52 days in Turkey Itinerary

52 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip planner

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Istanbul
— 9 nights
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Kusadasi
— 2 nights
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Bodrum City
— 2 nights
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Kas
— 2 nights
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Antalya
— 5 nights
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Konya
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
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Gaziantep
— 2 nights
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Sanliurfa
— 2 nights
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Mardin
— 3 nights
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Diyarbakir
— 14 nights
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Istanbul

— 9 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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, steep yourself in history at Basilica Cistern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Washington DC to Istanbul. Traveling from Washington DC in May, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (71°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Kusadasi

— 2 nights
Unreservedly dedicated to tourism, Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coastline and acts as a gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the country's major Greco-Roman archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, make a splash at Adaland, then stroll through Ladies Beach, and finally stop by Hacivat Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, then steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Kusadasi trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Kusadasi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Istanbul in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Kusadasi, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Bodrum City

— 2 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the waterfront activity at Yalikavak Marina, then examine the collection at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally contemplate the long history of Myndos Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Windmills, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stop by Socrates, and finally delve into the distant past at Bodrum Amphitheater.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bodrum City trip maker site.

Drive from Kusadasi to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Bodrum City sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Kas.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Kas

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at The Field for Yoga Therapies Nature By Beste Sabir, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Big Pebble Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Tugra Art Gallery, and finally stop by Sandal@. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Xanthos Antik Kenti, then kick back and relax at Patara Plajı, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, and finally make a trip to Lions Tomb.

Plan trip to Kas with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Kas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Bodrum City in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 57°F in Kas. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Antalya

— 5 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Antalya: Goynuk (Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami & Goynuk Canyon), Blue World Diving Center (in Tekirova) and Side (Monumental Fountain (Nymphaeum), Temple of Apollo, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Kaleici, let little ones run wild at Falez Park, explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate, and admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip builder.

Getting from Kas to Antalya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Konya.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Konya

— 2 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): examine the collection at Konyanuma Panorama Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aziziye Cami, then steep yourself in history at Mevlana Muzesi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Sille, then take in nature's colorful creations at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Ince Minare Museum, and finally walk around Kultur Park Alaeddin Tepesi.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Konya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Konya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Antalya in May; daily highs in Konya reach 73°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Goreme.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · 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.
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, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, don't miss a visit to Avanos Oren Yeri, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Konya to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gaziantep

— 2 nights
A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
On the 2nd (Wed), hunt for treasures at Elmaci Pazari, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Gaziantep Zoo, and then admire the masterpieces at Zeugma Mosaic Museum. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Gaziantep Castle, see the interesting displays at Ali Ihsan Gogus Muzesi ve Gaziantep Arastirmalari Merkezi, see the interesting displays at Gaziantep Oyun ve Oyuncak Muzesi, then see the interesting displays at Emine Gogus Mutfak Muzesi, and finally stop by Bakircilar Carsisi.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gaziantep day trip planning app.

You can drive from Goreme to Gaziantep in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in June, things will get a bit warmer in Gaziantep: highs are around 90°F and lows about 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sanliurfa.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Sanliurfa

— 2 nights
Şanlıurfa, often simply known as Urfa or Al-Ruha, in ancient times Edessa, is a city with 561,465 inhabitants in south-eastern Turkey, and the capital of Şanlıurfa Province. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Balikligol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Halil Ul Rahman Mosque, then admire the masterpieces at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, and finally Head underground at Cave of Abraham. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Gumruk Han, then explore the ancient world of Potbelly Hill, and then step into the grandiose world of Castle of Urfa.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sanliurfa trip maker tool.

Getting from Gaziantep to Sanliurfa by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Mardin.

Things to do in Sanliurfa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Mardin

— 3 nights
Mardin is a city and multiple bishopric in southeastern Turkey. Explore Mardin's surroundings by going to Midyat (Midyat Old City & Mor Gabriel Monastery). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Kirklar Kilisesi, steep yourself in history at KasImiye Medresesi, explore the ancient world of Dara Mesopotamia Ruins, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulu Cami.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mardin online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sanliurfa to Mardin in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Mardin can reach 96°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Diyarbakir.

Things to do in Mardin

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Diyarbakir

— 14 nights
Diyarbakır is one of the largest cities in southeastern Turkey. Venture out of the city with trips to Batman Park AVM (in Batman) and Malabadi Bridge (in Silvan). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Mosque, take in the views from Hasankeyf Eski Kopru, delve into the distant past at Zerzevan Kalesi, and make a trip to Dengbej Evi.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Diyarbakir trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Mardin to Diyarbakir in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Diyarbakir can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Diyarbakir

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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.