18 days in Turkey Itinerary

18 days in Turkey Itinerary

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18 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + taxi:  20​h
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Konya
— 2 nights
bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Fethiye
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Izmir
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h
7
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
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 some cultural insight at Goreme National Park and Guray Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Royal Balloon and Kocabag Winery. When in Goreme, make a side trip to see Gomeda Valley in Mustafapasa, approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: ride a horse along Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, get engrossed in the history at Goreme Acikhava Muzesi, explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, and take in the exciting artwork at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Goreme holiday app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Goreme is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Goreme, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Goreme is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Konya.

Things to do in Goreme

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Guray Museum, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Kocabag Winery, Gomeda Valley
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Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Royal Balloon ©
Royal Balloon

2
nights
Konya

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Yerkopru Selalesi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapu Camii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iplikci Camii, get engrossed in the history at Mevlana Museum, then take a stroll through Konya Kultur Sokagi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Serafettin Camii.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Konya online trip maker .

Take a bus from Goreme to Konya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. April in Konya sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Konya

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Meram
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Mevlana Museum ©
Mevlana Museum
Kapu Camii ©
Kapu Camii
Iplikci Camii ©
Iplikci Camii

2
nights
Antalya

Antalya ©
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.
To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Antalya day trip website .

Getting from Konya to Antalya by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Konya in April, things will get a bit warmer in Antalya: highs are around 26°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Antalya

#Museums, #Historic Sites
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Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi
Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum ©
Suna Inan Kirac Kaleici Museum
Ataturk House & Museum ©
Ataturk House & Museum

1
night
Fethiye

Fethiye
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Fethiye Museum (Muzesi), hike along Lycian Way, and then slough off your stress at Turkish baths.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fethiye travel planner .

Getting from Antalya to Fethiye by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Fethiye are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Fethiye

#Trails, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Turkish Baths
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Lycian Way
Lycian Way
Turkish Baths
Fethiye Museum (Muzesi) ©
Fethiye Museum (Muzesi)

1
night
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Laodikeia, then take an in-depth tour of Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, then wander the streets of Karahayit, and finally delve into the distant past at Hierapolis & Pamukkale.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale trip planner .

You can drive from Fethiye to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Pamukkale

#Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

Side Trip

Denizli
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Hierapolis & Pamukkale ©
Hierapolis & Pamukkale
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi
Karahayit ©
Karahayit

1
night
Izmir

Izmir ©
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 30th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center and then learn about winemaking at Urla Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Arkas Art Center, then brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hisar Mosque, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pirlanta Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Izmir trip builder website .

You can drive from Pamukkale to Izmir in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Izmir can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Izmir

#Museums, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Urla Winery
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Arkas Art Center ©
Arkas Art Center
Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center ©
Ahmed Adnan Saygun Arts Center
Hisar Mosque ©
Hisar Mosque

5
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church) and Topkapi Palace. Appreciate the collections at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Rahmi M. Koc Museum. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Sultanahmet District, contemplate the long history of Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and admire the striking features of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Izmir to Istanbul takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in May, with highs in Istanbul at 25°C and lows at 15°C. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Tours
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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