30 days in Turkey Itinerary

30 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Halic and Luxury Istanbul. Relax by the water at Florya Sahil Parkı and Suma Beach. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and kick back and relax at Solar Plajı.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planning tool.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, expect nights in Istanbul to be about the same, around 72°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Cappadocia Dowry Carpet and Sultans Seramik. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Uchisar Castle and Kervan Carpet & Kilim. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Zelve Open Air Museum, enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, and learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Istanbul, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

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 19th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Antalya Saat Kulesi and then wander the streets of Kaleici. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Antalya planner.

You can fly from Goreme to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Goreme in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Antalya, with lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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 21st (Tue): visit Kemeralti Market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque, and then learn about winemaking at Urla Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): look for gifts at Karsiyaka Carsisi, take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, and then kick back and relax at Pirlanta Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Izmir trip planner.

Getting from Antalya to Izmir by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Antalya in September, plan for slightly colder days in Izmir, with highs around 72°F, while nights are colder with lows around 48°F. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Selcuk.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks · Beaches · 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.
Head to Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop and Diana Ephesus Silver & Souvenirfor some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Ancient City of Ephesus and Ephesus Terrace Houses. Step out of Selcuk to go to Soke and see Novada Outlet, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, and make a trip to Arcadian Way.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Izmir to Selcuk in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in September, with highs in Selcuk at 87°F and lows at 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) 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.
On the 26th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, then get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then take a stroll through Karahayit. On the next day, browse the different shops at Forum Camlik, then browse the different shops at Teras Park Alisveris Merkezi, and then do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pamukkale road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Shopping · Wineries · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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.
On the 28th (Tue), look for gifts at Pasha Fine Jewelery, then stop by Latina Goldsmiths, then stop by Kurt Jewellery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Icmeler Beach. On the next day, look for gifts at Simons Diamonds, then stop by Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery, and then kick back and relax at Marmaris Beach.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Marmaris trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Pamukkale to Marmaris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Marmaris sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Beaches · 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 30th (Thu), kick back and relax at Patara Plajı. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): stop by Silver Harmoni, then take in the exciting artwork at Tugra Art Gallery, then stop by Sandal@, and finally stroll through Kaputas Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kas trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Kas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kas are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Kas

Parks · Beaches · 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 2nd (Sat): stop by Desire Jewellery, explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes, then stop by Infinity Jewel, then stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, and finally take a stroll through Old Town. On the next day, get some thrills on the water with Escape Adventures and then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fethiye travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kas to Fethiye in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 56°F. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Bursa.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Yildirim Bayezit Mosque (Yildirim Bayezit Camii), boost your wellbeing at Oylat Thermal Spring, and then stop by Cumalikizik. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Uluumay Museum of Ottoman Folk Costumes and Jewelry and then steep yourself in history at Koza Hani.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bursa journey planner.

You can fly from Fethiye to Bursa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Fethiye, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bursa, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

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.