21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Mysuru (Mysore)
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Bozcaada, Tenedos Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Bodrum City
— 1 night
5
Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Patara
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Pamukkale
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
8
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 15​min
9
Alanya
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
10
Antalya
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  18​h 45​min
End: Mysuru (Mysore)

4
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.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), wander the streets of Ortakoy, take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, and get engrossed in the history at Kariye Museum (The Chora Church).

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner .

Mysuru (Mysore), India to Istanbul is an approximately 17-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Mysuru (Mysore), expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bozcaada.

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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 22nd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Bozcaada Castle Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Zeynep Aksu GLASS STUDIO, and then step off the mainland to explore Bozcaada.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bozcaada trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Istanbul to Bozcaada with the Route module. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Bozcaada to be slightly colder, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bozcaada

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Bozcaada ©
Bozcaada
Bozcaada Castle Fortress ©
Bozcaada Castle Fortress
Zeynep Aksu GLASS STUDIO ©
Zeynep Aksu GLASS STUDIO

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.
Selcuk is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, theme parks, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and don't miss a visit to Curetes Street.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Selcuk day trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bozcaada to Selcuk. When traveling from Bozcaada in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Selcuk, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Bibliotheque de Celsus ©
Bibliotheque de Celsus
Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu ©
Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu

1
night
Bodrum City

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
On the 26th (Thu), go for a stroll along the water at Yalikavak Marina, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then steep yourself in history at Castle of St. Peter.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bodrum City trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Selcuk to Bodrum City by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Selcuk in September, Bodrum City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Yalikavak Marina
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Yalikavak Marina ©
Yalikavak Marina

2
nights
Oludeniz

Oludeniz ©
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the activities along Oludeniz, kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Babadag, then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Lycian Way, and then stop by Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Oludeniz travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Oludeniz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Bodrum City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Oludeniz, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Patara.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fethiye, Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Parasailing & Paragliding
Babadag ©
Babadag

1
night
Patara

Patara ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Patara Kum Tepesi, delve into the distant past at Arch of Triumph, then delve into the distant past at Patara Antik Kenti, and finally kick back and relax at Patara Plajı.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Patara tour site .

You can drive from Oludeniz to Patara in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Patara

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Patara Plajı ©
Patara Plajı
Patara Antik Kenti ©
Patara Antik Kenti
Patara Kum Tepesi ©
Patara Kum Tepesi

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): Head underground at Kaklik Cave, then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Pamukkale Balloons, explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, then contemplate the long history of Byzantine Church, and finally stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Patara to Pamukkale takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Laodikeia
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Kaklik Cave ©
Kaklik Cave

3
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.
Take a break from Goreme with a short trip to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri in Derinkuyu, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the stunning scenery at Peri Bacalari, Head underground at Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, and get engrossed in the history at Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Goreme online day trip planner .

Getting from Pamukkale to Goreme by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Alanya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peri Bacalari, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

1
day
Alanya

Alanya ©
A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Alanya Kalesi, then kick back and relax at Kleopatra Beach, and then make a trip to Alanya Shipyard.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Alanya road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Goreme to Alanya in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Antalya.

Things to do in Alanya

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Alanya Kalesi ©
Alanya Kalesi
Alanya Shipyard ©
Alanya Shipyard

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.
On the 6th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, then admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls, and then wander the streets of Kaleici.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Antalya tour website .

Traveling by car from Alanya to Antalya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Antalya, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Duden Waterfalls ©
Duden Waterfalls
Antalya Muzesi ©
Antalya Muzesi

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