31 days in Turkey Itinerary

31 days in Turkey Itinerary

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31 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Cesme
1
Cesme
— 7 nights
2
Bodrum City
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Manavgat
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Konya
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Istanbul
— 8 nights
End: Istanbul

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cesme Castle and Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cesme: Urla (Urla Sanat Sokagi & Urla Winery), Voodoo Beach (in Foca) and Izmir (Izmir Museum of Arts & Sculpture, Kemeralti Market, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ilica Plaji, stroll through Zio Beach Alacati, explore the ancient world of Erythrai archaeological ruins, and see the interesting displays at Cesme Museum.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cesme vacation builder website .

If you are flying in from Greece, the closest major airports are Adnan Menderes International Airport and Milas Bodrum International Airport. In September, daytime highs in Cesme are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Izmir, Urla, Voodoo Beach, Incirlikoy (Akvaryum) Plaji
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Incirlikoy (Akvaryum) Plaji ©
Incirlikoy (Akvaryum) Plaji
Cesme Castle ©
Cesme Castle
Alsancak ©
Alsancak

6
nights
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Bardakci Cove. Change things up with these side-trips from Bodrum City: Sedir Island (in Marmaris), Altinkum Beach (in Altinkum) and Palamutbükü Plajı (in Palamutbuku). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Milta Bodrum Marina, see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, don't miss a visit to Bodrum Barlar Sokagi (tekilacilar sokagi), and explore the ancient world of Bodrum Amphitheater.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bodrum City trip maker .

Traveling by car from Cesme to Bodrum City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or ride a ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cesme to Bodrum City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cesme in September, things will get a bit warmer in Bodrum City: highs are around 37°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manavgat.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Didim, Milas, Sedir Island, Guzelcamli National Park, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Castle of St. Peter ©
Castle of St. Peter
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Yalikavak Marina ©
Yalikavak Marina

5
nights
Manavgat

Manavgat ©
Nestled between the Taurus Mountains and the sun-kissed beaches of the Mediterranean coastline, Manavgat serves as a regional center of tourism, offering easy access to a long stretch of sandy beaches.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ancient Theater and Goynuk Canyon. Explore Manavgat's surroundings by going to Antalya (Duden Waterfalls & Kaleici) and Alanya (Alanya Shipyard, Red Tower, & more). There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Koprulu Kanyon Milli Parki, find something for the whole family at Hip-Notics Cable Ski, explore the ancient world of Side Antik Kenti, and admire the engineering at Oymapinar Dam.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Manavgat visit planning site .

You can drive from Bodrum City to Manavgat in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. September in Manavgat sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Konya.

Things to do in Manavgat

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alanya, Antalya, Goynuk Canyon
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Ancient Theater ©
Ancient Theater
Side Museum ©
Side Museum
Goynuk Canyon ©
Goynuk Canyon

4
nights
Konya

Konya ©
The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mevlana Muzesi and Ecdad ParkI. Venture out of the city with trips to Aksehir (Nasreddin Hoca Gulmece Parki & Nasreddin Hoca Turbesi), Kugulu Park (in Seydisehir) and Lake Beyşehir (in Beysehir). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi, walk around Türk Yıldızları Parkı, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tuz Golu.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Konya travel tool .

You can take a bus from Manavgat to Konya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, Konya is slightly colder than Manavgat - with highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Konya

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Aksehir, Meram, Kugulu Park, Lake Beyşehir
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Lake Beyşehir ©
Lake Beyşehir
Mevlana Muzesi ©
Mevlana Muzesi
Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden ©
Konya Tropical Butterfly Garden

8
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.
You've now added Kadikoy Istanbul Boga Meydani to your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balloon Rides and Gulhane Park. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi, contemplate the long history of Basilica Cistern, and admire the striking features of Yeni Camii.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Konya to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Konya in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Istanbul, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Merkez Eyup Sultan Camii
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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