59 days in Turkey Itinerary

59 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Antalya
— 7 nights
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Manavgat
— 6 nights
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Kas
— 4 nights
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Oludeniz
— 4 nights
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Marmaris
— 7 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 6 nights
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Ankara
— 6 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
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Istanbul
— 10 nights
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Antalya

— 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Kaleici and Lower Duden Waterfalls. Change things up with these side-trips from Antalya: Tekirova (Blue World Diving Center & Phaselis), Kemer (Kemer Cumhuriyet MeydanI & Calis Tepesi) and Goynuk Canyon (in Goynuk). Pack the 2nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at The Land of Legends Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sagalassos, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, see the interesting displays at Archeological Museum, and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Antalya vacation planning tool.

Detroit, USA to Antalya is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Antalya, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in May, things will get a bit warmer in Antalya: highs are around 78°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Manavgat.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Manavgat

— 6 nights
Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kleopatra Beach and Alanya Kalesi. Explore Manavgat's surroundings by going to Alanya (Kizilkule, Alanya LimanI, &more), Scuba Turtle Diving (in Incekum) and Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo, admire the sheer force of Manavgat Waterfall, admire the local landmark of Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum), and slough off your stress at Q Spa & Wellness.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Manavgat tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Antalya to Manavgat by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. June in Manavgat sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Manavgat

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kas

— 4 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.
Attractions like Boat Tours & Water Sports and Sunken City Ruins of Simena make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Kas' surroundings by going to Island of Kekova (in Kekova), Demre (Kale) (Myra Antik Kenti, Castle of Simena, &more) and Spas (in Kalkan). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Patara Kum Tepesi, make a trip to Lions Tomb, and delve into the distant past at Arch of Triumph.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kas trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manavgat to Kas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Oludeniz

— 4 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Bring the kids along to Oludeniz PlajI and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oludeniz: Fethiye (Tlos & Saklikent Milli Parki) and Kaunos (in Dalyan). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, hike along The Lycian Way, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick back and relax at Calis Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Kas to Oludeniz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Oludeniz, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Marmaris

— 7 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.
Bring the kids along to Marmaris Marina and Iztuzu Beach 2. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marmaris: J Diving Center, MSY OKYANUS JD (in Mugla) and Dalyan Cami (in Dalyan). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, stroll through Marmaris Beach, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Marmaris day trip planning tool.

Getting from Oludeniz to Marmaris by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Marmaris sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

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.
On the 27th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip planning app.

You can drive from Marmaris to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Nature · Parks

Selcuk

— 6 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.
Family-friendly places like Ancient City of Ephesus and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Selcuk: Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik) and Serenad Dive Center (in Seferihisar). There's still lots to do: make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, admire the local landmark of Trajan's Fountain, stop by Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, and delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk driving holiday planner.

Getting from Pamukkale to Selcuk by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Ankara.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Ankara

— 6 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.
Kids will enjoy Anitkabir and Haci Bayram Mosque (Haci Bayram Camii). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aslanhane Mosque, get a new perspective on nature at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, and ponder the world of politics at Yargitay.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ankara road trip site.

Fly from Selcuk to Ankara in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Selcuk, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 6 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.
Explore Goreme's surroundings by going to Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). And it doesn't end there: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip planner.

You can take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Ankara in July, you will find days in Goreme are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are slightly colder (60°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Istanbul

— 10 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.
Attractions like Hagia Sophia and Sultan Ahmed Mosque make great kid-friendly stops. On the 25th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, explore the activities along Bosphorus Strait, and contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planner.

Fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Goreme in July: highs in Istanbul hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 68°F. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping

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.