18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stop by Simons Diamonds, then kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Marmaris Museum, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Marmaris Marina. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Dalyan Nehri.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Marmaris trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Marmaris. In July in Marmaris, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Historic Sites

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A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Get in touch with nature at Babadag and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Patara Plajı and Iztuzu Beach 2. Venture out of the city with trips to Sarigerme Public Beach (in Sarigerme) and Class Leather (in Kalkan). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, Head underground at Mavi Magara, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Saklikent Milli Parki.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fethiye trip planner.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Fethiye takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips


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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Goynuk Canyon and Lower Duden Waterfalls. Explore hidden gems such as Konyaalti Beach and Old City Marina. Get out of town with these interesting Antalya side-trips: Kemer Cumhuriyet MeydanI (in Kemer) and Cirali Beach (in Cirali). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, and stop by Kaleici.

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Getting from Fethiye to Antalya by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daytime highs in Antalya are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fairy Chimneys and Off-Road Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Gulludere Vadisi and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, look for gifts at Arts & Crafts Cappadocia, learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Camel Rock.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Goreme journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Goreme takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Antalya in July, with highs in Goreme at 37°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips


— 7 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kisirkaya Beach and Silivri Sahili. Explore hidden gems such as Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam and Istanbul Archaeological Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, wander the streets of Ortakoy, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, and appreciate the history behind Sultanahmet Square.

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Traveling by flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Goreme in July: highs in Istanbul hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Turkey travel guide

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.

Turkish Mediterranean Coast travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Waterfalls
Turquoise Coast
Affectionately known as the "Turquoise Coast," the Turkish Mediterranean Coast area boasts fine-sand beaches and sparkling blue waters. The lush, forest-blanketed Taurus Mountains serve as a breathtaking backdrop for this vacation spot. The sand and sea are just around the corner from ancient cities perched precariously on hilltops, carved tombs, and hiking trails. The history isn't just onshore: you can spot the sunken remains of ancient civilizations in the crystal clear waters, too. Wedged between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, this pristine coast offers spectacular yachting and fun in the sun for all.