43 days in Turkey Itinerary

43 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Bursa
— 2 nights
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Izmir
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
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Bodrum City
— 2 nights
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Marmaris
— 1 night
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Dalyan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kas
— 2 nights
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Antalya
— 3 nights
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Alanya
— 2 nights
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Konya
— 2 nights
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Mersin
— 2 nights
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Adana
— 3 nights
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Gaziantep
— 2 nights
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Mardin
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 4 nights
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Ankara
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Istanbul

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Get some cultural insight at Topkapi Palace and Chora Museum. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Istanbul Archaeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Basilica Cistern, admire the landmark architecture of Yeni Camii, and browse the exhibits of Rumeli Fortress.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip planner.

If you are flying in from Georgia, the closest major aiports are Istanbul Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Istanbul are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Spas

Bursa

— 2 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.
Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Ordekli Culture and Art Center, take an in-depth tour of Bursa Archaeological Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque, and finally examine the collection at Karagoz Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bursa attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Bursa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.
On the 8th (Thu), examine the collection at Ataturk Museum, then learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, then take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Akkum Plaji, then stroll through Ekmeksiz Plaji, and then explore the historical opulence of Sigacik Kalesi.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Izmir online tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Bursa to Izmir in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bursa in July: high temperatures in Izmir hover around 28°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Izmir to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Bodrum City

— 2 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
On the 11th (Sun), brush up on your military savvy at Bodrum Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Moden Leather Shop. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Myndos Gate, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Torba Plaji, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Gun Batimi Plaji.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bodrum City holiday site.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Bodrum City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Bodrum City sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Kapurcuk Kultur ve Gastronomi Evi, then cast your line with Dogan Gunes S-1 Yuksel Kaptan, and then stroll through Icmeler Beach.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Marmaris day trip planner.

You can drive from Bodrum City to Marmaris in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bodrum City in July: high temperatures in Marmaris hover around 38°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Dalyan.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Dalyan

— 2 nights
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Sulungur Golu, kick back and relax at Istuzu Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Koycegiz, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dalyan Cami. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Lycian Rock Tombs, explore the ancient world of Kaunos, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area, and finally browse the exhibits of Dalyan Spirit Gift&Speciality Shop.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dalyan visit planner.

You can drive from Marmaris to Dalyan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Tugra Art Gallery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kas Belediyesi Halk PlajI, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hidayet koyu. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, then make a trip to Lions Tomb, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Patara Plajı, and finally explore the ancient world of Patara Amphitheatre.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kas road trip planning tool.

Drive from Dalyan to Kas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cirali Beach and Lower Duden Waterfalls. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Olympos Ruins and Yivli Minaret Mosque. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antalya: Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami (in Goynuk) and Sillyon Antik kenti (in Serik). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, examine the collection at Sandland, and kick back and relax at Mermerli Beach.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Antalya day trip tool.

You can drive from Kas to Antalya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Antalya sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Alanya.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Alanya

— 2 nights
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see some colorful creatures with Scuba Turtle Diving, explore the historical opulence of Alara Kalesi, and then examine the collection at Alanya Arkeoloji Muzesi. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi, take in breathtaking views at Sapadere Kanyonu, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kleopatra Beach, and finally delve into the distant past at Hamaxia.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Alanya online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Alanya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Konya.

Things to do in Alanya

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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 23rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Aziziye Cami, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ates Baz-i Veli Turbesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Serafettin Camii, and finally explore the galleries of Mevlana Muzesi. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Konyanuma Panorama Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Sahip Ata Muzesi ve Camii, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapu Camii, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amber Reis Camii, and finally steep yourself in history at Hoca Hasan Camii.

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Drive from Alanya to Konya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Konya can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Mersin.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Mersin

— 2 nights
Mersin is a large city and a port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kubat Pasha Madrasa, admire the sheer force of Tarsus Waterfall, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eshab-i Kehf Cave Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at CambazlI Kilisesi, then explore the historical opulence of Girls Castle, and then take an in-depth tour of Mersin Arkeoloji Muzesi.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mersin holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Konya to Mersin takes 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Konya in July; daily highs in Mersin reach 39°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Adana.

Things to do in Mersin

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Adana

— 3 nights
Adana is a major city in southern Turkey. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Kozan Kalesi, explore the ancient world of Anavarza Ruins, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Camii. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Yumurtalik Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yag Camii, then examine the collection at Adana Sinema Muzesi, and finally examine the collection at Ataturk Scientific & Cultural Museum.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Adana online journey builder.

Getting from Mersin to Adana by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Adana sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Adana

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Gaziantep

— 2 nights
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Zeugma Mosaic Museum and Mevlevihane Vakif Museum. Get some cultural insight at Gaziantep Ataturk AnI Muzesi and Kurtulus Cami Mosque. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omeriye Mosque, examine the collection at Ali Ihsan Gogus Muzesi ve Gaziantep Arastirmalari Merkezi, take an in-depth tour of Gaziantep Savas Muzesi, and step into the grandiose world of Pisirici Kasteli ve Mescidi.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gaziantep online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Adana to Gaziantep in 3 hours. When traveling from Adana in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Gaziantep, with highs around 43°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 24°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mardin.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mardin

— 5 nights
Mardin is a city and multiple bishopric in southeastern Turkey. Discover out-of-the-way places like Deyrulzafaran Monastery and Virgin Mary Ancient Assyrian Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hz. Suleyman Turbesi and Ulu Cami. Get out of town with these interesting Mardin side-trips: Diyarbakir (Goat Tower & Zerzevan Kalesi) and Beyazsu (in Midyat). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mardin Protestan Kilisesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Latifiye Mosque, steep yourself in history at KasImiye Medresesi, and delve into the distant past at Dara Mesopotamia Ruins.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mardin road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Gaziantep to Mardin takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 47°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Mardin

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Get outdoors at Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Get some historical perspective at Zelve Open Air Museum and Ortahisar Kalesi. When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Gomeda Vadisi in Mustafapasa, approximately Mustafapasa away. And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley, explore by horseback at Lucky Horse Ranch, and appreciate the views at Soganli Valley.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Goreme itinerary planner.

Drive from Mardin to Goreme in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Mardin in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Goreme: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Ankara

— 3 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Get a sense of the local culture at Anitkabir and State Cemetery Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ataturk House Museum and Vakif Eserleri Museum. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at State Art and Sculpture Museum, see the interesting displays at Gokyay Chess Museum, contemplate the long history of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Tacettin Sultan Cami.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ankara day trip site.

Traveling by bus from Goreme to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Goreme in August, expect nights in Ankara to be a bit warmer, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites

Turkey travel guide

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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.