30 days in Turkey Itinerary

30 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel 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
Drive
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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Florya Sahil Parkı and Suma Beach. Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, take a stroll through Istiklal Caddesi, and explore the activities along Halic.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April, expect Istanbul to be much colder, temps between 20°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can fly 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 Uchisar Castle and Cappadocia Dowry Carpet. Head to Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles and Sultan Carpetfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, take a pleasant ride with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and expand your horizons at Naile Art Gallery.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Goreme trip maker site.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in April, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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.
On the 2nd (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Antalya Saat Kulesi and then wander the streets of Kaleici. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip site.

Getting from Goreme to Antalya by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in May, Antalya is a bit warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly 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 4th (Tue): take a stroll through Kemeralti Market, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hisar Mosque, and then learn about winemaking at Urla Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Karsiyaka Carsisi, then take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pirlanta Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Izmir trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Izmir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Antalya in May, with highs in Izmir at 19°C and lows at 7°C. You'll set off for Selcuk on the 6th (Thu).

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.
Get some historical perspective at Bibliotheque de Celsus and Arcadian Way. Explore hidden gems such as Ephesus Museum and Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop. Go for a jaunt from Selcuk to Soke to see Novada Outlet about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Ephesus Terrace Houses, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, and stop by Diana Ephesus Silver & Souvenir.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip planning website.

You can drive from Izmir to Selcuk in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in May: high temperatures in Selcuk hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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 9th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, then take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then take a stroll through Karahayit. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops 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 see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale travel route builder site.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Shopping · Wineries · Museums · 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for gifts at Pasha Fine Jewelery, then stop by 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 next day: stop by Simons Diamonds, stop by Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery, and then kick back and relax at Marmaris Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Marmaris online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Pamukkale to Marmaris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Marmaris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 13th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Patara Plajı. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): look for gifts at Silver Harmoni, then view the masterpieces at Tugra Art Gallery, then stop by Sandal@, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kas planner.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Kas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kas can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for gifts at Desire Jewellery, explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes, stop by Infinity Jewel, then stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, and finally visit Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: glide through the air with Escape Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oludeniz PlajI.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Fethiye trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kas to Fethiye takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Fethiye, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Bursa.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites · 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 18th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yildirim Bayezit Mosque (Yildirim Bayezit Camii), then boost your wellbeing at Oylat Thermal Spring, and then take a stroll through Cumalikizik. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Uluumay Museum of Ottoman Folk Costumes and Jewelry and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Koza Hani.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bursa trip planner.

You can fly from Fethiye to Bursa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Spas

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.