53 days in Turkey Itinerary

53 days in Turkey Itinerary

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53 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  17​h
1
Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 15​min
2
Fethiye
— 13 nights
Bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Goreme
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
4
Trabzon
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
7
Kusadasi
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Bodrum City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Marmaris
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Adrasan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
13
Antalya
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Detroit

7
nights
Istanbul

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Dalia Beach and Solar Plajı. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take a stroll through Sultanahmet District, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul online trip planner .

Detroit, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 17-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Detroit to Istanbul, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in April, expect Istanbul to be somewhat warmer, temps between 64°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Fethiye.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Ortakoy ©
Ortakoy
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District

13
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Downtown Fethiye, Kuleli Beach, Panda Tours, and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Babadag and Old Town. Relax by the water at Iztuzu Beach and Sarigerme Public Beach. Go for a jaunt from Fethiye to Dalyan to see Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area about 58 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Katranci Koyu Tabiat Parki. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, trek along Lycian Way, and explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Fethiye trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Istanbul to Fethiye by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Istanbul in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fethiye: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 50°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for Goreme.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Sarigerme, Dalyan, Oludeniz, Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor
Highlights from your plan
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Balloon Rides as well as Balloon Rides. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cappadocia Dowry Carpet and Love Valley. Go for a jaunt from Goreme to Guzelyurt to see Selime Monastery about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: ride a horse along Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, look for gifts at Kervan Carpet & Kilim, get great views at Sunset Point, and learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Goreme travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Fethiye to Goreme in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Fethiye in April, expect Goreme to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Red Valley, Selime Monastery, Kocabag Winery, Balloon Rides, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
Highlights from your plan
Love Valley ©
Love Valley
Kocabag Winery ©
Kocabag Winery
Cappadocia Dowry Carpet ©
Cappadocia Dowry Carpet

1
night
Trabzon

Trabzon ©
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Uzungol as well as Sis Dagi. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, then admire the verdant scenery at Zagnos Vadisi, then explore the striking landscape at Ortahisar, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Sis Dagi. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Uzungol, admire the verdant scenery at Hidirnebi Yaylasi, then identify plant and animal life at Hacka Yaylasi, and finally examine the collection at Trabzonspor Samil Ekinci Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Trabzon trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Trabzon in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Goreme, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Trabzon, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Trabzon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sis Dagi, Uzungol, Hidirnebi Yaylasi
Highlights from your plan
Ortahisar ©
Ortahisar
Zagnos Vadisi ©
Zagnos Vadisi
Trabzonspor Samil Ekinci Museum ©
Trabzonspor Samil Ekinci Museum

2
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
On the 27th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), stop by Prens Leather, then steep yourself in history at Little Hagia Sophia, then take a stroll through Eminonu Square, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Pierre Loti Tepesi. On the next day, admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, then wander the streets of Beyoglu, and then wander the streets of Taksim Square.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Trabzon to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Beyoglu ©
Beyoglu
Eminonu Square
Eminonu Square
Taksim Square ©
Taksim Square

3
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Ayasoluk Castle, Ephesus Museum, Trajan's Fountain, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see a show at The Odeion, explore the ancient world of Trajan's Fountain, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Ayasoluk Castle, then don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pamucak Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of The Terrace Houses, explore the ancient world of Isa Bey Mosque, delve into the distant past at The Basilica of Saint John, delve into the distant past at Public Latrine, then examine the collection at Maket Koy, and finally contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk day trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Istanbul to Selcuk in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in April, expect nights in Selcuk to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
Highlights from your plan
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Sirince Koyu ©
Sirince Koyu
Pamucak Beach ©
Pamucak Beach

4
nights
Kusadasi

Kusadasi ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Altinkum Beach and Temple of Apollo. Visit Ladies Beach and Silver Sands Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kusadasi: Doganbey (in Soke), Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik) and Lake Bafa Nature Park (in Milas). There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Kusadasi Leather, view the masterpieces at Hacivat Shop, and enjoy the sand and surf at Uzun Plaj.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kusadasi travel planner.

