30 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Istanbul
— 2 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Adiyaman
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Sanliurfa
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Gaziantep
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Tarsus
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Mersin
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Antakya
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Alanya
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Antalya
— 3 nights
Drive
11
Bodrum City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Istanbul
— 2 nights
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Istanbul — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): soak in style at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, admire the landmark architecture of Hagia Sophia Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip app.

Toronto, Canada to Istanbul is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Istanbul is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can fly to Goreme.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Baths · Spas
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Goreme, Cappadocia — 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Cami Kebir (Ulu Cami) in Kayseri (about 1h 5 min away). There's much more to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, examine the collection at Urgup Buyukakten YeraltI Evi, explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Fairy Chimneys.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Goreme online route planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Goreme by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Istanbul in May since evenings lows in Goreme dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Adiyaman.
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Adiyaman — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Pirin Ruins. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Nemrut and then snap pictures at Cendere Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Adiyaman road trip website.

Traveling by car from Goreme to Adiyaman takes 6.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Goreme in May since evenings lows in Adiyaman dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sanliurfa.
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Find places to stay May 6 — 8:

Sanliurfa — 3 nights

Şanlıurfa, often simply known as Urfa or Al-Ruha, in ancient times Edessa, is a city with 561,465 inhabitants in south-eastern Turkey, and the capital of Şanlıurfa Province. Sanliurfa is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Sanliurfa Archeology and Mosaic Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Halil Ul Rahman Mosque, explore the ancient world of Potbelly Hill, and explore the activities along Ayn Zeliha Golu.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the Sanliurfa online vacation maker.

You can drive from Adiyaman to Sanliurfa in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gaziantep.
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Gaziantep — 3 nights

A haven for foodies, Gaziantep boasts almost 200 bakeries with what many claim to be the best baklava in the world.
Take a break from Gaziantep with a short trip to Old Halfeti in Halfeti, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Zeugma Mosaic Museum, see the interesting displays at Emine Gogus Mutfak Muzesi, stop by Bakircilar Carsisi, and browse the exhibits of Mevlevihane Vakif Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gaziantep online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sanliurfa to Gaziantep in 2 hours. In May in Gaziantep, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tarsus.
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Tarsus — 2 nights

Tarsus is a historic city in south-central Turkey, 20 km inland from the Mediterranean. On the 14th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Tarsus Waterfall and then examine the collection at Nusret Minelayer Museum. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Taskuyu Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eshab-i Kehf Cave Mosque, and then meet the residents at Tarsus Hayvanat Bahcesi.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tarsus trip website.

You can drive from Gaziantep to Tarsus in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Gaziantep in May since evenings lows in Tarsus dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mersin.
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Mersin — 2 nights

Mersin is a large city and a port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the waterfront activity at Mersin Marina and then ponder the design of Ancient city of Diocaesarea-Olba. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Mersin Forum, see the interesting displays at Ataturk House Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Girls Castle.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Mersin day trip website.

Getting from Tarsus to Mersin by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Antakya.
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Antakya — 2 nights

Antakya is the seat of the Hatay Province in southern Turkey.In ancient times, Antakya was known as Antioch, and was for centuries one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stop by Old City of Antakya, take an in-depth tour of Hatay Archeology Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Habibi Neccar Mosque. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Harbiye Selalesi, delve into the distant past at St Pierre Kilisesi, and then admire the landmark architecture of Ulu Mosque.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Antakya tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Mersin to Antakya in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Antakya are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Alanya.
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Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

Alanya — 2 nights

A modest coastal town for most of its long history, Alanya became a cosmopolitan tourist destination in the 1990s, drawing big crowds with its nightlife and long stretch of sandy beaches.
Alanya is known for beaches, nature, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Kleopatra Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Damlatas Caves, admire the sheer force of Dimcay, and take in the pleasant sights at Alanya LimanI.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Alanya trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Antakya to Alanya takes 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Antalya.
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Antalya — 3 nights

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: Side (Ancient Theater & Apollon Temple). There's lots more to do: stop by Kaleici, see the interesting displays at Antalya Muzesi, stop by Excalibur Silver, and take in the waterfront activity at Old City Marina.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Antalya sightseeing planner.

Drive from Alanya to Antalya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Antalya can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bodrum City.
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Bodrum City — 2 nights

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
On the 26th (Fri), examine the collection at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and then go for a stroll along the water at Yalikavak Marina. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): soak in style at Turkish baths, then kick back and relax at Bitez Beach, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bodrum City trip itinerary site.

Drive from Antalya to Bodrum City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. May in Bodrum City sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Istanbul.
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Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Istanbul — 2 nights

Queen of Cities

Enjoy Istanbul some more: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia Mosque, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, and contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Bodrum City to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bodrum City in May: high temperatures in Istanbul hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

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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Cappadocia travel guide

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History Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Geologic Formations
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.
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