35 days in Turkey Itinerary

35 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 7 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
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Manavgat
— 3 nights
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Gocek
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gumusluk
— 5 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 3 nights
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Izmir
— 3 nights
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Istanbul — 7 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.
On the 4th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, stop by Ortakoy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online trip itinerary builder.

Malaga, Spain to Istanbul is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Malaga to Istanbul, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Goreme.
Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Spas

Goreme, Cappadocia — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Goreme: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, steep yourself in history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Istanbul in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Goreme, with highs around 91°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Manavgat.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips

Manavgat — 3 nights

Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
Get out of town with these interesting Manavgat side-trips: Alanya (Parasailing & Paragliding & Kleopatra Beach). There's lots more to do: boost your wellbeing at Q Spa & Wellness, delve into the distant past at Ancient Theater, admire the landmark architecture of Temple of Apollo, and admire the sheer force of Manavgat Waterfall.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Manavgat route planner.

Fly from Goreme to Manavgat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Manavgat, with lows of 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gocek.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Side Trip

Gocek — 3 nights

On the 17th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Inlice Plaji and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Sarigerme Public Beach and then kick back and relax at Iztuzu Beach 2.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gocek travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Manavgat to Gocek takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Manavgat in August, things will get little chillier in Gocek: highs are around 90°F and lows about 70°F. You'll set off for Pamukkale on the 19th (Fri).
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

Pamukkale — 4 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.
Take a break from Pamukkale with a short trip to Aphrodisias in Geyre, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, stop by Karahayit, and explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Pamukkale trip app.

Getting from Gocek to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Gumusluk.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
Side Trips

Gumusluk — 5 nights

Gumusluk is known for historic sites and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront activity at Yalikavak Marina, kick back and relax at Yalikavak Halk Plaji, head outdoors with La Plaj Bodrum, and delve into the distant past at Myndos.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gumusluk travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Gumusluk takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 98°F in August, and nighttime lows around 77°F. You will leave for Selcuk on the 28th (Sun).
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus and then explore the ancient world of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Sirince Koyu and then see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Gumusluk to Selcuk in 3 hours. Traveling from Gumusluk in August, Selcuk is a bit cooler at night with lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Izmir.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Izmir — 3 nights

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Izmir is known for sightseeing, shopping, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the waterfront at Kordonboyu, take in the exciting artwork at Arkas Art Center, don't miss a visit to Konak Square, and stop by Alsancak.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Izmir vacation maker app.

Drive from Selcuk to Izmir in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Selcuk in August; daily highs in Izmir reach 76°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Turkey travel guide

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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.