8 days in The Balkans Itinerary

8 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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8 days in The Balkans Itinerary

Start: Edmonton, Canada
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Athens, Greece
— 2 nights
2
Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
3
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Edmonton, Canada

2
nights
Athens, Greece

Athens ©
One of the world's most ancient cities, Athens remains Europe's undisputed historical and cultural capital.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Acropolis of Athens and Erechtheion. Do some cultural sightseeing at Acropolis Museum and Plaka. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Archaeological Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kapnikarea, delve into the distant past at Ancient Agora of Athens, and pause for some photo ops at Temple of Olympian Zeus.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Athens travel itinerary planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Athens is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 9 hours. Traveling from Edmonton in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Athens: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Athens

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Acropolis Museum ©
Acropolis Museum
Acropolis of Athens ©
Acropolis of Athens
Temple of Olympian Zeus ©
Temple of Olympian Zeus

1
night
Selcuk, Turkey

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, then explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, and finally delve into the distant past at The Temple of Artemis.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk trip maker app .

Fly from Athens to Selcuk in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Selcuk. July in Selcuk sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

1
night
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
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.
On the 10th (Fri), Head underground at Kaklik Cave, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale attractions planning tool .

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and then admire the landmark architecture of Mihrimah Sultan Camii.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. July in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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