20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Ankara
— 3 nights
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Izmir
— 3 nights
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Kusadasi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dalaman
— 1 night
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Gaziantep
— 3 nights
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Trabzon
— 2 nights
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Samsun
— 3 nights
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Ankara

— 3 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to AltInkoy Acik Hava Muzesi and Gokyay Chess Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Ulucanlar Prison Museum and Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aslanhane Mosque, admire the striking features of Maltepe Mosque, and appreciate the history behind Equestrian Statue of Kemal Ataturk.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ankara online trip itinerary planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Ankara is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Karachi in July, you will find days in Ankara are a bit cooler (31°C), and nights are about the same (30°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Izmir.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites

Izmir

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Get in touch with nature at Akkum Plaji and Marika Beach Club. Discover out-of-the-way places like KEY Museum and Basilica of St. Jonh. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hisar Mosque, delve into the distant past at Kadifekale, contemplate the long history of Saint Polycarp Church, and view the masterpieces at Arkas Art Center.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Izmir trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Izmir takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Ankara in July since evenings lows in Izmir dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kusadasi

— 3 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Ladies Beach and Sevgi Beach. Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and Camlik Locomotive Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Guzelcamli National Park (in Aydin) and Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik). There's lots more to do: admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, head outdoors with Cave Zeus, and enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Sands Beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kusadasi road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Kusadasi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Izmir to Kusadasi due to the time zone difference. In July, Kusadasi is somewhat warmer than Izmir - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Dalaman.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Dalaman

— 1 night
Dalaman is a district, as well as the central town of that district, situated on the southwestern coast of Turkey, in the Muğla Province.Dalaman Stream (Dalaman çayı) forms much of the western border of the district, where its neighbors are Köyceğiz and Ortaca districts. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Sarsala Koyu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarigerme Public Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dalaman trip planner.

Drive from Kusadasi to Dalaman in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Dalaman when traveling from Kusadasi in July, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Dalaman

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Side Trips

Gaziantep

— 3 nights
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Halfeti and Rumkale. Explore hidden gems such as Gaziantep Savas Muzesi and Gaziantep Oyun ve Oyuncak Muzesi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gaziantep: Kahramanmaras (Ulu Camii, Kahramanmaras Museum, &more) and Birecik Kelaynak Uretme Istasyonu (in Sanliurfa). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Zeugma Belkis Antik Kent, see the interesting displays at Hamam Muzesi, get engrossed in the history at Gaziantep Museum of Archaelogy, and admire the masterpieces at Zeugma Mosaic Museum.

Plan my day in Gaziantep using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Dalaman to Gaziantep with the Route module. When traveling from Dalaman in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Gaziantep: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 24°C at night. On the 24th (Sat), you're off to Trabzon.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Trabzon

— 2 nights
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ickale Camii. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Soumela Monastery, explore the fascinating underground world of Karaca Cave, then Head underground at Çal Mağarası, and finally appreciate the views at Hidirnebi Yaylasi.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Trabzon road trip app.

You can fly from Gaziantep to Trabzon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Gaziantep in July, expect nights in Trabzon to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Samsun.

Things to do in Trabzon

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Samsun

— 3 nights
Samsun is a city on the north coast of Turkey with a population over half a million people. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Gazi Museum, then appreciate the history behind Onur Anıtı, then see the interesting displays at Samsun Kent Muzesi, and finally examine the collection at Bandirma Vapuru Muzesi. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Atakum Sahili, stroll the grounds of Gogceli Camii - Tarihi Ahsap Civisiz Cami, see the interesting displays at Samsun Arkeoloji Etnografya Muzesi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Samsun Merkez Mosque, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Amisos Mezarlari.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Samsun trip builder website.

You can drive from Trabzon to Samsun in 5 hours. Traveling from Trabzon in July, plan for little chillier nights in Samsun, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Samsun

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.