21 days in Turkey & Amsterdam Itinerary

21 days in Turkey & Amsterdam Itinerary

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21 days in Turkey & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
3
Fethiye, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Izmir, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
5
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  11 h
End: Ottawa, Canada

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes KIz Kulesi, Beyoglu, Eminonu Square, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Basilica Cistern. Popular historic sites such as Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Galata Tower are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Istanbul side-trips: Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik) and Buyukada Tabiat Parki (in Buyukada). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , explore the activities along Halic, and take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip itinerary builder .

Ottawa, Canada to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Ottawa to Istanbul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Istanbul, with lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Buyukada Tabiat Parki, Delmece Yaylasi
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Goreme National Park and Soganli Valley. Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Gulludere Vadisi. Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Mazi Yeralti Sehri (in Urgup) and Gomeda Vadisi (in Mustafapasa). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Royal Balloon, admire the verdant scenery at Camel Rock, explore the world behind art at Guray Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Zelve Open Air Museum.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Goreme are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Fethiye.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Avanos, Nevsehir, Kocabag Winery, Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Gulludere Vadisi ©
Gulludere Vadisi

3
nights
Fethiye, Turkey

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Visiting Saklikent Milli Parki and Mavi Magara will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Ancient Rock Tombes and Xanthos Antik Kenti are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Billy's Beach, take a stroll through Old Town, admire the sheer force of Gizlikent Selalesi, and explore the ancient world of Pinara Antique City.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Fethiye road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Goreme to Fethiye takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in September, Fethiye is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Xanthos Antik Kenti
Highlights from your plan
Xanthos Antik Kenti ©
Xanthos Antik Kenti
Ancient Rock Tombes ©
Ancient Rock Tombes
Pinara Antique City ©
Pinara Antique City

4
nights
Izmir, Turkey

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Get some historical perspective at Bibliotheque de Celsus and Ancient City of Ephesus. Museum-lovers will appreciate Arkas Art Center and Hacivat Shop. Change things up with these side-trips from Izmir: Selcuk (Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, &more) and Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of St. Jonh, view the masterpieces at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center, admire the striking features of Fatih Cinili Cami, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Izmir trip planner.

Getting from Fethiye to Izmir by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. While traveling from Fethiye, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Izmir, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Selcuk, Magnesia Antik Kenti, Hacivat Shop
Highlights from your plan
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Visit Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House) for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Canals area (in Utrecht), The Hague (Louwman Museum The Hague & Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)) and Rotterdam Centraal Station (in Rotterdam). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Kroller-Muller Museum, contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, and take a stroll through The Jordaan.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam online tour planner .

Fly from Izmir to Amsterdam in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Izmir to Amsterdam due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Izmir in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Amsterdam, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

The Hague, Kroller-Muller Museum, Mondial Museum, Canals area, Rotterdam Centraal Station
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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