54 days in Turkey Itinerary

54 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip itinerary planner

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Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly
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Ankara
— 2 nights
Bus
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Drive
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Urgup, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gaziantep
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sanliurfa
— 3 nights
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Drive to Gaziantep International Airport, Fly to Antalya International Airport, Drive to Alanya
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Alanya
— 2 nights
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Manavgat
— 2 nights
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Antalya
— 3 nights
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Kemer
— 3 nights
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Demre (Kale)
— 2 nights
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Kas
— 3 nights
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Patara
— 3 nights
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Oludeniz
— 3 nights
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Fethiye
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
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Icmeler
— 2 nights
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Bodrum City
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 2 nights
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Istanbul

— 6 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.
Head to Jennifer's Hamam and Kapali Carsifor plenty of shopping. Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, wander the streets of Eminonu Square, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul travel planning site.

Montreal, Canada to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Montreal to Istanbul, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. June in Istanbul sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. On the 12th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ankara.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
On the 13th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Muzesi, then see the interesting displays at Gokyay Chess Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tacettin Sultan Cami, and finally see the interesting displays at Ataturk House Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, then get engrossed in the history at II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi, then delve into the distant past at Roman Wall, and finally examine the collection at State Cemetery Museum.

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

Getting from Istanbul to Ankara by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Istanbul in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ankara: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Goreme National Park and Uchisar Castle. Museum-lovers will get to explore Zelve Open Air Museum and Guray Museum. Step out of Goreme to go to Nevsehir and see Kaymakli, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley, enjoy unforgettable views with Royal Balloon, contemplate the long history of Soganli Valley, and get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Goreme online travel route planner.

Take a bus from Ankara to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Ankara, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Urgup.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Urgup, Cappadocia

— 2 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Peri Bacalari, admire the striking features of Ortahisar Abdioglu Camii, explore the ancient world of Ortahisar Kalesi, explore the galleries of Kapadokya Ebru Sanat Evi, then learn about winemaking at Turasan Sarapcilik, and finally look for gifts at Antikite Ottoman. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Roma Mezarlari, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sahabiye Medresesi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haci Kilic Camii, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kursunlu Camii, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cami Kebir (Ulu Cami), and finally appreciate the history behind The Statue of Ataturk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Urgup travel route planner.

Urgup is very close to Goreme. June in Urgup sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Gaziantep.

Things to do in Urgup

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Zeugma Mosaic Museum, step into the grandiose world of Pisirici Kasteli ve Mescidi, then get engrossed in the history at Mevlevihane Vakif Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Gaziantep Savas Muzesi. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Emine Gogus Mutfak Muzesi, get engrossed in the history at Gaziantep Museum of Archaelogy, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kurtulus Cami Mosque, and finally see the interesting displays at Bayazhan Gaziantep City Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gaziantep trip planner.

You can drive from Urgup to Gaziantep in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Urgup in June, with highs in Gaziantep at 38°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Sanliurfa.

Things to do in Gaziantep

Museums · Historic Sites

Sanliurfa

— 3 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. On the 24th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Sumatar (Sogmatar), then explore the different monuments and memorials at St Job Tomb, then take an in-depth tour of Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hz. Eyup Sabir Makami. On your second day here, examine the collection at Mutfak Muzesi, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of Abraham, and then steep yourself in history at Balikligol.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sanliurfa trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Gaziantep to Sanliurfa takes 2 hours. You'll set off for Alanya on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Sanliurfa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Alanya

— 2 nights
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi, explore the fascinating underground world of Damlatas Caves, and then step into the grandiose world of Alara Kalesi. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Dim Cave, enjoy the sand and surf at Kleopatra Beach, then see the interesting displays at Alanya Arkeoloji Muzesi, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Alanya road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sanliurfa to Alanya. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Manavgat.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Manavgat

— 2 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.
On the 29th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Manavgat Mosque, delve into the distant past at Ancient Theater, then see the interesting displays at Side Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Devlet Agorasi. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Seleukia (Lybre), then admire the striking features of Temple of Apollo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mrk. Kulliye Cami.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manavgat tour planner.

