33 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
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Izmir
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Selcuk
— 5 nights
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Bodrum City
— 10 nights
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Akyaka
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Fethiye
— 3 nights
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Kas
— 2 nights
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Antalya
— 3 nights
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Istanbul
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Istanbul — 4 nights

Queen of Cities

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ortakoy and Anadolu Hisari Fort. Museum-lovers will appreciate Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery and Sadberk Hanim Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Besiktas, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buyuk Mecidiye Cami, and admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul day trip tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Turkey Time is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Tue) before leaving for Goreme.
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Goreme, Cappadocia — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zelve Open Air Museum and Love Valley. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Soganli Valley and Ortahisar Kalesi. And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Red Valley, take in the dramatic natural features at Zemi Valley, slough off your stress at Turkish baths, and look for gifts at Chez Hakan - The Pottery Shop.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Goreme trip maker site.

Fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Goreme when traveling from Istanbul in May, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly to Izmir.
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Izmir

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Izmir trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Goreme to Izmir takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Goreme in May: high temperatures in Izmir hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. You'll set off for Selcuk on the 26th (Fri).
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Selcuk — 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Isa Bey Mosque and Trajan's Fountain. Discover out-of-the-way places like Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and Magnesia Antik Kenti. Change things up with these side-trips from Selcuk: Aydin (Aydin Museum & Nysa Ruins). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at State Agora, stop by Sirince Koyu, don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John The Baptist Church.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Selcuk sightseeing planner.

Drive from Izmir to Selcuk in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Izmir in May; daily highs in Selcuk reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Bodrum City.
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Bodrum City — 10 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and Pedasa Antique City. Step off the beaten path and head to Bodrum Maritime Museum and Aleyna Tours. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Karnas Vineyards.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City vacation builder.

You can drive from Selcuk to Bodrum City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Selcuk in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Bodrum City, with lows of 20°C. On the 10th (Sat), you're off to Akyaka.
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Akyaka

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Azmak Kaya MezarlarI.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Akyaka trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Akyaka takes 2 hours. Traveling from Bodrum City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Akyaka, with lows of 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for Fethiye.
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Fethiye — 3 nights

A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ancient Rock Tombes and Fethiye Port. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Fethiye Kalesi. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Fethiye Museum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and stop by Servet Turkish Delight Shop.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fethiye trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Akyaka to Fethiye in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Fethiye are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kas.
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Kas — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Incebogaz Plaji, enjoy the sand and surf at Kas Belediyesi Halk PlajI, and then slough off your stress at Spa Marin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then browse the exhibits of Tugra Art Gallery, then look for gifts at Silver Harmoni, and finally make a trip to Lions Tomb.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kas trip planning site.

Getting from Fethiye to Kas by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kas can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Antalya.
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Antalya — 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Termessos Ruins and Ataturk Boulevard. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kizilkule and Kemer Cumhuriyet MeydanI. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Ataturk House & Museum.

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Traveling by car from Kas to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Antalya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Istanbul.
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Istanbul

Queen of Cities

Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): visit Ortakoy.

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Traveling by flight from Antalya to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Antalya in June; daily highs in Istanbul reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) 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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