29 days in Turkey, Patmos & Pythagorion Itinerary

29 days in Turkey, Patmos & Pythagorion Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly
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Izmir, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bergama, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Akhisar, Turkey
Drive
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Salihli, Turkey
Drive
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Alasehir, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kusadasi, Turkey
— 4 nights
Drive to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Fly to Patmos
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Patmos, Greece
— 1 night
Fly to Adnan Menderes International Airport, Drive to Kusadasi
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Kusadasi, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Pythagorion, Greece
— 1 day
Drive
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Kusadasi, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Izmir, Turkey
— 1 night
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sehzade Mehmet Mosque and Serefiye Sarnici. Museum-lovers will get to explore Galata Mevlevi Museum and Museum of Innocence. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi, wander the streets of Besiktas, contemplate the long history of Simkeshane, and get to know the fascinating history of Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Turbesi.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul online holiday planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Istanbul is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 9 hours. While traveling from Auckland, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Izmir.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Izmir, Turkey

— 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Izmir Museum of History and Art, browse the exhibits of Arkas Art Center, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Polycarp Church. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque, take in the exciting artwork at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buca Protestan Baptist Kilisesi.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Izmir trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Istanbul to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Istanbul in May, with highs in Izmir at 19°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bergama.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Bergama, Turkey

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Haci Hekim Hamami, see the interesting displays at Bergamali Kadri Egitim Tarihi Muzesi, then explore the galleries of Pergamon Parchment, and finally explore the ancient world of Pergamon Antik Kenti.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bergama tour planner.

Getting from Izmir to Bergama by car takes about 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in May: high temperatures in Bergama hover around 29°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Akhisar.

Things to do in Bergama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Akhisar, Turkey

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Akhisar holiday planner.

Getting from Bergama to Akhisar by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Akhisar, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 15°C at night. You will leave for Salihli on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Akhisar

Historic Sites

Salihli, Turkey

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Salihli trip builder site.

Drive from Akhisar to Salihli in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Salihli are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll set off for Alasehir on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Salihli

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Alasehir, Turkey

— 1 night
Alaşehir, in Antiquity and the Middle Ages known as Philadelphia (Φιλαδέλφεια, i.e., "city of brotherly love") is a town and district of Manisa Province in the Aegean region of Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Abraham's Path and then pause for some serene contemplation at Philadelphia Siesean Kilisesi.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Alasehir trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Salihli to Alasehir by car takes about an hour. In May in Alasehir, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Alasehir

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Pamukkale, Turkey

— 3 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Anatolia Cemetery and Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Step off the beaten path and head to Balloon Rides and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pamukkale: Usak (Cilandiras Koprusu & Blaundus Antik Kenti). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Hierapolis.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Alasehir to Pamukkale takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Kusadasi, Turkey

— 4 nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Uzun Plaj and Didim ManastIr Koyu. Explore hidden gems such as Herakleia and Guzelcamli National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Cennet Koyu (in Didim) and Euromos Ruins (in Milas). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Hacivat Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Sands Beach, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaleici Camii.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kusadasi trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Kusadasi in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Kusadasi can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Patmos.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Patmos, Greece

— 1 night
Attracting religious pilgrims and wealthy jet set alike, Patmos is an island of contrasts.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Koukoumavla and then view the masterpieces at Tourlou.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Patmos online travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kusadasi to Patmos. In May in Patmos, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Patmos

Museums · Shopping

Kusadasi, Turkey

— 1 night
For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kusadasi trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Patmos to Kusadasi. You will leave for Pythagorion on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Kusadasi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Pythagorion, Greece

— 1 day
On the 29th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Agia Zoni, contemplate the long history of The Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi, take in the exciting artwork at Kallisti Gallery, then admire the striking features of Moni Timiou Stavrou, and finally delve into the distant past at Castle of Lykourgos Logothetis.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pythagorion trip planner.

Getting from Kusadasi to Pythagorion by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In May, daytime highs in Pythagorion are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Pythagorion

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Kusadasi, Turkey

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Kadikalesi Anaia Excavations, then stop by Kusadasi Leather, and then admire the masterpieces at Micro Miniature Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kusadasi trip planner.

Drive from Pythagorion to Kusadasi in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Selcuk, Turkey

— 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.
Let the collections at Camlik Locomotive Museum and Turkish Bath Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Trajan's Fountain and Memmius Monument. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Selcuk Efes Kent Bellegi-History Museum, stop by Lilys Authentic Art carpets and textiles shop, see the interesting displays at Maket Koy, and explore the ancient world of Fountain of Pollio.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk driving holiday website.

Selcuk is just a short distance from Kusadasi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kusadasi to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kusadasi in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Selcuk, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Selcuk

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Izmir, Turkey

— 1 night

Pearl of the Aegean

Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Yesilova Hoyugu Ziyaretci Merkezi, then examine the collection at Ataturk Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Ahmet Pristina City Archive & Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Izmir Museum of Arts & Sculpture and then see the interesting displays at Arkas Deniz Tarihi Muzesi.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Izmir day trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Izmir in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Selcuk in June, you will find days in Izmir are colder (22°C), and nights are a bit cooler (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.

Samos travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Nightlife · Caves
Green Island
An island of volcanic mountains and terraced vineyards, Samos lies near the Turkish mainland and serves as a convenient resting point on the route between Athens and Izmir. Rich in history and culture, Samos experienced its golden age as a powerful and wealthy independent state long before Athens expanded its influence as the region's principal urban center. In modern times, the island has become a popular holiday destination, known mostly for its beaches, coastal paths, and ancient sites. The island's top attractions include the World Heritage-listed remains of a vast sanctuary devoted to Hera and a 2,500-year-old aqueduct, regarded as one of the highest achievements of ancient engineering.