18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Trabzon
— 3 nights
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Marmaris
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 6 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Kaymakli Underground City, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Goreme road trip planning app.

Beirut, Lebanon to Goreme is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Beirut in June, Goreme is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Trabzon.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Trabzon

— 3 nights
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Surmene Camburnu Tabiat Parki. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Soumela Monastery, appreciate the views at Hidirnebi Yaylasi, and get engrossed in the history at Trabzon Tarihi Muzesi.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Trabzon online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Trabzon in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in June, you will find days in Trabzon are little chillier (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Marmaris.

Things to do in Trabzon

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Marmaris

— 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marmaris: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Gocek) and Iztuzu Beach 2 (in Dalyan). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a stroll through Datca Peninsula, and look for gifts at Hira Gold & Diamond.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Marmaris trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Trabzon to Marmaris takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Trabzon in July, you will find days in Marmaris are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 6 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary website.

Getting from Marmaris to Istanbul by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Marmaris in July: highs in Istanbul hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.