43 days in Turkey Itinerary

43 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe travel planner

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Istanbul
— 8 nights
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Kusadasi
— 3 nights
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Bodrum City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kas
— 6 nights
Drive
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Antalya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Konya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gaziantep
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sanliurfa
— 2 nights
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Mardin
— 5 nights
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Diyarbakir
— 1 night
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Istanbul

— 8 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Kusadasi

— 3 nights
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
When in Kusadasi, make a side trip to see Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) in Selcuk, approximately Selcuk away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ancient City of Ephesus, enjoy the sand and surf at Ladies Beach, make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, and delve into the distant past at Isa Bey Mosque.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kusadasi trip planning tool.

You can drive from Istanbul to Kusadasi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 54°F in Kusadasi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bodrum City

— 3 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Bodrum City is known for historic sites, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Zeki Muren Arts Museum, examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, go for a stroll along the water at Yalikavak Marina, and steep yourself in history at Myndos Gate.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by bus from Kusadasi to Bodrum City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kusadasi to Bodrum City is 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Bodrum City are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Wed) before leaving for Kas.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

Side Trip

Kas

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kas side-trips: Oludeniz (Babadag & Oludeniz PlajI), Fethiye (Mavi Magara, Saklikent Milli Parki, &more) and Kekova (Island of Kekova & Sunken City Ruins of Simena). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at The Field for Yoga Therapies Nature By Beste Sabir, go for a stroll along the water at Kas Marina, view the masterpieces at Tugra Art Gallery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kas attractions planner.

Getting from Bodrum City to Kas by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Bodrum City in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Kas, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Antalya

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Side (Tyche Tapinagi, Temple of Apollo, &more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Kaleici, see some colorful creatures with Deep Walker Diving Resort, explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Antalya online travel planner.

You can drive from Kas to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Konya.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Konya

— 2 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapu Camii, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziziye Cami, and finally walk around Kultur Park Alaeddin Tepesi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Konyanuma Panorama Museum, get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque, and finally don't miss a visit to Sille.

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Getting from Antalya to Konya by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Antalya in May: high temperatures in Konya hover around 73°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Uzumlu Kilise, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag, contemplate the long history of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi.

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Traveling by car from Konya to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Goreme sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 49°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gaziantep

— 2 nights
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
On the 20th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Hamam Muzesi and then see the interesting displays at Emine Gogus Mutfak Muzesi.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gaziantep attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Goreme to Gaziantep in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Gaziantep can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sanliurfa.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sanliurfa

— 2 nights
Şanlıurfa, often simply known as Urfa or Al-Ruha, in ancient times Edessa, is a city with 561,465 inhabitants in south-eastern Turkey, and the capital of Şanlıurfa Province. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Castle of Urfa, explore the ancient world of Potbelly Hill, and then contemplate the long history of Gumruk Han. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Cave of Abraham, explore the world behind art at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Halil Ul Rahman Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Balikligol.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sanliurfa using our trip planner.

Getting from Gaziantep to Sanliurfa by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mardin.

Things to do in Sanliurfa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Mardin

— 5 nights
Mardin is a city and multiple bishopric in southeastern Turkey. Get out of town with these interesting Mardin side-trips: Midyat (Midyat Old City & Mor Gabriel Monastery). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Latifiye Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirklar Kilisesi, contemplate the long history of KasImiye Medresesi, and see the interesting displays at Mardin Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mardin online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Sanliurfa to Mardin takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Mardin can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Diyarbakir.

Things to do in Mardin

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Diyarbakir

— 1 night
Diyarbakır is one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey. On the 29th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Suluklu Han, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Hasan Pasa Hani.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Diyarbakir day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Mardin to Diyarbakir takes 1.5 hours. In May in Diyarbakir, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Diyarbakir

Historic Sites · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · 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.

Bodrum District travel guide

3.4
Beaches · Nightlife · 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.