20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Turunc
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Bodrum City
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kusadasi
— 5 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Train + Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: Cape Town

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the striking features of Serefiye Sarnici, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planning app.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In June in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Turunc.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

4
nights
Turunc

Turunc ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Turunc: Orhaniye (Turgut Selalesi & Kizkumu), Marmaris Milli Parki (in Armutalan) and Oren PlajI (in Oren).

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Turunc trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Istanbul to Turunc. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Turunc due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Istanbul in June, Turunc is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Turunc

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Icmeler, Orhaniye, Carian Trail, Sarsala Koyu, Marmaris Milli Parki
Highlights from your plan
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Spas

5
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Castle of St. Peter and Knidos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bodrum City: Can Yucel'in Evi (in Datca) and Myndos (in Gumusluk). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, get some fabulous bargains at Moden Leather Shop, and make a trip to Windmills.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Bodrum City road trip planning website.

You can drive from Turunc to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Turunc to Bodrum City is 1 hour. When traveling from Turunc in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Bodrum City, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Datca, Yalikavak Marina, Myndos, Boat Tours & Water Sports, D-Marin Turgutreis
Highlights from your plan
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology ©
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology
Knidos ©
Knidos

5
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ancient City of Ephesus and Ephesus Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kusadasi: Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) (in Selcuk) and Sirince Koyu (in Sirince). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, cool off at Adaland, step into the grandiose world of Kusadasi Castle, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kusadasi trip builder app.

Drive from Bodrum City to Kusadasi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bodrum City to Kusadasi due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Selcuk, Sirince Koyu
Highlights from your plan
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House)
Ephesus Museum ©
Ephesus Museum

2
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Ortakoy and Taksim Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. See even more of Istanbul: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rustem Pasha Mosque, get a taste of the local shopping with Istiklal Street, and see the interesting displays at Pera Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Kusadasi to Istanbul in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kusadasi to Istanbul. In June, Istanbul is a bit cooler than Kusadasi - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taksim Square ©
Taksim Square
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Historic Areas of Istanbul ©
Historic Areas of Istanbul

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