60 days in Turkey & Israel Itinerary

60 days in Turkey & Israel Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Gallipoli, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Marmaris, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Oludeniz, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Kas, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Manavgat, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 6 nights
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 11 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey — 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.
Istanbul is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami .

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul attractions planning site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Istanbul. When traveling from Johannesburg in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gallipoli.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Tours

Gallipoli, Turkey — 5 nights

The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Get out of town with these interesting Gallipoli side-trips: Eceabat (57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi, Eceabat Tarihe SaygI Aniti, &more). On the 10th (Thu), spend a day delving into the history of Gallipoli National Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, kick back and relax at Bolayir Plaji, make a trip to Hellas Memorial, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azaplar Camii.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gallipoli travel planner.

Traveling by car from Istanbul to Gallipoli takes 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.
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Pamukkale, Turkey — 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.
Pamukkale is known for nature, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale day trip planning website.

Getting from Gallipoli to Pamukkale by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Marmaris.
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Marmaris, Turkey — 6 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.
Explore Marmaris' surroundings by going to Azmak Nehri (in Akyaka) and Iztuzu Beach 2 (in Dalyan). Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Marmaris Milli Parki. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with Dogan Gunes S-1 Yuksel Kaptan, get outside with Mar, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and take a stroll through Datca Peninsula.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Marmaris trip planning app.

Drive from Pamukkale to Marmaris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Marmaris, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Oludeniz.
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Oludeniz, Turkey — 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oludeniz: Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Gocek) and Saklikent Milli Parki (in Fethiye). There's much more to do: stroll through Oludeniz PlajI, kick back and relax at Calis Beach, see where the ancients bathed at Lycian D Spa & Turkish Bath, and take in the awesome beauty at Babadag.

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

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Oludeniz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Kas.
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Kas, Turkey — 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kas: Kekova (Tersane Koyu & Sunken City Ruins of Simena), Karaoz Sahili (in Kumluca) and Kekova Island (in Demre (Kale)). There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Narr Beach, delve into the distant past at Patara Antik Kenti, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaputas Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kas trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Kas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kas can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Manavgat.
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Manavgat, Turkey — 5 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 (Kleopatra Beach & Alanya Kalesi), Diving Center Falcons (in Avsallar) and The Land of Legends Theme Park (in Kadriye). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Q Spa & Wellness, admire the sheer force of Manavgat Waterfall, take a stroll through Kaleici, and examine the collection at Side Museum.

Plan trip to Manavgat with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Kas to Manavgat by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Manavgat are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Goreme.
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Goreme, Turkey — 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 still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Manavgat to Goreme in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Manavgat in September; daily highs in Goreme reach 33°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Selcuk.
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Selcuk, Turkey — 6 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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain, steep yourself in history at Public Latrine, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Selcuk trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Goreme to Selcuk by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Selcuk, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to Jerusalem.
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Jerusalem, Israel — 11 nights

Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jerusalem: Jaffa Old City (in Jaffa), Tel Aviv (Joseph Bau House Museum & Neve Tzedek) and Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park (in Kiryat Gat). On the 24th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, see the interesting displays at Shrine of the Book, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City of Jerusalem.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Jerusalem trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Selcuk to Jerusalem takes 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Selcuk to Jerusalem. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Jerusalem when traveling from Selcuk in September, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for 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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Israel travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins
Land of Creation
Surprisingly diverse for such a narrow strip of land pressed against the Mediterranean, modern Israel only dates back to 1948, though the history of this "Holy Land" spans many millennia. The big three monotheistic religions--Christianity, Judaism, and Islam--maintain extremely strong ties to this part of the world, so you can expect to see plenty of historic churches, mosques, and synagogues during your holiday in Israel. Beyond the undeniable cultural appeal, Israel also offers impressive natural features, including the Dead Sea and Makhtesh Ramon, one of the world's biggest craters. As you tour Israel, you'll find yourself following in the footsteps of figures that helped shape the world thousands of years ago.
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