23 days in Turkey Itinerary

23 days in Turkey Itinerary

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23 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Bodrum City
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Fethiye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Antalya
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 15​min
7
Ankara
— 1 night
Bus:  3​h 30​min
8
Goreme
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h
End: Cluj-Napoca

4
nights
Istanbul

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 Rustem Pasha Mosque as well as Rumeli Fortress. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Istanbul vacation builder site .

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Istanbul is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Istanbul is 1 hour. Plan for much warmer nights when traveling from Cluj-Napoca in September since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Acropolis, Izmir Bergama Museum, Manisa Museum, and other attractions. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Kemeralti Market, make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), and take in the waterfront at Kordonboyu.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Izmir trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Istanbul to Izmir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Izmir, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bergama, Manisa Museum
Highlights from your plan
Izmir Museum of History and Art ©
Izmir Museum of History and Art
The Acropolis ©
The Acropolis
Kordonboyu ©
Kordonboyu

3
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sirince Koyu, Arcadian Way, Public Latrine, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Basilica of Saint John, steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Selcuk, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Selcuk takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in September, with highs in Selcuk at 36°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Aydin Museum, Sirince Koyu
Highlights from your plan
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Ephesus Terrace Houses

2
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bitez Beach, Bodrum Amphitheater and Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): examine the collection at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and then explore the ancient world of Bodrum Amphitheater. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Castle of St. Peter, examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and then kick back and relax at Bitez Beach.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bodrum City trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Selcuk to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Selcuk in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Bodrum City, with lows of 25°C. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Marmaris.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bitez Beach ©
Bitez Beach
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology ©

2
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lycian Rock Tombs, Patara Antik Kenti and Xanthos Antik Kenti. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the activities along Oludeniz. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Old Town, explore the ancient world of Xanthos Antik Kenti, then explore the ancient world of Patara Antik Kenti, and finally delve into the distant past at Tlos.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fethiye attractions planning site .

You can drive from Bodrum City to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Fethiye when traveling from Bodrum City in September, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Patara Antik Kenti, Lycian Rock Tombs, Xanthos Antik Kenti
Highlights from your plan
Tlos ©
Tlos
Lycian Rock Tombs ©
Lycian Rock Tombs
Patara Antik Kenti ©
Patara Antik Kenti

5
nights
Antalya

Antalya ©
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.
You've added Manavgat Waterfall and River, Kursunlu Waterfalls, Side Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antalya: Side (Ancient Theater & Temple of Apollo). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Kaleici, explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, take in the dramatic scenery at Duden Waterfalls, and examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Antalya trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Fethiye to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Antalya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Manavgat, Olympos Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls

1
night
Ankara

Ankara ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ankara Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii), then see the interesting displays at Ulucanlar Prison Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of AnItkabir.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ankara trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Antalya to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in September, you will find days in Ankara are cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Anitkabir ©
Anitkabir
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi ©
Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi
Ulucanlar Prison Museum ©
Ulucanlar Prison Museum

3
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Uchisar Castle, Pasabag and Zelve Open Air Museum. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, appreciate the extensive heritage of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), and Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Goreme vacation planner .

Getting from Ankara to Goreme by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ankara in September: highs in Goreme hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Zelve Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Goreme Open-Air Museum ©
Goreme Open-Air Museum

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