18 days in Turkey & Lebanon Itinerary

18 days in Turkey & Lebanon Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
3
Oludeniz, Turkey
— 3 nights
4
Beirut, Lebanon
— 2 nights
5
Bcharre, Lebanon
— 1 night
6
Baalbeck, Lebanon
— 2 nights


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4
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul road trip site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Istanbul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July: highs in Istanbul hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

4
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Outdoor Activities, see Off-Road Tours, examine the collection at Cappadocia Art & History Museum, and appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

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Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Goreme, with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Cappadocia Art & History Museum, Guray Museum, Alaturca Taner
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Oludeniz, Turkey

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oludeniz: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Gocek) and Fethiye (Gizlikent Selalesi & Saklikent Milli Parki). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, explore the fascinating underground world of Mavi Magara, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll around Oludeniz.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oludeniz trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Oludeniz takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Oludeniz when traveling from Goreme in July, with lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fethiye, Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Boat Tours & Water Sports
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Babadag ©
Babadag

2
nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Selim Mouzannar, thenexamine the collection at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum, thenget engrossed in the history at National Museum of Beirut, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Chir Bay, thenexplore the historical opulence of Beit Eddine, and then admire the masterpieces at Atelier Assaf.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Beirut trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Oludeniz to Beirut by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Oludeniz in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Beirut, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bcharre.

Things to do in Beirut

Museums Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Chir Bay, Atelier Assaf, Beit Eddine
Highlights from your plan
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum ©
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum
Beit Eddine ©
Beit Eddine
Atelier Assaf ©
Atelier Assaf

1
night
Bcharre, Lebanon

Bcharre ©
Sitting at 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level and nestled between a mountain and a valley, Bcharre offers holiday goers breathtaking views.
On the 16th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Saydet el Hosn Lady of the Fortress, appreciate the views at Qadisha Valley, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Deir Qozhaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Deir Qannoubin.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bcharre road trip planner.

Getting from Beirut to Bcharre by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Bcharre can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Baalbeck.

Things to do in Bcharre

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Saydet el Hosn Lady of the Fortress
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Deir Qozhaya ©
Deir Qozhaya
Qadisha Valley ©
Qadisha Valley
Deir Qannoubin ©
Deir Qannoubin

2
nights
Baalbeck, Lebanon

Baalbeck ©
Baalbek, properly Baʿalbek and also known as Balbec, Baalbec or Baalbeck, is a town in the Anti-Lebanon foothills east of the Litani River in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, about 85km northeast of Beirut and about 75km north of Damascus. On the 17th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Temples of Baalbek, appreciate the extensive heritage of Baalbek Roman Ruins, thendon't miss a visit to Hajar al-Hibla, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Bekaa Valley.

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Traveling by car from Bcharre to Baalbeck takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Baalbeck can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Baalbeck

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bekaa Valley
Highlights from your plan
Baalbek Roman Ruins ©
Baalbek Roman Ruins
Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Bekaa Valley ©
Bekaa Valley

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