35 days in Turkey, Kastellorizo & Rhodes Town Itinerary

35 days in Turkey, Kastellorizo & Rhodes Town Itinerary

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35 days in Turkey, Kastellorizo & Rhodes Town Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Urgup, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Guzelyurt, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Kas, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 30 min
6
Kastellorizo, Greece
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Rhodes Town, Greece
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
8
Marmaris, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Bitez, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Izmir, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
11
Gallipoli, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
12
Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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 admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, look for gifts at Tokgun Hali & Kilim, steep yourself in history at Serefiye Sarnici, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online visit planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Melbourne to Istanbul. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Istanbul at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Urgup.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

3
nights
Urgup, Turkey

Urgup ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Urgup road trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Urgup in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in July, Urgup is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Guzelyurt.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goreme, Uchisar
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides

3
nights
Guzelyurt, Turkey

Guzelyurt ©
On the 22nd (Wed), Head underground at Selime Monastery and then Head underground at Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Guzelyurt Valley Monastery, contemplate the long history of Sivisli Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kilise Camii, and finally appreciate the views at Ihlara Valley.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Guzelyurt travel route planning site.

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

Things to do in Guzelyurt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Highlights from your plan
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Selime Monastery ©
Selime Monastery
Ihlara Valley ©
Ihlara Valley

1
night
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
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 24th (Fri), stop by Kaleici and then go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Laura Shopping Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, then delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, and finally see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Antalya trip itinerary builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Guzelyurt to Antalya. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Lower Duden Waterfalls ©
Lower Duden Waterfalls
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

2
nights
Kas, Turkey

Kas ©
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 26th (Sun), view the masterpieces at Tugra Art Gallery, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Young and Partners Carpet and Kilim, and finally stroll through 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 contemplate the waterfront views at Kalekoy Harbour, and finally don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kas vacation planning website.

You can drive from Antalya to Kas in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Antalya in July since evenings lows in Kas dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kastellorizo.

Things to do in Kas

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hellenistic Theatre ©
Hellenistic Theatre

6
nights
Kastellorizo, Greece

Kastellorizo ©
Kastellorizo is known for nature, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Blue Grotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agios Konstantinos and Agia Eleni church, enjoy the sand and surf at Saint George Beach, and make a trip to Lycian Tomb.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kastellorizo road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kas to Kastellorizo. Traveling from Kas to Kastellorizo, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel to Rhodes Town.

Things to do in Kastellorizo

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Medieval Castle of Knights Kastellorizo ©
Blue Grotto ©
Blue Grotto
Popular Art Museum - Old Mosque ©
Popular Art Museum - Old Mosque

2
nights
Rhodes Town, Greece

Rhodes Town ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at The Cage, explore the historical opulence 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: delve into the distant past at Ancient Kamiros and then explore the ancient world of Village of Lindos.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rhodes Town trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Kastellorizo to Rhodes Town with the Route module. In August, daily temperatures in Rhodes Town can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 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

Village of Lindos, The Cage, Ancient Kamiros
Highlights from your plan
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
Ancient Kamiros
Ancient Kamiros

2
nights
Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris ©
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 7th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siteler Sirinyer Cami, make a splash at Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark, stop by Kurt Jewellery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Icmeler Beach, and finally stroll through Marmaris Beach. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Bar Street Marmaris, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Marmaris vacation website.

Traveling by ferry from Rhodes Town to Marmaris takes an hour. Traveling from Rhodes Town to Marmaris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone 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

Side Trip

Icmeler
Highlights from your plan
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Marmaris Marina ©
Marmaris Marina
Kurt Jewellery ©
Kurt Jewellery

1
night
Bitez, Turkey

Bitez ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then go for a stroll along the water at Yalikavak Marina, and then kick back and relax at Yahsi Beach.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bitez road trip app.

Drive from Marmaris to Bitez in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Marmaris in August, with highs in Bitez at 43°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Bitez

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Yalikavak Marina, Yahsi Beach, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yahsi Beach ©
Yahsi Beach
Yalikavak Marina ©
Yalikavak Marina

2
nights
Izmir, Turkey

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 10th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fatih Cinili Cami, then wander the streets of Kemeralti Market, then make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), and finally make a trip to Tarihi Asansor. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Izmir Wild Life Park, take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu, and finally stop by Has Deri Leather Shop.

Start your trip to Izmir by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Bitez to Izmir takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Bitez in August, you will find days in Izmir are much colder (28°C), and nights are slightly colder (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Izmir Wild Life Park ©
Izmir Wild Life Park
Arkas Art Center ©
Arkas Art Center
Kordonboyu ©
Kordonboyu

3
nights
Gallipoli, Turkey

Gallipoli ©
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. Get out of town with these interesting Gallipoli side-trips: Eceabat (Canakkale Destani Tanitim Merkezi, Kilitbahir Castle, &more). The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli National Park, steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, and make a trip to Azaplar Camii.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gallipoli trip maker.

Drive from Izmir to Gallipoli in 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in August, with highs in Gallipoli at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Eceabat
Highlights from your plan
Anzac Cove ©
Anzac Cove
BayraklI Baba Turbesi ©
BayraklI Baba Turbesi
57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi ©
57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi

3
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern, and finally take a stroll through Istiklal Street. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, pause for some serene contemplation at Hagia Triada Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, and finally don't miss a visit to Miniaturk.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip website.

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chora Museum ©
Chora Museum
Kapali Carsi ©
Kapali Carsi
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy

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