55 days in Cyprus, Turkey & Beirut Itinerary

55 days in Cyprus, Turkey & Beirut Itinerary

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55 days in Cyprus, Turkey & Beirut Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Bus:  4 h
2
Bursa, Turkey
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Train + Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
Selcuk, Turkey
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Pamukkale, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
5
Denizli, Turkey
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 30 min
6
Bodrum City, Turkey
— 10 nights
Ferry:  4 h 30 min
7
Marmaris, Turkey
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h
8
Fethiye, Turkey
— 5 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
9
Kas, Turkey
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 45 min
10
Antalya, Turkey
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
11
Anamur, Turkey
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4 h
12
Kyrenia, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
13
Paphos, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
14
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 45 min
15
Beirut, Lebanon
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Newark, United States


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4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Visit Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami for their historical value. Step out of Istanbul to go to Cinarcik and see Delmece Yaylasi, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at Halic, view the masterpieces at Santralgenc, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Eyup Sultan Mosque.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary builder site .

Newark, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Istanbul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Istanbul, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bursa.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Delmece Yaylasi
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
Bursa, Turkey

Bursa ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): wander the streets of Cumalikizik, see the interesting displays at Ataturk Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yesil Camii. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Osmangazi Orhangazi Turbesi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somuncu baba hazretleri, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yildirim Bayezit Mosque (Yildirim Bayezit Camii), then admire the striking features of Orhan Gazi Mosque (Orhan Camii), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Cami.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bursa travel route planner .

You can drive from Istanbul to Bursa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Istanbul in January, plan for little chillier nights in Bursa, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Osmangazi
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Yesil Camii ©
Yesil Camii
I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque ©
I. Murat Hudavendigar Mosque
Orhan Gazi Mosque (Orhan Camii) ©
Orhan Gazi Mosque (Orhan Camii)

2
nights
Selcuk, Turkey

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bibliotheque de Celsus and Ancient City of Ephesus. Get some cultural insight at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu and Ephesus Terrace Houses. When in Selcuk, make a side trip to see Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Basilica of Saint John, delve into the distant past at Memmius Monument, take a stroll through Sirince Koyu, and pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Selcuk itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Bursa to Selcuk takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. In January in Selcuk, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Magnesia Antik Kenti, Sirince Koyu
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Ephesus Terrace Houses

3
nights
Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Hierapolis and Blaundus Antik Kenti. Popular historic sites such as Anatolia Cemetery and Byzantine Church are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, head outdoors with Pamukkale Balloons, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Denizli.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Blaundus Antik Kenti
Highlights from your plan
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

2
nights
Denizli, Turkey

Denizli ©
Denizli is an industrial city in the southwestern part of Turkey and the eastern end of the alluvial valley formed by the river Büyük Menderes, where the plain reaches an elevation of about 350m. On the 13th (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Keloglan Magarasi, learn about winemaking at Pamukkale Winery, and then explore the ancient world of Laodikeia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Akdag Tabiat Parki.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Denizli trip planner .

Denizli is very close to Pamukkale. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in January, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Denizli

Parks Wildlife Wineries
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Akdag Tabiat Parki ©
Akdag Tabiat Parki
Laodikeia
Laodikeia
Pamukkale Winery ©
Pamukkale Winery

10
nights
Bodrum City, Turkey

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castle of St. Peter and Knidos. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology and Pedasa Antique City. Explore Bodrum City's surroundings by going to Turgutreis (D-Marin Turgutreis & Turgutreis Merkez Cami), Mugla (Kazikli Koyu & Labranda Ruins) and Milas (Iasos Antik Kenti, Gumuskesen Monument, & more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy the sand and surf at Yahsi Beach, stroll through Camel Beach, and brush up on your military savvy at Bodrum Maritime Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bodrum City trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Denizli to Bodrum City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Denizli in January: high temperatures in Bodrum City hover around 60°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Datca, Milas, Turgutreis, Ortakent, Mugla
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Bitez Beach ©
Bitez Beach
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Knidos ©
Knidos

3
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.
Caunos Tombs of the Kings and Carian rock tombs will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Icmeler Beach and Iztuzu Beach 2. Step out of Marmaris with an excursion to Dalyan Cami in Dalyan--about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Marmaris Milli Parki and wander the streets of Datca Peninsula.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marmaris trip planner .

You can drive from Bodrum City to Marmaris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Marmaris when traveling from Bodrum City in January, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dalyan, Marmaris Milli Parki, Icmeler Beach
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Caunos Tombs of the Kings ©
Caunos Tombs of the Kings

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nights
Fethiye, Turkey

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kibyra Antik Kenti and Pinara Antique City. Visit Calis Beach and Gemiler Koyu for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Fethiye: Sarsala Koyu (in Dalaman), Spas (in Gocek) and Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area (in Dalyan). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, explore the fascinating underground world of Mavi Magara, trek along The Lycian Way, and appreciate the history behind Tayyareci Fethi Bey Aniti.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Fethiye road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Marmaris to Fethiye in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Oludeniz, Kibyra Antik Kenti, Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area, Sarsala Koyu, Spas
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Babadag ©
Babadag
Kibyra Antik Kenti ©
Kibyra Antik Kenti

2
nights
Kas, Turkey

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 2nd (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the ancient world of Kyaneai, and then take in the exciting artwork at LikyaArt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain a rich perspective with Flora Boat, explore the ancient world of Arch of Triumph, and then explore the ancient world of Xanthos Antik Kenti.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kas route builder site .

