21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
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Pamukkale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Marmaris
— 1 night
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Taxi to Fethiye, Bus to Antalya
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Antalya
— 3 nights

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Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 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.
Goreme is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, admire the verdant scenery at Gulludere Vadisi, explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Goreme travel route planning app.

Antalya to Goreme is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Antalya in May since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip maker site.

You can fly from Goreme to Istanbul in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in May since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay May 23 — 28:

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Kaklik Cave, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Selcuk

— 4 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.
Step out of Selcuk to go to Germencik and see Magnesia Antik Kenti, which is approximately 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 Moon Light Souvenir Silver Shop, and make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip planner.

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Selcuk sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Marmaris.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 3:

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 4th (Fri), stop by Simons Diamonds, enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Marmaris Marina.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marmaris trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Marmaris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Marmaris, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 4:

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.
On the 5th (Sat), look for gifts at Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, then explore the activities along Oludeniz, then stroll through Oludeniz PlajI, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Lycian Way, then take in the awesome beauty at Babadag, and then Head underground at Mavi Magara.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Oludeniz trip maker site.

Getting from Marmaris to Oludeniz by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Oludeniz are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antalya: Blue World Diving Center (in Tekirova), Kemer Cumhuriyet MeydanI (in Kemer) and Side (Ancient Theater, Temple of Apollo, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Kaleici, see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Antalya trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Oludeniz to Antalya in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, daytime highs in Antalya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:

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.