32 days in Turkey & Cyprus Itinerary

32 days in Turkey & Cyprus Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Uludag National Park, Turkey
— 1 day
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Izmir, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Bodrum City, Turkey
— 1 night
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Antalya, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Drive to Taşucu, Ferry to Kyrenia, Drive to Paphos
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Paphos, Cyprus
— 3 nights
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Limassol City, Cyprus
— 3 nights
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Larnaca, Cyprus
— 2 nights
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Protaras, Cyprus
— 2 nights
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Nicosia, Cyprus
— 2 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Samsun, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Ankara, Turkey
— 2 nights
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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.
You've added Irmak Tabiat Parki, Goztepe Tabiat Parki, Rumeli Fortress, and other attractions to your itinerary. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern. Museum-lovers will get to explore Topkapi Palace and Great Palace Mosaics Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Galata Tower, explore the world behind art at Chora Museum, and steep yourself in history at Historic Areas of Istanbul.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip site.

Newark, USA to Istanbul is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Istanbul is 8 hours. In May in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. On the 21st (Tue), you're off to Uludag National Park.
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Uludag National Park, Turkey — 1 day

Your day by day itinerary now includes Ulu Cami, Iznik and Heybeliada Island. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): head off the coast to Heybeliada Island, admire the striking features of Ulu Cami, contemplate the long history of Iznik, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Uludag Ski Resort, and finally hit the slopes at Kardanadam.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Uludag National Park online road trip planner.

You can drive from Istanbul to Uludag National Park in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Izmir.
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Izmir, Turkey — 2 nights

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ancient City of Ephesus, Izmir Wild Life Park and Dilek National Park. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, stroll around Izmir Wild Life Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dilek National Park, then get engrossed in the history at Izmir Museum of History and Art, then pause for some serene contemplation at Buca Protestan Baptist Kilisesi, and finally steep yourself in history at Usakizade Kosku.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Izmir tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Uludag National Park to Izmir takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Uludag National Park in May, things will get little chillier in Izmir: highs are around 61°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Bodrum City.
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Bodrum City, Turkey — 1 night

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
You've added Bodrum Amphitheater, Myndos Gate, Camel Beach, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Castle of St. Peter, see the interesting displays at Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, examine the collection at Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Apollo, then kick back and relax at Camel Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Myndos Gate.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bodrum City holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Izmir to Bodrum City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Izmir in May, with highs in Bodrum City at 80°F and lows at 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Antalya.
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Antalya, Turkey — 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.
You've added Termessos Ruins, Kleopatra Beach, Apollon Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Deep Walker Diving Resort and Antalya Muzesi will thrill your kids. It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Duden Waterfalls and explore the ancient world of Hadrian's Gate.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Antalya trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Bodrum City to Antalya in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. On the 27th (Mon), you're off to Paphos.
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Paphos, Cyprus — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark as well as Akamas Peninsula National Park. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Off-Road & ATV Trails. Tombs of the Kings and Kato Paphos Archaeological Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Panagia (Monastery) of Kykkos in Pedoulas (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Coral Bay, explore the ancient world of The House of Dionysus, step into the grandiose world of Paphos Harbour Castle, and see the interesting displays at The Grivas Monument and Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paphos trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and bus from Antalya to Paphos takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Limassol City.
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Limassol City, Cyprus — 3 nights

The second largest city in Cyprus, Limassol attracts locals and tourists alike with its sun and sea.
You've added Fasouri Watermania Water Park, Kourion Beach, Sparti Platres Rope Adventure Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 31st (Fri), admire the sheer force of Caledonia Waterfalls, kick back and relax at Kourion Beach, cool off at Fasouri Watermania Water Park, whizz through the canopy at Sparti Platres Rope Adventure Park, then step into the grandiose world of Limassol Castle, and finally admire the striking features of Carob Mill Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): admire the sheer force of Millomeris Waterfalls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pissouri Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Aphrodite's Rock, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Limassol City trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Paphos to Limassol City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Larnaca.
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Larnaca, Cyprus — 2 nights

Situated on the southernmost coast of Cyprus, the 6,000-year-old city of Larnaka features a bustling promenade full of bars, cafes, restaurants, and plenty of spots in the sun.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Salamis Ancient City. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the striking features of Salamis Ancient City, enjoy the sand and surf at Mackenzie Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Finikoudes Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Medieval Fort, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Lazarus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): find something for the whole family at Camel Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hala Sultan Tekke, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Larnaca trip maker tool.

