18 days in Turkey, Bali & Maldives Itinerary

18 days in Turkey, Bali & Maldives Itinerary

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Goreme, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 1 night
Drive
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
Fly
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Seminyak, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ubud, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
Ferry to Male, Fly to Riyadh

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Goreme, Turkey — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): explore the world behind art at Guray Museum. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Goreme journey builder website.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Goreme is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Riyadh in May, things will get colder in Goreme: highs are around 27°C and lows about 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Selcuk.
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Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
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Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Selcuk, Turkey — 1 night

An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, then explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, and then contemplate the long history of Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Selcuk road trip planning app.

Getting from Goreme to Selcuk by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Selcuk. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pamukkale.
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Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 3 — 4:

Pamukkale, Turkey — 2 nights

Cotton Castle

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.
On the 5th (Fri), stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery and then explore the ancient world of Hierapolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For more things to do and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale trip app.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can fly to Istanbul.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

Istanbul, Turkey — 5 nights

Queen of Cities

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi, and admire the striking features of Basilica Cistern.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Istanbul online journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Istanbul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Seminyak.
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Find places to stay May 6 — 11:

Seminyak, Indonesia — 2 nights

A popular resort town offering a good range of tourist trips, activities, and amenities, Seminyak houses numerous tour companies providing excursions into the jungles of Bali.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Cubby House Kids Club, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tanah Lot Temple, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: stop by Asia Silver, cool off at Waterbom Bali, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uluwatu Temple.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Seminyak tour planner.

Fly from Istanbul to Seminyak in 16.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central Indonesia Time (WITA) is 5 hours. When traveling from Istanbul in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Seminyak: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ubud.
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Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks
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Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Ubud, Indonesia — 3 nights

Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Step out of Ubud to go to Sanur and see Pura Tirta Empul Segara Merta Sari, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Tegalalang Rice Terrace, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and Head underground at Elephant Cave.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ubud trip site.

Drive from Seminyak to Ubud in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Ubud are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Male.
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Side Trips
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Male, Maldives — 2 nights

The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, stroll around Sultan Park, discover the deep blue sea with Dune Maldives, then stop by Mare Scuba Concept, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then pause for some photo ops at Tsunami Monument.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Male day trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Ubud to Male in 12 hours. The time zone changes from Central Indonesia Time to Maldives Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. May in Male sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
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Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

Turkey travel guide

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Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
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Bali travel guide

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World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.
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Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.
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