the water at Kalekoy Harbour, don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb, and stop by Silver Harmoni.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kas trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Halfeti to Kas. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Halfeti in December: high temperatures in Kas hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.
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Antalya — 7 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Land of Legends Theme Park and Apollon Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antalya: Kemer Cumhuriyet MeydanI (in Kemer), Blue World Diving Center (in Tekirova) and Cirali Beach (in Cirali). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kleopatra Beach, delve into the distant past at Ancient Theater, take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and see the interesting displays at Alanya Arkeoloji Muzesi.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Antalya journey planner.

You can drive from Kas to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Antalya, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight 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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Sanliurfa Province travel guide

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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

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Antalya Province travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · 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.
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