22 days in Turkey Itinerary

22 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe tour itinerary planner

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Fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Drive to Goreme
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ankara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
Drive
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Edirne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gumbet
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marmaris
— 1 night
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 1 night
Drive to Dalaman International Airport, Fly to Dammam

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Love Valley, Gumusler Monastery, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, and other attractions. Get outdoors at Zemi Valley and Soganli Valley. There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Lucky Horse Ranch.

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Goreme is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Dammam in October, things will get much colder in Goreme: highs are around 24°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

Ankara

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi and Tacettin Sultan Cami. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vakif Eserleri Museum and II. Turkiye Buyuk Millet Meclisi Cumhuriyet Muzesi. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi and examine the collection at Erimtan Arkeoloji ve Sanat Muzesi.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ankara trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Goreme in October, you will find days in Ankara are a bit cooler (16°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can fly to Istanbul.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

Istanbul

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Galata Tower. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Pierre Loti Tepesi. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, see the interesting displays at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Ecumenical Patriarchate, and contemplate the long history of Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Ankara to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ankara in October, with highs in Istanbul at 28°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:

Edirne

— 3 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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum and Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi. Selimiye Mosque and Eski Cami are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Beyazit II Mosque Complex, browse the different shops at Erasta, see the interesting displays at Edirne Kent Muzesi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dar-ul Hadis Camii.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Edirne vacation maker app.

Getting from Istanbul to Edirne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Edirne

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

Izmir

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arkas Art Center and Ataturk Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu and Spas. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Izmir online vacation builder.

Drive from Edirne to Izmir in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Izmir sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gumbet.

Things to do in Izmir

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

Gumbet

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get outside with Aquapro Dive Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Happy Beach Bodrum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Castle of St. Peter and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gumbet journey website.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Gumbet takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Izmir in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Gumbet, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Gumbet

Outdoors · Beaches · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kapurcuk Kultur ve Gastronomi Evi, then deepen your understanding of the past and present with Marmaris Travel Center, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Marmaris day trip planning site.

You can drive from Gumbet to Marmaris in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gumbet in October since evenings lows in Marmaris dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Marmaris

Baths · Spas · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:

Oludeniz

— 1 night
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then hike along The Lycian Way.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Oludeniz day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Oludeniz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Oludeniz can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
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.

Izmir Province travel guide

4.1
Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.