25 days in Turkey Itinerary

25 days in Turkey Itinerary

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25 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Konya
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Antalya
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kas
— 2 nights
5
Bodrum City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Canakkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Bozcaada, Tenedos Island
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h
9
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Ottawa

2
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.
Visiting Goreme National Park and Fairy Chimneys will get you outdoors. Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) and Uchisar Castle will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 1st (Wed) floating through the air with a balloon tour. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi and view the masterpieces at Naile Art Gallery- Ebru Art Center.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Goreme itinerary planning app .

Ottawa, Canada to Goreme is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in April: high temperatures in Goreme hover around 22°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Konya.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Balloon Rides, Uchisar Castle
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Uchisar Castle ©
Uchisar Castle
Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley) ©

3
nights
Konya

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
You'll explore and learn at Mevlana Museum and İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Esrefoglu Mosque and Kapu Camii. Take a break from Konya with a short trip to Eflatunpinar Hitit Su Aniti in Beysehir, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Esrefoglu Mosque, see the interesting displays at Zaman Muzesi, and get engrossed in the history at Konyanuma Panorama.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Konya attractions planner.

Getting from Goreme to Konya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Konya can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Meram, Beysehir, Iplikci Camii, İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi
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Mevlana Muzesi ©
Mevlana Muzesi
İstiklal Harbi Şehitleri Abidesi ©
Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi ©
Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Greek Amphitheater and Perge Ancient City. Shop till you drop at Balon Park and Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Carya Golf Club (in Belek) and Aspendos Ruins and Theater (in Serik). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, explore the ancient world of Kesik Minaret Mosque, contemplate the long history of Hadrian's Gate, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kursunlu Waterfalls.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Antalya tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Konya to Antalya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Antalya when traveling from Konya in May, with lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kas.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Aspendos Ruins and Theater, Carya Golf Club, Ancient Theater
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Aspendos Ruins and Theater ©
Aspendos Ruins and Theater
Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

2
nights
Kas

Kas ©
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.
On the 9th (Thu), kick back and relax at Flora Boat, take in the exciting artwork at Tugra Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Kaputas Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Sura Ancient City, kick back and relax at Kekova Sound, then view the masterpieces at Atelier Thalia, and finally take in the exciting artwork at LikyaArt.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kas online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Antalya to Kas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Kas

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sura Ancient City
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Atelier Thalia ©
Atelier Thalia
Tugra Art Gallery ©
Tugra Art Gallery

2
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): shop like a local with Enver Camdal Guzel Sanat Atolyesi, admire the masterpieces at Ender Guzey Museum ARThill, explore the historical opulence of Castle of St. Peter, then see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Dibeklihan. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kumbahce Sahili and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gun Batimi Plaji.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bodrum City day trip planner .

You can drive from Kas to Bodrum City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Kas in May, Bodrum City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gun Batimi Plaji, Dibeklihan
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Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Gun Batimi Plaji ©
Gun Batimi Plaji

3
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
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 Celsus Kutuphanesi and The Basilica of Saint John. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu and Public Latrine. Step out of Selcuk to go to Germencik and see Magnesia Antik Kenti, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the historical opulence of Keci Kalesi, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and look for gifts at Celsus Ceramic.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Selcuk vacation planner.

Getting from Bodrum City to Selcuk by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bodrum City in May since evenings lows in Selcuk dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Canakkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Magnesia Antik Kenti
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Ephesus Terrace Houses ©
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

1
night
Canakkale

Canakkale ©
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
On the 16th (Thu), brush up on your military savvy at Military Marine Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Canakkale Naval Museum, then stroll the grounds of SoganlIdere Sehitligi, then explore the historical opulence of Kilitbahir Castle, and finally shop like a local with Rhapsodos Mozaik.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Canakkale trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Canakkale takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Selcuk in May, expect nights in Canakkale to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bozcaada.

Things to do in Canakkale

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kilitbahir Castle
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Rhapsodos Mozaik ©
Rhapsodos Mozaik
SoganlIdere Sehitligi ©
SoganlIdere Sehitligi
Kilitbahir Castle ©
Kilitbahir Castle

1
night
Bozcaada, Tenedos Island

Bozcaada ©
Tenedos or Bozcaada is an island of Turkey in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): go for a walk through Bozcaada Wind Farm, do a tasting at Camlibag Saraplari, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryem Ana Kilisesi, then examine the collection at Bozcaada Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Nunc, and finally expand your horizons at Zeynep Aksu GLASS STUDIO.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bozcaada tour planner .

You can drive from Canakkale to Bozcaada in 2 hours. In May in Bozcaada, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Bozcaada

Museums Shopping Nightlife
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Zeynep Aksu GLASS STUDIO ©
Zeynep Aksu GLASS STUDIO
Meryem Ana Kilisesi ©
Meryem Ana Kilisesi
Camlibag Saraplari ©
Camlibag Saraplari

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sultanahmet District and Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya). Basilica Cistern and Suleymaniye Cami will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi, take a stroll through Taksim Square, take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and explore the world behind art at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bozcaada to Istanbul. In May, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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