21 days in Turkey Itinerary

21 days in Turkey Itinerary

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21 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
1
Istanbul
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Canakkale
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Izmir
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Fethiye
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Antalya
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
7
Goreme
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
8
Istanbul
— 2 nights
End: Istanbul

4
nights
Istanbul

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.
Istanbul is known for museums, historic sites, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sultanahmet District, take a stroll through Taksim Square, take an in-depth tour of Rumeli Fortress, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In April in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Canakkale.

Things to do in Istanbul

Tours Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Sultanahmet District ©
Sultanahmet District
Bosphorus Strait ©
Bosphorus Strait

2
nights
Canakkale

Canakkale ©
A center of landmarks from Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman eras, Canakkale showcases natural beauty and myth.
On the 9th (Thu), take in the history at Gallipoli National Park and then don't miss a visit to Troy (Truva). Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at KIrmIzI SIrt 125. Alay Siperleri, steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, and then appreciate the history behind Conk Bayiri Mehmetcik Park Aniti Kemalyeri Yaziti.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Canakkale trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Istanbul to Canakkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Canakkale can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Izmir.

Things to do in Canakkale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gallipoli
Highlights from your plan
Troy (Truva) ©
Troy (Truva)
Anzac Cove ©
Anzac Cove
KIrmIzI SIrt 125. Alay Siperleri ©
KIrmIzI SIrt 125. Alay Siperleri

3
nights
Izmir

Izmir ©
The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
Izmir is known for shopping, parks, historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Izmir Dogal Yasam Parki, stroll around Konak Square, look for gifts at Has Deri Leather Shop, and brush up on your military savvy at Izmir Muze Gemiler Mudurlugu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Izmir holiday planner .

You can drive from Canakkale to Izmir in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Canakkale in April, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Izmir, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Izmir

Parks Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Izmir Wild Life Park ©
Izmir Wild Life Park
Has Deri Leather Shop ©
Has Deri Leather Shop
Kordonboyu ©
Kordonboyu

1
night
Pamukkale

Pamukkale
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pamukkale journey maker website .

Getting from Izmir to Pamukkale by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. You will leave for Antalya on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Pamukkale

Parks Nature Tours

2
nights
Fethiye

Fethiye ©
A prosperous hub of tourism on the Mediterranean coastline, Fethiye boasts one of Turkey's finest natural harbors.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Oludeniz PlajI, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oludeniz. Keep things going the next day: hike along The Lycian Way, then look for gifts at Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor, and then walk around Sehit Fethi Bey ParkI.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fethiye trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Fethiye in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Antalya.

Things to do in Fethiye

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Oludeniz, Can BaharatcIlIk Cihan Zor
Highlights from your plan
Oludeniz PlajI ©
Oludeniz PlajI
Sehit Fethi Bey ParkI ©
Sehit Fethi Bey ParkI
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Antalya

Antalya ©
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.
Explore Antalya's surroundings by going to Side (Ancient Theater, Temple of Apollo, & more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Kaleici, examine the collection at Antalya Muzesi, admire the sheer force of Lower Duden Waterfalls, and look for gifts at Lidya Suzani Carpet Gallery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Antalya, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Fethiye to Antalya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Antalya, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Antalya

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Manavgat
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Apollo ©
Temple of Apollo
Kaleici ©
Kaleici
Perge Ancient City ©
Perge Ancient City

3
nights
Goreme

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.
Goreme is known for museums, historic sites, nature, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, contemplate the long history of Goreme National Park, and explore the galleries of Museu a Ceu Aberto de Goreme.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Goreme trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Antalya to Goreme takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Antalya in April; daily highs in Goreme reach 22°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uchisar, Guray Museum, Cappadocia Cave Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides
Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park

2
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Hippodrome (At Meydani), make a trip to Milion Stone, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, then get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), and finally get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Istanbul road trip app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Goreme to Istanbul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Goreme in April, Istanbul is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) ©
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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