Kusadasi is very close to Selcuk. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Selcuk to Kusadasi. Traveling from Selcuk in May, Kusadasi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Izmir.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Didim, Doganbey, Magnesia Antik Kenti, Lake Bafa Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Ladies Beach ©
Ladies Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo

2
nights
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
You've now added Pergamon Theatre to your itinerary. On the 5th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Pergamon Theatre, then learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, then kick back and relax at Pirlanta Beach, and finally do a tasting at Urla Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Kemeralti Market and then look for all kinds of wild species at Karagol Tabiat Parki.

Plan trip to Izmir with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Kusadasi to Izmir in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kusadasi in May; daily highs in Izmir reach 61°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks Fun & Games Nature

Side Trips

Urla Winery, Pergamon Theatre
Highlights from your plan
Kemeralti Market ©
Kemeralti Market

3
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castle of St. Peter and Palamutbükü Plajı. Visit Bitez Beach and HayItbuku PlajI for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Bodrum City: D-Marin Turgutreis (in Turgutreis), Datca Vineyard & Winery (in Datca) and Karaincir Plaji (in Akyarlar). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, look for gifts at Socrates, and get some fabulous bargains at Moden Leather Shop.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bodrum City road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Izmir to Bodrum City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Izmir in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Bodrum City: highs are around 80°F and lows about 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Datca, Karaincir Plaji, D-Marin Turgutreis, Palamutbükü Plajı
Highlights from your plan
Palamutbükü Plajı ©
Palamutbükü Plajı
Bitez Beach ©
Bitez Beach
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter

3
nights
Marmaris

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kaunos Tours as well as Dancing Fountains. Visit Icmeler Beach and Incekum for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Turkish Baths and My Silver Jewellery. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Marmaris Beach, admire all the interesting features of Marmaris 19 May Youth Square, wander the streets of Datca Peninsula, and stop by Latina Goldsmith.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Marmaris online tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Bodrum City to Marmaris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Bodrum City in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Marmaris, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Icmeler, Amos Beach, Kaunos Tours
Highlights from your plan
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Marmaris Beach ©
Marmaris Beach
Incekum ©
Incekum

2
nights
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.
You've added Scuba & Snorkeling, Hellenistic Theatre, Patara Wellness Turkish Bath, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kaputas Beach and Kekova Sound. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Patara Plajı and Tugra Art Gallery. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kas trip planner.

You can drive from Marmaris to Kas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Adrasan.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Patara, Kekova Sound, Kalkan Atlantis Turkish Bath & Spa
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Patara Plajı ©
Patara Plajı
Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach

1
night
Adrasan

Adrasan ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt. Olympos (Tahtali Dag), Gelidonya Feneri and Cirali Beach. On the 18th (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Gelidonya Feneri, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Olympos (Tahtali Dag), enjoy the sand and surf at Adrasan Sahili, then kick back and relax at Bucht von Adrasan, and finally kick back and relax at Cirali Beach.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Adrasan trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Kas to Adrasan takes 2 hours. In May in Adrasan, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Adrasan

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cirali Beach
Highlights from your plan
Adrasan Sahili ©
Adrasan Sahili
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach
Gelidonya Feneri ©
Gelidonya Feneri

2
nights
Antalya

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Antalya Muzesi. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, enjoy the sand and surf at Mermerli Beach, and then take a stroll through Kaleici. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Aspendos Ruins and Theater, then take in the views from Aspendos Bridge, and then tee off at Kaya Palazzo Golf Club.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Antalya trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Adrasan to Antalya in 2 hours. May in Antalya sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 60°F at night. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors Neighborhoods Golf

Side Trips

Aspendos Bridge, Kaya Palazzo Golf Club, Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Highlights from your plan
Kaya Palazzo Golf Club ©
Kaya Palazzo Golf Club
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

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