31 days in Turkey Itinerary

31 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
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Antalya
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale
— 3 nights
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Fethiye
— 2 nights
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Marmaris
— 3 nights
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Bodrum City
— 2 nights
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Izmir
— 2 nights
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Bursa
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Istanbul — 5 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.
Head to Kapali Carsi and Tuncer Gift Shopfor plenty of shopping. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum and Rumeli Fortress. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and stop by Eminonu Square.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Turkey Time (TRT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in July, things will get little chillier in Istanbul: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to fly to Goreme.
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 5 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.
Popular historic sites such as Goreme National Park and Zelve Open Air Museum are in your itinerary. Visiting Love Valley and Zemi Valley will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with Royal Balloon, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in breathtaking views at Peri Bacalari, and look for gifts at Art By Emre.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Goreme trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in July since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can fly 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): examine the collection at Sandland, then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls, and then wander the streets of Ataturk Boulevard. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Deep Walker Diving Resort and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mermerli Beach.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Antalya trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Goreme in July, with highs in Antalya at 41°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale — 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hierapolis and Anatolia Cemetery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balloon Rides and Babadaglilar Ishani. Change things up with a short trip to Lake Salda in Burdur (about 1h 35 min away). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pamukkale tour planner.

Traveling by car from Antalya to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Fethiye.
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Fethiye — 2 nights

A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Ancient Rock Tombes and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Old Town.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fethiye trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Fethiye takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marmaris.
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Marmaris — 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Marmaris Beach and Turunc Sahil. Step off the beaten path and head to Trust Gold & Diamond Jewellery and Kapurcuk Kultur ve Gastronomi Evi. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Marmaris Travel Center.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marmaris trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Fethiye to Marmaris in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Marmaris can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bodrum City.
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Bodrum City — 2 nights

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): learn about all things military at Bodrum Maritime Museum and then explore the ancient world of Bodrum Amphitheater. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Aquapro Dive Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Happy Beach Bodrum.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bodrum City journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Bodrum City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Marmaris in July since evenings lows in Bodrum City dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ephesus Museum and Brothel. Bibliotheque de Celsus and Trajan's Fountain are good opportunities to explore the local culture. It doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Baths of Varius and stop by Sultan Jewellery & Fine Handmade Ceramic Art.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Selcuk takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Izmir.
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Izmir — 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 27th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ataturk Museum and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Arkas Art Center and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hisar Mosque.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Izmir trip tool.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Izmir takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in July; daily highs in Izmir reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Bursa.
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Bursa — 2 nights

The first Ottoman capital and a World Heritage Site, Bursa is known as "The Royal Springs" for its famous hot mineral waters--though it offers much more than your typical spa destination.
On the 29th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Uluumay Museum of Ottoman Folk Costumes and Jewelry and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muradiye Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Koza Hani.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Bursa route maker.

You can fly from Izmir to Bursa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in July, with highs in Bursa at 36°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Turkey travel guide

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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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