Drive from Limassol City to Larnaca in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Larnaca, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Protaras.
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Protaras, Cyprus — 2 nights

Land of Windmills

Located along Cyprus's lovely Fig Tree Bay, Protaras is a family-friendly resort town with beautiful beaches and plenty of recreational activities.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Blue Lagoon as well as Waterskiing & Jetskiing. On the 4th (Tue), get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, explore the world behind art at Traditional house, then enjoy the sand and surf at Makronissos Beach, then kick back and relax at Nissi Beach, and finally explore the activities along Konnos Bay. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Blue Lagoon, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Fig Tree Bay, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Profitis Elias.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Protaras tour builder.

Drive from Larnaca to Protaras in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Protaras can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nicosia.
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Nicosia, Cyprus — 2 nights

the last divided capital

Experience a combination of traditional and modern Cyprus, including archaeological sites encircled by ancient walls, in the country's capital, Nicosia.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Kyrenia Castle as well as St Kyprianos and Youstina. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Kyprianos and Youstina, steep yourself in history at Kyrenia Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at Byzantine Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Buffavento Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Saint Hilarion Castle, delve into the distant past at Bellapais Monastery, and then explore the activities along Kyrenia Harbour.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Nicosia tour website.

You can drive from Protaras to Nicosia in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. June in Nicosia sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel to Goreme.
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Goreme, Turkey — 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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Gulludere Vadisi, Love Valley, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, and other attractions. On the 9th (Sun), appreciate the views at Gulludere Vadisi, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, see Off-Road Tours, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Goreme Open-Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Love Valley, then stop by Antik Galeri, then Head underground at Uchisar Castle, and finally get a dose of the wild on Ekwo Travel & Outdoor.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Goreme trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nicosia to Goreme in 11.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nicosia to Goreme due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nicosia in June, things will get slightly colder in Goreme: highs are around 82°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Samsun.
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Samsun, Turkey — 2 nights

Samsun is a city on the north coast of Turkey with a population over half a million people. Your day by day itinerary now includes Ladik Golu, Sarigazel Tabiat Parki and King Rock Tombs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of King Rock Tombs, explore the activities along Ladik Golu, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sarigazel Tabiat Parki, then stroll the grounds of Amisos Mezarlari, then examine the collection at Bandirma Vapuru Muzesi, and finally walk around Kızılırmak Deltası Kuş Cenneti.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Samsun trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Goreme to Samsun in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Goreme in June, you will find days in Samsun are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Ankara.
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Ankara, Turkey — 2 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Soguksu National Park, Eymir Lake, Hamamonu Restored Area, and other attractions you added. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Hamamonu Restored Area, steep yourself in history at Ankara Castle, get engrossed in the history at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, explore the activities along Eymir Lake, then explore the striking landscape of Soguksu National Park, and finally take an in-depth tour of Anitkabir.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ankara travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Samsun to Ankara in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Samsun in June, you will find days in Ankara are little chillier (67°F), and nights are about the same (64°F). On the 15th (Sat), you're off to home.
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Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
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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Cyprus travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Ruins · Nightlife
From sandy beaches to stone castles, and from bustling nightclubs to romantic tavernas, Cyprus is the perfect destination for those who seek a complete Mediterranean experience. Many civilizations have left their mark on the island's long and vibrant history, and consequently its customs, cuisine, and architecture. Beyond the divide between the predominantly Greek south and Turkish north, throughout the island you'll recognize Venetian, Genoese, British, and Middle Eastern influences. Of course, the main attraction that draws tourists from all over the world is the sunny coast, dotted with historical cities and fully equipped beaches. There is also a selection of peaceful villages, both inland and by the sea, where those looking for a more secluded holiday can retreat. A visit to the country's capital Nicosia, with its vibrant art and culture scene and numerous sightseeing opportunities, is definitely worth adding to your itinerary wherever you're staying.
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Limassol travel guide

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Beaches · Historic Sites · Marinas
Immerse yourself in the world of Cypriot culture and heritage, experience the traditional hospitality, and stroll the streets of one of the island’s most scenic cities in the Limassol District. The area's long strip of coastline is perfect for swimming, diving, sailing, and many other water-based activities. History enthusiasts can choose between numerous sites to visit, from ancient ruins to medieval castles and churches. Limassol, the second-largest city in Cyprus, is the urban center of the region and one of the busiest Mediterranean ports. A cosmopolitan hub of rich history, it offers countless sightseeing opportunities, a vibrant art scene, beaches, parks, and a vast selection of places to go out. Take a trip out of the city to find less crowded beaches and explore the lush countryside, where hills are covered with vineyards and the locals preserve a traditional way of life.
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