Turkey Route Guide: Incredible Coastline and Hot Air Balloons

Turkey Route Guide: Incredible Coastline and Hot Air Balloons

Turkey Route Guide: Incredible Coastline and Hot Air Balloons

Turkey is a huge country who offers a scenery/environment for every kind of traveler. This two-week Turkey Route Guide will take you along a part of the Turquoise Coastline of Turkey and into the mainland to the Hot Air Balloons in Cappadocia. Transportation and destination information are provided with extra options like going with a bus instead of flying from A to B. The roads we’ve had were superb so self-driving through Turkey is highly recommended by us!

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Turkey Route Guide

Day 1: Flying to Antalya, driving to Kas

Start your trip in Antalya. Rent a car at the airport and drive directly to Kas (about 3 hours). If you like to have a break to have lunch or dinner, we recommend you to pick a restaurant at The harbor of Kemer.
Find flight: Check the cheapest flights here

turkey route guide sunrise in Kas

Day 2 – 4: Kas town and its surroundings

Kas is a beautiful and small town. It offers beautiful beaches, great food, shopping, and quite some sightseeing. Don’t forget to visit the picturesque Kaputas Beach.
Read more: 7 Things to do in Kas, Turkey

 Day 5 – 7: Saklikent and Fethiye

Leave in the morning from Kas and drive to Kalkan for lunch. The drive is about 1,5 hour with some small stops to enjoy the view and cliff drops.
After a great Turkish lunch, head to Saklikent Gorge, which is a 300 meter-high and 18 kilometer-long canyon, one of the deepest in the world. This is about a 45-min drive from Kalkan.

turkey route guide saklikent gorge river lunch

Continue your trip to the final destination, Fethiye. This is a city where you can easily wander around for two days. Paragliding is very popular and highly recommended in this area. The view from up there is unreal.

Tip: If you have more time you can also add in Pamukkale. These salt baths are a well-known spot so make sure to arrive in the early morning. It can be done in a day trip but it isn’t recommended.
Read more: Fethiye, the Hidden Gem of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast

Day 8: Turkey Route Guide – Travel day to the Cappadocia area

Cappadocia is quite a distance into the country and can be reached in a few ways.

The first option: Drive back to Antalya, return the car and either fly out the same day or take a hotel for the night and fly out the next morning very early. Driving back from Fethiye to Antalya takes about 3 hours. Fly from Antalya to Kayseri. Kayseri is the best airport available to reach Cappadocia because it’s just a 30 minutes drive with a taxi to Goreme (a town in the Cappadocia area).
See all: Cheap flights tickets to Kayseri

The second option: Return the car at Dalaman or Pamukkale and take a touring bus to Goreme, Cappadocia. The bus will take you overnight to Goreme and can save you money but it doesn’t save you energy. (Bus rides can be pretty hectic)

turkey route guide cappadocia breakfast

Day 9 – 13: The Fairytale area called Cappadocia

Take at least two nights in Cappadocia. Even when you take four, it won’t be enough. There is so much to do in this area and every new sunrise will be one to remember. The sky will be filled with Hot Air Balloons and maybe you can even fly with one.
Other than the balloons, you can do a sunset ride on a horseback, stay in one of the many cave hotels, visit Pasabag or the Open Air Museum and many more things.
Read more: 7 Things To Do in Cappadocia

Day 14: Back to Antalya

On your last day (or the evening before) fly back to Antalya and make sure to stay in Antalya old town called Kaleici. It is surprisingly quiet and laid-back in the part of a huge city. Our hotel in Kaleici was located perfectly near all the sights in old town.
Read more: 24-hours in Antalya Old Town


Visa for Turkey

You will need to apply for a visa to Turkey. This is usually done in a day or two and costs about $20 each.

Order your Visa for Turkey here

Costs of traveling through Turkey

Prices are rough estimate what we spend per person.

  • Renting a car (incl. fuel) for 7 days: 300 EUR. (Rent it here)
  • Breakfast: 8 EUR
  • Dinner: 12 EUR
  • Entrance fees: ± 10 EUR
  • Paragliding: 75 EUR

11/06/2019 https://www.saltinourhair.com/turkey/turkey-route-guide/
Blog comments (10)

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  • THANK YOU FOR THIS :-) My hubby and me will take your route to our planning of our roadtrip to turkey.

    Many greetings from Frankfurt, Germany!
    xoxo Tuba

  • Hi,

    Do you remember the name of the restaurant in the picture you show under “Day 5 – 7: Saklikent and Fethiye” – would love to visit!

    Kind regards,

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Emma,
      There are many restaurants along here with riverside seating. We didn’t actually eat here but you pass through here when you go over the bridge towards the gorge :) Have a lovely trip!

  • @Harry (sorry I can’t seem to reply directly to Harry) I speak Turkish and have used Google translate in the past, it’s incredibly unreliable! Feel free to send me your phrases if you want for proofing!

  • hi . i am traveling to turkey and will be backpacking. i will be using public transport. i have a list of turkish phrases in english . i got them on google translate. can i show them to you and ask if they are correct. I do not want to say the wrong thing there. Thanks

  • Jennifer Phan

    what is the restaurant called that looks like you are eating lunch next to the waters? It looks sooo pretty!

  • Hi, is it difficult to get parking lots? Or where do you park your cars when visiting the cliff drops/Kaputas Beach?

  • I love that part of Turkey! if you ever think of coming back to explore more of Turkey make sure to look us up! Great looking site by the way

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