20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey trip itinerary planner

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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Pamukkale
— 1 night
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Marmaris
— 1 night
Drive
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Dalyan
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alanya
— 1 night
Drive
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ancient City of Ephesus and Temple of Hadrian. You'll explore and learn at Ephesus Museum and Camlik Locomotive Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), explore the ancient world of Brothel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Public Latrine.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk road trip website.

Kaunas, Lithuania to Selcuk is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Turkey Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kaunas in June, with highs in Selcuk at 37°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 28:

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 29th (Tue), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pamukkale route maker website.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:

Marmaris

— 1 night
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.
On the 30th (Wed), go for a stroll along the water at Marmaris Marina, stop by Simons Diamonds, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Icmeler Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Marmaris Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Marmaris trip planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Marmaris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Marmaris sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dalyan.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 29 — 30:

Dalyan

— 2 nights
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Sarigerme Public Beach and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Kaunos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dalyan Cami, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iztuzu Beach 2.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Dalyan trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Marmaris to Dalyan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:

Oludeniz

— 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 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Calis Beach, then look for gifts at Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, then kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Saklikent Milli Parki, stroll around Oludeniz, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Dalyan to Oludeniz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:

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.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Sunken City Ruins of Simena, then step off the mainland to explore Island of Kekova, then explore the galleries of LikyaArt, and finally stroll through Kaputas Beach. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Lions Tomb, then kick back and relax at Patara Plajı, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Kas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Kas, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Alanya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

Alanya

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kleopatra Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Alanya trip builder tool.

Getting from Kas to Alanya by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 2 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.
On the 8th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), then step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, and finally admire the masterpieces at Guray Museum. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Goreme National Park, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Goreme planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Alanya to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Goreme, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

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.
Let the collections at Topkapi Palace and Galata Tower capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Rumeli Fortress. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate the waterfront views at Bosphorus Strait, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and get engrossed in the history at Chora Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul route planning app.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Goreme in July: highs in Istanbul hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 14:

Turkey travel guide

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Ruins · Architectural Buildings · 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.