21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey visit planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Trabzon International Airport, Drive to Uzungol
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Uzungol
— 4 nights
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Drive to Trabzon International Airport, Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Goreme
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia
— 1 night
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Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Drive to Cesme
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Cesme
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marmaris
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 5 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
Fly

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Uzungol

— 4 nights
Uzungöl is a lake situated to the south of the city of Trabzon, in the Çaykara district of Trabzon Province, Turkey. Explore Uzungol's surroundings by going to Lazika Cay (in Ardesen), Trabzon (Fatih Camii, Boztepe, &more) and Ayder Yaylasi (in Camlihemsin). There's more to do: explore the activities along Uzungol and buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Trabzon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Uzungol sightseeing planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Uzungol is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Karachi to Uzungol, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Uzungol

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Goreme: Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the striking landscape at Pasabag, see Off-Road Tours, and steep yourself in history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Goreme trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uzungol to Goreme. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

— 1 night
On the 4th (Fri), explore the fascinating underground world of Selime Monastery, admire the verdant scenery at Ihlara Valley, and then contemplate the long history of Guzelyurt Valley Monastery.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Guzelyurt holiday website.

You can drive from Goreme to Guzelyurt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cesme.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Cesme

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): do a tasting at Gemici Winery, then kick back and relax at Ilica Plaji, and then discover the deep blue sea with Derin Doga Dive Center. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kostem Zeytinyagi Muzesi, then examine the collection at Cesme Museum, then admire the striking features of Cesme Castle, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Dalyan Marina.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cesme road trip website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Guzelyurt to Cesme. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Guzelyurt to Cesme. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Marmaris

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): browse the eclectic array of goods at Turunc Pazari, enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, look for gifts at Kurt Jewellery, then make a splash at Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmaris Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, wander the streets of Bar Street Marmaris, then go for a stroll along the water at Marmaris Marina, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siteler Sirinyer Cami.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Marmaris road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cesme to Marmaris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Marmaris. In September in Marmaris, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Oludeniz

— 1 night
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): look for gifts at Anadolu el Sanatlari, then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Oludeniz. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, then admire the ancient design of Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath, and then explore the striking landscape of Saklikent Milli Parki.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz road trip app.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Oludeniz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 5 nights

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.
Explore Pamukkale's surroundings by going to Denizli (Aquamall AVM & Guney Selalesi) and Aphrodisias (in Geyre). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and enjoy unforgettable views with Pamukkale Balloons.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Pamukkale vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Istanbul

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): admire the striking features of Mihrimah Sultan Camii.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Turkey travel guide

4.3
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 · Caves
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.