22 days in Turkey Itinerary

22 days in Turkey Itinerary

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22 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  20​h
1
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 5 nights
2
Antalya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Demre (Kale)
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Fethiye
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Dalyan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Pamukkale
— 1 night
7
Selcuk
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Istanbul
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Red and Rose Valley Tours, Love Valley and Dervis Evi Whirling Dervishes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Goreme: Derinkuyu (Uzumlu Kilise & Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri) and Ihlara Valley (in Guzelyurt). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, admire the verdant scenery at Peri Bacalari, and take an in-depth tour of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme trip planning tool .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Goreme is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April, expect Goreme to be colder, temps between 22°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Derinkuyu, Urgup, Uchisar Castle, Red and Rose Valley Tours, Ihlara Valley
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hadrian's Gate, Kaleici, Duden Waterfalls, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take a stroll through Kaleici.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya day trip planning tool .

Getting from Goreme to Antalya by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Goreme in April, with highs in Antalya at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Fethiye.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Apr 17 — 19:
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Termessos Ruins ©
Termessos Ruins
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Duden Waterfalls ©
Duden Waterfalls

1
night
Demre (Kale)

Demre (Kale) ©
You've now added Rock tombs in Myra to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Myra Antik Kenti, then delve into the distant past at Rock tombs in Myra, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally delve into the distant past at Sura Ancient City.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Demre (Kale) vacation builder app .

Getting from Antalya to Demre (Kale) by car takes about 2.5 hours. In April in Demre (Kale), expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fethiye.

Things to do in Demre (Kale)

Historic Sites
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Myra Antik Kenti ©
Myra Antik Kenti
Church of St. Nicholas ©
Church of St. Nicholas

1
night
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ancient Rock Tombes as well as Kayakoy. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Kayakoy, then delve into the distant past at Ancient Rock Tombes, and then soak in style at Turkish baths.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Fethiye trip planner .

Drive from Antalya to Fethiye in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Fethiye are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will leave for Dalyan on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Fethiye

Historic Sites
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Kayakoy ©
Kayakoy
Ancient Rock Tombes ©
Ancient Rock Tombes

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.
On the 19th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Kaunos, explore the ancient world of Lycian Rock Tombs, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Koycegiz.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Dalyan trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Dalyan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. April in Dalyan sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Dalyan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lake Koycegiz
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 22:
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Lake Koycegiz ©
Lake Koycegiz
Kaunos ©
Kaunos
Lycian Rock Tombs ©
Lycian Rock Tombs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Laodikeia and then delve into the distant past at Hierapolis.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pamukkale trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Dalyan to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Laodikeia
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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Laodikeia ©
Laodikeia

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: steep yourself in history at Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at Efes Antik Kenti Tiyatrosu, pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Isa Bey Mosque.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Selcuk driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Selcuk are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sirince Koyu
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Emirgan Park. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower, and admire the striking features of Dolmabahce Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Istanbul tour builder site .

Fly from Selcuk to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Selcuk in April, you will find days in Istanbul are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Istanbul

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

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