48 days in Malta & Turkey Itinerary

48 days in Malta & Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Antalya, Turkey
— 9 nights
Bus to Fethiye, Taxi to Oludeniz
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Oludeniz, Turkey
— 8 nights
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Izmir, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Comino, Malta
— 2 nights
Ferry to Gozo, Taxi to Marsalforn
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Marsalforn, Malta
— 5 nights
Taxi to Gozo, Ferry to Valletta
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Valletta, Malta
— 6 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 7 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Istanbul is 11 hours. In June in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 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 23rd (Thu): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery. On your second day here, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Antalya, Turkey

— 9 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antalya: Cirali Beach (in Cirali), Temple of Apollo (in Side) and Tekirova (Phaselis & Blue World Diving Center). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate, get in on the family fun at The Land of Legends Theme Park, and take in breathtaking views at Goynuk Canyon.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Antalya tour planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Antalya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Oludeniz, Turkey

— 8 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Explore Oludeniz's surroundings by going to Kas (Lions Tomb & Kaputas Beach), Patara Plajı (in Patara) and Saklikent Milli Parki (in Fethiye). The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Team Joseph, and stroll through The Lycian Way.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Oludeniz road trip site.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Antalya to Oludeniz in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Antalya in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 69°F in Oludeniz. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Izmir.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Izmir, Turkey

— 7 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Izmir side-trips: Selcuk (Ephesus Museum, Ancient City of Ephesus, &more) and Kusadasi (Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Adaland, &more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Kemeralti Market, don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor, stop by Alsancak, and take a leisurely stroll along Kordonboyu.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Izmir trip builder.

Drive from Oludeniz to Izmir in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Oludeniz in July, things will get slightly colder in Izmir: highs are around 76°F and lows about 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Comino.

Things to do in Izmir

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Comino, Malta

— 2 nights
While it is not the largest island of the Maltese archipelago, Comino serves as an oasis of serenity for many reasons other than its picturesque Mediterranean location.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Santa Marija Bay and then kick back and relax at Blue Lagoon.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Comino travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Izmir to Comino. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Izmir in July; daily highs in Comino reach 88°F and lows reach 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Marsalforn.

Things to do in Comino

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Marsalforn, Malta

— 5 nights
The busiest vacation resort on the island of Gozo, the small town of Marsalforn offers a pleasant seafront promenade backed by a string of low-rise hotels and apartment complexes.
Marsalforn is known for wildlife, adventure, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Xwejni Salt Pans, delve into the distant past at Ggantija Megalithic Temples, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dwejra Bay.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Marsalforn trip itinerary planning app.

Do a combination of ferry and taxi from Comino to Marsalforn in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Marsalforn can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Valletta.

Things to do in Marsalforn

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valletta, Malta

— 6 nights

Most Proud

Malta's capital city, Valletta preserves most of its medieval architecture, built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller, once a powerful military order.
Explore Valletta's surroundings by going to Mellieha (Popeye Village Malta, Mellieha Air Raid Shelter, &more) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in St. Paul's Bay). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of St. John's Co-Cathedral, take a leisurely stroll along Valletta Waterfront, take in the history at Lascaris War Rooms, and get engrossed in the history at Casa Rocca Piccola.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Valletta trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Marsalforn to Valletta in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 72°F. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Valletta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.

Malta travel guide

3.9
Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings · Gardens
Land of Honey
Aside from the crystal azure waters and the soft sandy beaches in Malta, there is more ancient, medieval, and Baroque architecture here than most visitors have time for. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation spent people-watching and sun-bathing or a history lesson filled with fortified cities and catacombs, Malta lets you hop from island to island with a plethora of options. And with so much coastline wherever you are in Malta, opportunities for water sports abound, including snorkeling and diving. Despite the thriving tourism, many areas feel uncrowded due to lack of residency, leaving you space to enjoy the sun and sea at your own pace.