28 days in Turkey Itinerary

28 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
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Canakkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cesme
— 3 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
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Trabzon
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
— 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.
On the 12th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in the views from Galata Koprusu, stop by Mısır Çarşısı, and explore the ancient world of Valens Aqueduct.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online holiday planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September: highs in Istanbul hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Spas

Bursa

— 1 night
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 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Emir Sultan Camii, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Green Tomb, then examine the collection at Bursa City Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isabey CAMii. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami and then appreciate the history behind Tombs of Osman and Orhan.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bursa trip builder tool.

Getting from Istanbul to Bursa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Istanbul in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Bursa: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Canakkale.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Museums

Canakkale

— 2 nights
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): browse the eclectic array of goods at Aynali Carsi, pause for some photo ops at Canakkale Truva Heykeli, learn about all things military at Canakkale Naval Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Troy (Truva), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namazgah Tabyalari. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove and then witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli Battlefield.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Canakkale tour planner.

You can drive from Bursa to Canakkale in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cesme.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Cesme

— 3 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.
Cesme is known for beaches, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Ilica Plaji, head outdoors with Flyinn Beach, do a tasting at Gemici Winery, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cesme driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Canakkale to Cesme in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Canakkale to Cesme, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Cesme can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Selcuk

— 2 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.
On the 21st (Tue), take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, then look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, then cool off at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and finally examine the collection at Ephesus Museum. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally explore the ancient world of Public Latrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cesme to Selcuk by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cesme in September, you will find days in Selcuk are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Oludeniz

— 2 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Mavi Magara, then stroll through Oludeniz PlajI, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and finally explore the activities along Oludeniz.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Oludeniz trip planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Oludeniz in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Trabzon

— 4 nights
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Trabzon is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, appreciate the views at Hidirnebi Yaylasi, contemplate the long history of Gulbahar Hatun Turbesi, and walk around Altındere Vadisi Milli Parkı.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Trabzon trip builder.

You can fly from Oludeniz to Trabzon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Oludeniz in September, you will find days in Trabzon are little chillier (29°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Trabzon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Goreme driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Trabzon to Goreme in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Trabzon in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 4 nights

Queen of Cities

Enjoy Istanbul some more: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait.

To find reviews and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul tour planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Goreme in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Istanbul: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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 · Geologic Formations
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.