35 days in Turkey, Kastellorizo & Rhodes Town Itinerary

35 days in Turkey, Kastellorizo & Rhodes Town Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Urgup, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Guzelyurt, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Antalya
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Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Kas, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive to Antalya International Airport, Fly to Kastellorizo
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Kastellorizo, Greece
— 6 nights
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Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Marmaris, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bitez, Turkey
— 1 night
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Izmir, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Gallipoli, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hippodrome, then contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, then contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, and finally take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, look for gifts at Tokgun Hali & Kilim, admire the striking features of Serefiye Sarnici, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally explore the galleries of Galata Tower.

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

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 7 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in July; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Urgup, Turkey

— 3 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Urgup is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, examine the collection at Cappadocia Art & History Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Urgup vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Urgup takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°C in Urgup. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Guzelyurt, Turkey

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): Head underground at Selime Monastery and then delve into the distant past at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Guzelyurt Valley Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Sivisli Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kilise Camii, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Ihlara Valley.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Guzelyurt tour planner.

You can drive from Urgup to Guzelyurt in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Antalya, Turkey

— 1 night
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 24th (Fri): wander the streets of Kaleici and then take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Laura Shopping Center, admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, then stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, then delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, and finally examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Guzelyurt to Antalya. In July, daytime highs in Antalya are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Kas, Turkey

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Tugra Art Gallery, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then stop by Young and Partners Carpet and Kilim, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaputas Beach. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a stroll along the water at Kas Marina, then delve into the distant past at Hellenistic Theatre, then go for a stroll along the water at Kalekoy Harbour, and finally make a trip to Lions Tomb.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kas trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Kas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 24°C in Kas. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kastellorizo.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Kastellorizo, Greece

— 6 nights
Kastellorizo is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Blue Grotto, take an in-depth tour of Archaelogical Museum Kastellorizo, admire the landmark architecture of Agios Konstantinos and Agia Eleni Church, and make a trip to Lycian Tomb.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kastellorizo online tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Kas to Kastellorizo with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. You'll set off for Rhodes Town on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Kastellorizo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Rhodes Town, Greece

— 2 nights
A conglomeration of many distinct architectural styles, Rhodes Town is the biggest urban center of the eponymous Greek island known for its golden beaches and relaxed way of life.
On the 5th (Wed), catch some excitement at The Cage, step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, and then get to know the fascinating history of Medieval City. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Ancient Kamiros and then explore the ancient world of Village of Lindos.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rhodes Town trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Kastellorizo to Rhodes Town in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Rhodes Town are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the ferry to Marmaris.

Things to do in Rhodes Town

Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Marmaris, Turkey

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Siteler Sirinyer Cami, cool off at Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark, then look for gifts at Kurt Jewellery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmaris Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): wander the streets of Bar Street Marmaris, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Marmaris online trip itinerary planner.

You can ride a ferry from Rhodes Town to Marmaris in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rhodes Town in August since evenings lows in Marmaris dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bitez.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Bitez, Turkey

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in the waterfront activity at Yalikavak Marina, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yahsi Beach.

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Traveling by car from Marmaris to Bitez takes 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Marmaris in August; daily highs in Bitez reach 43°C and lows reach 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Bitez

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Izmir, Turkey

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Fatih Cinili Cami, take a stroll through Kemeralti Market, then make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), and finally don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor. Keep things going the next day: walk around Izmir Wild Life Park, then browse the exhibits of Arkas Art Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu, and finally stop by Has Deri Leather Shop.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Izmir online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Bitez to Izmir in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Bitez, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Izmir, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Gallipoli, Turkey

— 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Eceabat (Canakkale Destani Tanitim Merkezi, Kilitbahir Castle, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove, take in the spiritual surroundings of Azaplar Camii, and explore the striking landscape of Gallipoli National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Gallipoli day trip tool.

You can drive from Izmir to Gallipoli in 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Izmir in August: high temperatures in Gallipoli hover around 37°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, and finally wander the streets of Istiklal Caddesi. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hagia Triada Church, then explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, and finally don't miss a visit to Miniaturk.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Istanbul takes 4 hours. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

4.3
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.6
History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.

Rhodes travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Ruins · Castles
Island of the Knights
An island of green hills, fertile valleys, and golden beaches, Rhodes blends cosmopolitan and traditional cultures, exemplified by its traditional taverns, upscale hotels, and archaeological sites. Nicknamed the "Island of Roses," this island offers visitors a chance to discover lively tourist resorts in the north and tranquil rural areas in the south. The island's slow pace seems utterly unaffected by the challenges of mass tourism, its permanent residents stubbornly clinging to their age-old traditions and relaxed lifestyle. As you explore the areas farther away from the busy coastline, take time to meet the garrulous locals in their natural environment, the village tavern.

Bodrum District travel guide

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Nightlife · Beaches · Castles
St.-Tropez of Turkey
Elegant Bodrum is a district and port city, watched over by its 15th-century seaside castle and is home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Formerly a simple fishing village, the town flourished after writer Kabaağaçlı put the city on the map: exiled here in 1925, he adopted the pen name, "The Fisherman of Halicarnassus"--an allusion to the city's name in aniquity. Today this seaside vacation spot charms visitors with a glittering marina, flower-filled cafes, palm-lined promenades, and a host of seafood restaurants. The serene simplicity that caught Kabaağaçlı's eye has since attracted other artists, giving Bodrum a sophistication that sets it apart from other coastal towns.