30 days in Turkey Itinerary

30 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Konya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Antalya
— 2 nights
Fly
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Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
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Fethiye
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 2 nights
Train
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Eskisehir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bursa
— 1 night
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Istanbul

— 5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi) and Rustem Pasha Mosque. Shop till you drop at Jennifer's Hamam and Istiklal Caddesi. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, and stop by Eminonu Square.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip website.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May, things will get cooler in Istanbul: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 5 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.
Visiting Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Zelve Open Air Museum and Soganli Valley. Change things up with a short trip to Gomeda Vadisi in Mustafapasa (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Cappadocia Art & History Museum, soak in style at Panoramic Cave Spa, explore the striking landscape at Peri Bacalari, and soar above the sights with Royal Balloon.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Goreme day trip planning site.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Goreme, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Konya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Konya

— 2 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
On the 12th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Serafettin Camii, then wander the streets of Konya Kultur Sokagi, then see the interesting displays at Konyanuma Panorama Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Mevlana Muzesi. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapu Camii, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sahip Ata Muzesi ve Camii, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ates Baz-i Veli Turbesi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hoca Hasan Camii.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Konya online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Goreme to Konya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Konya can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Antalya

— 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.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Sillyon Antik kenti, tee off at Carya Golf Club, and then examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, examine the collection at Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum, then stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, and finally visit Ataturk Boulevard.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Antalya trip planner.

Drive from Konya to Antalya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Konya in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Antalya, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Izmir.

Things to do in Antalya

Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Izmir

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 16th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Polycarp Church, then take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hisar Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Izmir Museum of History and Art, view the masterpieces at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center, and then learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu.

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You can fly from Antalya to Izmir in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Antalya in May, with highs in Izmir at 19°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Selcuk

— 3 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.
Ancient City of Ephesus and Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Bibliotheque de Celsus and Turkish Bath Museum. Take a break from Selcuk with a short trip to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik, about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ephesus Terrace Houses, make a trip to Byzantine acquaducts, stop by La Tulip Art Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Selcuk Efes Kent Bellegi-History Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk road trip app.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Selcuk takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Izmir in May, expect Selcuk to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 1 night

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 21st (Fri), explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, then get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, and then push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, look for gifts at Babadaglilar Ishani, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale trip planner.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Fethiye.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Fethiye

— 3 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Escape Adventures and Ancient Rock Tombes. Get a sense of the local culture at Fethiye Museum and Old Town. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blue Lagoon, and Head underground at Mavi Magara.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Fethiye vacation website.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Fethiye sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ankara

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the world behind art at State Art and Sculpture Museum, then examine the collection at Gokyay Chess Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Cer Modern, admire the striking features of Aslanhane Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tacettin Sultan Cami, then steep yourself in history at Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, and finally contemplate the long history of Roman Wall.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ankara trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Fethiye to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Fethiye, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ankara, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Eskisehir.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Eskisehir

— 2 nights
Eskişehir is a city in northwestern Turkey and the capital of the Eskişehir Province. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Yesil Efendi KonagI, examine the collection at Kazan Tatarlari Muze Evi, see the interesting displays at Tayfun Talipoglu Daktilo Muzesi, then see the interesting displays at Ahsap Eserler Muzesi, and finally walk around Kent Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Daglik Frigya Yazilikaya Vadisi, take an in-depth tour of TCDD Eskisehir Muzesi, then examine the collection at Cagdas Cam Sanatlari Muzesi, and finally browse the exhibits of Luletasi Mehmet Bassav Kultur Sanat Evi.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Eskisehir online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Ankara to Eskisehir takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Ankara in May, expect nights in Eskisehir to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bursa.

Things to do in Eskisehir

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Bursa

— 1 night
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.
For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bursa travel app.

Getting from Eskisehir to Bursa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Eskisehir in May since evenings lows in Bursa dip to 16°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Bursa

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

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.