25 days in Turkey, Dubai & Maldives Itinerary

25 days in Turkey, Dubai & Maldives Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 3 nights
Fly
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Oludeniz, Turkey
— 2 nights
Taxi to Fethiye, Bus to Antalya
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Antalya, Turkey
— 3 nights
Drive
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Konya, Turkey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Urgup, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 5 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 1 night
Ferry
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Kanifinolhu Island, Maldives
— 3 nights
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Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 2 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 3 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.
Head to Istiklal Caddesi and Kapali Carsifor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Hagia Sophia Mosque and Basilica Cistern. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , steep yourself in history at Zeyrek Mosque, and admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9-hour flight. Traveling from Islamabad to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Islamabad in July; daily highs in Istanbul reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can fly to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Oludeniz, Turkey

— 2 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI and then take an exotic tour of Team Joseph. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then explore the ancient world of Ancient Rock Tombes.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oludeniz travel planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Oludeniz by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Istanbul in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Oludeniz, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Antalya.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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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'll discover tucked-away gems like TahtalI Dagi and Old City Marina. Step out of the city life by going to Blue World Diving Center and Lower Duden Waterfalls. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at TerraCity, take a stroll through Ataturk Boulevard, see the interesting displays at Sandland, and stop by Kaleici.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Antalya online vacation planner.

Getting from Oludeniz to Antalya by combination of taxi and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. July in Antalya sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Konya.

Things to do in Antalya

Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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Konya, Turkey

— 2 nights

City of Whirling Dervishes

The Anatolian city of Konya is overrun with intellectual students, cultural events, and historical sites.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sahip Ata Muzesi ve Camii and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alaeddin Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amber Reis Camii and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seyh Sadreddin Konevi Turbesi.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Konya trip planner.

You can drive from Antalya to Konya in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Antalya in July; daily highs in Konya reach 36°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Urgup.

Things to do in Konya

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Urgup, Turkey

— 2 nights
A comfortable base for exploring the historical region of Cappadocia in the central part of the country, Urgup remains best known for its striking architecture of stone-cut buildings.
On the 12th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then appreciate the views at Red Valley.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Urgup road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Konya to Urgup takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Urgup sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Dubai.

Things to do in Urgup

Parks · Nature · Spas · Adventure

Side Trips

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 5 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Shop till you drop at The Dubai Mall and Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dubai: Abu Dhabi (Saadiyat Beach & Qasr Al Hosn). And it doesn't end there: soak in style at Turkish baths, look for gifts at Dubai Gold Souk, take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, and have fun and explore at OliOli.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Dubai tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Urgup to Dubai takes 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Gulf Standard Time (GST) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Urgup in July: highs in Dubai hover around 49°C, while lows dip to 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Male.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

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Male, Maldives

— 1 night
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the galleries of National Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Artificial Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Male tour site.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Dubai to Male in 7.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Male due to the time zone difference. Expect colder weather when traveling from Dubai in July: highs in Male hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can ride a ferry to Kanifinolhu Island.

Things to do in Male

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:

Kanifinolhu Island, Maldives

— 3 nights
Kanifinolhu Island is known for wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get a new perspective on things with Euro-Divers Club Med Kani.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kanifinolhu Island visit planning site.

Ride a ferry from Male to Kanifinolhu Island in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you're off to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Kanifinolhu Island

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Maafushi Island, Maldives

— 2 nights
With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at Oak Spa and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

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Explore your travel options from Kanifinolhu Island to Maafushi Island with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Spas
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Highlights from your trip

Turkey travel guide

4.3
Ruins · Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Cappadocia travel guide

4.5
History Museums · Geologic Formations · National Parks
The region of Cappadocia reveals fascinating tales of civilizations long past with its honeycombed hills characterized by geological rarities, including two World Heritage Sites. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and ignimbrite deposits from erupted volcanoes left soft rock formations scattered across the land, which were then carved out to create houses, churches, and monasteries in 300 CE. Explore these rock houses on your own or on a tour, or take in the topography from above on a hot air balloon ride. Complete your holiday with a hike along the trails and marvel at the dusky orange panorama and accordion-shaped valleys.

Maldives travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Nature & Parks · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.