23 days in Turkey Itinerary

23 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Istanbul
Drive
2
Canakkale
— 1 night
Drive
3
Izmir
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kusadasi
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Selcuk
— 1 night
Drive
6
Bodrum City
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive
8
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Konya
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Bus
11
Ankara
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bursa
— 1 night
Drive
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Istanbul
— 3 nights
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Istanbul

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul route website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Istanbul is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Turkey Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in June: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Canakkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Spas
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 10:
Highlights from your trip

Canakkale

— 1 night
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
On the 9th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Habbele Plaji.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Canakkale trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Canakkale in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Izmir.

Things to do in Canakkale

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 10:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Spil, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica of St. Jonh, then explore the ancient world of Teos Antik Kenti, and finally stroll through Akkum Plaji. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor, witness a stunning natural landmark at Balcova, admire the landmark architecture of Fatih Cinili Cami, delve into the distant past at Agora Open Air Museum, then visit Kemeralti Market, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Izmir online vacation planner.

You can drive from Canakkale to Izmir in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Canakkale in June; daily highs in Izmir reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Kusadasi.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Uzun Plaj, kick back and relax at Ladies Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Kusadasi Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaleici Camii, and finally browse the exhibits of Hacivat Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cool off at Adaland, soak in style at Hammam Kusadasi, explore the striking landscape of Dilek National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Sevgi Beach, then delve into the distant past at Miletus, and finally learn more about the world around you at Cafe Olive.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kusadasi trip maker.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Kusadasi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Izmir in June, things will get a bit warmer in Kusadasi: highs are around 35°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Kusadasi

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

Selcuk

— 1 night
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
On the 15th (Tue), look for gifts at La Tulip Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), then examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, then delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, and finally wander the streets of Sirince Koyu.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk planning tool.

Selcuk is very close to Kusadasi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kusadasi in June, Selcuk is little chillier at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 15:

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 15th (Tue): get some fabulous bargains at Moden Leather Shop. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Myndos Gate, enjoy the sand and surf at Yahsi Beach, examine the collection at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, step into the grandiose world of Castle of St. Peter, then examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and finally explore the ancient world of Bodrum Amphitheater.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bodrum City vacation tool.

You can drive from Selcuk to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Selcuk in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bodrum City, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:

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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip maker.

Drive from Bodrum City to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 18:

Antalya

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, wander the streets of Kaleici, then admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, then delve into the distant past at Perge Ancient City, and finally admire the local landmark of Dancing Fountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Konyaalti Beach, see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kursunlu Waterfalls, and finally delve into the distant past at Sillyon Antik kenti.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Antalya trip planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Antalya in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Antalya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Konya.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Konya

— 2 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aziziye Cami, wander the streets of Konya Kultur Sokagi, get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Muzesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sems-i Tebrizi Tomb & Mosque, then steep yourself in history at Meram Baglari, and finally make a trip to Sille. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amber Reis Camii, steep yourself in history at Hoca Hasan Camii, take in nature's colorful creations at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, get curious at Konya Science Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tuz Golu, and finally appreciate the history behind Ataturk Aniti.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Konya road trip planner.

Getting from Antalya to Konya by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Antalya in June, expect Konya to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Goreme.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 22:

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 23rd (Wed), soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, explore the galleries of Goreme Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park, then see Off-Road Tours, then step into the grandiose world of Uchisar Castle, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme route planner.

You can drive from Konya to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Goreme sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 24:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Soguksu National Park and Eymir Lake. Visit Hamamonu Restored Area and Kocatepe Mosque (Kocatepe Camii) for their historical value. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir, get to know the fascinating history of Ankara Castle, explore the ancient world of Roman Wall, and learn more about the world around you at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ankara holiday builder tool.

Traveling by bus from Goreme to Ankara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Goreme in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ankara, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to fly to Bursa.

Things to do in Ankara

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 26:

Bursa

— 1 night
The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
On the 27th (Sun), wander the streets of Cumalikizik, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Green Tomb, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulu Cami.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bursa trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Ankara to Bursa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Ankara in June, you will find days in Bursa are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bursa

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:

Istanbul

— 3 nights

Queen of Cities

Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): make a trip to Istiklal Caddesi. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Valens Aqueduct, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Zeyrek Mosque.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Bursa to Istanbul takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 30:

Turkey travel guide

4.3
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.

Canakkale Province travel guide

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Beaches · Battlefields · Monuments
Çanakkale Province straddles two continents, touching both Asia and Europe with its sandy shores. The province is home to many legends and abounds with historical and mythological tales. The harbors are crowded with colorful yachts and fishing boats, while quaint white plaster houses with terracotta-tiled roofs and portside cafes line the shores. Home to the archaeological site of Troy, the province was the site of the mythological Trojan War and exhibits the Trojan Horse from the 2004 movie. In the provincial capital city Çanakkale, narrow sloped streets lead to pastel-colored houses. The Mediterranean climate and seaside charm make this a good holiday retreat.

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.

Bodrum District travel guide

3.4
Nightlife · Beaches · Castles
St.-Tropez of Turkey
Elegant Bodrum is a district and port city, watched over by its 15th-century seaside castle and is home to the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Formerly a simple fishing village, the town flourished after writer Kabaağaçlı put the city on the map: exiled here in 1925, he adopted the pen name, "The Fisherman of Halicarnassus"--an allusion to the city's name in aniquity. Today this seaside vacation spot charms visitors with a glittering marina, flower-filled cafes, palm-lined promenades, and a host of seafood restaurants. The serene simplicity that caught Kabaağaçlı's eye has since attracted other artists, giving Bodrum a sophistication that sets it apart from other coastal towns.