53 days in Turkey Itinerary

53 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey journey planner

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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Drive
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Canakkale
— 2 nights
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Foca
— 2 nights
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Cesme
— 4 nights
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5
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Bodrum City
— 16 nights
Drive
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Marmaris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dalaman
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Kas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fethiye
— 6 nights
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Istanbul

— 5 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: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul route site.

Miami, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Miami to Istanbul is 8 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Miami in August; daily highs in Istanbul reach 85°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Canakkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Canakkale

— 2 nights
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Seyit Onbasi Monument, take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namazgah Tabyalari, then learn about all things military at Canakkale Naval Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Canakkale Truva Heykeli.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Canakkale day trip tool.

Fly from Istanbul to Canakkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Foca.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Foca

— 2 nights
Foça is a town and district in Turkey's İzmir Province, on the Aegean coast.The town of Foça is situated at about 69km northwest of İzmir's city center. On the 21st (Sat), stroll through Sazlıca Beaches, then head outdoors with Voodoo Beach, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Foca trip planner.

Drive from Canakkale to Foca in 4.5 hours. While traveling from Canakkale, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Foca, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cesme.

Things to do in Foca

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Cesme is known for beaches, nightlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Ilica Plaji, don't miss a visit to Delikli Koyu, head outdoors with Flyinn Beach, and admire the striking features of Cesme Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Cesme trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Foca to Cesme in 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Foca to Cesme. Traveling from Foca in August, you will find days in Cesme are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (74°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Selcuk

— 3 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.
When in Selcuk, make a side trip to see Yali Castle Aquapark in Gumuldur, approximately Gumuldur away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, contemplate the long history of Public Latrine, wander the streets of Sirince Koyu, and look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Selcuk trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Cesme to Selcuk by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. Traveling from Cesme to Selcuk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cesme in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pamukkale

— 2 nights

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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, wander the streets of Karahayit, delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale visit planner.

Drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Bodrum City

— 16 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bodrum City: Datca (Knidos, Can Yucel'in Evi, &more), Myndos (in Gumusluk) and Akvaryum PlajI (in Palamutbuku). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Castle of St. Peter, learn about winemaking at Karnas Vineyards, step off the mainland to explore Orak Adasi, and admire the masterpieces at Zeki Muren Arts Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bodrum City day trip planning app.

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. Expect a daytime high around 98°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.
Go for a jaunt from Marmaris to Akyaka to see Azmak Kaya MezarlarI about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: go for a stroll along the water at Marmaris Marina, head off the coast to Rhodes, delve into the distant past at Loryma, and kick back and relax at Marmaris Beach.

Make your Marmaris itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Bodrum City to Marmaris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bodrum City in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Marmaris, with lows around 64°F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dalaman.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Dalaman

— 2 nights
Dalaman is a district, as well as the central town of that district, situated on the southwestern coast of Turkey, in the Muğla Province.Dalaman Stream (Dalaman çayı) forms much of the western border of the district, where its neighbors are Köyceğiz and Ortaca districts. Change things up with these side-trips from Dalaman: AsI Koyu (in Ortaca) and Yuvarlak Cay (in Koycegiz). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Sarigerme Public Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarsala Koyu, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dalaman travel route planning app.

Drive from Marmaris to Dalaman in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Dalaman are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Dalaman

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kas

— 3 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.
On the 24th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Patara Plajı. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalekoy Harbour, enjoy the sand and surf at Hidayet koyu, then kick back and relax at Big Pebble Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Tugra Art Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kas holiday builder website.

You can drive from Dalaman to Kas in 2.5 hours. September in Kas sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Fethiye.

Things to do in Kas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Fethiye

— 6 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Change things up with a short trip to Babadag in Oludeniz (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: stroll through Oludeniz PlajI, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the stunning scenery at Saklikent Milli Parki, and steep yourself in history at Downtown Fethiye.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fethiye tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Kas to Fethiye in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Fethiye can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.