31 days in Turkey Itinerary

31 days in Turkey Itinerary

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31 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Istanbul
— 8 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Dalyan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Oludeniz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Marmaris
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
7
Pamukkale
— 1 night
8
Selcuk
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Kuwait City

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami . Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the masterpieces at Istanbul Modern Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul road trip website .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kuwait City to Istanbul. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuwait City in July; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

5
nights
Goreme, Cappadocia

Goreme ©
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Guzelyurt (Yeraltı Şehri & Ihlara Valley) and Cappadocia Home Cooking Restaurant (in Urgup). Spend the 31st (Tue) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. Next up on the itinerary: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, look for gifts at Rose Carpet Shop, explore the historical opulence of Uchisar Castle, and take in the dramatic natural features at Pasabag.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 18°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Dalyan.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Guzelyurt, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Uchisar Castle
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

1
night
Dalyan

Dalyan ©
Although it once seemed destined to become a stereotypical coastal resort, Dalyan remains unspoiled by commercial tourism because of its location within an environmentally protected area.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Kaunos and then stroll through Iztuzu Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dalyan tour planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Dalyan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Dalyan. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Dalyan

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Iztuzu Beach 2 ©
Iztuzu Beach 2
Kaunos ©
Kaunos

3
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.
On the 6th (Mon), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then tour the water at your own pace with VIRA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz Beach) and then take in the awesome beauty at Babadag.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oludeniz trip planner .

Traveling by car from Dalyan to Oludeniz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Vira
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Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Parasailing & Paragliding
Babadag ©
Babadag

2
nights
Kas

Kas ©
An unspoiled fishing village for most of its existence, Kas now serves as a mostly quiet tourist town, located on the southern section of the country's Mediterranean coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stop by Mencilis Art Silver and then tour the water at your own pace with Bedeloglu1 Boat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): get a tailor-made plan with Dennis Boat - Private or Daily Tours, tour the water at your own pace with Kas Daily Boat Tours with Bermuda, and then take in the exciting artwork at Tugra Art Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Kas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Marmaris.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Tours Transportation
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Tugra Art Gallery ©
Tugra Art Gallery

4
nights
Marmaris

Marmaris ©
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marmaris Blue Paradise and Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark. Step out of Marmaris with an excursion to Cleopatra Island in Ula--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Icmeler Beach, stroll through Marmaris Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Dalyan Nehri, and look for gifts at Latina Goldsmith.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Marmaris sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kas to Marmaris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Marmaris, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Icmeler
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:
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Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Marmaris Blue Paradise Boat ©
Marmaris Blue Paradise Boat
Dalyan Nehri ©
Dalyan Nehri

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the activities along Cleopatra Pools and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Marmaris to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Cleopatra Pools ©
Cleopatra Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis

6
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.
Kids will enjoy Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA and Ladies Beach. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, make a trip to Curetes Street, see the interesting displays at Ephesus Museum, and steep yourself in history at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Selcuk trip planner .

Drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Selcuk sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kusadasi
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 21:
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA ©
Pamucak Beach ©
Pamucak Beach

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