32 days in Turkish Aegean Coast Itinerary

32 days in Turkish Aegean Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkish Aegean Coast trip planner

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Cesme
— 4 nights
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Selcuk
— 7 nights
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Bodrum City
— 4 nights
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Marmaris
— 5 nights
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Fethiye
— 5 nights
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Bergama
— 3 nights
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Gallipoli
— 3 nights
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Cesme

— 4 nights
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Venture out of the city with trips to Izmir (KEY Museum, Konak Square, &more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ilica Plaji, stroll around Alacati Yel Degirmenleri Parki, and do a tasting at Gemici Winery.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Cesme online road trip planner.

Izmir to Cesme is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Izmir, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cesme, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trip

Selcuk

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Imam-i Birgivi Mehmet Efendi Turbesi (in Birgi), Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik) and Birgi AydInoglu Mehmet Bey Camii (in Odemis). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, see the interesting displays at Tire Kent Muzesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of KocarlI Cihanoglu Kulliyesi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cesme to Selcuk takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cesme in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Selcuk, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Bodrum City

— 4 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bodrum City: Priene Antik Kenti (in Gullubahce) and Ilyas Bey Kulliyesi (in Soke). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kizilhisarli Mustafa Pasa Camii, explore the galleries of Dibekli Han Kultur ve Sanat, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bodrum City tour builder website.

Getting from Selcuk to Bodrum City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in December; daily highs in Bodrum City reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Marmaris

— 5 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Marmaris side-trips: Dalyan (Dalyan Spirit Gift&Speciality Shop, Kaunos, &more) and Sultaniye Thermals and Mud Baths (in Koycegiz). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Dalyan Nehri, take in the spiritual surroundings of Siteler Sirinyer Cami, pause for some photo ops at Marmaris Mountains, and kick back and relax at Marmaris Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Marmaris trip builder.

Getting from Bodrum City to Marmaris by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bodrum City in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Marmaris. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fethiye

— 5 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Change things up with these side-trips from Fethiye: Dalyan (Gallery Iz, Dalyan Cami, &more) and Babadag (in Oludeniz). And it doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, stroll around Oludeniz, Head underground at Mavi Magara, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Fethiye online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Marmaris to Fethiye in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bergama.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bergama

— 3 nights
Step out of Bergama to go to Dikili and see Asiklar Selalesi, which is approximately 36 minutes away.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bergama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Bergama takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Fethiye in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bergama: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Bergama

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Gallipoli

— 3 nights
The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Explore Gallipoli's surroundings by going to Eceabat (Eceabat Tarihe SaygI Aniti, Gallipoli Battlefield, &more). Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Gallipoli National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, don't miss a visit to Azaplar Camii, and get engrossed in the history at Piri Reis Muzesi.

Before you visit Gallipoli, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Bergama to Gallipoli takes 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Gallipoli are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Turkish Aegean Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
Abounding with the smell of local olive farms and citrus plantations, Turkish Aegean Coast offers stunning beaches dotted with picturesque harbors. Colorful parachutes float gently above the clear, turquoise water. The warm climate year-round makes the area a vacation destination in any season. Neighboring modern cities feature palm-lined streets, neoclassical architecture, and ruins from ancient times. You'll find yourself surrounded with fertile valleys in this region, as small lush hills rise out of the sea. Learn about the ancient art and philosophy that the coast inspired in this land of wine, honey, and olive oil.