59 days in Turkey Itinerary

59 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 10 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 8 nights
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Kemer
— 6 nights
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Alanya
— 6 nights
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Kas
— 5 nights
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Oludeniz
— 4 nights
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Marmaris
— 7 nights
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Pamukkale
— 4 nights
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Selcuk
— 8 nights
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Istanbul — 10 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.
Attractions like Hagia Sophia Mosque and Topkapi Palace make great kid-friendly stops. On the 5th (Sat), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker website.

Detroit, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Detroit to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to fly to Goreme.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Goreme, Cappadocia — 8 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City). The adventure continues: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stop by Alaturca Taner, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Goreme online travel planner.

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 June, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in Goreme. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can fly to Kemer.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips

Kemer — 6 nights

Situated on the Turkish Riviera, Kemer represents a coastal Mediterranean resort set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop.
Attractions like Lower Duden Waterfalls and The Land of Legends Theme Park make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kemer: Antalya (Kaleici, Old City Marina, &more) and Cirali (Cirali Beach & Chimaera). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with Blue World Diving Center, stroll around Yoruk Park, ponder the design of Kemer Cumhuriyet MeydanI, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Göynük Köyü Mer. Cami.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kemer trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Goreme to Kemer by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Goreme in June: high temperatures in Kemer hover around 88°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Alanya.
Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips

Alanya — 6 nights

A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Family-friendly places like Scuba Turtle Diving and Kleopatra Beach will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Alanya: Sapadere Kanyonu (in Antalya), Side (Q Spa & Wellness, Vespasianus Aniti, &more) and Manavgat Waterfall (in Manavgat). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Hip-Notics Cable Ski, take in the dramatic scenery at Dimcay, explore the historical opulence of Alanya Kalesi, and stroll around Kedi Evi.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Alanya day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kemer to Alanya in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Kas.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips

Kas — 5 nights

An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Attractions like Sunken City Ruins of Simena and Kaputas Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Patara (Patara Amphitheatre, Patara Kum Tepesi, &more) and Demre (Kale) (Castle of Simena, Sura Ancient City, &more). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Silver Harmoni, take in the waterfront activity at Kalekoy Harbour, and explore the stunning scenery at Gombe Yaylasi.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kas holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Alanya to Kas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oludeniz.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Side Trips

Oludeniz — 4 nights

Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Kids will enjoy The Lycian Way and Oludeniz PlajI. Get out of town with these interesting Oludeniz side-trips: Fethiye (Tlos & Saklikent Milli Parki). There's much more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, wander the streets of Old Town, stop by Anadolu el Sanatlari, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz trip planner.

Getting from Kas to Oludeniz by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marmaris.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Marmaris — 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Marmaris Marina and Spas. Venture out of the city with trips to Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Turunc), Gokceler Kanyonu (in Milas) and Dalyan (Iztuzu Beach 2 & Dalyan Cami). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Icmeler Beach, look for gifts at Hira Gold & Diamond, walk around Ataturk Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Dalyan Nehri.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Marmaris road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Marmaris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Marmaris can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
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.
Kids will enjoy Camlik Mesire Yeri and Ornaz Vadisi. Venture out of the city with trips to Tripolis Antik Kenti (in Denizli), Aphrodisias (in Geyre) and Buldan Suleymanli Yayla (in Buldan). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale planning site.

You can drive from Marmaris to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Selcuk.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips

Selcuk — 8 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ancient City of Ephesus and Serenad Dive Center. Explore Selcuk's surroundings by going to Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik), Aydin (KocarlI Cihanoglu Kulliyesi & AydIn Nasuhpasa Kulliyesi) and Tire Kent Muzesi (in Tire). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), take an in-depth tour of Turkish Bath Museum, delve into the distant past at Temple of Hadrian, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isa Bey Mosque.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk trip planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Selcuk sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 71°F at night. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trips

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.