You can drive from Alanya to Manavgat in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Manavgat can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Historic Sites · Museums

Antalya

— 3 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.
Shop till you drop at MarkAntalya and Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Antalya Muzesi and Kaleici. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a stroll through Ataturk Boulevard, examine the collection at Antalya Toy Museum, and admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Antalya tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Manavgat to Antalya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Antalya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kemer.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Kemer

— 3 nights
Situated on the Turkish Riviera, Kemer represents a coastal Mediterranean resort set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop.
Get a sense of the local culture at Phaselis and Olympos Ruins. Visiting Chimaera and Beydaglari Sahil Milli Parki will get you outdoors. Explore Kemer's surroundings by going to Bucht Von Adrasan (in Adrasan) and Cirali Beach (in Cirali). There's more to do: walk around Moon Light Parki and pause for some photo ops at Kemer Cumhuriyet MeydanI.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kemer online visit planner.

Drive from Antalya to Kemer in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Kemer sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Demre (Kale).

Things to do in Kemer

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Demre (Kale)

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sunken City Ruins of Simena, then step off the mainland to explore Kekova Island, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Lymira, delve into the distant past at Arykanda Antik Kenti, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Demre (Kale) trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Kemer to Demre (Kale) in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Demre (Kale)

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Kas

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Hidayet koyu. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tugra Art Gallery and LikyaArt. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cinarlar Plaji, enjoy the sand and surf at Kaputas Beach, explore the stunning scenery at Gombe Yaylasi, and don't miss a visit to Lions Tomb.

Planning Kas trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Getting from Demre (Kale) to Kas by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Demre (Kale) in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kas, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Patara.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Patara

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Patara Plajı and Kalamar Beach Club. Xanthos Antik Kenti and Arch of Triumph will appeal to history buffs.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Patara trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kas to Patara takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Patara

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kaunos and Gallery Iz. Get in touch with nature at Babadag and Oludeniz PlajI. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Blue Lagoon, walk around Kidrak Natural Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kumburnu Plaji.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz road trip planning app.

You can drive from Patara to Oludeniz in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Side Trip

Fethiye

— 2 nights
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Fethiye Kalesi, explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then visit Old Town, and finally stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor. On the next day, stroll through The Lycian Way, then get engrossed in the history at Fethiye Museum, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Fethiye trip itinerary builder tool.

Fethiye is just a short distance from Oludeniz. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Fethiye

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): do a tasting at Pamukkale Winery, stop by Babadaglilar Ishani, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Fethiye to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Icmeler.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Icmeler

— 2 nights
İçmeler is a popular Turkish holiday resort situated 8 kilometres from Marmaris. On the 22nd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Marmaris Balevi, hunt for treasures at Turunc Pazari, tour the pleasant surroundings at Icmeler Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally stop by Ruby. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Marmaris Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Turunc Sahil, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Amos Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Icmeler trip planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Icmeler in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Pamukkale to Icmeler, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Icmeler

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Bodrum Maritime Museum, then browse the exhibits of Castle of St. Peter, then look for gifts at Socrates, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Dibeklihan, then stroll through Gun Batimi Plaji, then contemplate the long history of Myndos Gate, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bitez Beach.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City visit planner.

Traveling by car from Icmeler to Bodrum City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Icmeler to Bodrum City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Icmeler in July, you will find days in Bodrum City are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors · Museums · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Selcuk

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Magnesia Antik Kenti, then examine the collection at Camlik Locomotive Museum, and finally look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Memmius Monument, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then delve into the distant past at Fountain of Pollio, and finally get engrossed in the history at Selcuk Efes Kent Bellegi-History Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Selcuk tour itinerary website.

Getting from Bodrum City to Selcuk by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.