15 days in Turkey & Cyprus Itinerary

15 days in Turkey & Cyprus Itinerary

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15 days in Turkey & Cyprus Itinerary

Start: Chicago, United States
+2
Fly + Drive + bus:  19​h 45​min
1
Paphos, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Antalya, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Istanbul, Turkey
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Chicago, United States

2
nights
Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tombs of the Kings and St. Georgios Church, Basilica & Rock Tombs. Take a break from the city and head to Akamas Peninsula National Park and Coral Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Aphrodite's Rock (in Kouklia), Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos (in Pedoulas) and George's Watersports - Boat Hire Latchi (in Latchi). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, don't miss a visit to The House of Dionysus, and take in the exciting artwork at Aliathon Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Paphos trip itinerary builder tool .

Chicago, USA to Paphos is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight, car, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Paphos

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Akamas Peninsula National Park, Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos, Coral Bay, Aphrodite's Rock, George's Watersports - Boat Hire Latchi
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Akamas Peninsula National Park ©
Akamas Peninsula National Park
Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park ©
Kato Paphos Archaeological Park

3
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Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Church of Saint Lazarus and Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Konnos Bay and Nissi Beach will get you outdoors. Take a break from Ayia Napa with a short trip to Hala Sultan Tekke in Larnaca, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Zenobia Wreck, explore the activities along Blue Lagoon, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fig Tree Bay.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ayia Napa trip app .

Traveling by car from Paphos to Ayia Napa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Ayia Napa, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Larnaca, Protaras, Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Church of Saint Lazarus ©
Church of Saint Lazarus
Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement ©
Choirokoitia Neolithic Settlement

1
night
Antalya, Turkey

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take a stroll through Kaleici, contemplate the long history of Hadrian's Gate, then stop by Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery, and finally admire the sheer force of Duden Waterfalls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Antalya travel route planner .

Getting from Ayia Napa to Antalya by combination of bus, car, and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Antalya, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Duden Waterfalls ©
Duden Waterfalls
Hadrian's Gate
Hadrian's Gate

3
nights
Goreme, Turkey

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.
Get some historical perspective at Goreme National Park and Goreme Acikhava Muzesi. Step out of the city life by going to Balloon Rides and Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center. There's more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cappadocia Cave Dwellings.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Antalya to Goreme takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Goreme is slightly colder than Antalya - with highs of 89°F and lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cappadocia Cave Dwellings, Cemal Ranch Horse Riding Center
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Balloon Rides
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings ©
Cappadocia Cave Dwellings

4
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Istanbul, Turkey

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.
For shopping fun, head to Kapali Carsi or Mısır Çarşısı. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Suleymaniye Cami , get engrossed in the history at Rumeli Fortress, and steep yourself in history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya).

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in August, expect nights in Istanbul to be a bit warmer, around 71°F, while days are little chillier, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern

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