20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly
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Denizli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oludeniz
— 1 night
Taxi to Fethiye, Bus to Antalya
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Antalya
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
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Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Trabzon International Airport, Drive to Rize
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Rize
— 3 nights
Drive
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Trabzon
— 5 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 1 night
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Istanbul — 2 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.
On the 22nd (Fri), admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace, make a trip to Sirkeci Station, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally steep yourself in history at Zeyrek Mosque. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, and finally contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Istanbul is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, Istanbul is slightly colder than Jeddah - with highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to fly to Denizli.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Denizli — 2 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Denizli Teleferik as well as Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, then stop by Karahayit, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Laodikeia Antik Kenti, then delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, and then get a bird's-eye view with Denizli Teleferik.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Denizli day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Denizli takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in July: highs in Denizli hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Oludeniz.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oludeniz PlajI as well as Saklikent Milli Parki. On the 26th (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Saklikent Milli Parki and then enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Oludeniz road trip planner.

You can drive from Denizli to Oludeniz in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Denizli in July since evenings lows in Oludeniz dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Antalya.
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Antalya: Side (Ancient Theater & Temple of Apollo). There's still lots to do: visit Kaleici, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, go for a stroll along the water at Old City Marina, and see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Antalya trip itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Oludeniz to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Antalya, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Goreme.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goreme National Park, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at TokalI Church.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme journey planner.

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Antalya in July, expect Goreme to be a bit cooler, temps between 37°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Rize.
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Rize — 3 nights

Rize is the capital city of Rize Province in the eastern part of the Black Sea Region of Turkey.NameThe name comes from Greek (riza) or Ριζαίον (Rizaion), meaning "mountain slopes". Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Ziraat - Botanik Cay Bahcesi, then explore the activities along Firtina Deresi, and then wander the streets of Ceceva Koyu-Haremtepe. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Rize Kalesi and then admire the verdant scenery at Ayder Yaylasi.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rize trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Goreme to Rize with the Route module. When traveling from Goreme in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Rize, with highs around 31°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Trabzon.
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Trabzon — 5 nights

Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Explore Trabzon's surroundings by going to Çal Mağarası (in Duzkoy), Torul (in Gumushane) and Karaca Cave (in Torul). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, contemplate the long history of Gulbahar Hatun Turbesi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Soumela Monastery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Boztepe.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Trabzon trip tool.

Getting from Rize to Trabzon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Trabzon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly to Istanbul.
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Istanbul — 1 night

Queen of Cities

On the 8th (Mon), take in the views from Galata Koprusu, admire the masterpieces at Chora Museum, and then wander the streets of Ortakoy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Sogukcesme Sokak, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then look for gifts at Soul of Anatolia - Galata, then get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul trip planning tool.

Fly from Trabzon to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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.
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