52 days in Turkey Itinerary

52 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Fly to Istanbul Airport, Drive to Edirne
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Edirne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gallipoli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 7 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Manavgat
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kemer
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kas
— 5 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marmaris
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bodrum City
— 5 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 5 nights
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Edirne

— 2 nights
Edirne is a city in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Karaagac Train Station, then take in the views from Meric River Bridge, and then see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Uc Serefeli Camii, admire the landmark architecture of Selimiye Mosque, then pause for some photo ops at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Heykeli, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eski Cami.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Edirne trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Edirne is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Edirne

Museums · Historic Sites

Gallipoli

— 2 nights
The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. On the 11th (Sun), take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, then contemplate the long history of Anzac Cove, then explore the different monuments and memorials at 57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi, and finally make a trip to Azaplar Camii. Here are some ideas for day two: witness the site of a historic battle at Gallipoli National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Gallipoli trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Edirne to Gallipoli in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Gallipoli are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 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.
On the 19th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and browse the exhibits of Galata Tower.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gallipoli to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. July in Istanbul sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Goreme: Derinkuyu (Kaymakli Underground City & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri). Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, appreciate the views at Red Valley, take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, and explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Goreme tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in July since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Pamukkale

— 3 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.
Take a break from Pamukkale with a short trip to Buldan Suleymanli Yayla in Buldan, about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery.

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Getting from Goreme to Pamukkale by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Manavgat.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Manavgat

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Diving Center Falcons (in Avsallar) and Alanya (Alanya Kalesi & Kleopatra Beach). And it doesn't end there: test the waters at Q Spa & Wellness, explore the ancient world of Ancient Theater, make a trip to Tyche Tapinagi, and admire the striking features of Temple of Apollo.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manavgat route maker website.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Manavgat takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kemer.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

Kemer

— 5 nights
Situated on the Turkish Riviera, Kemer represents a coastal Mediterranean resort set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop.
Explore Kemer's surroundings by going to Antalya (Old City Marina, Lower Duden Waterfalls, &more), Cirali Beach (in Cirali) and Karaoz Sahili (in Kumluca). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with Blue World Diving Center, steep yourself in history at Phaselis, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Beydaglari Sahil Milli Parki, and explore the stunning scenery at Goynuk Canyon.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kemer trip planner.

Getting from Manavgat to Kemer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Kemer

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kas

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Patara (Patara Antik Kenti & Patara Plajı), Kekova Island (in Demre (Kale)) and Kekova (Tersane Koyu, Island of Kekova, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Lions Tomb, stroll through Narr Beach, and soothe aching muscles at The Field for Yoga Therapies Nature By Beste Sabir.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kas holiday builder website.

You can drive from Kemer to Kas in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Kemer in August, things will get slightly colder in Kas: highs are around 38°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Kas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oludeniz

— 3 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oludeniz: Fethiye (Saklikent Milli Parki & Gizlikent Selalesi) and Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Gocek). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, explore the activities along Oludeniz, push the limits with an extreme tour, and explore the fascinating underground world of Mavi Magara.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz journey maker site.

Getting from Kas to Oludeniz by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Marmaris

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marmaris: Azmak Nehri (in Akyaka) and Iztuzu Beach 2 (in Dalyan). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Marmaris Milli Parki. There's much more to do: cast your line with Dogan Gunes S-1 Yuksel Kaptan, examine the collection at Kapurcuk Kultur ve Gastronomi Evi, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and walk around Ataturk Park.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Marmaris tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Marmaris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Marmaris, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Bodrum City

— 5 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bodrum City: Milas (Incirliin Magarasi & Gokceler Kanyonu), Knidos (in Datca) and Akvaryum PlajI (in Palamutbuku). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Aquapro Dive Center, stop by Gallery Mustafa, admire the masterpieces at Zeki Muren Arts Museum, and learn about all things military at Bodrum Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bodrum City trip site.

Drive from Marmaris to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Marmaris in August; daily highs in Bodrum City reach 43°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Selcuk

— 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Selcuk to Germencik to see Magnesia Antik Kenti about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, stop by Sultan Jewellery & Fine Handmade Ceramic Art, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque.

Before you visit Selcuk, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Bodrum City to Selcuk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bodrum City in August, Selcuk is little chillier at night with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

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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.