15 days in Turkey & Turkmenistan Itinerary

15 days in Turkey & Turkmenistan Itinerary

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Start: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Fly:  14 h
1
Antalya, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Marmaris, Turkey
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h
3
Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
End: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

3
nights
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kaleici and Ataturk Boulevard. Discover out-of-the-way places like Olympos Ruins and Lower Duden Waterfalls. Take a break from Antalya with a short trip to Cirali Beach in Cirali, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate and see the interesting displays at Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Antalya online trip itinerary maker.

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to Antalya is an approximately 14- hour flight. The time zone changes from Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In August in Antalya, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cirali Beach, Olympos Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Olympos Ruins ©
Olympos Ruins
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate

2
nights
Marmaris, Turkey

Marmaris ©
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 5th (Wed), make a splash at Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark, look for gifts at Simons Diamonds, then enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, and finally slough off your stress at Turkish baths. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Marmaris Museum and then take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Marmaris driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Marmaris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Marmaris is slightly colder than Antalya - with highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trip

Icmeler
Highlights from your plan
Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Marmaris Museum ©
Marmaris Museum
Spas

2
nights
Goreme, Turkey

Goreme ©
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 7th (Fri), soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Goreme National Park, and then Head underground at Uchisar Castle.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Marmaris to Goreme by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Marmaris in August since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Balloon Rides, Uchisar Castle
Highlights from your plan
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Balloon Rides

5
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Istanbul Archaeological Museum and FIRCA El Sanatlari Merkezi Seramik. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hagia Sophia Museum and Sultan Ahmed Mosque. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, take a stroll through Ortakoy, steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul, and pause for some photo ops at Sultanahmet Square.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Istanbul trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Goreme in August, plan for little chillier days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, then don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat trip itinerary builder app.

Explore your travel options from Istanbul to Ashgabat with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to Turkmenistan Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in August, you will find days in Ashgabat are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts ©
Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa

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