Work, overtime, stress, noise, and city crowds can be left behind as you approach the weekend. If you have a long weekend coming up, the following itineraries in Turkey are for you.
1. Route: Kayseri – Nevşehir – Konya
After arriving in Kayseri, see the old city Talas in the eastern part of the city. Then you can visit Mount Erciyes. After that, move to Cappadocia and see the Göreme Open Air Museum, Zelve Valley, Avanos and Uçhisar. The next day, you can take a balloon journey and then visit Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı Underground Cities after breakfast. After that, trekking is waiting for you in Ihlara Valley. On the last day of the trip, you can visit Mevlânâ Museum in Konya.
2. Route: Safranbolu – Amasra – Kastamonu
Safranbolu can be reached with a 4–hour bus ride from İstanbul. It takes a day to see the historical center of Safranbolu. The next day, see the Bulak Cave and the Incekaya Aqueduct and head out for Amasra. Spend the rest of the day in the Amasra city center and on the beach. Then you can see Valla Canyon cruise terrace on Kastamonu road, Ilıca Waterfall, and the Kastamonu city center.
3. Route: Gönen – Gelibolu – Ayvalık
You can reach Gönen with a 2.5–hour ferry from Istanbul to Bandırma and a 30-minute drive from the port. You can visit the historical buildings in Gönen, take a walk in the Denizkent area, and stay at the spa facilities in the evening. The next morning, arrive at Gallipoli; visit the historic Gallipoli peninsula and the memories from the Gallipoli War until noon. After breakfast, complete the visit to Ayvalık Çarşı and go to Cunda Island. Catch the sunset at the top of Devil’s Table.
4. Route: İzmir – Çeşme – Selçuk
Aegea is one of the most important regions among itineraries in Turkey. Start your trip to Izmir by visiting the village of Çiçekli Village. Visit the Clock Tower at the historical Kemeraltı Bazaar. Take a seaside tour at Konak. Find souvenirs at Anafartalar Street and walk around Kordon in the evening. For morning breakfast, go to Çeşme peninsula. Swim in the beaches of Çeşme, and eat dinner at the beachside fish restaurants. After breakfast in Selçuk, take a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus. Visit Şirince in the afternoon and enjoy some homemade wine.
5. Route: Bodrum – Datça
Bodrum is one of the most popular among the itineraries in Turkey. After you arrive in Bodrum, start your trip with a panoramic city tour, including the Bodrum Castle, the Museum of Underwater Archeology, and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Visit the nightclubs in Bodrum at sunset and dance. Experience the scuba diving experience on day 2. Try extreme sports like parasailing in the afternoon. Skip to Datça with the ferry service, which takes around 1.5 hours. Visit the ancient city of Knidos. Take pictures of the old Datça streets. For dinner, visit the windmill restaurants.
6. Route: Alanya – Manavgat – Kaş
When you arrive in Alanya, watch the city from the terrace. After trekking in the Sapadere canyon, visit Dim River and Dim Cave. After visiting Side antique city in Manavgat, take a trip to Köprülü Canyon. Enjoy the boats and have dinner at Manavgat Waterfall. Then, go to Kaş. After visiting Patara, Xanthos, Ancient City in Kaş, take the Saklıkent Canyon trekking tour.