15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

15 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
Marmaris, Turkey
— 3 nights
Ferry to Rhodes, Fly to Athens
Athens, Greece
— 4 nights


Istanbul, Turkey

— 5 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.
Visiting Selale Parkuru and Polonezkoy Tabiat Parki will get you outdoors. Head to Kapali Carsi and Aponia Storefor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and contemplate the long history of Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Istanbul is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cairo in August, things will get slightly colder in Istanbul: highs are around 34°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Antalya.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife
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Antalya, Turkey

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, and then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

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

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Antalya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in August: highs in Antalya hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Antalya

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Marmaris, Turkey

— 3 nights
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
For shopping fun, head to Kurt Jewellery or Latina Goldsmiths. Visiting Marmaris Zeus Boat and Iztuzu Beach 2 will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: stroll through Icmeler Beach, kick back and relax at Marmaris Beach, explore the historical opulence of Marmaris Museum, and go for a stroll along the water at Marmaris Marina.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marmaris travel planner.

Getting from Antalya to Marmaris by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Antalya in August: high temperatures in Marmaris hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Athens.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Transportation

Side Trips

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Athens, Greece

— 4 nights

The Birthplace of Democracy

One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Visiting Glyfada Beach and Voula Beach will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Acropolis Museum and Byzantine and Christian Museum. The adventure continues: stop by Plaka, delve into the distant past at Temple of Olympian Zeus, wander the streets of Monastiraki, and steep yourself in history at Ancient Agora of Athens.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Athens online route planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Marmaris to Athens takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Marmaris to Athens due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Marmaris in August since evenings lows in Athens dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Athens

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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