53 days in Turkey Itinerary

53 days in Turkey Itinerary

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53 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Santiago
Fly:  26​h
1
Selcuk
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pamukkale
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Marmaris
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Oludeniz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kas
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Antalya
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Istanbul
— 12 nights
shuttle + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Santiago

8
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, theme parks, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Public Latrine, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and make a splash at Aqua Fantasy- Aquapark Hotel & SPA.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip planner .

Santiago, Chile to Selcuk is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Santiago to Selcuk. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Santiago in June, with highs in Selcuk at 35°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kusadasi, Sirince Koyu
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 26:
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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

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Aphrodisias in Geyre (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, explore the ancient world of Laodikeia, stroll through Pamukkale Natural Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale online trip builder .

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Traveling from Selcuk in June, Pamukkale is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Marmaris.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Laodikeia, Aphrodisias
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:
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Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Balloon Rides

6
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.
Step out of Marmaris to go to Ula and see Cleopatra Island, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 5th (Thu) at AquaDream Water Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the water at your own pace with Marmaris Blue Paradise, take in the waterfront activity at Marmaris Marina, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marmaris Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Rhodes.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Marmaris travel route planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Pamukkale to Marmaris in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Pamukkale in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Marmaris. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Marmaris

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Icmeler
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Icmeler Beach ©
Icmeler Beach
Marmaris Blue Paradise Boat ©
Marmaris Blue Paradise Boat
Marmaris Marina ©
Marmaris Marina

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.
Go for a jaunt from Oludeniz to Dalyan to see Iztuzu Beach about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Babadag, explore the activities along Oludeniz, stop by Infinity Jewel, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Oludeniz driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Oludeniz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kas.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fethiye, Iztuzu Beach
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Iztuzu Beach ©
Iztuzu Beach
Parasailing & Paragliding
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kas side-trips: Patara (Patara Antik Kenti & Patara Plajı), Demre (Kale) (Arykanda & Church of St. Nicholas) and Class Leather (in Kalkan). The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Kas Daily Boat Tours with Bermuda, take in the exciting artwork at Tugra Art Gallery, choose your vessel at Dennis Boat - Private or Daily Tours, and stroll through Kaputas Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kas attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Oludeniz to Kas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Kas, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Kas

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Patara, Demre (Kale), Class Leather
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:
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Kaputas Beach ©
Kaputas Beach
Kas Gulet ©
Kas Gulet
Kekova Sound ©
Kekova Sound

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Antalya: Cirali (Chimaera & Cirali Beach), Phaselis Antique City (in Tekirova) and Greek Amphitheater (in Side). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Kaleici, admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls, examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, and delve into the distant past at Hadrian's Gate.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Antalya trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Kas to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Antalya, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Manavgat, Cirali, Phaselis
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 19:
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Duden Waterfalls ©
Duden Waterfalls
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Hip-Notics Cable Ski ©
Hip-Notics Cable Ski

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri (in Derinkuyu) and Gomeda Valley (in Mustafapasa). Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Goreme National Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, surround yourself with nature on Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, and stroll through Pasabag.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Goreme road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Antalya to Goreme in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Antalya in July; daily highs in Goreme reach 36°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urgup, Uchisar, Derinkuyu, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center, Sultans Ceramic
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 26:
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Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center ©
Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center

12
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 museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern, and enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Istanbul online itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Istanbul, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

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