30 days in Turkey Itinerary

30 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey tour planner

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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Antalya
— 2 nights
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Izmir
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Marmaris
— 1 night
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Kas
— 2 nights
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Fethiye
— 3 nights
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Bursa
— 3 nights
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Istanbul

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Istiklal Caddesi and Florya Sahil Parkı. Museum-lovers will appreciate Topkapi Palace and Dolmabahce Sanat Galerisi. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, contemplate the waterfront views at Halic, and steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip 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. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, with highs in Istanbul at 14°C and lows at 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zelve Open Air Museum and Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley). Escape the urban bustle at Uchisar Castle and Goreme National Park. There's still lots to do: stop by Sultan Carpet, head outdoors with Royal Balloon, trot along with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and expand your horizons at Naile Art Gallery.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Goreme route website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Antalya

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Antalya Saat Kulesi and then take a stroll through Kaleici. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Antalya tour builder site.

Fly from Goreme to Antalya in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Goreme in March; daily highs in Antalya reach 21°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Museums

Izmir

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): visit Kemeralti Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque, and then learn about winemaking at Urla Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Karsiyaka Carsisi, then take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, and then stroll through Pirlanta Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Izmir travel app.

You can fly from Antalya to Izmir in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In March, Izmir is a bit cooler than Antalya - with highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C. You'll set off for Selcuk on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Izmir

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Selcuk

— 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bibliotheque de Celsus and Ephesus Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Novada Outlet and Diana Ephesus Silver & Souvenir. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, make a trip to Arcadian Way, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, and look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Selcuk trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Izmir to Selcuk by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in March, with highs in Selcuk at 19°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, then take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then wander the streets of Karahayit. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Camlik, then buy something for everyone on your list at Teras Park Alisveris Merkezi, and then do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Shopping · Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Marmaris

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stop by Pasha Fine Jewelery, then look for gifts at Latina Goldsmiths, then stop by Kurt Jewellery, and finally kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): stop by Simons Diamonds, then look for gifts at Trust Gold & Diamonds, and then kick back and relax at Marmaris Beach.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Marmaris journey builder tool.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Marmaris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Marmaris

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Kas

— 2 nights
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Patara Plajı. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Silver Harmoni, then take in the exciting artwork at Tugra Art Gallery, then look for gifts at Sandal@, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kas tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Marmaris to Kas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Kas are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Kas

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Fethiye

— 3 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): stop by Desire Jewellery, explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes, stop by Infinity Jewel, then stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, and finally wander the streets of Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): choose your vessel at Escape Adventures and then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fethiye day trip planner.

You can drive from Kas to Fethiye in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bursa.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Bursa

— 3 nights
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 27th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Yildirim Bayezit Mosque (Yildirim Bayezit Camii), then explore the fascinating underground world of Oylat Thermal Spring, and then take a stroll through Cumalikizik. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Uluumay Museum of Ottoman Folk Costumes and Jewelry and then hunt for treasures at Koza Hani.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bursa using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Fethiye to Bursa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Fethiye in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bursa: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

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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.