29 days in Turkey, Lebanon & Armenia Itinerary

29 days in Turkey, Lebanon & Armenia Itinerary

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29 days in Turkey, Lebanon & Armenia Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg, Russia
Fly + shuttle:  11​h 30​min
1
Marmaris, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Antalya, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Goreme, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Beirut, Lebanon
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Yerevan, Armenia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Dilijan, Armenia
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: St. Petersburg, Russia

3
nights
Marmaris, Turkey

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.
Let the collections at Gallery Iz and Nur's Art Gallery capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Stratonikeia Ancient City and Loryma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marmaris: Lagina (in Yatagan) and Iztuzu Beach (in Dalyan). Spend the 16th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach and stroll through Marmaris Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Marmaris online tour planner .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Marmaris is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in March: high temperatures in Marmaris hover around 65°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dalyan, Yatagan, Icmeler Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Marmaris Beach ©
Marmaris Beach

4
nights
Antalya, Turkey

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Antalya Muzesi and Devlet Guzel Sanatlar Galerisi. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Greek Amphitheater and Perge Ancient City. Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Phaselis Antique City (in Tekirova), Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik) and Gulluk Dagi (Termessos) Milli Parki (in Korkuteli). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Hadrian's Gate, look for gifts at Marina Leather, and browse the range of quality goods at Balon Park.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Antalya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Antalya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Antalya are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Marina Leather, Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Phaselis, Ancient Theater, Gulluk Dagi (Termessos) Milli Parki
Highlights from your plan
Aspendos Ruins and Theater ©
Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Phaselis ©
Phaselis
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater

4
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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.
Visiting Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center and Balloon Rides will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Goreme National Park and Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii. Step out of Goreme to go to Derinkuyu and see Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Goreme tour planning website .

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in March, things will get slightly colder in Goreme: highs are around 57°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ortahisar, Urgup, Uchisar Castle, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Highlights from your plan
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

3
nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Head to Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture and Selim Mouzannarfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as National Museum of Beirut and Zaitunay Bay. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Churches of Harissa, browse the different shops at ABC Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, and see the interesting displays at Mim Museum - Mineral Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Beirut online vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Beirut takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Goreme in March, expect nights in Beirut to be much warmer, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Yerevan.

Things to do in Beirut

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Churches of Harissa
Highlights from your plan
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum ©
Mim Museum - Mineral Museum
National Museum of Beirut ©
National Museum of Beirut
Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque ©
Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque

2
nights
Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan ©
Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
Do your shopping at Arev Art Gallery and Eduard Isabekyan Gallery Yerevan. Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Gala Art Gallery, make a trip to Republic Square, take in the exciting artwork at Nur Art Gallery, and explore the galleries of Dalan Art Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yerevan travel route site .

Getting from Beirut to Yerevan by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and car; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Yerevan is 2 hours. While traveling from Beirut, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Yerevan, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Dilijan.

Things to do in Yerevan

Museums Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cafesjian Center for the Arts ©
Cafesjian Center for the Arts
Armenian Genocide Museum
Armenian Genocide Museum

4
nights
Dilijan, Armenia

Dilijan ©
An alpine haven resting in a plush evergreen national park, Dilijan has made a name for itself as the "Armenian Switzerland." A much-loved spa town rich in culture and history, uncover the majestic 10th century monasteries, undisturbed scenic vistas, and hiking trails through undulating forest.
You'll explore and learn at The Geological Museum and Art Gallery of Dilijan and Hovhannes Tumanyan House Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Monastery of Geghard and Hnevank Monastery. Venture out of the city with trips to Arakelots Monastery (in Acharkut), Makaravank Monastery (in Ijevan) and Tsakhkadzor (Wine Store Tsaghkadzor & Memorial Museum of Orbeli Brothers). Make the 2nd (Thu) an awe-inspiring day at Dilijan National Park. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Haghpatavank, step into the grandiose world of Kayan Fortress, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matosavank Monastery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Odzun Church.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dilijan trip planner.

Drive from Yerevan to Dilijan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Dilijan sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Dilijan

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Tsakhkadzor, Alaverdi, Haghpatavank, The Monastery of Geghard, Hovhannes Tumanyan House Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Monastery of Geghard ©
The Monastery of Geghard
Hnevank Monastery ©
Hnevank Monastery
Arakelots Monastery ©
Arakelots Monastery

5
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

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.
Visiting Delmece Yaylasi and Golden Horn will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Kariye Museum (The Chora Church). Explore Istanbul's surroundings by going to Yalova (Erikli Waterfall & Termal Cinarl Hiyaben Yolu) and Faruk YalcIn Hayvanat Bahcesi ve Botanik ParkI (in Tuzla District). Spend the 10th (Fri) floating through the air with a balloon tour. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, and admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dilijan to Istanbul. The time zone difference moving from Armenia Time (AMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Istanbul are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Yalova, Delmece Yaylasi
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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