20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey itinerary builder

Make it your trip
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Istanbul
— 1 night
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Marmaris
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bodrum City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cesme
— 5 nights
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Drive to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Guzelyurt
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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Trabzon International Airport, Drive to Uzungol
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Uzungol
— 2 nights
Drive to Trabzon International Airport, Fly to Karachi

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Istanbul

— 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque and then admire the striking features of Eyüp Sultan Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, relax and rejuvenate at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul road trip planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to Istanbul. When traveling from Karachi in September, plan for cooler days in Istanbul, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Baths · Spas

Pamukkale

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take a stroll through Karahayit, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale visit planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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.
Relax by the water at Icmeler Beach and Marmaris Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Azmak Nehri and Amos Beach. Take a break from Marmaris with a short trip to Turunc Sahil in Turunc, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: stop by Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery, stroll through Incekum, and see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Marmaris trip planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Marmaris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Marmaris can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Bodrum City

— 3 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
For shopping fun, head to Moden Leather Shop or Avenue Bodrum. We've included these beaches for you: Bitez Beach and Camel Beach. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Yahsi Beach, go for a stroll along the water at Yalikavak Marina, and stroll through Mor Plaj.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bodrum City trip planner.

Getting from Marmaris to Bodrum City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Marmaris in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 25°C in Bodrum City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cesme.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Cesme

— 5 nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cesme AltInkum Beach and Tekke Plaji. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Ilica Plaji. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Delikli Koyu, kick back and relax at Spiaggia Grande, learn about winemaking at Gemici Winery, and cool off at Kafe Pi Beach Club.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cesme itinerary tool.

Getting from Bodrum City to Cesme by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bodrum City to Cesme, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bodrum City in September, with highs in Cesme at 32°C and lows at 21°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and then Head underground at Selime Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soar above the sights with Lanora Tours and then appreciate the views at Ihlara Valley.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Guzelyurt route maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cesme to Guzelyurt. Traveling from Cesme to Guzelyurt, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Urgup.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Urgup, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): do a tasting at Kocabag Winery, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally steep yourself in history at Goreme National Park. On the next day, stop by Antikite Ottoman, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and then appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Urgup trip planner.

You can drive from Guzelyurt to Urgup in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uzungol.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Uzungol

— 2 nights
Uzungöl is a lake situated to the south of the city of Trabzon, in the Çaykara district of Trabzon Province, Turkey. On the 27th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Sultan Murat Plateau, look for all kinds of wild species at Sarikaya Yaylasi, and then explore the activities along Uzungol.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Uzungol vacation maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Urgup to Uzungol. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Uzungol

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.