26 days in Turkey Itinerary

26 days in Turkey Itinerary

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26 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  13​h
1
Istanbul
— 1 day
Fly + shuttle:  4​h 30​min
2
Cesme
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Seferihisar
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Kekova
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Antalya
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
8
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Kayseri
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Durban

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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.
To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul sightseeing app .

Durban, South Africa to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Durban to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cesme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Nightlife Shopping
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2
nights
Cesme

Cesme ©
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Erythrai archaeological ruins, Ilica Plaji, Delikli Koyu, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Cesme AltInkum Beach and then get a taste of local nightlife at Cesme marina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cesme Castle, then kick back and relax at Delikli Koyu, then delve into the distant past at Erythrai archaeological ruins, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ilica Plaji.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cesme trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Cesme by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in June, and nighttime lows around 23°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Seferihisar.

Things to do in Cesme

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Delikli Koyu ©
Delikli Koyu
Ilica Plaji ©
Ilica Plaji
Cesme Castle ©
Cesme Castle

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hours
Seferihisar

Seferihisar ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Teos Antik Kenti.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seferihisar travel planner .

Traveling by car from Cesme to Seferihisar takes an hour. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Cesme, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Seferihisar, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Mon) before leaving for Selcuk.

Things to do in Seferihisar

Historic Sites
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Teos Antik Kenti ©
Teos Antik Kenti

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 list of things to see and do now includes Pamucak Beach, Public Latrine, Ephesus Travel Guide - Private Ephesus Tours, and other attractions. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ephesus Terrace Houses and Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Discover out-of-the-way places like Sirince Koyu and Heracles Gate. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of The Temple of Artemis, don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, and stop by La Tulip Art Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Selcuk road trip tool .

Drive from Seferihisar to Selcuk in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seferihisar in June: highs in Selcuk hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 20°C. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
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Ephesus Terrace Houses ©
Ephesus Terrace Houses
Public Latrine ©
Public Latrine
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©

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.
Pamukkale Natural Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Pamukkale day trip planner.

Getting from Selcuk to Pamukkale by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kekova.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi

6
nights
Kekova

Kekova
To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kekova road trip planning site .

Drive from Pamukkale to Kekova in 4.5 hours. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Antalya.

Things to do in Kekova

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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've added Kaleici, Mermerli Beach, Antalya Bazaar, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Thu), hunt for treasures at Antalya Bazaar and then look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Termessos Ruins, then kick back and relax at Mermerli Beach, and then examine the collection at Ataturk House & Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Antalya trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Kekova to Antalya in 3.5 hours. In July in Antalya, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Termessos Ruins ©
Termessos Ruins
Kursunlu Waterfalls
Kursunlu Waterfalls
Kaleici ©
Kaleici

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nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme and Urgup Museum. Get outdoors at Balloon Rides and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri. Go for a jaunt from Goreme to Guzelyurt to see Selime Monastery about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Güvercinlik Vadisi (Pigeon Valley), explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, stop by Tribal Collections Nomadic Rugs and Textiles, and learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Antalya to Goreme in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Antalya in July; daily highs in Goreme reach 37°C and lows reach 18°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for Kayseri.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Özkonak Underground City, Kocabag Winery, Urgup Museum, Selime Monastery
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Balloon Rides
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

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hours
Kayseri

Kayseri
Kayseri is a large and industrialised city in Central Anatolia, Turkey. For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kayseri day trip website .

Traveling by car from Goreme to Kayseri takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Goreme in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Kayseri, with lows of 15°C. You will leave for Istanbul on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Kayseri

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Walking tours as well as Kapali Carsi. Get a sense of the local culture at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Topkapi Palace. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sultan Ahmed Mosque and Sultanahmet District. See even more of Istanbul: take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Istanbul travel route builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kayseri to Istanbul. Traveling from Kayseri in July, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. On the 13th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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