24 days in Turkish Aegean Coast Itinerary

24 days in Turkish Aegean Coast Itinerary

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Cesme
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Didim
— 3 nights
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Bodrum City
— 5 nights
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Marmaris
— 4 nights
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Dalyan
— 3 nights
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Oludeniz
— 3 nights
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Cesme — 2 nights

The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Visit Ilica Plaji and Cesme AltInkum Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Cesme with an excursion to Badem Buku in Karaburun--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the interesting displays at Kostem Zeytinyagi Muzesi, and find something for the whole family at Aqua Toy City.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Cesme trip planner.

Istanbul to Cesme is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Cesme due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.
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Selcuk — 3 nights

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Let the collections at Ephesus Museum and Tire Kent Muzesi capture your imagination. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA, and see the interesting displays at Camlik Locomotive Museum.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk travel route planning website.

You can drive from Cesme to Selcuk in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Selcuk due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Cesme, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Selcuk, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Didim.
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Didim — 3 nights

Didim is a small town, popular seaside holiday resort, and district of Aydın Province on the Aegean coast of western Turkey, 123km from the provincial capital city of Aydın. Relax by the water at Altinkum Beach and Ladies Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Didim: Kusadasi (Scuba & Snorkeling & Adaland). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Didim trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Didim takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Didim are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bodrum City.
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Bodrum City — 5 nights

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Appreciate the collections at Castle of St. Peter and Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Visit Yahsi Beach and Bitez Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Bodrum City with an excursion to Sevket Sabanci Kultur ve Sanat Merkezi in Turgutreis--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Aquapro Dive Center, take in the waterfront activity at D-Marin Turgutreis, explore the world behind art at Zeki Muren Arts Museum, and examine the collection at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Didim to Bodrum City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Bodrum City, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Marmaris.
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Marmaris — 4 nights

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Icmeler Beach and Marmaris Beach. Go for a jaunt from Marmaris to Mugla to see J Diving Center, MSY OKYANUS JD about 48 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Marmaris Milli Parki. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina, head off the coast to Sedir Island, make a splash at Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark, and get outside with Mar.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Marmaris trip planner.

Drive from Bodrum City to Marmaris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bodrum City in July, expect Marmaris to be slightly colder, temps between 38°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Dalyan.
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Dalyan — 3 nights

Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Dalyan is known for beaches, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Iztuzu Beach 2, cast your line with Dalyan Mesuts Boat, explore the activities along Lake Koycegiz, and delve into the distant past at Lycian Rock Tombs.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dalyan online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Dalyan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Dalyan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Oludeniz.
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Oludeniz — 3 nights

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
We've included these beaches for you: Oludeniz PlajI and Calis Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Saklikent Milli Parki in Fethiye (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Babadag, explore the activities along Oludeniz, and take an exotic tour of Team Joseph.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Oludeniz trip builder.

Traveling by car from Dalyan to Oludeniz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Oludeniz sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Turkish Aegean Coast travel guide

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Abounding with the smell of local olive farms and citrus plantations, Turkish Aegean Coast offers stunning beaches dotted with picturesque harbors. Colorful parachutes float gently above the clear, turquoise water. The warm climate year-round makes the area a vacation destination in any season. Neighboring modern cities feature palm-lined streets, neoclassical architecture, and ruins from ancient times. You'll find yourself surrounded with fertile valleys in this region, as small lush hills rise out of the sea. Learn about the ancient art and philosophy that the coast inspired in this land of wine, honey, and olive oil.
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