7 Days in Turkey: Our Recommendations

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From spectacular views along the Mediterranean to monumental historic sights, there is a lot to discover during 7 days in Turkey. Focus on a region or two during your week-long trip to make the most of your time. Explore Istanbul’s backstreets and see the highlights of western Turkey, including Pergamon, Ephesus and Pamukkale. Alternatively, venture into Anatolia’s mountains, or cruise through the calm bays around Kas. Check out our best 6 to 8-day Turkey itineraries below.

6 days in Turkey: Istanbul and Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a region in Central turkey and a must visit destination.

Catch the mesmerizing view of hundreds of hot air balloons soaring in the sky from the Love Valley in Cappadocia.

Day 1

Arrive in Istanbul
Day 2 Explore Istanbul's old city
Day 3 Cruise down Bosphorus, fly to Kayseri
Day 4 Explore Cappadocia’s villages and valleys
Day 5 Discover Cappadocia’s underground cities, fly to Istanbul
Day 6 Bid farewell to Turkey

Wander through the serpentine streets of Istanbul's old city and take in the sights of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. Then you are off Cappadocia, where colorful hot air balloons float over fairy chimneys. See its rock-cut churches and explore its underground cities before calling it a day. See tour.

1 week in Turkey: Black Sea Special

Rize province is known as the Rize Tea producing province in Turkey.
Explore Rize, and delve inside this main tea producing province in Turkey.
Day 1 Arrive in Trabzon, visit Sera Lake
Day 2 Explore the Black Sea town of Macka
Day 3 Visit Rize
Day 4 Travel to Arhavi, visit Borcka Karagol Lake
Day 5 Discover Macahel Valley
Day 6 Return to Rize, travel to Hatila Valley
Day 7 Catch your flight home

With quaint villages dotting a narrow coastline flanked by the sea on one side and mountains on the other, Turkey's Black Sea Coast is nothing like the rest of the country. Start in the historic city of Trabzon before moving on to mountainous Rize. Absorb the breathtaking natural beauty of the Ayder Highlands and cover local highlights like Zilkale Castle and Borcka Karagol Lake along the way. See tour.

8 days in Turkey: Active Turkey

Kas is a town known for fishing, diving and is a tourist attraction,
Unwind and relax on your free day on this beautiful sandy beach in Kas.
Day 1 Take your first steps in Turkish Riviera
Day 2 Cruise through the calm bays around Kas
Day 3 Explore the foothills of Taurus Mountains
Day 4 Canoe down Xanthas River
Day 5 Enjoy free day in Kas
Day 6 Cycle in Taurus Mountains
Day 7 Kayak around Kekova Bay, visit Simena Castle
Day 8 Depart Kas

Eight days of excitement await you during this tour as you travel from mountains to the Mediterranean. Start in the city of Kas and trek through the lush foothills of the Taurus Mountains. Soak up majestic views of striking rocky peaks along the way. Drift down the Xanthos to Patara beach, located on the Turkish Riveria. Swim in clear, turquoise waters if you want to, and kayak to the sunken city of Kekova. See tour.

Turkey in 8 days: Hike through

Lycian coast is home to the Lycian rock tombs.
Hike your way through the calming and serene Lycian coast.
Day 1 Arrive in Dalaman
Day 2 Hike to Karmilassos
Day 3 Follow the southern slopes of Babadag Moutain to Faralya
Day 4 Trek through Butterfly Valley to Aktas
Day 5 Ascend to Alinca
Day 6 Visit Gey
Day 7 Continue to Gavuragli
Day 8 Bid farewell to Dalaman

A hiking trip through Turkey’s remote Lycian Coast is a dream come true for many travelers. Start your journey in the coastal city of Dalaman. Encounter spectacular coastal views and stumble upon historic ruins as you hike through forests, villages and mountains. Relax on Aktas beach and visit the abandoned Greek village of Karmilassos. Swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean and spend your evenings discovering small, tranquil villages. See tour.

The above list is just a taste of the possibilities for 7 days in Turkey. If you want to take a deeper dive, check out our how many days to spend in Turkey. You can also book a packaged trip from our list of tours in Turkey or choose to build a personalized tour in Turkey with our local travel expert!

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  • Kadir Ismail Kuscu
    Kadir Ismail Kuscu
    Travel Expert in Turkey
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    Alican Kapti
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