21 days in Turkey, Poland & Abu Dhabi Itinerary

21 days in Turkey, Poland & Abu Dhabi Itinerary

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
— 4 nights
Fly to Dalaman International Airport, Drive to Marmaris
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Marmaris, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antalya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Krakow, Poland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gdansk, Poland
— 2 nights
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Warsaw, Poland
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

— 4 nights
Take a trip to Abu Dhabi to discover a modern metropolis built on a strip of land jutting out into the Persian Gulf.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Al Jahili Fort and Qasr Al Hosn. Take a break from the city and head to Saadiyat Beach Club and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Explore Abu Dhabi's surroundings by going to Al Ain (Bin Helal Tower, Sheikh Zayed Palace Museum, &more). Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Mangrove National Park. There's lots more to do: tee off at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mary, Mother of Jesus Mosque, steep yourself in history at Dhafeer Fort, and snap pictures at Sheikh Zayed Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Abu Dhabi trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Abu Dhabi. Expect a daytime high around 45°C in May, and nighttime lows around 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Marmaris.

Things to do in Abu Dhabi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Marmaris, Turkey

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, examine the collection at Kapurcuk Kultur ve Gastronomi Evi, and then see some colorful creatures with Arbat Travel Turizm. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Ataturk Park, look for gifts at Trust Gold & Diamonds, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siteler Sirinyer Cami.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Marmaris travel planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Abu Dhabi to Marmaris. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Turkey Time (TRT) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in May: high temperatures in Marmaris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Marmaris

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Wildlife

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Oludeniz, Turkey

— 2 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Fethiye Kalesi, then contemplate the long history of Old Town, then explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes, and finally see where the ancients bathed at Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through The Lycian Way, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then look for gifts at Anadolu el Sanatlari.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Oludeniz online holiday planner.

Getting from Marmaris to Oludeniz by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trip

Antalya, Turkey

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): tee off at Carya Golf Club, play a few rounds at Sueno Hotels Golf Belek, and then play a few rounds at Antalya Golf Club. Here are some ideas for day two: glide through the air with Tour in Pamukkale and then admire the striking features of Yivli Minaret Mosque.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Antalya tour planner.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Antalya are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Outdoors · Golf · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Goreme, Turkey

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Peri Bacalari, then take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley, then get engrossed in the history at Zelve Open Air Museum, and finally stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ride a horse along Lucky Horse Ranch, then admire the verdant scenery at Soganli Valley, then admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley, and finally do a tasting at Kocabag Winery.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip planner.

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Antalya in May since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Krakow, Poland

— 2 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
On the 15th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Statue of Jan Karski, appreciate the extensive heritage of Szeroka Street, get to know the fascinating history of Ulica Grodzka, make a trip to St. Barbara's Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lord's Transfiguration Church. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Saviour, head outdoors with Meadows of Cracow, then pause for some serene contemplation at Bazylika św. Floriana w Krakowie, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Holy Cross.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Krakow holiday maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Krakow takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Goreme to Krakow. While traveling from Goreme, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Krakow, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gdansk.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Outdoors

Gdansk, Poland

— 2 nights

World Capital of Amber

Although its history goes back a thousand years, Gdansk represents one of Poland's most modern urban centers, its thriving economy boosted by a lively tourism sector.
On the 17th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Sacred Heart Church, take in panoramic vistas at Brama Targowa, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Archaeology and History in Elblag, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Cathedral (Katedra Sw. Mikolaja), and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to Pope John Paul II. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from North Harbor Lighthouse, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church (Kosciol sw. Jana), steep yourself in history at Court of the Fraternity of St. George, then contemplate the long history of Brama Wyzynna, and finally paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gdansk trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Krakow to Gdansk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Warsaw.

Things to do in Gdansk

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Warsaw, Poland

— 3 nights

Phoenix City

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): wander the streets of Praga Polnoc, then contemplate the long history of Umschlagplatz, then take a stroll through Memorial at Mila 18, and finally see the interesting displays at Pinball Station - Pinball & Arcade Museum. On your second day here, browse the exhibits of Field Cathedral of the Polish Army, then explore the historical opulence of Krasinski Palace, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Warsaw's Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Mary Magdalene, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bazylika katedralna Sw. Michala Archaniola i Sw. Floriana Meczennika.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Warsaw tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Gdansk to Warsaw in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Warsaw can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C.

Things to do in Warsaw

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.