14 days in Turkey & Cyprus Itinerary

14 days in Turkey & Cyprus Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Izmir, Turkey
— 2 nights
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Paphos, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Bus to Larnaca, Fly to Bucharest


Istanbul, Turkey — 3 nights

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, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Chora Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and explore the galleries of Galata Tower.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul journey builder website.

Bucharest, Romania to Istanbul is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Istanbul. Traveling from Bucharest in September, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to fly to Goreme.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Goreme, Turkey — 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.
Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take a pleasant ride with Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and browse the exhibits of Goreme Open-Air Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Goreme takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Goreme are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit cooler (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Izmir.
Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
Side Trips

Izmir, Turkey — 2 nights

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stop by Alsancak, make a trip to Konak Square, then don't miss a visit to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), then don't miss a visit to Tarihi Asansor, and finally learn about all things military at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Izmir Museum of History and Art, then admire the striking features of Fatih Cinili Cami, and then get in on the family fun at Yali Castle Aquapark.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Izmir planner.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Izmir takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Goreme in September; daily highs in Izmir reach 26°C and lows reach 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Antalya.
Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Antalya, Turkey — 1 night

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 18th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, then stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, then take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina, and finally take a stroll through Kaleici.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Antalya journey builder website.

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Antalya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Izmir in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Antalya, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Ayia Napa.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Ayia Napa, Cyprus — 2 nights

Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
On the 19th (Mon), explore the activities along Blue Lagoon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nissi Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Lazarus. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Konnos Bay, then kick back and relax at Fig Tree Bay, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Profitis Elias.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ayia Napa tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Antalya to Ayia Napa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Antalya to Ayia Napa is minus 1 hour. September in Ayia Napa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Paphos.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips

Paphos, Cyprus — 2 nights

The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Bay, then get outside with Horse Riding Paphos - Eagle Mountain Ranch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Aphrodite's Rock, and finally delve into the distant past at Tombs of the Kings. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chrysorrogiatissa Monastery, and then examine the collection at Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Paphos trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ayia Napa to Paphos takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Paphos sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

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.

Cappadocia travel guide

History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.

Cyprus travel guide

Beaches · Ruins · Churches
From sandy beaches to stone castles, and from bustling nightclubs to romantic tavernas, Cyprus is the perfect destination for those who seek a complete Mediterranean experience. Many civilizations have left their mark on the island's long and vibrant history, and consequently its customs, cuisine, and architecture. Beyond the divide between the predominantly Greek south and Turkish north, throughout the island you'll recognize Venetian, Genoese, British, and Middle Eastern influences. Of course, the main attraction that draws tourists from all over the world is the sunny coast, dotted with historical cities and fully equipped beaches. There is also a selection of peaceful villages, both inland and by the sea, where those looking for a more secluded holiday can retreat. A visit to the country's capital Nicosia, with its vibrant art and culture scene and numerous sightseeing opportunities, is definitely worth adding to your itinerary wherever you're staying.