12 days in Turkey Itinerary

12 days in Turkey Itinerary

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12 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  17 h 15 min
1
Goreme
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
2
Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
3
Cesme
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Kusadasi
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Fethiye
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Antalya
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Goreme

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 30th (Mon): stop by Alaturca Taner, do some rugged touring at local off-road trails, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and finally enjoy some diversion at Naile Art Gallery. On your second day here, explore by horseback at Lucky Horse Ranch and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Goreme vacation planning app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Goreme is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Goreme. In March, Goreme is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 16°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Uchisar
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki ©
Goreme Tarihi Milli Parki
Off-Road & ATV Trails

3
nights
Istanbul

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.
You've now added Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam to your itinerary. Head to Istiklal Street and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisifor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, delve into the lush surroundings at Selale Parkuru, look for gifts at Adnan and Hasan, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in March, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Cesme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam ©
Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
Cesme

The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
On the 4th (Sat), cast your line with a fishing tour, view the masterpieces at Kirli Ciki Sanat Galerisi, and then learn about winemaking at Gemici Wine & Jam Shop.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Cesme driving holiday tool .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Istanbul to Cesme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Cesme due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in Cesme. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Kirli Ciki Sanat Galerisi ©
Kirli Ciki Sanat Galerisi

2
nights
Kusadasi

Kusadasi ©
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaleici Camii, then stop by Sultan Carpet and Kilim, then delve into the distant past at Bibliotheque de Celsus, and finally explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Oleatrium, explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, and then delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kusadasi trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Cesme to Kusadasi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

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

1
night
Fethiye

A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
On the 7th (Tue), hike along The Lycian Way, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Fethiye online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kusadasi to Fethiye in 4 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Antalya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Agora Antalya Shopping Center, look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, and then wander the streets of Kaleici.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Antalya day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery ©
Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery
Agora Antalya Shopping Center ©
Agora Antalya Shopping Center

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