21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Jeddah
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Trabzon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Ordu
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Rize
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Jeddah

3
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. Sumela Monastery and Trabzon Sehir Muzesi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Atatürk Köşkü and Gulbahar Hatun Tomb will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Trabzon: Gumushane (Limni Golu & Karaca Cave) and Karaca Cave (in Torul). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ortahisar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yeni Cuma Camii, look for all kinds of wild species at Hacka Yaylasi, and examine the collection at Trabzonspor Samil Ekinci Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Trabzon travel route planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Trabzon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Expect colder weather when traveling from Jeddah in June: highs in Trabzon hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ordu.

Things to do in Trabzon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gumushane, Hidirnebi Yaylasi, Karaca Cave
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Karaca Cave ©
Karaca Cave
Sumela Monastery ©
Sumela Monastery
Atatürk Köşkü ©
Atatürk Köşkü

5
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. Explore hidden gems such as Ulugol Yaylasi and Giresun Belediye PlajI. Take a break from the city and head to Kulakkaya Yaylasi and kumbet yaylasi. Get out of town with these interesting Ordu side-trips: Giresun (Kuzalan Waterfalls & Giresun Castle). Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Ulugol Tabiat Parki. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Pasakonagi Yaylasi and take in breathtaking views at Mavi Gol.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ordu travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Trabzon to Ordu takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rize.

Things to do in Ordu

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Giresun
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kumbet yaylasi ©
kumbet yaylasi
Pasakonagi Yaylasi ©
Pasakonagi Yaylasi
Giresun Castle ©
Giresun Castle

4
nights
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". You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mencuna Waterfalls and Uzungol. Escape the urban bustle at Palovit Selalesi and Ayder Yaylasi. Step out of Rize with an excursion to Zilkale in Camlihemsin--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Firtina Deresi, Head underground at Pileki Magarasi, appreciate the views at Hemsin Organik Vadisi, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rize trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Ordu to Rize in 3.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Rize can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Rize

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Camlihemsin, Mencuna Waterfalls, Uzungol
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Firtina Deresi ©
Firtina Deresi
River Rafting & Tubing
Ayder Yaylasi ©
Ayder Yaylasi

6
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.
Get outdoors at Florya Sahil Parkı and Suma Beach. Popular historic sites such as Golden Horn and Basilica Cistern are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Erikli Waterfall in Yalova (about 1h 25 min away). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Solar Plajı, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dalia Beach, get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami .

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online tour itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rize to Istanbul. June in Istanbul sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Erikli Waterfall
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Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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