You can drive from Fethiye to Kas in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February in Kas, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Xanthos Antik Kenti, Kyaneai, Arch of Triumph
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Xanthos Antik Kenti ©
Xanthos Antik Kenti
Flora Gullet Boat ©
Flora Gullet Boat

6
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Olympos Ruins and Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Cirali Beach and Mermerli Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antalya: Adrasan Sahili (in Adrasan), Goynuk Canyon (in Goynuk) and Gulluk Dagi (Termessos) Milli Parki (in Korkuteli). And it doesn't end there: play a few rounds at Carya Golf Club, take in the dramatic scenery at Duden Waterfalls, examine the collection at Ataturk House & Museum, and take a stroll through Ataturk Boulevard.

To find reviews and other tourist information, go to the Antalya trip maker app .

Getting from Kas to Antalya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Anamur.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Belek, Cirali Beach, Adrasan Sahili, Olympos Ruins, Goynuk Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Cirali Beach ©
Cirali Beach
Olympos Ruins ©
Olympos Ruins
Goynuk Canyon ©
Goynuk Canyon

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nights
Anamur, Turkey

Anamur ©
Anamur is a town and district of the province of Mersin, on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey, between Antalya and the city of Mersin.Anamur is Anatolia's southernmost point, a coastal resort famous for its bananas and peanuts.EtymologyAnamur has mutated from the Ancient Greek "Anemourion", Latinized as "Anemurium", meaning "windmill". Discover out-of-the-way places like Eyup Sultan Camisi and Tisan Koyu. Get some historical perspective at Titiopolis Antique City and Softa Kalesi. Get out of town with these interesting Anamur side-trips: Mersin (Aydincik Tabiat Parki & Alahan ManastIrI) and Gazipasa (Yalan Dunya MagarasI & Lamos (Adanda) Antik Kenti). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Toslaklar Koyu, contemplate the long history of Mamure Kalesi, and explore the ancient world of Anemurium.

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Drive from Antalya to Anamur in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyrenia.

Things to do in Anamur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bozyazi, Mersin, Gazipasa, Tisan Koyu
Highlights from your plan
Aydincik Tabiat Parki ©
Aydincik Tabiat Parki
Anemurium ©
Anemurium
Mamure Kalesi ©
Mamure Kalesi

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nights
Kyrenia, Cyprus

Kyrenia ©
Famous for its natural port and Byzantine castle, Kyrenia is not only a lovely old Venetian town, but also the most visited tourist destination in Northern Cyprus.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St Andrew's Church, don't miss a visit to Baldoken ottoman graveyard, explore the ancient world of Bellapais Monastery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Karaoglanoglu Sehitligi, then steep yourself in history at Mavi kosk, and finally contemplate the long history of Mavi Kosk - Blue House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at The Armenian Church & Monastry, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Virgin Mary Chrisaliniotissas, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ledra Street Crossing Point, then explore the historical opulence of Kyrenia Castle, and finally take an in-depth tour of Ancient Shipwreck Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kyrenia online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Anamur to Kyrenia takes 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in February, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Paphos.

Things to do in Kyrenia

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nicosia, Mavi Kosk - Blue House
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St Andrew's Church ©
St Andrew's Church
Kyrenia Castle ©
Kyrenia Castle
Bellapais Monastery ©
Bellapais Monastery

2
nights
Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Panagia Theoskepasti, then make a trip to The Villa of Theseus, then look for gifts at Toot Sweets, and finally go for a walk through Kelefos Bridge. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Tombs of the Kings, then delve into the distant past at St. Georgios Church, Basilica & Rock Tombs, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

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Drive from Kyrenia to Paphos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in February, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Paphos

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church ©
Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church
Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Safaris

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nights
Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Ayia Napa ©
Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
On the 18th (Tue), kick back and relax at Ayia Thekla Beach, then stroll through Glyki Nero Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Panagia Church. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Green Bay, then steep yourself in history at Ay Trias Bassilica, then steep yourself in history at Sea Gate, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Agios Georgios Church.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ayia Napa trip maker app .

You can drive from Paphos to Ayia Napa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Ayia Napa are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Famagusta, Green Bay, Agios Georgios Church
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Ayia Thekla Beach ©
Ayia Thekla Beach
Glyki Nero Beach ©
Glyki Nero Beach
Ay Trias Bassilica ©
Ay Trias Bassilica

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Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
On the 20th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the striking landscape at Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, then see the interesting displays at Banque Du Liban Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Al-Omari Mosque. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Badaro, then see the interesting displays at Nicolas Sursock Museum, and then take a stroll through Beirut Souks.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Beirut itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Ayia Napa to Beirut by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Ayia Napa in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of 53°F in Beirut. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beirut

Neighborhoods Spas Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Badaro ©
Badaro
Al-Omari Mosque ©
Al-Omari Mosque
Beirut Souks ©
Beirut Souks

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