28 days in Turkey Itinerary

28 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bursa
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Canakkale
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kusadasi
— 1 day
Drive
7
Bodrum City
— 1 night
Drive
8
Marmaris
— 1 night
Drive
9
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Antalya
— 1 night
Drive
11
Manavgat
— 1 night
Bus
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Konya
— 1 night
Train
13
Ankara
— 2 nights
Bus
14
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul attractions planner.

Surabaya, Indonesia to Istanbul is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Surabaya to Istanbul is minus 4 hours. In July, Istanbul is little chillier than Surabaya - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

2
nights
Bursa

The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muradiye Mosque, fly down the slopes at Kardanadam, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uludag Ski Resort. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami, take an in-depth tour of Ordekli Culture and Art Center, and then explore the ancient world of Muradiye Complex.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Bursa holiday builder site.

You can drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Bursa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canakkale.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

2
nights
Canakkale

A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
On the 20th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gallipoli National Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind KIrmIzI SIrt 125. Alay Siperleri, steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, then witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli Battlefield, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namazgah Tabyalari, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Rhapsodos Mozaik.

To find maps and more tourist information, refer to the Canakkale online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bursa to Canakkale takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July in Canakkale, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Izmir.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

2
nights
Izmir

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 22nd (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, then examine the collection at KEY Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Bornova. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Alsancak, take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, then take in the waterfront at Kordonboyu, and finally view the masterpieces at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Izmir trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Canakkale to Izmir takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Canakkale in July, with highs in Izmir at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Shopping

3
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look for gifts at Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop, then contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isa Bey Mosque, examine the collection at Tire Kent Muzesi, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of KocarlI Cihanoglu Kulliyesi.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Selcuk holiday planner.

You can drive from Izmir to Selcuk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, Selcuk is a bit warmer than Izmir - with highs of 41°C and lows of 25°C. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

1
day
Kusadasi

Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach, explore the world behind art at Micro Miniature Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Hacivat Shop, and finally steep yourself in history at Ilyas Bey Kulliyesi.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kusadasi trip tool.

Kusadasi is very close to Selcuk. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Kusadasi sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

1
night
Bodrum City

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
On the 27th (Tue), look for gifts at Gallery Mustafa, then examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter, and finally admire the masterpieces at Zeki Muren Arts Museum.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bodrum City road trip planner.

You can drive from Kusadasi to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kusadasi to Bodrum City. In July in Bodrum City, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

1
night
Marmaris

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): look for gifts at Trust Gold & Diamonds, kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siteler Sirinyer Cami, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Marmaris Marina.

Discover how to plan a Marmaris trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Marmaris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bodrum City in July, things will get little chillier in Marmaris: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Beaches · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

2
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Pamukkale

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 29th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Pamukkale online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Marmaris to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): visit Kaleici, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Antalya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Manavgat.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Nature

1
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Manavgat

Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Temple of Apollo, then soak in style at Q Spa & Wellness, and then delve into the distant past at Ancient Theater.

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

You can drive from Antalya to Manavgat in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Manavgat are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Konya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites · Spas · Baths

1
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Konya

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
On the 2nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziziye Cami, then take an in-depth tour of Mevlana Muzesi, then pause for some photo ops at Ataturk Aniti, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Konya trip planner.

Getting from Manavgat to Konya by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, Konya is slightly colder than Manavgat - with highs of 36°C and lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

2
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Ankara

Heart of Turkey

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Natural History Museum, contemplate the long history of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Tacettin Sultan Cami, then don't miss a visit to Musa aga camii, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Haci Musa Camii. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of 1. TBMM Kurtulus Savasi Muzesi, then get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, then stop by Mohair&Angora Flagship Store, and finally ponder the world of politics at Yargitay.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ankara trip planner.

You can take a train from Konya to Ankara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Konya in August: highs in Ankara hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

3
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Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Pasabag, look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, and stroll through Uchisar Castle.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Goreme day trip planning website.

Take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Ankara in August, you will find days in Goreme are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are little chillier (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

4.5
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Bodrum District travel guide

3.4
Beaches · Nightlife · Castles
St.-Tropez of Turkey
Elegant Bodrum is a district and port city, watched over by its 15th-century seaside castle and is home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Formerly a simple fishing village, the town flourished after writer Kabaağaçlı put the city on the map: exiled here in 1925, he adopted the pen name, "The Fisherman of Halicarnassus"--an allusion to the city's name in aniquity. Today this seaside vacation spot charms visitors with a glittering marina, flower-filled cafes, palm-lined promenades, and a host of seafood restaurants. The serene simplicity that caught Kabaağaçlı's eye has since attracted other artists, giving Bodrum a sophistication that sets it apart from other coastal towns.