22 days in Turkey Itinerary

22 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey route planner

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bodrum City
— 1 night
Drive
3
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
5
Fethiye
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Alanya
— 1 night
Drive
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Antalya
— 3 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Istanbul

— 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ulu Cami and Rumeli Fortress. Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, and don't miss a visit to Istiklal Caddesi.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul travel website.

Vancouver, Canada to Istanbul is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Istanbul is 11 hours. While traveling from Vancouver, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to fly to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Bodrum City

— 1 night

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the waterfront activity at Yalikavak Marina, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter, and finally look for gifts at Gallery Mustafa.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bodrum City tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Bodrum City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in October since evenings lows in Bodrum City dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Selcuk

— 3 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Public Latrine and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bibliotheque de Celsus and Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, and don't miss a visit to Curetes Street.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Selcuk tour planner.

Drive from Bodrum City to Selcuk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bodrum City in October since evenings lows in Selcuk dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, steep yourself in history at Byzantine Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Hierapolis, and finally take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

You can plan Pamukkale trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Fethiye

— 2 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the activities along Dalyan Nehri and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, glide through the air with Gravity Tandem Paragliding, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fethiye day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Fethiye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Kas

— 2 nights
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then stop by Atelier Thalia. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Kekova Island, then delve into the distant past at Patara Antik Kenti, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Patara Plajı.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kas road trip app.

You can drive from Fethiye to Kas in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Alanya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Alanya

— 1 night
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Dim Cave, admire the sheer force of Dimcay, make a trip to Alanya Shipyard, explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi, then go for a walk through Alanya LimanI, and finally take some stellar pictures from Kizilkule.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Alanya online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Kas to Alanya takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Alanya

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Antalya

— 3 nights
Offering both sandy beaches packed with modern amenities and a historical town center filled with Roman ruins and Ottoman mosques, Antalya serves as one of the country's major tourist destinations.
Get some cultural insight at Ancient Theater and Side Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Cirali Beach and Goynuk Canyon. Get out of town with these interesting Antalya side-trips: Olympos Archeological Site (in Olympos) and Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate, and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip site.

Traveling by car from Alanya to Antalya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Antalya, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Uchisar Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri and Balloon Rides. When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Ihlara Valley in Guzelyurt, approximately Guzelyurt away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys, don't miss a visit to Pasabag, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

You can plan Goreme trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Goreme takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Antalya in October: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 24°C and lows are around 6°C. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

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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.