20 days in Turkey Itinerary

20 days in Turkey Itinerary

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20 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Rize
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Trabzon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ordu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Samsun
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
5
Istanbul
— 9 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Jeddah

1
night
Rize

Rize ©
Rize is the capital city of Rize Province in the eastern part of the Black Sea Region of Turkey.NameThe name comes from Greek (riza) or Ριζαίον (Rizaion), meaning "mountain slopes". Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): appreciate the views at Hemsin Organik Vadisi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kible Dagi Camii, then delve into the distant past at Rize Kalesi, and finally Head underground at Pileki Magarasi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Rize Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Ziraat - Botanik Cay Bahcesi, then see the interesting displays at Ataturk House & Ethnography Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Kizkalesi.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rize trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Rize is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Jeddah in June, expect nights in Rize to be a bit cooler, around 22°C, while days are cooler, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Trabzon.

Things to do in Rize

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Pileki Magarasi ©
Pileki Magarasi
Ziraat - Botanik Cay Bahcesi ©
Ziraat - Botanik Cay Bahcesi
Ataturk House & Ethnography Museum ©

2
nights
Trabzon

Trabzon ©
Trabzon, historically known as Trebizond is a city on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey and the capital of Trabzon Province. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Sumela Monastery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Boztepe, then examine the collection at Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Varlibas Atapark Shopping Center. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Ortahisar, then see the interesting displays at Trabzon Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Trabzon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Trabzon trip builder site .

You can drive from Rize to Trabzon in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Trabzon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ordu.

Things to do in Trabzon

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Trabzon Hagia Sophia Museum
Sumela Monastery ©
Sumela Monastery
Ortahisar ©
Ortahisar

2
nights
Ordu

Ordu ©
Ordu is a port city on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, historically also known as Cotyora, and the capital of Ordu Province with a population of 205,396 in the city center. On the 6th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Pasaoglu Mansion & Ethnography Museum, get great views at Boztepe, then explore the historical opulence of Kurul Kalesi, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Ordu Yoroz. On your second day here, browse the different shops at G-City Alisveris Merkezi, examine the collection at Giresun Museum, and then head off the coast to Giresun Island.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ordu day trip site .

You can drive from Trabzon to Ordu in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Samsun.

Things to do in Ordu

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Giresun
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Ordu Yoroz ©
Ordu Yoroz
Pasaoglu Mansion & Ethnography Museum ©
Giresun Island ©
Giresun Island

3
nights
Samsun

Samsun ©
Samsun is a city on the north coast of Turkey with a population over half a million people. Samsun is known for museums, shopping, nature, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have fun at Bati Park, see the interesting displays at Samsun Arkeoloji Etnografya Muzesi, buy something for everyone on your list at Yesilyurt Shopping Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Samsun Merkez Mosque.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Samsun driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Ordu to Samsun takes 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Samsun

Shopping Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Lovelet AVM ©
Lovelet AVM
Onur Anıtı ©
Onur Anıtı
Samsun Kent Muzesi ©
Samsun Kent Muzesi

9
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.
Spend the 18th (Mon) floating through the air with a balloon tour. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , and admire the masterpieces at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul day trip site .

Getting from Samsun to Istanbul by car takes about 8.5 hours. June in Istanbul sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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