My Two Week Turkey Itinerary

Hey everyone!  I’ve been asked a lot off questions on the route I took through Turkey, and for my advice on it. So I’ve decided to put together a post detailing my itinerary. I hope you’ll find it useful in planning your adventures in this beautiful country!

For those looking for a more detailed guide on public transport within Turkey, please check my guide here!

1. Bodrum

I picked Bodrum as my first stop, partly because the flights worked out well from London and also because of its location. I was pleasantly surprised by this town and found it was a really chilled out place to start my trip. I put together a guide here on why guests should head to this cool beach town.

I only spent a full day here, but actually found that to be fine. It was also a location transport hub for my onwards travels!

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turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

2. Ephesus and Selçuk

A straight forward bus from Bodrum to Selçuk, led me to the lovely Saint John’s Hotel. An ideal base for the night, I spent a full day exploring Ephesus and the surrounding area before hopping on a train from there to Denizli. Read my guide to Ephesus here!

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turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

3. Pamukkale

Following a fairly pleasant train ride, I took a quick minibus ride up to Pamukkale. I knew this was a must-see on my trip, but didn’t know too much about visiting. It was definitely a good decision to go and I’ve written a detailed guide here for planning your trip.

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turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

4. Fethiye and a cruise along Turkey’s turquoise coast

A direct bus from Denizli to Fethiye and I was all set for my 4 day, 3 night cruise along Turkey’s coastline. It was unbelievably beautiful (check my blog post), and I’m so glad I incorporated this into my trip.

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turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

5. Istanbul

A quick flight from Antalya at the end of the cruise to Istanbul, I was ready to explore. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I could only squeeze a day in. I would definitely recommend longer though. I put together a guide for a 24 hour visit to the city, but there was so so much more to do!

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turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

7. Cappadocia

From Istanbul, I nipped on a quick flight over to Cappadocia for the most magical stay of our lives. We were only there for 3 days but managed to do so much! It is absolutely unmissable on any trip to Turkey. We stayed at the Sultan Cave Suites (read my review here), where we also enjoyed the most amazing sunrise experience. There’s a few days worth of activities here, and if I could have stayed an extra few days or two, I would have!

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turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

turkey itinerary

So that’s my Turkey itinerary. As you can see, I didn’t opt for a tour and had a fantastic time exploring myself. I hope you find this guide informative and useful! Please do not hesitate to contact me for any further advice! 🙂

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9 Comments

  1. December 11, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    looks amazing! especially pamakullae pics. so white. I have seen pictures which usually seem so crowded but this one shows the actual beauty

  2. December 12, 2017 / 2:06 am

    Wow! Your pictures confirm how Turkey is one of the best places to visit in the world. And your itinerary help a lot for us who has never been there and plan to make a visit.

  3. December 12, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Thanks for this great overview of the best escapes in Turkey; really liked the layout of this post. We didn’t visit it on our last trip in that part of the world, but hopefully we’ll visit this gem on our next vacation. We love your photos too much!!

  4. December 13, 2017 / 6:36 am

    your pictures are amazing, they took me right there. What time of the year did you go? Great Itinerary for people who are getting ready to visit.

  5. December 13, 2017 / 10:16 am

    This is perfect timing! Im hoping to go here soon and this blog is a fabulous and full of great info! I should have went with you!
    If you only had a week, what 2 places were your favorite?
    Thank you for sharing!

  6. December 17, 2017 / 12:10 am

    Wowowow!! Turkey is on my bucket list from such a long time!! Reading your post I was asking myself why I didn’t visit it yet.
    Answer was because I didn’t know where to start from.
    Now I have a very good starting point!
    Thanks for sharing 🙏🏽

  7. December 17, 2017 / 12:51 am

    Thank you for sharing your amazing experience. This country is absolutely beautiful. I’ve wanted to visit for awhile, definitely considering a trip to the coast.

  8. December 17, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    I love all of the Blue on the buildings in Bodrum. We love exploring ruins like the ones you saw in Ephesus. Kitty!!!!
    There is so much o do in Turkey it seems. You captured so much and it looks so beautiful!

  9. December 17, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Great timing for us. We have been looking at planning a trip to Turkey and seems like a perfect itinerary has come our way. Istanbul and Cappadocia is definitely going to be there. I love all the images but the last one against the balloons with hands up in the air- lovely!

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